I am sure that most of us have sung, “Wonderful Words of Life”. It happens to be one of my favorite hymns from our hymnbook. For me, one especially memorable lyric goes, “Christ the blessed One gives to all”. Though this is said concerning Christ’s blessing of truth to the hearts of believers, the affirmation … Continue reading Christ the Blessed One Gives to All
Scripture unmistakably declares the essentiality of baptism. It is necessary to “be saved” (Mark 16:16), to “put on Christ” (Gal. 3:27), to “wash away your sins” (Acts 22:16), and to be “raised by faith in the powerful working of God” (Rom. 6:3 – 6; Col 2:12). There is no one written in the Lamb’s Book … Continue reading Is Baptism Essential to Enter the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ?
Scripture provides no ambiguity about the disobedience and contrary stance of Israel. Jesus lamented the unwillingness of the cities of Chorazin and Bethsaida to come to repentance even after witnessing the performance of most of his mighty works (Matt. 11:20 – 24). He also pronounced woes upon the religious leaders of Israel, even condemning them … Continue reading Israel’s Repentance: Prophetic Evidence of the Believer’s Security
The Kingdom of God is a common theme throughout the Bible’s prophetic literature. We know the kingdom is headed by its King, Jesus Christ, who will rule until he has placed all enemies under his feet (1 Cor. 15:24 – 28). Its origin is “from another place” (Jn. 18:36). As we read of “the kingdom … Continue reading The Kingdom Did Not Come on Pentecost
Out of humility, John never mentions himself by name in his gospel account. He only refers to himself as "the disciple whom Jesus loved" (John 13:23; 19:26; 21:7; 21:20). In the final chapter, John speaks of a saying of the Lord that circulated among believers of the early church. "If it is my will that … Continue reading Resurrection or Renewal at the Rapture – What is that to you?
“Hide and Seek” is one of the most universal experiences of childhood. Within the innocent, trivial game lies an integral truth. The one who “seeks” should wait for a predetermined amount of time; after time has elapsed, he or she shouts, “Ready or not, here I come!” Similarly, Jesus ascended to heaven, for a predetermined … Continue reading Concerning the Literal Return and Reign of Christ
Has your congregation dedicated any degree of time and effort into investigating the meaning of the Book of Revelation, beyond the first three chapters? Has your preacher expounded upon other prophetic books, such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel or Daniel? When was the last time you heard a sermon on the meaning of Zechariah Chapter 14? … Continue reading The Death Blow to the Amillennial Claim of a Present-Day Millennium
As we continue our response to Christendom’s widespread rejection of the rapture, we must look at another essential reason for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ for his church. We have already discussed Messiah’s promised reign, as foretold by the Old Testament prophets, and confirmed by the apostles and authors of the New Testament … Continue reading Answering the Root of Rapture Rejection (Part 2 of 2)
Growing up in Churches of Christ and receiving instruction at two preaching schools affiliated with our brotherhood, I never heard any viable explanation regarding reward. Even as a full-time preacher, it was a muddled and confusing topic for me. I believed that salvation itself is the only reward we receive through obedient works, but the … Continue reading My Escape From Amillennialism’s Fictitious Works-Based Salvation
As Christians, our great expectation is the return of Jesus Christ to this earth. From Scripture, we know this involves two essential phases. First, Jesus will come for his church to collect us to himself and rescue us from death and the tribulation (this event is commonly known as, “the rapture”). Jesus describes the rapture … Continue reading Answering the Root of Rapture Rejection (Part 1 of 2)