God loves you. Jesus died for you. A church cares for you. But what does it all really mean? New believers and those simply wanting to explore Christian faith can find content offering a great introduction to the basics at Square One. Whether you want to explore the Bible, spiritual practices, or weightier issues, you can start here. Doubters, the ambivalent and the perplexed are totally welcome. The best place to start is simply where you are.
There are many questions and interpretations that come up in regards to baptism. The word itself seems to have different meanings throughout various denominations and it can get confusing whether you are a believer or not.
“A man who knows that he is saved by believing in Christ does not, when he is baptized, lift his baptism into a saving ordinance. In fact, he is the very best protester against that mistake, because he holds that he has no right to be baptized until he is saved.” – Charles Spurgeon
Scripture is clear on many levels of what baptism is and what baptism is not, and it would be best to stick with the Bible to define it.
God had a very special purpose in mind when he sent Jesus: to show us how to live, to teach us the truth about God, and to reconcile us to God.
In a previous post, I presented the case of Jesus’ miraculous birth and “ordinary life.” You can be confident then that Jesus was born a normal human being, just like you and I, albeit through some rather remarkable circumstances. The next point to understand is that Jesus is special because he was sent.
Are you struggling to understand faith?
To understand faith I always have to put it in terms of a relationship. When we speak of a biblical faith, we are speaking in terms of having faith — trusting — based upon our relationship with God through His son, Jesus Christ.
With that in mind, based on my understanding of Scripture, here are 10 considerations of understanding Biblical faith:
Culled from his 40 years of Christian ministry, Sam Storms has distilled the many difficult questions of faith down to 25 top questions that demand answers.
It is the author's earnest effort to bring about some light for people seeking understanding, even among Christians. This book aims to reduce the level of anxiety and also be a helpful resource for future research. The ultimate aim of the book is to help readers reach a point where they desire not answers, but to worship the one true God who has all the answers.
The questions can be roughly categorized according to their different theological emphasis. There are questions about the nature of God such as "Does God ever change his mind? (Immutability of God). There are questions pertaining to the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology), about the sinlessness of Jesus (Christology), about salvation (Soteriology), Bible, about Christian living, and other practical concerns such as legalism, tithing, death of infants, healing, and others. The 25 questions are: