The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | Philemon

By: Daniel Goepfrich The Personal Letter The short letter to Philemon is the most personal of all of Paul’s preserved writings. In his three decades of ministry, Paul certainly wrote many other short notes and personal letters, but God chose to preserve only this one for our benefit. Although nowhere does this letter give the location of Philemon, Colossians 4:7-18 provides a list of names almost identical to those in Philemon, including Philemon’s slave, Onesimus. It seems that Paul sent Tychicus and [...]

By | 2018-05-16T12:33:28+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: |0 Comments

Why Ecumenicalism Doesn’t Work

Dr. Randy White It seems that ecumenical movement has swooned the whole of evangelicalism, and I think it is time to reject both evangelicalism and the ecumenical movement entirely. Evangelicals are the "softer, gentler" form of fundamentalism. The movement, from its beginning, was open to ecumenical movements (such as Billy Graham crusades), but was mostly largely suspicious and its churches independent. In the past decade, however, evangelicals have fully removed any remains of convictions of separation and have thrown themselves fully into the [...]

By | 2018-05-14T13:35:06+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Jumpstart: A Dispensational Devotional | People Use Scripture to Try to Prove and Justify Almost Anything

2 Peter 1:16-21; 2 Peter 3:15-18 By: George Zeller Don’t be deceived! Just because a person uses the Bible does not mean that he knows the God of the Bible. The Bible is often misused and abused. In Matthew 4:5-6 even the devil quoted from the Scriptures. If Satan can use the Scriptures, cannot his followers do the same? People have used the Bible to prove almost anything and to justify almost any action. Even an atheist could say, “The Bible clearly [...]

By | 2018-05-14T12:08:36+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | Titus 3

By: Daniel Goepfrich Godly Living Towards Unbelievers Titus 3 concludes this short letter with two more exhortations to godly living. Building on the practical situations from chapter two, which were focused on our actions toward fellow believers, the first few verses of chapter three show that this extends to unbelievers and even governing officials as well (Titus 3:1-2). It seems that part of Paul’s normal teaching was that Christians are not to be trouble-makers in this world. Instead, by praying for our [...]

By | 2018-04-30T09:49:45+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: |0 Comments

Is That Your Final Answer?

Pastor Allen Rea Does anyone remember the gameshow “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” I was never a fan of that gameshow, but what stuck with me is that the contestant had to confirm his or her answer by giving a "yes" or "no" to the host's question: “Is that your final answer?” This was meant to add some tension in the show, and perhaps, it was an attempt to cast doubt on the confidence of the contestant. Regardless of why it [...]

By | 2018-04-30T15:00:09+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | Titus 2

By: Daniel Goepfrich A Lifestyle Based on Sound Doctrine Titus 2 picks up the theme of good works from chapter one. Rather than false doctrine, Titus was to “COMMUNICATE THE BEHAVIOR THAT GOES WITH SOUND TEACHING” (Titus 2:1). The word translated “sound” means “healthy.” Paul used it eight times, all in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus and all related to correct doctrine, except Titus 1:13 and 2:2, where it refers to a healthy Christian faith. However, even those are in the [...]

By | 2018-04-26T05:33:56+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: |0 Comments

Bad, Bad Theology

Written by: Nathan Birr At the risk of offending friends, being excommunicated from the church, and possibly losing my salvation, may I suggest to you that Chris Tomlin’s “Good Good Father” is actually a bad, bad song? I won’t dwell on the fact that I find the song kind of fluffy (yes, God is good, we are loved by Him, and He is perfect, but instead of just repeating those things, couldn’t we expound on the how and wherefore a little?) and [...]

By | 2018-04-23T14:24:57+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|4 Comments

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | Titus 1

By: Daniel Goepfrich Titus Overview Titus is one of three letters Paul wrote specifically to individual co-workers in his ministry. (The others were both to Timothy. Philemon was not a co-worker.) Although he is never mentioned in the book of Acts, we can piece together some information about Titus from 2 Corinthians, Galatians, and 2 Timothy. Before Paul left him on the island of Crete, Titus served as an itinerant apostle under the authority of Paul in Corinth and Dalmatia (northeast of [...]

By | 2018-04-16T14:14:37+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: |0 Comments

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | 2 Timothy 3 & 4

By: Daniel Goepfrich The Worldly Church 2 Timothy 3 begins with a sad look at the state of the Church which is falling further and further from Christ (2 Timothy 3:1-9). This passage is often used to describe the modern world in which we live, and there are certain similarities. However, it is more accurately a description of the Church that is influenced by the world. Most people of the world have no interest in maintaining even “THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE OF RELIGION,” [...]

By | 2018-04-11T19:52:39+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: |0 Comments

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | 2 Timothy 2

By: Daniel Goepfrich Enduring to the End 2 Timothy 2 continues with a few analogies, a few commands, and a few reminders. First, Paul used the analogies of a soldier and a farmer to illustrate the focus required to serve God well (2 Timothy 2:1-7). Just like a soldier cannot be concerned with things around him when he is in training or battle, so Timothy must not let his circumstances take him off mission. Just like a farmer receives the first benefit [...]

By | 2018-04-02T19:54:11+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: |0 Comments