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A Guide for Young Christians

A Guide for Young Christians

John W. Robbins

When God saves us sinners, he causes us to believe certain propositions about himself and about ourselves—ideas that we formerly thought were not true. In an instant, God resurrects us from the spiritual death of unbelief and makes us understand and believe the truth about both Jesus Christ and ourselves. Scripture refers to this event by using several figures of speech: being born again, being born from above, enlightening the mind, being resurrected from the dead, and giving us a heart of flesh for our heart of stone. What this figurative language literally means (and if you do not know what figurative language literally means, you do not know what it means) is that God affects our minds directly, causing us to accept as true, ideas we formerly thought were not true. He gives truth—figuratively called “light” in Scripture—directly to our minds.

Paul’s Logic on the Resurrection

Paul’s Logic on the Resurrection

4/4/10   Sermon Online

The resurrection of Christ is God’s logical, irrefutable, fundamental proof for all the claims of Christianity. Namely that Jesus is the promised Messiah (Isa.7:14), the God/man (John 1:1,14) the Son of God (John 3:16; Roms.1:4), Savior of His people (Matt.1:21), the coming Judge of all the world (Acts 17:31), the One who was victorious over Satan (IJn3:8; Heb.2:14), sin (Heb.9:26) and death (1Cor 15:26). And the One who promises life abundantly now (John 10:10) and eternal life with Him after death in a glorified resurrected body (John 11:25,26; 1Cor.15:50-57). As we will see in Paul’s logic there is no Christianity apart from the resurrection.

The Scriptures claim that, after Jesus died, He was resurrected on the third day by His Father. The apostles and New Testament Christians boldly based everything that they taught on the truthfulness of Christ resurrection.

God’s Plan to Save His People

God’s Plan to Save His People

God Is Great and Good

There is only one living and true God, perfect, sovereign, holy, wise, eternal, invisible, almighty, unchangeable, just, merciful, everywhere present, and knowing all things. God exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Angels and men, and every other creature, owe God whatever service, worship, and obedience he requires of them.

“Behold the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the balance…. All nations before him are as nothing. And they are counted by him less than nothing and worthless…. It is he who sits above the circle of the Earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He brings the princes to nothing; he makes the judges of the Earth useless…. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and their young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

“All the inhabitants of the Earth are reputed as nothing; he does according to his will in the army of Heaven and among the inhabitants of the Earth. No one can restrain his hand or say to him, ëWhat have you done?í”

Civilization and the Protestant Reformation

Civilization and the Protestant Reformation

Civilization as we know it began a few minutes before noon, October 31, 1517.

In the small east German town of Wittenberg, a 34-year-old Augustinian priest walked to Castle Church and nailed 95 theological propositions for debate on the door. The debate Martin Luther began nearly 500 years ago turned the world upside down. Democracy, civil rights and liberties, constitutional government, religious liberty, and the free market all find their roots in the Reformation.

A Religious Fundraising Scam

The occasion for the debate was the fundraising practices of the pope’s representatives in Germany. As a Catholic priest, Luther was concerned that a representative of the pope was telling his parishioners that they could purchase forgiveness for their sins. Luther knew that God alone could forgive sins, and that salvation could not be purchased for any amount of money: It was a free gift of God.

A Systematic Theology

We study theology systematically. This helps us to understand complete doctrines. It helps us to see scripture as a comprehensive text and not disjointed verses. God gave us scripture to understand who He is and to understand who we are. There are many ways to systematically study the bible. We look at all the verses of the bible that touch on the doctrine and study them all together.

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