Posts Tagged "Belief"

Christian Fundamentals: Living to Please God – 1 John 3:19-24

In our age of uncertainty where everything is examined, questioned, and doubted how can we know we belong to God’s family and have eternal life? John confidently writes of an assurance that is not always our experience, ‘I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have…read more →

Christian Fundamentals: False prophets, Testing the Spirits

1 John 4:1-6: Testing Prophets by Outcome and Teaching Christ’s Spirit leads us into holiness and guides us in his ways (John.16:13) but what do we do when false teachers claim to be led by the same Spirit? It isn’t simply about what we agree with, or otherwise. People make life-changing decisions based on what they are taught, who they…read more →

Christian Fundamentals: The Battle For Truth

1 John 2:15-17 – What’s Wrong With The World? There is a battle for truth in our world today. We have, so far, seen that true fellowship with God is marked by: An increased consciousness of sin (1 John 1:6-10) A growing likeness to Christ (1 John 2:1-6) God’s light shines in God’s law and in Christian love and conviction…read more →

Christian Fundamentals: Who is Jesus?

In this series on fundamentals we are looking at the gospel in John’s letters. Last time we looked at how we walk in the light of God’s. This is the same John who wrote the gospel. He is described by Paul as a pillar of the Jerusalem church (Gal.2:9) Early accounts of John are found in Acts 3 and Acts…read more →

The Four Spiritual Laws

People will often say that they don’t know what to say to a Jehovah’s Witness, or a Mormon, etc. They imagine it is necessary to have studied the cults for years and read every book going out there. It is important, however, to understand what we believe, and how to share what we believe, more than anything else. There is…read more →

God The Promise-Keeper: A Christmas Message from Reachout

A Meditation and Devotion for Christmas Christmas is many things to many people. A busy time, a time for family, ‘all about the children,’ nativity plays, gifts, remembering loved ones, carol services, good cheer, painful memories, a festival of colour and warmth in the middle of winter, an opportunity to invite friends and family to church and hear the good…read more →

Defining ‘Cult’

CULT! It seems such a pejorative word and certainly in ministry it is not intended as a compliment. But is it an insult? Is its use an example of disagreeing while being disagreeable? To listen to many there is no excuse for using it. Especially when what people see as sensible alternatives are available such as sect, or the more…read more →

Works or Faith?

Works or Faith? This is an argument that you will often hear from a cult member and we must be able to answer it satisfactorily. “because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight…” – Romans 3:20 “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.” –…read more →

Why did Jesus cry out,

Why did Jesus cry out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” “Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?’” – Matthew 27:45-46…read more →

Is Baptism Essential for Salvation?

Is Baptism Essential for Salvation? This is another favourite topic of many cults. Quoting verses such as 1 Peter 3:21 “And corresponding to that, baptism that now saves you…” and Acts 2:38 ” …Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…” they state that it is essential to…read more →

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