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The Doctrine of Baptism

The Doctrine of Baptism

Baptism is a doctrine that permeates the New Testament. Some form of the word “baptism” is found 99 times in the New Testament. Yet, few aspects of the gospel are more misunderstood and misrepresented than baptism. A cursory examination of different religious groups...
Your Choice of Grace

Your Choice of Grace

Speaking comprehensively of salvation in Jesus Christ, Paul wrote, “… just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him …” (Ephesians 1:4). God did this because of His great love or grace (1 John 4:9)....
Abundant Life Church Advertisement

Abundant Life Church Advertisement

The Abundant Life Church of Houston, TX, has a billboard that says: “We will not condemn you. We will not criticize you. We will only love you.” Doubtless, the church’s aims are pure, their goals sincere. However, they equate criticism and condemnation with a lack of...
Is Water Baptism Essential?

Is Water Baptism Essential?

In light of the fact that Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mk. 16:16); that Peter wrote, “Which after a true likeness do also now save you, even baptism” (1 Pet. 3:21); and, that Ananais commanded Paul, “And now why tarriest thou? Arise...
The Doctrine of Baptism

Why Was Jesus Baptized?

In Matthew 3:13-17, Jesus’ baptism is both explained and takes place. In v. 14, John says that he needs to be baptized by Jesus instead of the other way around. “Righteousness” is used as the righteousness of life through obedience to divine will. Jesus acknowledges...
Satan’s Subversion of the Great Commission

Satan’s Subversion of the Great Commission

A big portion of the work the New Testament sanctions for Christians was stated by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the...

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