August, 2010 Archive

Why is it so crucial to pray “Your will be done?”

Jesus not only taught his disciples to pray, “Your will be done” (Matthew 6:10), but he modeled those very words in his own life and ministry. Which, of course, begs the question, “Why is it so crucial to pray in this way?” First, to pray “your will be done” is to recognize the sovereignty of […]

What are some secrets to effective prayer?

Everyone wants to know the secret to something. Golfers want to know the secret to playing golf like Tiger Woods. Investors want to know the secret to making a fortune on Wall Street. Parents want to know the secret to raising healthy, happy kids. And Christians desperately want to know the secrets to effective prayer. […]

Why pray if God already knows what we need?

As the father of twelve, I can tell you that I sometimes know what my children need before they ask. However, what I as an earthly father only sometimes know, our eternal Father always knows. Which inevitably leads to the question: If God knows what we need before we even ask, why bother asking at […]

How do I find a good church?

One of the questions I am most frequently asked is “How do I find a good church?” This question has taken on added significance in recent years because of the massive impact televangelism has had on our culture. In all too may cases, worship has been replaced with entertainment, and fellowship has been transformed into […]

Must Christians attend church?

First, the Scriptures from first to last teach us that the Christian life is to be lived within the context of the family of faith (Ephesians 3:4–15; Acts 2). Indeed the Bible knows nothing of lone–ranger Christians! Far from being born again as rugged individuals, we are born into a body of believers of which […]

Can Christians lose their salvation?

Sincere believers are sharply divided on this question. Some say Christians can lose their salvation and subsequently must be born again and again if they fall away. Others contend that true believers cannot lose their salvation through sin, but they can apostatize or walk away from their salvation. Still others hold that salvation begins at […]

How can I be certain that I’ve not committed the unforgivable sin?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions on the Bible Answer Man broadcast and stems from the following words spoken by Christ: “I tell you the truth, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son […]

What is sin?

While it has become politically incorrect to talk about sin, the Scriptures make it crystal clear that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). But what is sin from a biblical perspective? First, sin is not just murder, rape, or robbery. Sin is failing to do the things we […]

What is the biblical definition of faith?

The shield of faith described by the apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesian Christians is of paramount importance because it is the grace “with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16). This is not an uncertain promise. Rather, it is divine assurance that faith equips us […]

What is essential Christian doctrine?

The importance of essential Christian doctrine can hardly be overstated. First, these are the very doctrines that form the line of demarcation between the kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of the cults. While we may debate nonessentials without dividing over them, when it comes to essential Christian doctrine there must be unity. Hence, the […]

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