Most things worth having cost something. Our cars and trucks cost something...so do our homes and the furniture that goes in them. But what about our salvation? Does it cost anything? There’s a verse pertaining to this in the Bible, found in Luke 14:28, where it says, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” So, what does it cost to be a Christian? What does the Bible say?
Many of the parables taught by Jesus were given from different perspectives, illustrating the different characteristics of the Christian religion. And the one found in Matthew 20, verses 1-16 is a great example of this. It’s one that farmers throughout the years have been familiar with -- knowing that a man must work where he’s required to work by the land owner, in order to receive the reward. Jesus illustrated the life of a Christian from that standpoint...and it’s the subject of today’s episode: “Working in the Vineyard.”
Do you believe that to be saved, all you need to do is believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God...or do you know someone who does? The Bible says, in Acts 16:30 and 31, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” What does that passage say...and what does it mean? Because, how we understand it can determine whether or not we’ll make it to heaven. For today’s episode, we’ll be discussing the expression, “Believe and Be Saved,” or -- “What does it mean to believe in Christ?”
The name “Christian” is found three times in the Bible -- in Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, and First Peter 4:16. Today’s lesson is directed to undenominational Christians...those who claim to be members of the Lord’s church, also known as the church of Christ. We know that “Christian” is the correct and only name...but a lot of church members don’t seem to realize the full significance. All of us wear it...but some, not very well. A Christian is more than a baptized person, church member, and weekly worshipper. There are a lot of those...but fewer Christians! In today’s GOD’S EVERLASTING WORD podcast, we’ll consider what the Bible teaches about, “Wearing the Name Christian.”
There’s a wonderful word that occurs ten times in the King James Version of the New Testament, and in each place it’s mentioned, it’s connected to salvation, and what we must do, in order to make it to heaven after we die. But, what does it mean, when we say, “remission of sins?” That’s the topic of today’s GOD’S EVERLASTING WORD PODCAST, with special guest Sidney White, preacher for the Gardner church of Christ, in Martin, Tennessee.