The fact that God is who He is makes it impossible for Him to do some things. God cannot sin...He cannot lie...He cannot change...He cannot save a man against his will...and finally, God cannot answer the question asked in Hebrews 2:1-3.
There’s a question that I think all Christians have, at one time or another, asked themselves -- “How good is good enough for God?” In other words, how good do we need to be to be pleasing to God and receive His blessings and favor? One of the psalms addresses this very question...which is also the topic of today’s episode, as we undertake a short study of, “The Fifteenth Psalm,” or “How Good is Good Enough for God?”
How does the Holy Spirit operate when saving a person? Some people believe that He acts directly on that person, causing him to be saved at that instant. Others believe that the Holy Spirit operates through the Word of God. Which one is correct? What does the Bible say?
There are several things that members of the Lord’s church have always considered important in our worship unto God. We believe in the importance of Bible study, preaching, prayer, of taking the Lord’s Supper, and in the giving of our means on the Lord’s day. But for today lesson, I want us to pay particular attention to the singing we are to offer unto God as we worship and praise Him...not only on the first day of the week, but at all other times, as well. Our study today is about, “Singing in Worship.”
There’s a constant question ask by members of the Lord’s church: “Why do I need to be at every service? Isn’t Sunday morning enough?” What does the Bible say? There’s a familiar text in the book of Hebrews that is often misquoted and many times disregarded. Sometimes it’s meaning is taken far beyond what God intended, and, at other times, its application falls short of the truth. Nevertheless, it is an essential command by God. It’s also an exhortation to faithfulness that needs to be studied and obeyed more and more as time goes by. I’m talking about Hebrews 10:25...and in today’s episode, we’ll see what the Bible says about, “Forsaking the Assembly.”
During the latter part of the 19th century, a group of courageous, godly men found that the simplicity of New Testament worship had been corrupted by innovations directed by the will of man rather than God, and they plead for a return to New Testament patterns and practices. They succeeded in that plan...but, have we restored the spirit? Are other restorations needed? What does the Bible say?
Knowing the God of the Bible is so very important. John 14:3 tells us that knowing God is necessary, because eternal life with Christ depends on it. Plus, according to Second Thessalonians 1:7-8, we must know God if we expect to escape the wrath to come for those who DON’T know Him. Solomon said, “We know God and serve Him with a willing mind.” If we’re going to know God, we need to know something about Him, and be able to answer the question: “What is God like?”
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Second Timothy 4:1-4, where, in verse 2, the apostle Paul tells young Timothy to "preach the word; be instant in season out of season: reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and doctrine." A whole sermon could be preached on the entire passage…but for today's lesson, we'll focus on Paul's charge to "be instant, in season, out of season." In other words, we’re going to be discussing, “Seasonal Religion.”
In the first chapter of Timothy, the apostle Paul called himself the chief of sinners...and said that, in saving him, Christ had demonstrated the fact that He could save anyone. Jesus Christ is a friend of sinners, and the Savior of them, as well. He loves the sinner, but not the sin...which means that we must meet certain conditions before we can receive His mercy and pardon -- and that is the subject of today's episode.
There are many sermons in the Bible, and most, if not all of them, are easy to understand. But the simplest one was delivered by someone who wasn’t even a preacher...and it’s found in Second Kings 5:13. In fact, it’s the basis of today’s lesson -- “The Simplest Sermon Ever Preached.”
The term, “Christian,” is mentioned three times in the Bible -- in Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, and First Peter 4:16. In those passages we’re told that “the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch,”that Agrippa told Paul, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian,” and that, if we suffer as Christians, we should not be ashamed. But what exactly is a Christian? That’s something that a lot of people claim to be. Buto, what are the marks of a real Christian? That’s the topic of today’s episode.
In the first part of John, chapter 2, we have a very human story. Jesus and his disciples were at a marriage, and His mother was there. And in talking of her Son, she used this language: "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."
Have you thought about what a transformation would take place in the world if everyone were to take the wise advice of this woman! It would bring happiness on earth and eternal life in the world to come. And that’s the topic of today’s episode -- “Whatsoever He Sayeth.”
In First Thessalonians, chapter 4, the apostle Paul talks about "them which are asleep." Jesus even talked about those who were "asleep." Exactly what did He and Paul mean by that expression and why should the idea be so comforting for the Christian? That's the topic of today's episode: "Concerning Them Which Are Asleep."
Our lesson today is about the gospel Paul preached. And I suppose the first question someone might have would be, “What’s the difference between the gospel Paul preached and the gospel that was preached by the other apostles?” What was so special about Paul’s message regarding the gospel of Christ and why is it so important for us today? That’s what we’ll be talking about in today’s episode...and it very well could be the most important lesson you’ve heard in a long time.
Here’s a question for you -- have you repented? Or better yet, have you really repented? Maybe some more questions would be: do you know what repentance is and how to do it? Our purpose in today’s episode will be to show what repentance is, how to repent, and, if you haven’t, to encourage you to do so. Nobody denies that repentance is taught throughout the Bible...but...have you repented?
Where is salvation located and how do we get there? Those are very important questions, because most people have no idea as to the correct answers. What does the Bible say?
Psalm 32:1 says, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” It’s one of several psalms written by David after his sin with Bathsheba, the visit from Nathan, and his repentance and forgiveness. How does Psalm 32:1 relate to you and me today? Why does sin need to be covered? How is it covered? And what’s the result? We’ll try to answer those questions in today’s episode -- “Blessed Is He Whose Sins Are Covered.”
It seems a lot people have had a misunderstanding of the Lord’s church...the only church mentioned in the New Testament and the only one built by Jesus, according to Jesus himself. If the Lord only built one church, why do so many have such different ideas as to what it is and what it stands for? That's the topic of today's episode.
In Acts 17:6, the religious leaders of that time accused the apostles of turning the world upside down. What did they mean by that...and what is meant today when the Lord's disciples are accused of the same thing? What does the Bible say?
The Bible clearly states that anyone can understand the truth of God's Word. The question is: do you WANT to understand the truth? A lot of people don't...but, what about you?
Many people do not believe in baptism, and may think they have good reasons. But I do believe in baptism and it's importance as it relates to salvation. Just as in everything, belief in baptism must be based on evidence found in God's Word. So, when we're determining whether or not baptism is essential to our salvation, we need to ask, "What does the Bible say?"
The topic of salvation by faith and works is a subject that’s been discussed by the religious world for many years. The Roman Catholic church teaches salvation by works, while Protestant denominationalism continues to preach salvation without works, or salvation by faith alone. Which is it? Faith or works? By which are we saved? That’s the topic of today’s GOD’S EVERLASTING WORD podcast, with special guest, Jared Knoll.
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?”