CONDUCT YOURSELVES IN A MANNER WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL

The main theme in the book of Philippians is, to conduct oneself in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel. When this book is examined, one will see how the contents of the book both validate and illustrate this theme. First, in Philippians 1, Paul mentions this exact thing to the believers saying, “whatever…

Christ is Supreme: Colossians

Within the book of Colossians, the main theme, Christ is supreme, is both validated and illustrated throughout the contents of the book. Paul begins his letter to the Colossians by introducing himself and declaring the grace of God in Colossians 1:1–2 which says, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God…To the…

The Mission of God in Romans

Introduction The book of Romans is a letter written by Paul to the Romans, introducing himself and his message prior to his arrival in Rome. The main themes that are presented in this letter are the righteousness of God that leads to salvation and spreading the good news. Together, these themes convey the mission of…

What About Those Who Haven’t Heard the Gospel?

What happens to those who die and have never heard the gospel message if faith comes from hearing? If anyone has not heard, then they would, like others who have heard and rejected the gospel, experience God’s wrath of eternal damnation. This is because in order to be truly saved one must first come to…

What Does the Gospel Require of Us?

Throughout the book of 1 Corinthians, the main theme is that the gospel requires God’s holy people to mature in purity and unity. This theme is validated several times through the content of 1 Corinthians. As we read 1 Corinthians, one is able to notice that the Church in Corinth was not in a good…

HELL IS THE ABSENCE OF GOD

I believe that it is correct to say that hell is the absence of God (in a sense).“God is holy, and anything that is not holy must be ushered away from his presence. He cannot allow impurity near him…”[1] Though we are sinful, Christ died for our sins and those of us who have accepted…

Justified by Faith: Salvation Through Jesus Christ (A Study of Galatians)

GALATIANS 1: The book of Galatians can be considered the authorization of Christian freedom and the theme of justification by faith for both Jews and Gentiles, permeates throughout the book. Many aspects of Galatians support this theme. After Paul addresses the churches in Galatia in chapter one, he then confronts the issue that the people…

The Mission of God: Acts of the Apostles

The mission of God is explicitly shown to us throughout the book of Acts. From His mission to glorify Himself amongst all people to using intermediaries to do His will, we are able to see how God enabled His message of Salvation to spread throughout all nations. There are three main themes that are addressed…

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO REPENT?

It can be quite easy for one to misinterpret or understand the meaning of repentance. While some may say that it means to ‘feel bad about something,’ some will say that it means ‘to change your mind,’ while others will state that it means to ‘turn from sin.’ Further study should be done to look…

Divine and Human Action: Haggai

In the book of Haggai chapter one, we are able to see how God’s divine action is connected to human action. In chapter 1:1-12, Haggai received a word from the LORD, that rebuked the people for forsaking the rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. Chapter 1:5-6, mentions all the things that the people put their hands…