DOES HEBREWS 7:1-10 REQUIRE CHRISTIANS TO TITHE

*Disclaimer*: This is specifically concerning the content of Hebrews 7 within the context of the entire letter/book of Hebrews along with contextual support from other books within scripture. This is not to say that Christians should not tithe (give ten percent of their earnings). Not only are we required to do so, but we should…

Are Good Works Optional For Christians?

What did Paul mean when he said that we “should” walk in good works? Are good works optional for Christians? I would say that good works are not optional for Christians. However, good works is something that comes natural to the Christian once they have received genuine salvation. While good works is not required for…

THE CHURCH MUST MAINTAIN UNITY: Jews and Gentiles

The main theme in the book of Ephesians is that the church (both Jewish and Gentile Christians) must maintain the unity that Christ powerfully created. There are several examples in Ephesians that can validate and illustrate this theme. Chapter 1:9–10, immediately addresses this theme when Paul states, “and he made known to us the mystery…

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…

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…

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…

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…