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…

STAND FIRM IN GOD’S GRACE: 1 Peter

The main them in 1 Peter is to stand firm in God’s grace and is both validated and illustrated by the contents of the New Testament book. 1 Peter explains that the grace of God involves suffering. Suffering grows the faith of a believer and Peter encourages suffering Christians to stand firm in the faith…

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…

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 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…