The Most Difficult Sermon

by William J. Stewart

What do you think is the most difficult sermon to preach? A host of topics might be suggested, but I doubt what I have in mind is one of them. The book of Revelation can be intimidating, but that’s not it. Refuting Premillennialism, Calvinism or some other false doctrine effectively demands a lot of preparation, but none of those are the most difficult sermon to preach. So, what is it? What is the most difficult sermon to preach? This may surprise you, but it is attendance. Continue reading

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Question About the Sabbath and Clean and Unclean Animals

Question

Please if you have any information about the Sabbath and clean and unclean animals. We can eat now. Please help. I’m confused about the Sabbath. I think God cleansed all animals to eat now?

Answer

Thank you for your good question. The Sabbath and laws concerning clean and unclean animals were part of the Law of Moses God made with national Israel (Deuteronomy 5:1-3, 12-15; 14:1-20). When Christ died on the cross, He removed this law and replaced it with His own (Colossians 2:13-17; 6:2). The Sabbath has been done away with (Colossians 2:16-17), and we have the liberty to eat any kind of meat (1 Timothy 4:1-5).

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Correspondence with South African

Message from South Africa

I’d appreciate it if someone could help me study the Word of God. I do study it on my own but I feel the need for the guidance of a seasoned man of God.

My parents are both born again Christians and my dad is a Pastor. I turned away from Christ due to a couple of factors, namely 1) Witnessing people calling themselves Christians indulging themselves in all sorts of sins, 2) The difficult circumstances of my upbringing brought about by my parent’s choice of a lifestyle, 3) Witnessing criminals and corrupt people prospering in life, 4) Witnessing the Church persecuting my father in unspeakable ways and 5) My father’s ill temper when I decided to ask him any scripture related question. Continue reading

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The Roman Road to Salvation

by Keith Sharp

(I borrowed the idea for and basic approach to this lesson from a sermon by Randy Cavender.)

Introduction

Rome is located on the banks of the Tiber River, fifteen miles from the west coast of Italy and built on seven hills. The “Eternal City” was already eight centuries old at the time Paul wrote to the Christians there. It was so important politically and economically in its day that it is hard for modern people to comprehend. In an empire that had a total population of perhaps thirty million, the populace of Rome numbered perhaps four million. It was the capital of its own empire, the most extensive empire of its day, ruling the Mediterranean world, with provinces from the Euphrates River in the east to Spain in the west, from Britain in the north to Egypt in the south. Continue reading

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Instrumental Music in the New Testament

by William J. Stewart

We have in previous articles looked at instrumental music in the book of Revelation, and in the Old Testament. This week, we focus on the occurrences of instrumental music in the New Testament, from Matthew through Jude, investigate the manner of music to be used in New Testament worship. Continue reading

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Question from Nigeria about a Christian Married to an Unbeliever

Question

Good afternoon my preacher. I Worshipped today at … and I was shocked at the lesson taught by the preacher on marriage. Text: 1Cor 7:39. The summary of the lesson was: (1) Any Christian and not just widows who marry an unbeliever would be disfellowshiped. (2) He no longer is a Christian. I asked two questions in writing (1) If a christian marries an unbeliever and he is disfellowshiped, what would be his fruit of repentance for him to be restored? (2) If the unbelieving wife of this brother wants to be a Christian and request baptism, would she be baptized? His answer: (1) He needs to do away with the wife before he is restored and (2) The unbelieving wife cannot be baptized. Brother for me this is serious because it seems to be a well established practice among them. Any material on this will help. Thanks. Continue reading

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Question from Sri Lanka about John 5:25

Question

John 5:25 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

Is that true, all dead people will live in the future?
What is the deep meaning of ‘the hour is coming’ ? Continue reading

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Question from Samoa about Jesus Coming in His Kingdom

Question

Just wondering if you can comment on these two verses. One says Jesus is coming in His kingdom, and the other the kingdom coming with power (Matthew 16:28 and Mark 9:1). Continue reading

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What Is The Kingdom Of God?

by Keith Sharp

No Bible subject is more important than the kingdom of God. The word “kingdom” is found 236 times in the Bible. The substance of the preaching of both John the Baptist and Jesus was “the kingdom of God” (Matthew 3:1-2; 4:17). Righteous Israelites in the days of John and Jesus were looking for the kingdom (Mark 15:43). But, because they misunderstood its nature, the Jewish leaders were shut out of the kingdom of God (Matthew 23:13). What is the kingdom of God? Continue reading

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Ministering to Needy Brethren : The Sheep and the Goats

by Keith Sharp | Parables of the Master  | Matthew 25:31-46

In Matthew 25:1-30 the Master taught two parables, the Ten Virgins (verses 1-13) and the Talents (verses 14-30), to teach His disciples to be ready for His return. Now, two days before His ultimate humiliation (Matthew 26:1-2), He teaches a lesson, also primarily for the benefit of His disciples, about the time when He returns in glory (Philippians 2:9-11) and sits upon His glorious throne, the throne of judgment (Matthew 25:31).

This is not strictly a parable, but, as virtually all of the Lord’s teaching, it does contain figurative language. “It is more a poetic description of the prophecy Jesus had spoken earlier that year at Caesarea Philippi (Matt. 16.27)” (Earnhart. 191). Continue reading

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