5 Reasons Why People Doubt Their Salvation

I am confident of this: that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). The Bible teaches not only does Jesus save us, but He keeps us in the faith. It teaches God not only gives eternal life, but will preserve […]

True Christian Fellowship: Part 2 (Philippians 1:1–11)

Paul describes true Christian fellowship in three ways. In Part 1, we looked at the first way: “I have you in my mind.” Today, we will consider the next two ways. I have you in my heart (vv. 7–8). We move a bit deeper, for it is possible to have others in our minds without […]

True Christian Fellowship: Part 1 (Philippians 1:1–11)

“How about coming over to the house for some fellowship?” “What a golf game! Man, did we have great fellowship!” “The fellowship at the retreat was just terrific!” That word “fellowship” seems to mean many things to many different people. Like a worn coin, it’s losing its true impression, so we had better take some […]

Knowing God

Previously, we looked at The Doctrine of God and examined 10 Attributes of God, which are revealed to us in Scripture. Today, we will consider what impact these truths have on our lives. What difference does it make? It makes all the difference in the world; not only in this world, but in the world […]

Getting to the Bottom of Love (1 John 4:1–16)

For the third time in John’s first letter, we are considering the subject of love! This does not mean John has run out of ideas and has to repeat himself. It means the Holy Spirit, who inspired John, presents the subject once more, from a deeper point of view. In our current section (1 Jn. […]

Counterfeit Christians (1 John 3:1–10)

The United States Treasury Department has a special group of men whose job it is to track down counterfeiters. Naturally, these men need to know a counterfeit bill when they see it. How do they learn to identify fake bills? Oddly enough, they are not trained by spending hours examining counterfeit money. Rather, they study […]

Walking and Talking (1 John 1:5-2:6)

The life that is real has an enemy and we read about it in 1 John 1:5-2:6.  This enemy is sin.  Nine times in these verses John mentions sin, so the subject is obviously important.  John illustrates his theme by using the contrast between light and darkness: God is light; sin is darkness. But there […]

Sharing Life that is Real (1 John)

Once we have experienced the exciting life in Christ that is real, we will want to share it with other people, just as the Apostle John wanted to “declare” it to all his readers in the first century.  Many people (including some Christians) have the idea that “witnessing” means wrangling over the differences in religious […]