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The Gospel (Good News) of the Kingdom (more)
Believe in Jesus and you will inherit eternal life. But look at the context of John 3:16 for a true understanding of the Gospel. John 3:14-15, says: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." The people of Old Testament Israel were told to look upon the serpent to be healed of sickness and disease. But Christ was lifted up so that we can be healed from sin. We must be saved from sin. All sins are habitual. If we still sin, we must continue to look to the cross in order to stop sinning – in order to be healed from our sinful habits, so that we no longer sin. Only then can we inherit eternal life. (more)
Romans Under New Light
Bridging the Doctrines of Catholics and Protestants
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On the night before the crucifixion, Jesus prayed that we, the Church, would be one even as he and the heavenly Father are one. This was probably true during the time of the first church. But it's certainly not true today. Does the Father answer the prayers of Jesus? Will Jesus return to find his Church split between the Eastern Orthodox, the Roman Catholics, and the Protestants? Or can we expect a Great Awakening in the Church which will fundementally unite the Church?
Can we expect to agree on every doctrinal issue before Christ returns? Perhaps not. But if we can agree on the doctrine of salvation then we will be fundementally united. If we can agree on the doctrine of salvation then other issues will work themselves out.
Did Luther go perhaps a bit too far when he established the Protestant doctrine of salvation? Have we drifted even further than Luther would have intended? Could it be that the truth hides in the middle, between the Catholic and the Protestant doctrines?
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1.1) The Wesleyan View
1.2) Catholic and Protestant Differences
1.3) The Motivations of Luther
1.4) The Motivations of Wesley
1.5) A Free-Grace Alternative to Purgatory
1.6) The Original Sin Removed for Everyone
1.7) Unity Begins with Agreement on Salvation
2.1) The Gospel of the Kingdom
2.2) A Word Study of God’s Grace as God’s Work
2.3) Those Who Receive God’s Election
2.4) Those Who Receive God’s Wrath
2.5) Watch and be Ready
2.6) Paul in the Context of Jesus
3.1) Living Under the Law
3.2) Those who sin will not inherit the kingdom.
3.3) Living Under Grace
3.4) God’s Plan is both Inclusive and Exclusive.
3.5) Overcoming Sin with a Body of Flesh
3.6) Faith Without Works is Dead.
3.7) Really Understanding Law, Grace and Faith
6.1) Objection: God would not let us be
6.2) Objection: There is no second chance.
6.3) Objection: You can’t completely overcome sin.
6.4) What does it mean to be sold out for Christ?
6.5) What does it mean to hear Christ’s voice?
6.6) What does it mean to obey Christ’s voice?
6.7) Ten Virgins; Five are Wise and Five are Foolish
6.8) The Wise, the Foolish, and the Wicked