In December of 2007, I gave my heart to the Lord. I knew my life was full of sin and that God was gracious and compassionate. I understood that He died on the cross for my sins. I remember hearing at a young age: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me… Read More Encountering God’s Holiness
When I did a grammatical-historical exegesis of Mark 16:16; Jn. 3:3-5, Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Rom. 6:4-6, 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:26-27; Eph. 5:25-27; Col. 2:11-13; Tit. 3:5; and 1 Pet. 3:21, I came to the conclusion, all presuppositions from Southern Seminary aside, that water baptism is indeed part of the gospel. This led me… Read More Evangelicals, Bring Baptism Back to the Gospel
And Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16). -New American Standard Bible The Scripture plainly states, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved.”… Read More Does Mark 16:16 Teach Baptism is an Essential Condition for Salvation?
According to the Bible, the gospel—the good news of salvation, is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:3-4). His death on the cross reveals that humankind willfully sinned against God and is lost without hope apart from Jesus Christ (Isa. 53:6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 3:23). That salvation, the forgiveness of sins,… Read More What is the Gospel According to Scripture?
We depend on many things to get us through our daily lives. A couple of months ago, I was driving to the college campus and I hit a huge pot hole. I didn’t realize it at the time, but air was slowly leaking and I continued to drive on it back home. The next day I got… Read More Trusting in God’s Strength through Trials
The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom should I be afraid? -Psalms 27:1-2 We depend on a lot of things to get us through our daily lives. A couple of months ago, I was driving to a local college and hit a… Read More The Shelter of God’s Salvation
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 2:38 Everyone has a name. My last name represents my forefathers, heritage, and personal identity. When I go to the bank, I need… Read More The Importance of Being Baptized in Jesus’ Name