Part 1 When we think about the word "missions" what naturally comes to our mind are specific works (primarily in other countries) in which the church participates by either contributing funds or sending individuals to be involved. The Latin root
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Not too many years ago in our society, one would not have expected to publicly encounter many individuals with odd body piercings or an assortment of tattoos. The few tattoos that one saw were either related to military service or
This question I received through our web site this past week so I know nothing of the question's origins or the motivation behind the one asking. The scriptures, however, are sufficient to instruct us in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and
Revelation 5:8 and other passages in the book of Revelation talk about there being harps in heaven. If there are instruments of music in heaven, why can we not use them here on the earth in worship to God?
Many in the religious world today claim for themselves additional infallible sources of information other than what is found in the Bible. Some of these religious groups claim that these additional sources are necessary because the Bible isn't a sufficient
How do you address this new "praise worship" in the church where groups lead in singing during the song service, clap hands, and shout? The reason stated for all of this is for increasing numbers, and meeting the needs of
The Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin according to several New Testament passages such as Romans 1:26-32 and 1 Corinthians 6:9. In that regard, homosexuality is no different from any other sin. If one lives a life of sin
“Daddy, do you think God knows how we are feeling" were the words of my seven year old son after we found our pet dog, Dallas, dead in the back yard on a September morning. It was the first time
I was asked an interesting question yesterday, can the devil get inside your brain and plant an evil thought. I know that we have free will and that we allow ourselves to make bad choices but the question is: 'Does
Does God hear sinners? Does God hear the prayer of sinners. Is the sinners prayer heard by God?
In what sense will "all Israel" be saved in Romans 11:26? Does this refer to the church and the inclusion of both Jew and Gentile (vs. 25; cf. Acts 15:6-11; Gal. 6:15-16)?
Several years ago, I was having a conversation with someone about getting credit for ideas. I mentioned to them that it doesn’t matter to me if I get credit for an idea or not, because God knows who did what
We have no authentic portraits, images, or likenesses of Jesus that were done during his life and so we really have no understanding of Jesus true appearance. The portraits, images, and likenesses of Jesus that have been done through the
Regarding this common "argument" that one can be saved without baptism because the thief on the cross was saved, here are six responses: 1. One doesn't know that the theif wasn't baptized under John's baptism. It would be impossible to
What is speaking in tongues?
Please explain the phrase, "my judgment" in 1 Corinthians 7:25 and 40. How could Paul be giving his opinion and also be inspired of God?
Is saying words like gosh, golly, heck, darn, dang, etc. the same as saying the "bad" words? I hear lots of Christians say these words. Are they wrong?
Who decides what day is the first day of the week? If the first day of the week somewhere else is not Sunday, what day do they worship upon?
Would you please explain Romans 9:18?
I have heard it said all my Christian life that the sins of Israel were "rolled forward" to Christ. But I read in Leviticus 4, 5, and 16 that a person bringing a sin offering will be forgiven (Lev.4:20, 26,
What is the "one baptism" of Ephesians 4:5?
Are we, as Christians, to judge other people? Did Jesus judge people in his ministry?
Is it right for a preacher to preach his opinion as Bible doctrine?
Would you please explain Romans 4:15 and 5:13?
Is it the work of the church to provide secular education and give money for secular education?
In Luke 10:21, is Jesus saying you don't have to be a doctor in Theology to understand the word of God as some religions would have us believe?
In the 17th chapter of Acts, were those Paul preached to in the synagogues in Thessalonica and Berea already believers or became believers after hearing Paul?
Should a Christian be at a public swimming pool or water theme park?
Could you go over the wrongs of dating like Willie (Franklin) did? My boyfriend says it's stupid. Should I agree?
Did Moses give the rules for divorce without God's authority or did God give this authority?
Would you explain the words "delivered over to Satan" as spoken by Paul of certain men in 1 Corinthians 5:5 and 1 Timothy 1:20?
When we come across a passage within the Bible that is difficult to interpret or seemingly means something that contradicts another plain teaching of scripture, we must look at it through our understanding of the plain teaching of scriptures. Many
Do we, as Christians, have a responsibility to know for what purpose moneys will be used as we give to those who would ask us for help?
In Matthew 26, it talks about the Lord's supper. However, it never says anything about taking of the Lord's supper, on the Lord's day (Sunday). Why do we partake on Sunday? Does the Bible say we should?
What is the sin unto death?
In Genesis 7:2, 3, how many of the clean animals get onto the ark? Is it seven, or seven pair?
In John 5:24 when it says "does not come into judgment" is this speaking of the final judgment?
What is the sin of usury? Please discuss this.
As a Christian, what Bible version should I be using? If a version is doctrinally unsound should we refrain from using this in a public way? Is there anything wrong with the NIV?
One of your articles discussed that a person who leaves the church and rejects God has no more sacrifice for sin. Can these people be brought back into the fold?
How do the passages Isaiah 14:12 and Revelation 9:11 affect the answer you gave about Satan being a fallen angel? Please explain what Isaiah 14:12-17 is referring to. What does verse 12 mean when it says, "O, Lucifer, son of
In the Bible it says that the Devil was once an angel. How is this possible if the Devil is so evil?
I have a very tough question. I have been a member of the Lord's Church for a few years, and once people find out, the first question they ask is "Why does the church of Christ think they are the
What is the difference between The Holy Ghost and The Holy Spirit? When does one receive the Holy Spirit? Are we given the gifts of the Holy Spirit in these days? Do miracles still continue?
Are we to follow the Ten Commandments? Are they written for us?
Why does God refer to Jerusalem as his daughter?
Could Hebrews 1:14 be understood as God's providential care for those who are in Christ?
In John 2, John says turning water into wine was Jesus 1st miracle. In John 3, Nicodemus says he knew that Jesus had done signs. In John 4, John says Jesus did his second miracle. The question is, was it
In 1 Corinthians 11:24, some translations read "This is my body which is broken for you." Is this a correct translation because in John 19:36 we read "that not a bone of Him shall be broken."? Also what Old Testament
If someone who lives in Africa doesn't know about God or his word and he dies will the man go to hell?
We read in Hebrews 10:25 "as you see the day approaching." What is that day?
Please explain what Ephesians 5:4 means as to foolish talking nor jesting.
In 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, Paul gives some ordinances, customs, or signs of authority to women concerning their hair. Would you please explain this passage?
I would like to know if Jesus was God the Father or if he was only the (lower case) son of god.
Is it OK for a man to be in public with his shirt off for any reason? If yes, what is the difference between a man doing it and a woman doing it?
When a baby dies, does he/she go to heaven?
Would you explain the meaning of Matthew 10:34-36 as quoted from Micah 7:6?
As a juror, how should a Christian consider "capital" punishment?
Who and what is a high priest?
In Ezekiel 28, I have understood that this is referring to the King of Tyre. However, I've heard parts of it referred to as describing Satan's fall, especially verses 11 and following. Could this be a dual meaning in this
In the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus, Abraham and Lazarus could see across the gulf into Hades. Is that how its going to be when we get to heaven? Are we going to be able to see the
Please comment on Mark 15:34. Did God turn His back on Jesus because Jesus carried mankind's sin?
Are we to understand from Matthew 10:28 that the soul can be destroyed by God in hell or Gehenna? If so, is the word "destroy" used in the same way as we understand its meaning today?
Do you think that Romans 11:14-32 is a prophecy yet to be fulfilled?
Why did God make the dinosaurs go extinct? Is it true they just didn't evolve to their (new) environment?
Please explain Hebrews 10:26-27
Is a person responsible for their children's personal relationship with God after they leave the home? What does this do to the qualifications of the elder?
We most always read the scripture in Luke 22 before we partake of the Lord's Supper. Shouldn't we also read scriptures that we should do this on the first day of the week? I sometimes wonder if we have non-Christians
RE: 1 Peter 3:15-22. These verses of Scripture say Christ, went and preached to spirits in prison--1) Souls in prison, 2) while the ark was a preparing. Some believe the three days Christ was in the grave he went and
Where did Jesus' soul go while he was in the tomb? Where does our soul go after we die until judgment day?
Please comment on John 9:31
When did God make dinosaurs?
What is the promise in Acts 2:39?
Question 1: Must a person be baptized to be saved? Question 2: Can one lose his or her salvation? Question 3: Are the members of the church of Christ the only ones going to heaven? Question 4: If one loses
What is the difference between body, spirit, and soul?
If baptism is necessary to salvation (meaning you cannot get into heaven without it-even though you believe, confess, and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and ask him to live in your heart) then why did Jesus tell the
What is the gift of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:38? Do we receive it today?
In 1 Corinthians 7:39, Paul writes, " The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the
In Matthew 18:10, we read, "Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." What does
In Genesis 1:26 it says, "Then God said, Let us make man in our image . . . ." Who is "us?" Was God talking to himself or someone else?
After September 11th, many of us felt the need to show our patriotism. There was recently a rally held at the courthouse in which people from all over the community came to show support for our country and to remember
Jesus speaks of how great John the Baptist is and makes the statement that even as great as he is, the lesser (least) in God's Kingdom is greater than he. My question (and one that was asked of me) is,
We were studying the expulsion of demons from Legion into the swine and they all ran into the Lake and were drowned. The question was "were these demons (devils) present for Jesus to expel to show his power for the
How can God justly put man's sin upon an innocent victim?
What is the reward that is considered in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15?
Do dogs and other animals go to heaven?
How old must a child be before he becomes responsible for his own sin?
Does baptism mean that a man must dip himself in water? I personally don't think so. Jesus talked about his crucifixion as baptism. Why did Jesus become baptised by John?
I am a 19 year old college student. I do know that babies and young children are going to heaven, because our God is a merciful God. I recently got into a tiff with my boyfriend about how they are
What does Revelation 20:4, 6 mean?
Why do so many educated people find it so hard to take personal responsibility for their actions and morality? Looking to primitive superstitions for an answer to every moral dilemma seems to remove the need to develop our own mental
Can I divorce my husband because he is not the leader financially, emotionally, or physically? For three years now I have been the head in my house. I feel as if I am the man and he is the woman.
When I took my logic class in school, one of the things that we learned was how to define our terms. One way to define something was to simply point to it and say, "That is it!" This method, of
Can you please give me either examples or word for word scriptures speaking about what the elder's should do with or how they are to spend the Lord's money? Ex: Where is the authority to have a kitchen, gymnasim, water
The Israelites were given repentance many times when they sinned against God and God himself even asked them to return to him. My question is this, why weren't Adam and Eve given another chance when they sinned against him in
As we read in the bible we only read about the presence of God in the area of the Old and New Testaments (Middle East, Greece, Rome, etc). Where was God for the rest of the world (China, North America,
What is the meaning of "baptized for the dead" in 1 Cor 15:29: "Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?" Two
In 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, Paul gives some ordinances, customs, or signs of authority to women concerning their hair. Would you please explain this passage?
My question is related to divorce. Recently a friend of mine divorced her husband on account of pyhsical abuse. She was finally tired of his violent behavior so she left him. My question is, is it okay for her to
Is it biblical to withdraw fellowship from an individual who has left the church and after encouragement, exhortation, longsuffering, and finally rebuke refuses to come back to the Lord? I know the Lord's church has failed miserably in recent years
Is it bibically correct for women to teach, in a Sunday School class, a young boy of 10 years old who was recently baptized?
What will happen to babies who passed away and were not baptised but parents are Christains? Or embryos that had been aborted? Kids that died without knowing the Lord?
What can a living Christian do to help their loved one who is dead and did not known the Lord?
Q: Would you please address the question of the use of instrumental music within worship?
Did Jesus observe a different Passover than the Jews? John 19 seems to indicate that the Jews observed the Passover on Saturday whereas Jesus observed it on Thursday night.
In John 19:11, this verse talks about a greater sin. Does this mean there are greater and lesser sins? Are there greater or lesser punishments for sin? In 2 Peter 2:20-21 are these verses saying there will be greater degrees
We have a member who does not believe in Sponsoring Congregations? Do you and what is the scriptural authority for them?
Do you believe its wrong to have choruses to sing outside of worship (after worship has been dismissed)? If so, what makes it wrong to sing religious songs w/musical instruments outside of worship? Are these things out and out wrong
Is singing during the Lord's Supper scriptural.
If a man is baptized in a denominational church and he says he was baptize for the remission of sins, can you accept him into the fellowship of the church?
If a Christian falls away to sin and it is known both within the church and outside, is it necessary for that Christian to repent before the church? Could you please give some scriptures in answer? I have always been
One of the guys at work will become a woman next week. Is this wrong in God's eyes? Many people who change gender have more chromosomes of the opposite sex than of the sex they are. People I work with
Should a minster counsel a woman by himself? What I mean is should he go over a woman's house by himself to discuss the Bible? Please give me an answer and scriptures to back this up.
I fell away from God and suffered for it. So, in my pain and desperation I promised God that if he would bring me back I would keep my life as simple as possible. I promised to be a bank
In 1 Corinthians 11:29, what is Paul making reference to when he says "if he does not judge the body rightly"? Which body is he speaking of?
I am a member of the church and have a question about divorce. I committed fornication and became pregnant. I married the father thinking that was the "right" thing to do but now realize that two wrongs don't make a
What is the appropriate thing to do biblically if a boy gets his girlfriend pregnant before he is married to her. He is a Christian and she is a baptist.Do they have to get married? He plans on supporting the
Is it ever appropriate for a Christian to bring a lawsuit against someone for defamation of character?
I understand that Israel is no longer to be a nation according to God & the scriptures today. Would you please furnish me the scriptures that prove this beyond a doubt. I would deeply appreciate an answer.
My question is what about preachers referring to the preacher's house as the parsonage?
What does it mean when we become the Bride of Christ? Are we already a Bride when we believe and born again? Revelation speaks of Christ coming for His Bride? Please tell me more about Bride of Christ.
Why is it that I feel that God has left me, that I feel unwanted. My life is an empty shell; have I done something wrong for him to do this to me. I pray everyday and night for forgiveness,
What does S, T, P, O, and A stand for in your sermon outlines?
I do not understand all the teachings on divorce and remarriage. I would like to understand how it all works. I've had two husbands who were terrible men. I realize I am the one that twice filed for divorce. Am
What is the role and fate of Satan and the unrighteous in the last days?
From your message at address below.. God's Ideal Family 2. As Adults 1) Children don't stop being children just because they are grown up. 2) Parents still have a responsibility to love and support them. 3) Children still have the
In Numbers 25:11 it says that Phinehas, son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest, turned God’s anger away because in verse 7 it says that Phinehas thrust a spear into the Israelite’s stomach and into the Medianite woman.
Okay I know you are suppose to get baptized,but if you don't and it is a sin but sins can be forgiven so even though it is a part of salvation it is necessary,but you can be forgiven for not
Please explain to me where is "the church" at Christ's 2nd coming, and what happens to it? Will the church suffer thru the sufferings of gods wrath in the book of revelations?
If the steps to salvation are understand, believe, confess, repent and be baptized... does that mean that if these steps were done but not in that order that one will not find true salvation? Is infant baptism invalid?
At the time of Paul's writings, I believe the NT was not yet written, incomplete. The "impefect" I beleive is the miraclious spiritual gifts which ceased. What do you think the "perfect" is in 1 Cor. 13:10?
We were in a discussion last evening about Jesus being God. I told my husband that Jesus and God were the same person. That Jesus was the three in one.......God, Son and Holy Spirit. He told me that Jesus was
I have a question. As members of the Church or Christ, the Bible is our only standard of authority. But, by what authority do you use multiple cups for communion, when the Bible plainly shows that Jesus used one cup
If you have a couple who divorced (both), and then married each other before either heard the Gospel, say 20 or 25 years ago. Then they hear the Gospel and want to be saved--do they have to separate and either
The book of Revelation talks about the 1000 year rule of Christ on earth. Please explain, is this true?
What was the person named that carried Jesus Christ's cross on the day of His death?
I'm just wondering does God forgive multiple backslidings? I've been in and out of church about 3 times and am deeply troubled by this subject, but am wanting God to forgive me for my failures and backslidings. I saw one
Are mixed relationships wrong?
Is dancing a sin? Is it a sin to go to the prom? Is it a sin to participate in ballet?
I heard a TV minister say that if you could not learn to love your spouse then you could not learn to love Jesus. Is this true?
If upon death the spirit is returned unto God then are the Christians in Heaven prior to judgement day? Please explain "Paradise" and purgatory. Thank you.
What does the New Testament have to say about tithing?
Please help me to understand the word "convict" more clearly. What does it mean when we say that God 'convicts' us of our sins? Without 'conviction', we may not want to make a commitment.
I was talking with a friend about the Once saved always saved issue and I could not find any good scriptures to show him on the topic. He used Rom 8:37-39 and some others that I can not recall to
Please give some thought on why we worship on Sundays or the importance of the Sunday worship. Why not on other days? Why do we meet on Sunday, the first day of the week?
How are we, as Christians, to forgive others when they have sinned against us? Do we ask for their forgiveness differently if they are not a brother in Christ, someone who is not a member of the church? What does
Why did Jesus turn the water into wine?
I am a brother in Christ and I want to know, Does God honors all marriages?