Grace in Focus – May/June 2023
How Do You Know When It’s Time to Change Your Testimony?
By Bob Wilkin A Christian testimony is a person’s story about how he became a Christian. Testimony in a criminal case is a person’s account of what he heard, saw, and experienced. Some testimony in court is based on faulty memory, fuzzy vision, or poor hearing. A well-intentioned person may unintentionally give false testimony. How
What Would Jesus Say? Someone’s Knocking at the Door: The Letter to Laodicea–Revelation 3:14-22
By Philippe R. Sterling One of the games I loved to play as an adolescent was Monopoly. According to my sisters, I was ruthless in the acquisition of property and play money. In the context of the game, I was rich. Once the game was over, it didn’t matter. What would happen if I went
Everlasting Life Is the Cap on the Gospel
By Joe Conaghan My doctor said my symptoms were all indicative of possible colon cancer, so he ordered the tests. I was fifty years old. Was this short ride really about to end so soon? Faced with an uncertain future, I wanted some assurance that I would go to heaven after I died. For reasons
Never Mind, Lord
By Ken Yates INTRODUCTION We have all heard the phrase, “there are no atheists in foxholes.” What that means is that when a man is facing death, he often finds religion. He will promise God all kinds of things if God gets him through the danger he finds himself in. A soldier, for example, might
Paul’s Blueprint for How to Give Your Testimony (Acts 22)
By Kathryn Wright Many ministries, churches, and Christian organizations train believers to give their salvation testimonies as a tool for evangelism. In this training, the apostle Paul is often seen as the gold standard when it comes to how we are to share our own testimonies. His example in the book of Acts is used
Does the Word Gospel Equal Jesus Christ’s Death and Resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15?
By Dr. John H. Niemelä First Corinthians 15’s definition of the word gospel is important.1 For brevity’s sake, I assume the view that saved in 15:2 refers to sanctification, not regeneration. Lowery writes, “As the former message was an essential element in the Corinthians’ experience of ongoing salvation (the pres. tense of the verb saved
Will You Weep at the Bema?
By Bill Fiess Recently, my 102-year-old father died and left an inheritance to each of his four children. My parents were not extremely rich, but they were both college-educated professionals, and they left us a very nice inheritance. I would have been extremely disappointed if I had not been included in my father’s will. I
Our Miracle Baby
By Nancy Rempel Mrs. Mahsud squeezed her 15-year-old daughter Razwana’s arm like a vise as they hurried out of the mission hospital. February temperatures in northern Pakistan had dipped to near-freezing, but their brows were wet with sweat. The delicious smell of beef kababs wafted on the air as the pair threaded their way through
The Missing Resurrection
By Bruce Zimmerman I have a friend named Mike who went on a missions trip to Colombia to share the gospel using the Evangecube. Similar to a Rubik’s cube, the Evangecube, through various manipulations, portrays different pictures sharing the elements of the gospel message of Jesus. The unfolding pictures help keep the attention of the
A Review of Voddie Baucham Jr.’s Book, Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe
By Ken Yates1 Baucham addresses the problem of critical race theory, intersectionality, and critical social justice, and their impact on our society and Evangelicalism. These ideas view racism as being engrained in the very fabric of America. They see white privilege and white supremacy at the root of all our problems. Taken together, these ideas
Is It Possible Your View of the Gospel Is Wrong?
By Bob Wilkin John Carlson asked me that question. A few weeks later, I believed in the Lord Jesus Christ for everlasting life. That was no coincidence. His question led to my new birth. Countless people over the centuries have come to faith in the same way. They lacked assurance and someone came along and