At the May 22-25 GES annual conference, I heard a great message from Bob Bryant. At one point, he referred to a July 2009 Grace in Focus article I had written, “Four Free Grace Views Related to Two Issues.” See here. I didn’t recognize it because he explained it so much better than I had.
Chris asks a great question: If I believe that Jesus has the power to give me everlasting life, is that the same as believing that He is the Giver of everlasting life (because I believe He has the power to give me everlasting life)? The Scripture says that all who believe Jesus is the Giver
B. P. asks, “Is evidence of a changed life an important indication of whether a person is truly born again?” Most Evangelicals say that their assurance of salvation requires an ongoing self-examination of our works. They reason in this way: Major premise: Only those who persevere in faith and good works will gain final salvation.
One of the areas all Christians struggle with is how to determine what issues we should fight for and which ones we can let go. Specifically, how should we deal with other believers when we disagree on points of theology? All of us agree that Christians can, and often do, fight over trivial issues. These
Nicholas [my middle name, BTW] sent in a great question: Hi. I hope everything is well with you. I’m worried about my salvation. I have faith in the Lord Jesus and His finished work and His resurrection from the dead by the Lord God on the 3rd day. But people say it’s not by faith
In May, my daughter Kathryn and I went to Zambia to teach in a Bible college. I taught the book of Romans and Kathryn taught the doctrine of eternal salvation. This was our fifth trip to Zambia. Thanks so much to you who have supported us in these endeavors financially—allowing us to give out free
Z. P. asks this important question: Bob, you said in regard to Acts 2:37-38, that when the Jewish hearers of Peter’s sermon were “cut to the heart,” that is the time they believed that Jesus is the Christ. I’m struggling to see assurance as the essence of saving faith in this passage. Are you saying
Zane Hodges departed this life in November of 2008. In the dozen years since then, many people have suggested that he changed his view of the saving message. Many pointed to a 2006 message in which he argued that a person is not born again until he is sure that he is eternally secure by
I recently received a question about a book by a Calvinist author named Dean Inserra. That led to an internet search, and I came across a 2020 book by him, published by Moody Publishers, entitled Without a Doubt: How to Know for Certain That You’re Good with God. GES bought the book. Great title. Great
I interacted with a young man about Matt 7:21-23. I told him that the people who call Jesus “Lord, Lord” and make their case for entering His kingdom based on their works were unbelievers. They had not done the will of the Father, which is believing in His Son for everlasting life. That led to