R4E140922 – Rahab Character Study by CJ Jones
In this message, David Bercot explains what the kingdom of God is, why it was the theme of Jesus’ and the apostles’ preaching, and what difference it makes in the life of a Christian when we understand the Kingdom of God.
Bercot also discusses some of the laws of the Kingdom. As he explains, man was designed and structured for the Kingdom of God. When we obey the laws of the Kingdom, we are obeying what is best for ourselves. We were made to belong to the Kingdom. At the same time, the Kingdom is the most radical proposal ever made to mankind.
The average Christian today has never even heard of the doctrine called “the two kingdoms.” Yet, it is a fundamental doctrine of Christianity that concerns our relationship with the governments of this world. Without understanding the concept of the two kingdoms, we cannot really embrace apostolic Christianity. Bercot discusses the New Testament teaching on this subject and quotes heavily from the early Christians.
What the early Christians believed about baptism and how the Scriptures support their beliefs.
Of all the evils that plague mankind, war is perhaps the greatest. In the past century alone, war claimed over 70 million lives. Yet Jesus taught His followers to love their enemies. He said, “All who take the sword will perish by the sword.” Paul wrote, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.” Does this mean that Christians cannot go to war against their enemies? How literally did the early Christians take Jesus’ teachings?
Once a person has been saved from this world, can he or she lose their salvation? Or, to put it another way, is salvation a “once and done” operation, or is it conditioned upon an abiding obedient relationship with Christ? When a person receives Christ, does he receive pre-forgiveness for every sin he may commit in the future—or does he receive forgiveness for past sins? Bercot explains what the early Christians believed about those questions.
It’s easy to pull proof-texts from the New Testament to supply a variety of answers to those questions. But what do we discover about a believer’s security when we look at every verse of the New Testament? The early Christians did that very thing. They looked at every New Testament passage, and they had a uniform understanding of what the New Testament teaches about eternal security. All believers owe it to themselves to know what the original, historic teaching of the church was on this vital subject.
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