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Why Do We Sin?

Topics: Confession & Repentance, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Confession & Repentance, Faith & Hope, Personal Holiness, Doctrine of Sin, Gospel, Gospel, Contributor: Joel Webbon

I know I’m not supposed to sin. I realize it is going against God’s perfect design.” So, why do I? I would argue from both experience and scripture that we sin because we believe a lie. And not just a lie, but the lie behind the lie. In Genesis, we encounter the story of the fall. The woman is standing …

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5 Reasons For Belonging To A Local Church

Topics: Gospel, Gospel, Church Discipline, Church Membership, Church Polity, Elders, Confession & Repentance, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Confession & Repentance, Faith & Hope, Personal Holiness, Submission to Authority, Contributor: Joel Webbon

The New Testament contains at least five strands of evidence for local church membership. Each one reveals something vital to Christian Faith which would be minimized or denied if there were no definable local church membership. 1. DISCIPLINE Church membership is implied by the way the church is supposed to discipline its members. The church appears to be the final …

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Divisions In the Church: ‘I Follow Paul, I Follow Apollos’

Topics: Confession & Repentance, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Confession & Repentance, Faith & Hope, Personal Holiness, Submission to Authority, Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Gospel, Gospel, Church Discipline, Church Membership, Church Polity, Elders, Church Unity, Contributor: Joel Webbon

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a] in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there …

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Anxiety, Panic Attacks, And The Gospel

Topics: Doctrine of Sin, Doctrine of Sanctification, Gospel, Gospel, Church Discipline, Church Membership, Church Polity, Elders, Church Unity, Gospel, Confession & Repentance, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Confession & Repentance, Faith & Hope, Personal Holiness, Submission to Authority, Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

About five years ago a handful of my closest friends and I moved across the country to plant a church. We had no idea how difficult of a task this would be. The endeavor of starting a church from scratch included more challenges than I had ever imagined. Preparing sermons, building a website, finding a venue to accommodate our gatherings, …

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You’re A New Creation But…

Topics: Doctrine of Sin, Doctrine of Sanctification, Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Regeneration, Doctrine of Sanctification, Confession & Repentance, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Confession & Repentance, Faith & Hope, Personal Holiness, Submission to Authority, Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Humility, Contributor: Joel Webbon

When I was younger I remember going to my first wedding and being frustrated by how much attention was given to the bride. I was just a selfish little boy at the time, but it seemed wrong for the groom to be merely an afterthought in his own wedding. Think about it for a second. In every wedding the bride …

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Enjoying The Little Things In Life

Topics: Confession & Repentance, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Confession & Repentance, Faith & Hope, Personal Holiness, Submission to Authority, Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Humility, Christian Contentment, Confession & Repentance, Contributor: Megan Webbon

My name is Megan and I struggle to believe that God is good. Honestly, I have had a pretty easy life so far. Looking back, I can’t say my life has been marked by much tragedy. I also can’t say that I have gone through an extended season of dryness is which I felt disappointed by God. But let me …

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The Mystery Of Godliness

Topics: Doctrine of Sin, Doctrine of Sanctification, Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Regeneration, Doctrine of Sanctification, Doctrine of Sanctification, Confession & Repentance, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Confession & Repentance, Faith & Hope, Personal Holiness, Submission to Authority, Bitterness, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Humility, Christian Contentment, Confession & Repentance, Personal Holiness, Contributor: Stacy Craft

I’ve read the letter of 1 Timothy many times in my life, but recently there was a passage that particularly caught my attention. In chapter 3 verses 14-16, Paul writes to Timothy so that he knows how to behave in the case that Paul is delayed. In this context Paul gives to Timothy an insightful definition of godliness. This is …

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The Glory Of God

Topics: Doctrine of Sin, Doctrine of Sanctification, Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Regeneration, Doctrine of Sanctification, Doctrine of Sanctification, Doctrine of God, Contributor: Stacy Craft

“For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of. Did any people ever hear the voice of a god speaking out …

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The Gospel Is Good News, Not Good Advice

Topics: Gospel, Gospel, Church Discipline, Church Membership, Church Polity, Elders, Church Unity, Gospel, Gospel, Contributor: Joel Webbon

The word gospel literally means good news. However, good news is very different from good advice. Good advice is something we need to do, but good news is a declaration of something that has already been done. The gospel is that God himself has come to rescue and renew all of creation in and through the work of Jesus Christ …