Peak of the Week (Page 16)

What does baptism have to do with salvation?

When the Bible talks about baptism, it almost always talks about it in connection with forgiveness, salvation, and the washing away of sins. But this confuses many people, because the Bible clearly teaches that man is saved by grace, through faith (Ephesians 2:8). So what, if anything, does baptism have to do with salvation? Let’s see what the Bible really teaches. The Biblical Expression of Faith Baptism is not something we do in addition to having faith in Christ. Baptism…

Old School

We were having a light supper with one of the elders and his wife in their magnificent home one Sunday night after church. Another elder and his wife had been invited to join us. We were seated at the table, enjoying delicious food and delightful conversation. Suddenly, the wife of the other elder said to me, “Hugh, I think your preaching is a little bit old style. I think you need to update your preaching.” To say the least, I…

Does God have plans to prosper you?

We’ve probably all seen the words of Jeremiah 29:11 on graduation cards, encouragement cards, and other merchandise. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (NIV). The way we use this verse seems to be implying God has plans to give an individual a prosperous career, good health, or even money in the bank. It actually…

30 prompts for reflection on your integrity

The word integrity is related to the roots of words like “integrate” & “entire,” & its Latin root means “wholeness.” Integrity thus implies the state of being complete, undivided, intact, & unbroken. Such a state contrasts with one that is scattered, fragmented, & incomplete. When you profess to one principle, but act in a way contrary to it; when you say you’ll do something, but fail to fulfill that promise; when you disregard a business’s or your employer’s rules, even…

Let’s talk about being justified by faith

The concept of “justification by faith” is one of the most important doctrines in Scripture. Unfortunately, some misunderstand it, some scoffingly dismiss it, and some ignore it completely. But let me tell you something and I don’t think I’m overstating the case here, you cannot be a Christian unless you understand and embrace the doctrine of justification by faith. So, let’s talk about what it means to be justified by faith. Justifying Ourselves To justify something means to make it…

6 popular false beliefs about Christianity

One of the most popular names that we think of regarding Protestantism and Christianity in the 16th century is Martin Luther. One thing for which Luther was known is the concept of “adiaphora,” from the Greek meaning “things indifferent.” It is the concept that there are things in the Bible and in Christianity that do not matter. Is this an accurate concept? Are there things in the Bible that don’t matter? Is anything really “adiaphora”? Sure, some things are, like…

You won’t go to Heaven just by being a member of the right church

HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS The church as set forth in the New Testament was the fulfillment & fruition of God’s eternal purpose to redeem mankind Ephesians 3:8-12. It was brought into existence by Christ, being purchased with His blood Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28. All who have been cleansed of & saved from their sins by the blood of Christ are members of the church, having been added to it when they were saved Acts 2:47. To speak of being a…

Losing faith: 4 things to do when doubts arise

I would be surprised if there was anyone who had thought seriously about the claims of the gospel and not had some doubts. If we are honest about what the Bible asks us to accept, there will be times when we say, “Could all this really be true?” I’ve experienced times like that and I’ve known plenty of mature Christians – leaders in the church – who’ve gone through seasons of doubt and come out stronger on the other side.…

Singing…

I suppose every Christian has memorized: Ephesians 5:19, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Colossians 3:16, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. We all know we are to sing as a past of the worship service, and to…

25 things Christians need to pray about more

In the hurry of our day to day lives we often stop to say a prayer at one of three times: When we wake up, right before our busyness begins, Before we fall asleep, capping off our busy day or Before we hastily throw food into our mouths It’s not wrong to pray at these times, but sometimes this repetitive schedule or prayer leads to repetitive prayers (Matthew 6:7), and before we know it we’re praying the same ole things…