Jesus said "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:16). Yet, just days earlier, He told a dying, penitent thief hanging on a cross: "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise". How are these passages reconciled? The New Testament plan of salvation including its mandate of water baptism is often rejected with the argument that the thief was saved in his final moments without being baptized. Do we know the thief was never baptized? If he was not, does his case of eleventh hour conversion negate the believing, penitent sinner's responsibility to be baptized for the remission of sins? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn about Baptism And The Thief On The Cross.
Do you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of faithfully living the Christian life? Many hesitate to begin because they don't believe they can finish. The Apostle Peter not only says that you can make your salvation sure but he provides the keys to doing so. By adding certain characteristics to our lives, one upon another, we can claim victory over sin and receive an abundant entrance into the heavenly kingdom in the after-a-while. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, the scriptures assure that You Can Live The Christian Life!
A scarlet stream courses its way through the scriptures culminating at the foot of Calvary's cross. From the fall of man in the Garden of Eden to the final victory of the redeemed pictured in Revelation, the shedding of blood is central to this story of the ages. Why did God require sacrifices throughout history and why, ultimately, did His plan necessitate the shedding of the blood of Christ? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak we consider why the blood of Jesus is the price of the sinner's redemption.
Baptism is a commandment of Jesus Christ to every person who desires to come to Him in faith. The scriptures plainly state that several things take place and the one who believes is benefited in several ways when they submit to Christ in this sacred step. There are also things that baptism will not do. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, distinguish those things that occur in scriptural baptism from the things this act of obedience will not accomplish.
Jesus once posed a rhetorical question that one can not affirmatively answer: "What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Most people are thoughtlessly trading their most precious possession for things of little to no worth. What is a soul and what makes it so invaluable? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we consider The Worth Of Your Soul. Take a few moments and watch. It may affect where you spend eternity.
Millions of people describe themselves as followers of Jesus but do not have any affiliation or participation with a local congregation of the Lord's church. On the other extreme, others believe that having their name on a church roll or periodically frequenting worship assemblies, identifies them with Christ and thus, numbers them among the saved. Both views are a misunderstanding of the church and the Christian's relationship with the body. In this broadcast of 'Let the Bible Speak', we see what it means to be added to the church by Christ and why the Christian's participation in its collective work and mission is necessary to spiritual life.
Was the death of Christ in vain? Though Christians recoil at such a suggestion, the apostle Paul said that if certain things are true, then the death of Jesus was indeed without meaning. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak we learn some of the reasons Christ died and how many in religion make His death void where they are concerned.
Is it possible for a person once saved to forfeit their salvation? While it is true that God will not break His promise and it is also true that no man or spiritual force can pluck us from God's hand, can a person abandon Christ and thus be eternally lost? The Calvinistic doctrine of The Perseverance of the Saints is a hotly debated topic in theology and has been for centuries. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we examine this teaching in light of the scriptures.
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