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  1. Saved.One.by.Grace

    What is your understanding of Faith?

    Foreknowledge doesn't demand predestination. To believe so sends one down the rabbit-hole to fatalism. "through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name's sake," - Romans 1:5, NASB. Grace precedes faith, and faith is a choice. Not all Gentiles who hear the word of God respond positively. Ephesians 2:8 - For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; This is the beginning of my understanding of the relationship between grace, faith and salvation.
  2. Saved.One.by.Grace

    What is your understanding of Faith?

    I don't believe grace precedes faith. How can we have faith if God has not first softened our hearts through His grace. God pours out his grace: some receive and welcome it; some fall by the wayside. This is an excellent question. How can we repent of our sins if we don't put Jesus first? The step of faith is total reliance upon God when there is no sure thing as a backup plan (Plan B). Total reliance upon the Godhead. Romans 10:17-21 King James Version (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. 19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. 20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. 21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
  3. Saved.One.by.Grace

    What is your understanding of Faith?

    Doesn't faith have its full measure when there is no supporting "facts"? Isn't that the definition of belief also?
  4. Saved.One.by.Grace

    What is your understanding of Faith?

    Considering Paul, Paul was called out by Jesus to be an Apostle to the Gentiles. This didn't happen all at once, much like my own calling by the Holy Spirit to make Jesus Lord of my life. To a lesser extent than Paul, a miracle brought me from the death I accepted and the dead life I was leading to the fullness of life that was awaiting me in Jesus.
  5. Saved.One.by.Grace

    What is your understanding of Faith?

    Without God's grace, there can be no faith. We would be as blind to the truth without the grace to see, mentally acuity to understand, and ability to freely accept the precious gift of salvation that is ONLY available through Jesus.
  6. Saved.One.by.Grace

    What is your understanding of Faith?

    In a Christian sense, faith is a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
  7. Saved.One.by.Grace

    Pauline Doctrine of Sanctification by Faith

    What Biblical scriptures are using to prove this?
  8. Saved.One.by.Grace

    What is your understanding of Faith?

    Faith isn't a beginning, God's grace is the absolute beginning that forms the foundation for faith. That's where our salvation journey begins.
  9. Saved.One.by.Grace

    What is your understanding of Faith?

    I'd be interested. I find the above scriptures highly useful in defining faith to me.
  10. Saved.One.by.Grace

    What is your understanding of Faith?

    From Vine's ... Vine's Expository Dictionary "The main elements in "faith" in its relation to the invisible God, as distinct from "faith" in man, are especially brought out in the use of this noun and the corresponding verb, pisteuo; they are (1) a firm conviction, producing a full acknowledgement of God's revelation or truth, e.g., 2 Thess. 2:11,12; (2) a personal surrender to Him, John 1:12; (3) a conduct inspired by such surrender, 2 Cor. 5:7. Prominence is given to one or other of these elements according to the context. All this stands in contrast to belief in its purely natural exercise, which consists of an opinion held in good "faith" without necessary reference to its proof. The object of Abraham's "faith" was not God's promise (that was the occasion of its exercise); his "faith" rested on God Himself, Rom. 4:17,20,21." Belief Commit Intrust Trust Faith (above definition for pisteuo contained in paragraph 3 under pistis)
  11. Saved.One.by.Grace

    Sermon: What can we learn from the Moravian Revival?

    Getting back to the OP, one only has to read through the various threads to see the need for revival. Moravian Revival
  12. Saved.One.by.Grace

    Sermon: What can we learn from the Moravian Revival?

    The United Church of God places the comma after today. There are a large number of Christians who believe the United Church of God is a cult. We do know they deny the trinity which would make them at odds with the Statement of Faith on this Forum. George, correct me if I am wrong or misleading here. Armstrongism
  13. Saved.One.by.Grace

    Summary On Gap Theory

    Difficulties With The Gap Theory Though there are many good Bible believing Christians who accept the Gap Theory, there are some serious problems with this point of view that make it difficult, if not impossible, to accept. I will attempt to answer the perceived difficulties that some see in The Gap Theory. 1.No Mention Of Creation To begin with, it is hard to imagine that the entire creation of the universe is passed over in only one verse and the bulk of the record deals with re-creation. According to the Gap Theory, there is no clear word from God concerning the original creation. Nothing is known as to the order of events or its history. The Bible is for man. So the Creation account relegated to Genesis 1:1 and a few other scriptures is a red herring in The Gap Theory analysis. 2.Not The Historical View Furthermore, the historical view of Jewish, Roman Catholic, and Protestant interpreters is that Genesis is the account of God's original creation of the universe. The Gap Theory holds that only one verse, Genesis 1:1, describes the original creation. The Gap Theory dilutes the majestic account in Genesis of God's creation. Historical perspective is not an argument. Do we still believe the Sun revolves around the Earth? 3.Genesis Is Not A Cryptic Account Genesis 1 is written as a straightforward account of God's creation - not some cryptic record. If God had meant to inform us of a gap between the first two verses, He could have clearly done that. There is nothing in the Genesis creation account that requires or even hints at a gap. Something has to be read into the account that is not obviously there. There is nothing cryptic about The Gap Theory. God's inspired text confirms the Biblical account supporting The Gap Theory. 4.No Earlier Creation Taught Anywhere There is no verse of Scripture that teaches there was an earlier creation. If there were a creation before Genesis 1:2, there should be at least one verse that explicitly says that. But there is none. This is a false statement intended to support a Young Earth Creation. 5.Contrary To Scripture Not only are there no explicit verses about a previous creation, the Scripture argues against this idea. Genesis 2:3,4 which sums up the previous chapter of God's work says: One of the works of the Spirit is that of renewal; of making new again. This is His work. God sends forth his spirit and “renewest the face of the earth” (Psalm 104:30). This is His work with fallen man (Titus 3:5). This was very likely His work with the destroyed earth in Genesis 1:2. But consider, only that which already exists can be renewed. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens (Genesis 2:3,4). This is creation, not re-creation. Thus, the context itself speaks of creation rather than re-creation. Throughout the six-day creation story, each day begins with “And God said” (Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 14, 20, 24) and each day ends with “And the evening and the morning were the [number] day” (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31). According to this formula, the first day of creation began in Genesis 1:3 making the events of the first two verses previous to the six-day creation. Heaven Also mentioned in Genesis 2:3,4 is the creation of the heavens. What was completed in the six days was not just the work of God upon the earth but also heaven. They were created during the six days, not long before it. The heavens are built in stories (Amos 9:6). Compare the heavens to the three stories on Noah’s ark (Genesis 6:16). The first heaven is the atmosphere or the atmospheric heaven. It is called the “open firmament of heaven” (Genesis 1:20 ) because it is the one we access and it is open to the heaven above it. It was created on the second day of the six days of creation (Genesis 1:6-8 ). The second heaven is the starry heaven or out space. It is called “the firmament of the heaven” (Genesis 1:14-19 ) and was created on the second day (Genesis 1:6-8 ). The third heaven (2 Corinthians 12:4) is simply heaven or God’s heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:16). It is sometimes called the “heaven of heavens” (Nehemiah 9:6); (Psalm 148:4) or “paradise” after the resurrection and ascension of Christ (2 Corinthians 12:4). It was created in Genesis 1:1 in the beginning. That is why Genesis 1:1 refers to “heaven” while Genesis 2:1 refers to the “heavens.” Only one heaven had been created in the very beginning. There had been no separation between heavens as there it today. The heaven of Genesis 1:1 must refer to God’s heaven—one that was not created during the six days of creation but had an earlier existence. In addition, Exodus 20:11 says: For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them. This passage does not say that God created the heavens and the earth before the first day as the Gap Theory teaches but rather in six days. All that is in heaven was created in six days. Everything. This is a false statement intended to support a Young Earth Creation. This is old ground dealt with on previous threads. The words here mean reformed from existing, not create from out of nothing. 6.No Direct Statement Of Judgment There is no direct statement anywhere is Scripture that a divine judgment occurred between the first two verses in Genesis. While Scripture, at various times, does speak of God's judgment on the angels and the earth, there are no passages that speaks of it being before the creation narrative in Genesis 1:1-31. Those who hold the Gap Theory must read this into the passage. Lame argument. 7.No Death Before Sin The Gap Theory says that millions of animals lived and died not only before Adam, but also before the fall of Satan. But how could there be death in a sinless world? The Bible says that death was a result of sin: Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men (Romans 5:12). Speaks of the descendants of Adam. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15:21). The Bible also says that the groaning and travailing in pain of the animal kingdom (Romans 8:20-22) is a result from the Edenic curse after Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden. Speaks of the descendants of Adam. 8.God Made The World Very Good At the end of creation we are told, 'God saw everything that He had made, and behold it was very good.' In this verse we have two superlatives: 'everything' and 'very good.' This could hardly be said if a part of the world had already been destroyed and if the angels had fallen into sin. The Gap Theory builds our present world on the ruins of a former one. How could it be very good? Because God remade (reformed) it. In addition, the angels, as well as the rest of creation, were seemingly still in a state of perfection at the end of the sixth day. Everything was perfect everywhere. Not so. The angels (1/3) had already fallen. The rest of this text is answered on: Gap Theory Answers
  14. Saved.One.by.Grace

    Conspiracy theories and truth

    I don't know of any list. Was there a conspiracy against Jesus that led to His death? The answer is a resounding yes. Did the people of that age recognize they were being used and part of a conspiracy? No.
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    Sermon: What can we learn from the Moravian Revival?

    Luke_23:43 And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise." 2 Corinthians 12:4 was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. [This was Paul speaking before his death.] Rev_2:7 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.' [Not in some future date, but immediately Jesus grants to those who overcome.]