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Alive in Christ: Hope for the Rebellious Child

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Our world is filled with young people who reject God.  What almost seems cruel at times is that it happens to some of the best Christian parents.  Is there any hope?  Will that person ever change?  Does God hear the prayers for those who seem to never see their need of a ...

Are Good Works Guaranteed?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Imagine that you have a loved one who professes to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.  You watch patiently, but as more time passes you grow concerned.  There seems to be absolutely no good works (or very little) that you can see in their life.  You begin to pray for them, b ...

Assurance of Salvation

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
I absolutely believe that a person can be sure of their eternal salvation.  First and foremost this assurance should be based on a proper understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Saving faith is the belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died and rose again to pay ...

Can a Lost Man do Good Things?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Imagine looking out your back window to see your neighbor mowing your lawn. You know that he is usually a nice person, but you also know that he is not a believer in Jesus Christ. As you continue to watch him mow, you are left wondering what has inspired this act of kindness. ...

Dispensationalism

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
At the forefront of many theological discussions is a central truth of Scripture known as dispensationalism. This particular word carries great importance. What is it, and how does it fit into our biblical worldview?
Dispensationalism is an understanding of Scripture that ...

Forgiven by the Blood of Christ?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Some sins are deemed to be worse than others. A certain disgust is understandable when Christians are confronted with the onslaught of wickedness in an unredeemed world. Too often, the news tells the tragic story of a young life taken, a woman brutally attacked, a husband who ...

Is Repentance Required for Eternal Salvation?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important subject known to mankind.  It is the, “power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16).[1] Yet, among those that love the Lord Jesus Christ there is great disagreement about the content of the Gospel.  One ...

Justification by Faith Alone

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
There are approximately 160 verses in the New Testament that clearly state that salvation is solely based upon a person’s faith, trust, or belief in Jesus Christ as Savior.
Luke 7:48-50; 8:12; 18:42
John 1:7, 12; 2:23; 3:15-16, 18, 36; 4:39; 4:41-42; 5:24, 45-47; 6:29, 3 ...

People Who Never Hear the Gospel of Christ

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Throughout the history of mankind there have been countless people who have died without hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Christians recognize that if someone rejects the gospel, they stand condemned.  This can be witnessed by looking at one of the most familiar passages ...

Should Romans 10:9-10 Be Used for Witnessing?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Many evangelical churches have a cookie cutter approach when witnessing for the Lord Jesus Christ. One familiar text from the Bible that is often used is Romans 10:9-10. It appears to be the perfect passage for presenting the Gospel of Christ. To challenge this assumption ...

The Purpose of Good Works for Christians

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Good works will not:
Get you into heaven when you die Keep Christians from losing their salvation (which is secure) Prove that a person is truly saved Earn the love of God Good works will:
Bring glory to God (Matt. 5:16; John 15:8; 1 Pet. 2:12) Demonstrate your ...