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1 John: Fellowship with God

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Whenever we begin a study of the Word of God there are a number of questions that we must ask regarding the text before us.  Three of these questions should include:
1. Who is the intended audience?
2. What is the theme?
3. What is the reason or occasion that a given ...

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 ...

Apologetic Methods

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Sharing our faith in Christ leads many Christians to mortal fear. People have questions that we might not have an answer for. Not every Christian is an expert at repeating the historical evidence that supports the Bible. The contentiousness of men can lead to philosophical ...

Are Good Works Guaranteed?

Click Title to Open
(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, ...

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....

Can We Trust the Bible?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Can we trust the Bible?  This is the central question that surrounds the issue of inerrancy.  Merriam-Webster chooses to define inerrancy as, “exemption from error” or “infallibility.” This seems like a reasonable definition.  Applying this definition to the Bible would mean ...

Creation Myths of the Ancient Near East

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
There is an undeniable battle over the legitimacy of the Word of God. Either the Bible is what it claims to be (the inspired Word of God) or it is the mere product of men. Quite often the attacks against the Scriptures come from what appear to be legitimate sources, and ...

Dispensationalism

Click Title to Open
(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 ...

Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats?

Click Title to Open
(By Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it during the past few years. It has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments. ...

Forgiven by the Blood of Christ?

Click Title to Open
(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 ...

I Will Pour Out My Spirit (Joel 2:28-32)

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
The Day of Pentecost had come. A sound came from heaven and the disciples of Christ were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:2-3). As the Spirit gave utterance, the disciples began to speak to the Jews gathered in Jerusalem in their own languages and confusion ensued (vv....

Inerrancy: Why it Matters

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
It is an axiomatic truth that miscommunication is at the heart of many conflicts and difficult situations. Letters and emails often have unintentional errors, and even the most eloquent speaker can become tongue-tied and make disastrous mistakes. To be sure, straightforward ...

Is Repentance Required for Eternal Salvation?

Click Title to Open
(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 ...

Isaiah 7:14 Fulfilled in Christ?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Tucked into the seventh chapter of Isaiah is a section of text that has captured the attention of men. The Bible records, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14).[1] The ...

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, ...

Key Leadership Lessons from the Apostle Paul

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own ...

Living for Christ: The Relationship between Sanctification and Separation

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
Susie could not believe it.  She had always been the first person to make fun of Christians and loved to refer to them as “Bible thumpers.” Now, she was headed out the door to her first Bible study.  She had found a tract at a local laundry mat that clearly explained the ...

Ministers of the New Covenant?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
An often overlooked subject of theology centers on the fulfillment of the New Covenant. The ramifications affect both the nation of Israel and the Church. Confusion abounds, and even thoughtful Christians are left struggling with the implications of this covenant upon the ...

Open Theism

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
In a postmodern culture, anything labeled open sounds good to most people. Yet, what lies behind the veil of Open Theism is both dangerous and destructive.
Open Theism fundamentally changes the very nature of God. Consider the following summary of the very essence of this ...

Overview of Haggai

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
It is not uncommon for the Old Testament Prophets to address the coming judgment of God (especially at the hand of the Assyrians for the Northern Kingdom and the Babylonians for the Southern Kingdom). But, what makes the revelation in Haggai different from some of the other ...

Overview of Jeremiah

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
Historical Background and Purpose
There can be little doubt that each book of the Bible must be set into its proper historical context if the interpreter seeks to understand the original intent of the text. Understanding the difficult days in which Jeremiah lived and ...

People Who Never Hear the Gospel of Christ

Click Title to Open
(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 ...

Postmodernism

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
I am a product of the modern era.  I was raised thinking in terms of science and reason.  Then, I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior in 1993.  Over the years, I have continued to renew my mind with the Word of God.  However, neither my current biblical worldview ...

Satan’s Deception in the Church Age

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
The Devil’s boots don’t creak. This old Scottish proverb contains an element of truth that is echoed throughout the Word of God. The Apostle Paul boldly proclaimed, “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). Satan disguises himself as an ...

Seven Biblical Reasons to Not ‘Live Together’

Click Title to Open
(By Al Miller - Guest Contributor)
1. Because God says it is wrong.
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3 “Flee sexual immorality… 1 Corinthians 6:18 Simple isn’t it? At least it should be for those who ...

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 ...

Sin and the Christian Life: Why do Christians Sin?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
A Christian father struggles not to be angry with his son. A grandmother hates that she tends to give in to the pressure to gossip at her prayer group. A young Christian couple battles temptations before their marriage. It is these types of situations that are played out on a ...

Some Attributes of God

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Have you ever found yourself gazing into the dark sky on a clear and cold winter night? Away from the city lights we are able to look up and get a glimpse of God’s creation. From the naked eye we are able to see planets, stars, meteorites, and the northern lights. In all its ...

The Bride of Christ

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
The story is told, from a time long ago, about a prince and a peasant girl who fell in love. This prince was a man who literally had the world at his disposal. Nothing about this man was common, and it would not be exaggerating to say that he was the perfect catch. The ...

The Documentary Hypothesis

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
The psalmist boldly proclaimed, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105). Is this a legitimate statement? Can God’s Word be trusted completely, or is it the product of men that has a limited value? The soul of every living person depends on the ...

The Five Steps of Bible Study

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Amidst the natural beauty of the hills of Northern Wisconsin emerge stories that appear to be too ridiculous to be true. Such is the story of Bill and Bob (not their real names). These two brothers worked for many years remodeling homes, but what made them different from most ...

The Implications of Unbelief in the Book of Micah

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
A society steeped in sin and with all the religious trappings of men. This could be describing the United States of America. Or, it could be describing the Divided Kingdom of Israel in the Eighth Century B.C. before God’s judgment upon the people of the Northern Kingdom at ...

The Judgment Seat of Christ

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
Most of my adult life I have been battling a rare genetic condition.  This condition, in turn, has directed my attention towards my citizenship in the Kingdom of God.  I draw great comfort and strength from knowing what is ahead in my future.  A very real part of the reason ...

The Majority Text: The Preserved Word of God

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
It was August of 1993, and I was sitting in a dark and dirty jail cell. I had an advantage that most Christians would never be fortunate to have. I had trusted in Jesus Christ as my Savior, and now I had eight months of solitude to study His Word. Without the baggage of the ...

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Church Age

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
The eternal depth of God’s love and grace can be significantly seen in the ministry of the Holy Spirit for Church Age believers.  It is to our great advantage that we seek to properly understand the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer in Christ.  Three areas ...

The Origin of Man: Created by God

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
The battle for the souls of men continues to rage on earth. The weapons of Satan that are forged against men are many. One of the chief tactics that he employs is to convince men that there is no God. He often does this by undermining the truth of Scripture about the origin ...

The Purpose of Good Works for Christians

Click Title to Open

(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 ...

The Servant Songs of Isaiah

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Most Christians are familiar with Isaiah 53 as a remarkable prophecy of our Savior. Believers should be encouraged to dig deeper to see the wonderful predictions of the Lord Jesus Christ found in the four Servant Songs of Isaiah. These captivating sections of Scripture offer ...

Apologetic Methods

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
Sharing our faith in Christ leads many Christians to mortal fear. People have questions that we might not have an answer for. Not every Christian is an expert at repeating the historical evidence that supports the Bible. The contentiousness of men can lead to philosophical ...

Creation Myths of the Ancient Near East

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
There is an undeniable battle over the legitimacy of the Word of God. Either the Bible is what it claims to be (the inspired Word of God) or it is the mere product of men. Quite often the attacks against the Scriptures come from what appear to be legitimate sources, and ...

Inerrancy: Why it Matters

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
It is an axiomatic truth that miscommunication is at the heart of many conflicts and difficult situations. Letters and emails often have unintentional errors, and even the most eloquent speaker can become tongue-tied and make disastrous mistakes. To be sure, straightforward ...

Open Theism

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
In a postmodern culture, anything labeled open sounds good to most people. Yet, what lies behind the veil of Open Theism is both dangerous and destructive.
Open Theism fundamentally changes the very nature of God. Consider the following summary of the very essence of this ...

People Who Never Hear the Gospel of Christ

Click Title to Open
(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 ...

Postmodernism

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
I am a product of the modern era.  I was raised thinking in terms of science and reason.  Then, I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior in 1993.  Over the years, I have continued to renew my mind with the Word of God.  However, neither my current biblical worldview ...

The Documentary Hypothesis

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
The psalmist boldly proclaimed, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105). Is this a legitimate statement? Can God’s Word be trusted completely, or is it the product of men that has a limited value? The soul of every living person depends on the ...

The Majority Text: The Preserved Word of God

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
It was August of 1993, and I was sitting in a dark and dirty jail cell. I had an advantage that most Christians would never be fortunate to have. I had trusted in Jesus Christ as my Savior, and now I had eight months of solitude to study His Word. Without the baggage of the ...

The Origin of Man: Created by God

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
The battle for the souls of men continues to rage on earth. The weapons of Satan that are forged against men are many. One of the chief tactics that he employs is to convince men that there is no God. He often does this by undermining the truth of Scripture about the origin ...

1 John: Fellowship with God

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
Whenever we begin a study of the Word of God there are a number of questions that we must ask regarding the text before us.  Three of these questions should include:
1. Who is the intended audience?
2. What is the theme?
3. What is the reason or occasion that a given ...

I Will Pour Out My Spirit (Joel 2:28-32)

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
The Day of Pentecost had come. A sound came from heaven and the disciples of Christ were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:2-3). As the Spirit gave utterance, the disciples began to speak to the Jews gathered in Jerusalem in their own languages and confusion ensued (vv....

Isaiah 7:14 Fulfilled in Christ?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
Tucked into the seventh chapter of Isaiah is a section of text that has captured the attention of men. The Bible records, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14).[1] The ...

Ministers of the New Covenant?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
An often overlooked subject of theology centers on the fulfillment of the New Covenant. The ramifications affect both the nation of Israel and the Church. Confusion abounds, and even thoughtful Christians are left struggling with the implications of this covenant upon the ...

Overview of Haggai

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
It is not uncommon for the Old Testament Prophets to address the coming judgment of God (especially at the hand of the Assyrians for the Northern Kingdom and the Babylonians for the Southern Kingdom). But, what makes the revelation in Haggai different from some of the other ...

Overview of Jeremiah

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
Historical Background and Purpose
There can be little doubt that each book of the Bible must be set into its proper historical context if the interpreter seeks to understand the original intent of the text. Understanding the difficult days in which Jeremiah lived and ...

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

Click Title to Open
(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 Implications of Unbelief in the Book of Micah

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
A society steeped in sin and with all the religious trappings of men. This could be describing the United States of America. Or, it could be describing the Divided Kingdom of Israel in the Eighth Century B.C. before God’s judgment upon the people of the Northern Kingdom at ...

The Servant Songs of Isaiah

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
Most Christians are familiar with Isaiah 53 as a remarkable prophecy of our Savior. Believers should be encouraged to dig deeper to see the wonderful predictions of the Lord Jesus Christ found in the four Servant Songs of Isaiah. These captivating sections of Scripture offer ...

Dispensationalism

Click Title to Open
(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 ...

Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats?

Click Title to Open
(By Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it during the past few years. It has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments. ...

I Will Pour Out My Spirit (Joel 2:28-32)

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
The Day of Pentecost had come. A sound came from heaven and the disciples of Christ were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:2-3). As the Spirit gave utterance, the disciples began to speak to the Jews gathered in Jerusalem in their own languages and confusion ensued (vv....

Key Leadership Lessons from the Apostle Paul

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own ...

Living for Christ: The Relationship between Sanctification and Separation

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
Susie could not believe it.  She had always been the first person to make fun of Christians and loved to refer to them as “Bible thumpers.” Now, she was headed out the door to her first Bible study.  She had found a tract at a local laundry mat that clearly explained the ...

Ministers of the New Covenant?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
An often overlooked subject of theology centers on the fulfillment of the New Covenant. The ramifications affect both the nation of Israel and the Church. Confusion abounds, and even thoughtful Christians are left struggling with the implications of this covenant upon the ...

Satan’s Deception in the Church Age

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
The Devil’s boots don’t creak. This old Scottish proverb contains an element of truth that is echoed throughout the Word of God. The Apostle Paul boldly proclaimed, “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). Satan disguises himself as an ...

The Bride of Christ

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
The story is told, from a time long ago, about a prince and a peasant girl who fell in love. This prince was a man who literally had the world at his disposal. Nothing about this man was common, and it would not be exaggerating to say that he was the perfect catch. The ...

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Church Age

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
The eternal depth of God’s love and grace can be significantly seen in the ministry of the Holy Spirit for Church Age believers.  It is to our great advantage that we seek to properly understand the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer in Christ.  Three areas ...

Are Good Works Guaranteed?

Click Title to Open
(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, ...

Can We Trust the Bible?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
Can we trust the Bible?  This is the central question that surrounds the issue of inerrancy.  Merriam-Webster chooses to define inerrancy as, “exemption from error” or “infallibility.” This seems like a reasonable definition.  Applying this definition to the Bible would mean ...

Is Repentance Required for Eternal Salvation?

Click Title to Open
(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 ...

Open Theism

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
In a postmodern culture, anything labeled open sounds good to most people. Yet, what lies behind the veil of Open Theism is both dangerous and destructive.
Open Theism fundamentally changes the very nature of God. Consider the following summary of the very essence of this ...

Overview of Haggai

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
It is not uncommon for the Old Testament Prophets to address the coming judgment of God (especially at the hand of the Assyrians for the Northern Kingdom and the Babylonians for the Southern Kingdom). But, what makes the revelation in Haggai different from some of the other ...

Postmodernism

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
I am a product of the modern era.  I was raised thinking in terms of science and reason.  Then, I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior in 1993.  Over the years, I have continued to renew my mind with the Word of God.  However, neither my current biblical worldview ...

Seven Biblical Reasons to Not ‘Live Together’

Click Title to Open
(By Al Miller - Guest Contributor)
1. Because God says it is wrong.
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3 “Flee sexual immorality… 1 Corinthians 6:18 Simple isn’t it? At least it should be for those who ...

Sin and the Christian Life: Why do Christians Sin?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
A Christian father struggles not to be angry with his son. A grandmother hates that she tends to give in to the pressure to gossip at her prayer group. A young Christian couple battles temptations before their marriage. It is these types of situations that are played out on a ...

The Implications of Unbelief in the Book of Micah

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
A society steeped in sin and with all the religious trappings of men. This could be describing the United States of America. Or, it could be describing the Divided Kingdom of Israel in the Eighth Century B.C. before God’s judgment upon the people of the Northern Kingdom at ...

The Origin of Man: Created by God

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
The battle for the souls of men continues to rage on earth. The weapons of Satan that are forged against men are many. One of the chief tactics that he employs is to convince men that there is no God. He often does this by undermining the truth of Scripture about the origin ...

The Purpose of Good Works for Christians

Click Title to Open

(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 ...

Ministers of the New Covenant?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
An often overlooked subject of theology centers on the fulfillment of the New Covenant. The ramifications affect both the nation of Israel and the Church. Confusion abounds, and even thoughtful Christians are left struggling with the implications of this covenant upon the ...

Overview of Haggai

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
It is not uncommon for the Old Testament Prophets to address the coming judgment of God (especially at the hand of the Assyrians for the Northern Kingdom and the Babylonians for the Southern Kingdom). But, what makes the revelation in Haggai different from some of the other ...

The Implications of Unbelief in the Book of Micah

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
A society steeped in sin and with all the religious trappings of men. This could be describing the United States of America. Or, it could be describing the Divided Kingdom of Israel in the Eighth Century B.C. before God’s judgment upon the people of the Northern Kingdom at ...

The Judgment Seat of Christ

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)
Most of my adult life I have been battling a rare genetic condition.  This condition, in turn, has directed my attention towards my citizenship in the Kingdom of God.  I draw great comfort and strength from knowing what is ahead in my future.  A very real part of the reason ...

Alive in Christ: Hope for the Rebellious Child

Click Title to Open
(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?

Click Title to Open
(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, ...

Assurance of Salvation

Click Title to Open
(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?

Click Title to Open
(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

Click Title to Open
(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?

Click Title to Open
(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?

Click Title to Open
(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

Click Title to Open

(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, ...

People Who Never Hear the Gospel of Christ

Click Title to Open
(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?

Click Title to Open
(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

Click Title to Open

(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 ...

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I Will Pour Out My Spirit (Joel 2:28-32)

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
The Day of Pentecost had come. A sound came from heaven and the disciples of Christ were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:2-3). As the Spirit gave utterance, the disciples began to speak to the Jews gathered in Jerusalem in their own languages and confusion ensued (vv....

Open Theism

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
In a postmodern culture, anything labeled open sounds good to most people. Yet, what lies behind the veil of Open Theism is both dangerous and destructive.
Open Theism fundamentally changes the very nature of God. Consider the following summary of the very essence of this ...

Some Attributes of God

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Have you ever found yourself gazing into the dark sky on a clear and cold winter night? Away from the city lights we are able to look up and get a glimpse of God’s creation. From the naked eye we are able to see planets, stars, meteorites, and the northern lights. In all its ...

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Church Age

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
The eternal depth of God’s love and grace can be significantly seen in the ministry of the Holy Spirit for Church Age believers.  It is to our great advantage that we seek to properly understand the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer in Christ.  Three areas ...

The Servant Songs of Isaiah

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Most Christians are familiar with Isaiah 53 as a remarkable prophecy of our Savior. Believers should be encouraged to dig deeper to see the wonderful predictions of the Lord Jesus Christ found in the four Servant Songs of Isaiah. These captivating sections of Scripture offer ...

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 ...

Ministers of the New Covenant?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
An often overlooked subject of theology centers on the fulfillment of the New Covenant. The ramifications affect both the nation of Israel and the Church. Confusion abounds, and even thoughtful Christians are left struggling with the implications of this covenant upon the ...

Overview of Haggai

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
It is not uncommon for the Old Testament Prophets to address the coming judgment of God (especially at the hand of the Assyrians for the Northern Kingdom and the Babylonians for the Southern Kingdom). But, what makes the revelation in Haggai different from some of the other ...

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 Implications of Unbelief in the Book of Micah

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
A society steeped in sin and with all the religious trappings of men. This could be describing the United States of America. Or, it could be describing the Divided Kingdom of Israel in the Eighth Century B.C. before God’s judgment upon the people of the Northern Kingdom at ...

The Servant Songs of Isaiah

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Most Christians are familiar with Isaiah 53 as a remarkable prophecy of our Savior. Believers should be encouraged to dig deeper to see the wonderful predictions of the Lord Jesus Christ found in the four Servant Songs of Isaiah. These captivating sections of Scripture offer ...

1 John: Fellowship with God

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Whenever we begin a study of the Word of God there are a number of questions that we must ask regarding the text before us.  Three of these questions should include:
1. Who is the intended audience?
2. What is the theme?
3. What is the reason or occasion that a given ...

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, ...

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 We Trust the Bible?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Can we trust the Bible?  This is the central question that surrounds the issue of inerrancy.  Merriam-Webster chooses to define inerrancy as, “exemption from error” or “infallibility.” This seems like a reasonable definition.  Applying this definition to the Bible would mean ...

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 ...

Living for Christ: The Relationship between Sanctification and Separation

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Susie could not believe it.  She had always been the first person to make fun of Christians and loved to refer to them as “Bible thumpers.” Now, she was headed out the door to her first Bible study.  She had found a tract at a local laundry mat that clearly explained the ...

Sin and the Christian Life: Why do Christians Sin?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
A Christian father struggles not to be angry with his son. A grandmother hates that she tends to give in to the pressure to gossip at her prayer group. A young Christian couple battles temptations before their marriage. It is these types of situations that are played out on a ...

The Five Steps of Bible Study

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Amidst the natural beauty of the hills of Northern Wisconsin emerge stories that appear to be too ridiculous to be true. Such is the story of Bill and Bob (not their real names). These two brothers worked for many years remodeling homes, but what made them different from most ...

The Judgment Seat of Christ

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Most of my adult life I have been battling a rare genetic condition.  This condition, in turn, has directed my attention towards my citizenship in the Kingdom of God.  I draw great comfort and strength from knowing what is ahead in my future.  A very real part of the reason ...

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 ...

Can We Trust the Bible?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Can we trust the Bible?  This is the central question that surrounds the issue of inerrancy.  Merriam-Webster chooses to define inerrancy as, “exemption from error” or “infallibility.” This seems like a reasonable definition.  Applying this definition to the Bible would mean ...

Creation Myths of the Ancient Near East

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
There is an undeniable battle over the legitimacy of the Word of God. Either the Bible is what it claims to be (the inspired Word of God) or it is the mere product of men. Quite often the attacks against the Scriptures come from what appear to be legitimate sources, and ...

Inerrancy: Why it Matters

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
It is an axiomatic truth that miscommunication is at the heart of many conflicts and difficult situations. Letters and emails often have unintentional errors, and even the most eloquent speaker can become tongue-tied and make disastrous mistakes. To be sure, straightforward ...

The Documentary Hypothesis

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
The psalmist boldly proclaimed, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105). Is this a legitimate statement? Can God’s Word be trusted completely, or is it the product of men that has a limited value? The soul of every living person depends on the ...

The Five Steps of Bible Study

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Amidst the natural beauty of the hills of Northern Wisconsin emerge stories that appear to be too ridiculous to be true. Such is the story of Bill and Bob (not their real names). These two brothers worked for many years remodeling homes, but what made them different from most ...

The Majority Text: The Preserved Word of God

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
It was August of 1993, and I was sitting in a dark and dirty jail cell. I had an advantage that most Christians would never be fortunate to have. I had trusted in Jesus Christ as my Savior, and now I had eight months of solitude to study His Word. Without the baggage of the ...