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Bible Study: Believing and confessing in Jesus

Inward belief and outward confession of Jesus as the Savior go hand in hand; they are two sides of the same coin. The result of believing and confessing is salvation.

Bible Study: Share the Gospel with everyone

As followers of Jesus, we should follow the non-discrimination policy the Apostle Paul practiced, sharing the Gospel no matter the recipients' ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs or social class.

FIRST-PERSON: Five principles for rescuing a sick church

JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Once when I had trouble in one of my ears, my ENT prescribed, among other things, a bottle of pills with unusual directions: “Take six a day for the first four days, five on the fifth day, four on the sixth day, three on the seventh day, two on the eighth day, and one on the ninth day.”

Bible Study: Humility in the Beatitudes

Grasping Jesus' teachings in the Beatitudes requires understanding the true meaning of humility.

Bible Study: Empowered to do His will

The Holy Spirit comes into our lives to help us magnify the work of Jesus. The more time we spend listening to Him, the easier obeying His direction will become.

FIRST-PERSON: Outside the castle walls

NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Constantine achieved his remarkable victory over Maxentius’ superior military force on Oct. 28, 312 A.D., at the Milvian Bridge, just outside the walls of Rome, something happened that the Church has been dealing with ever since – the past 1,700 years.

Bible Study: ‘My sheep hear my voice’

Since Jesus has called us by name, we have no excuse for failing to heed His commands. We have every reason to live with joy and hope, as Mary Magdalene no doubt did after He called her name on Easter morning.

FIRST-PERSON: An Easter meal is nourishment for hungry souls

SHAWNEE, Okla. (BP) – Numerous Easter traditions fill the memories of my youth in southeastern Kentucky. I vividly recall Easter sunrise services, Easter baskets with plastic eggs and chocolate, Easter egg hunts and a packed church sanctuary singing “Because He lives I can face tomorrow” and “Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’er His foes.”

Bible Study: Who do you say He is?

As Josh McDowell asks, "Who would die for a lie"? Doubting that Jesus is the resurrected son of God begs the same question.

Bible Study: Humility that recognizes His grace

If we want God’s grace, we must first see our need for His grace. We can then humbly approach God and seek the forgiveness we so desperately need, knowing that His forgiveness comes only through faith in His Son.