Basic Doctrines

The Paradox of History

The Paradox of HistoryJesus came in the fullness of time. The stage of history was set, but the world was not ready for how He came. In the Roman Empire, all the hopes and dreams of the human race met with an amalgamation of all the empty promises of this [...]

The Essence of God

The Essence of God Thus says the Lord, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, [...]

Raw Material

Raw Material A five-pound bag of iron made into horseshoe nails is worth 5 dollars and 50 cents. Made into needles, it is worth 3,000 dollars. Made into main-springs for watches, it is worth up to 250,000 dollars. We are raw material in the hands of God. What will be [...]

Available People

Available People Moses (Num 12:3; Heb 11:25–26). To Moses, availability meant self-denial and great hardship to accomplish the plan of God. David (2Sa 10:11; 1Sa 16:13; 1Sa 17:37). In the battle with Goliath, there was only one person available for the fight: David. What made David so great? The fact [...]


Humility Humility must be sought (Zep 2:3). Humility is displayed through restraint (Luk 6:28–29). Humility is produced by the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22–23). Humility is absolutely essential in teaching (2Ti 2:25; 2Co 10:1). Humility is absolutely essential in learning (Jam 1:21). Humility is priceless in the sight of God (Jam [...]

Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts  "The Gift of the Spirit" and "Spiritual Gifts" The phrase, "the gift of the Holy Spirit," relates to salvation and has to do with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the believer's relationship in God's family (Act 2:38–39). The phrase "the gifts of the Holy Spirit" relates [...]


Meekness  Pautes, or praotes, denotes "meekness."   In its use in Scripture ... it consists not in a person's "outward behaviour only; nor yet in his relations to his fellow-men; as little in his mere natural disposition. Rather it is an inwrought grace of the soul; and the exercises of it [...]


Ambassadorship An ambassador does not appoint himself. We are appointed by Christ (2Co 5:18–20). An ambassador does not support himself. God supplies all our needs (Eph 1:3; Phi 4:19). An ambassador is not a citizen of the country where he is sent. We are citizens of heaven (Phi 3:20). An [...]

Three Functions of the Believer

Three Functions of the Believer  God does not save us and then turn us out to wander aimlessly around the cosmic system until He returns. The instant we are saved, we are given three assignments that define the purpose of the rest of our lives and tell us how to [...]


Baptisms  In Heb 5:11–14 through Heb 6:1–3, the believers in first-century Jerusalem were called down for their failure to mature in the faith. These believers, who ought by now to have been teachers, were still babes who needed someone to teach them the basics of the Word. The author of [...]

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