What’s the Difference Between a Pastor and a Teacher? Ephesians 4:11 
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by Bob Wilkin
10h ago
I heard a good sermon on unity this past Sunday. At one point, the message touched on Eph 4:11, which says, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.” Have you ever wondered what Paul meant by pastors and teachers? Did you know that Eph 4:11 is the only place in the NT that mentions the word pastor?i Did you know that in Greek only one article covers both pastors and teachers (tous de poimenas kai didaskalous)? Notice that Paul speaks of four types of ministry, not five: 1) apostles, 2) prophets, 3) evangelists, and 4) pastor-tea ..read more
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Did Anybody in the Bible Ever Ask God about Everlasting Life? 
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by Bob Wilkin
10h ago
Some Christian traditions say that God does not hear the prayers of unbelievers. But weren’t there people in the Bible who asked God about everlasting life and, as a result, came to faith in Christ and were born again? A simple survey of the Bible shows that God does hear the prayers of unbelievers and that many unbelievers asked God about everlasting life. Let’s consider five. The Philippian Jailer (Acts 16:30-31). He is probably the most famous example. He asked, “What must I do to be saved?” While he did not ask that directly of God, he did ask God’s messenger, the Apostle Paul. He receive ..read more
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Context Nazi 
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by Kenneth Yates
2d ago
We live in a postmodern age in which truth is not only flexible; it’s non-existent. This impacts every area of our lives, including our theology. A clear example of this can occur when we discuss Bible passages. If we hear somebody quote a verse completely out of context, we might be tempted to point out that the verse doesn’t actually mean that. It is quite common to then be told that the verse “means different things to different people.” The person quoting the verse will often say that the verse speaks to him in the way he’s using it and that we can’t dogmatically say the verse has only on ..read more
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In the Weeds 
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by Kathryn Wright
2d ago
In the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, found in Matt 13:24-30, the Lord tells a story about a man who goes into a field and sows good seed. However, after he sows that seed, his enemy comes and sows bad seed in with the wheat. Because of this, the bad seed springs up as tares, or weeds, alongside the good crop. The man’s servants ask what they should do in response to this attack. The master tells them to wait for the time of harvest. They can then separate the wheat from the tares. In verses 36-43, the Lord explains the parable to the disciples privately. The field symbolizes the world ..read more
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How to Grieve as Those Who Have Hope (1 Thess 4:13-18) 
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by Bob Wilkin
4d ago
Grief is painful. We all face grief often in our lifetimes. Some grief is relatively minor (broken bones, financial losses, crooked politicians and pastors, betrayal, etc.). But when we lose a loved one, the grief can be overwhelming. One of the greatest Rapture passages in the Bible is 1 Thess 4:13-18. Evidently, in the church of Thessalonica, some believers thought that their loved ones who died (before the Rapture) would miss out on the Millennial kingdom. In these verses, Paul assures them that “the dead in Christ will rise first” and “then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up ..read more
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What Is “The Gospel of Your Salvation” in Ephesians 1:13? 
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by Bob Wilkin
1w ago
“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.” I was reading a booklet published by Lighthouse Trails and was reminded of the expression “the gospel of your salvation.” I could not remember what I wrote about the phrase in my revised chapter on the word gospel in The Ten Most Misunderstood Words in the Bible. Instead of specifically commenting on the gospel of your salvation in Eph 1:13, I wrote: The word gospel in Ephesians four times (five percent of all uses of th ..read more
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Regional GES Conferences Are Fun 
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by Kenneth Yates
1w ago
As I write this, I have just returned from a regional GES conference held at Schomburg Road Baptist Church in Columbus, GA. An old friend, Buddy Lamb, is the pastor. The conference focused on Bob Wilkin’s book The Ten Most Misunderstood Words in the Bible. Kathryn Wright and I covered repentance, faith, heaven, salvation, and other words that are often used incorrectly among Christians. These regional conferences are more laid back than the national GES conference in May. They are usually held in the more intimate setting of a local church, and most of the attendees are members of that church ..read more
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What’s the Deal with the Genealogies? (Luke 3:23-38) 
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by Kenneth Yates
1w ago
Both Matthew (Matt 1:1-17) and Luke (3:23-38) include the genealogy of Christ in their Gospels. I’m pretty sure that most readers read over all those names fairly quickly, or even skip those verses all together. These verses have to win the prize for each book’s most boring section. We can’t even pronounce 80% of the names in them, and we have no idea who most of them were. They make Matthew and Luke look like what we get from our relatives who are really into ancestory.com and have traced our family trees back to the 1700s. I also suspect that most of us see the purpose of these verses as no ..read more
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Is Forgiveness of Sins Synonymous with Having Eternal Life? 
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by Bob Wilkin
1w ago
I sent Grant my blog in which I responded to his question about forgiveness and salvation. He wrote this in reply: Thank you so much for the quick reply. I see what you are saying—Jesus repeatedly promised that anyone who believes in Him has everlasting life and He didn’t mention that they necessarily have the forgiveness of sins. However, I am still confused because I thought forgiveness of sins was synonymous with everlasting life. Since the wages of sin is death, wouldn’t that mean that your sins must be forgiven to have everlasting life? Didn’t Jesus show that these happen simultaneously ..read more
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Lessons from Lot’s Wife 
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by Kathryn Wright
2w ago
In Genesis 19 we read the account of Lot and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. In this famous story, Lot, his wife, and their two daughters are unwillingly dragged out of their hometown by the angels sent from God. They are given the opportunity to be saved from the coming judgment on the city. However, Lot’s wife dies because she looks back at the city. After the destruction of the cities, Lot and his daughters fall into incestual sin, resulting in the birth of two sons. Through these sons, two evil nations are also born, and the legacy of Lot and his family ends in ruin and death. This ..read more
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