Christian Essentials

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Youth Questions and Answers Survey

Youth Questions and Answers Survey In recent years I have had many young adults and youth ask various questions on the Christian faith, the Bible, what is Christianity, and what makes Jesus different?  If you are a teenager (youth), young adult, or maybe even older, you are welcome to share some questions you may have … Continue reading

Youth Apologetics with Questions and Answers on the Bible

Many young adults are seeking answers to various questions on the Bible, Christianity, Doctrines, Religions, Science, etc.  If you are a youth, teenager, older adult, feel free to ask questions or request for something to be written.  It is healthy to be a seeker of God’s Word, to learn Christian Apologetics, to grow in the … Continue reading

Grace and Truth were realized through Jesus Christ, Son of God, Lord and Saviour for all

The message of the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation is that grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. The gospel of grace is that Jesus is the Son of God, Lord and Saviour for all to receive, to Jews and Gentiles. The message of truth is that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah’s coming, Jesus death and resurrection, and in that He offers salvation to the world to receive, by grace through faith and not of works. This is what John 1:14, John 1:16, and John 1:17 affirms Continue reading

Trinity Doctrine in the Bible: John 1:1-3 Jesus is God and Creator

The purpose of this information is to show from the Bible that the Trinity Doctrine is true and not false, and to do that from what the Bible teaches. In the Gospel of John we find many places where the apostle writes about and defends the Deity of Jesus Christ, that Jesus is God, that Jesus is Creator, that Jesus is the Son of God, and more. In the gospel of John 1:1-3 we see the following written concerning Jesus. Continue reading

Church of Scientology a Cult? Former Scientologist Leah Remini Comes Out on A&E TV

I don’t know much about Leah Remini’s life in general but from what I have seen recently on the A&E television series called Scientology and the Aftermath, it has shown me a lot about her genuine concern for those hurting and her wanting to inform people truthfully in regards to the Church of Scientology religion. The Church of Scientology religion which was founded by L. Ron Hubbard Continue reading

Salvation is by Faith not Works: The Gospel According To Acts 15:7-11

Salvation is by faith not works is a discussion and debate that has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. In Acts 15:7-11 we see that Peter stood up for the Gentiles in that they were saved by grace through putting their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, just as they did. (Jews) Some believe that salvation is not by faith alone but is accomplished through doing some type of works, whether being water baptized or keeping the 10 commandments or some other law keeping perspective. What does Acts 15:7-11 teach about being saved by faith? What does Peter demonstrate from Acts 15:7-11 that is relevant for today? Continue reading

Did Jesus die for Everyone? Did Jesus die for the Whole World?

Did Jesus die for everyone? This is a common question discussed and debated among those of Calvinist and Arminian camps. Another way to present this is to ask, when Jesus came to this world some 2000 years ago did He die for the sins for the whole world (all mankind) or a selected few known … Continue reading

It is Finished, Debt Paid in Full, John 19:30 Tetelestai in Greek

It is Finished (John 19:30) It is finished, in John 19:30 Jesus Christ cried out and said, tetelestai in Greek. The phrase It is Finished means to have a debt paid in full, which was done through the shed blood and death of Jesus Christ upon the cross. It is finished comes from the Greek … Continue reading

Questions and Answers on Mid Acts Dispensational Confusion – did Jesus preach the cross for salvation?

Many years ago, sometime in the mid 2000’s I came across a religious movement called “Mid Acts Dispensationalism”.  What grabbed me right away was their affirmation on the gospel of Jesus Christ in reference to His death and resurrection, and that were saved by faith.  This is great declaration of the Christian faith, yet the … Continue reading

The Lord Jesus Christ’s Omnipresence before the Cross and Resurrection & After – Hypostatic Union, Hypostasis, God-man

There is some confusion on the doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ’s Omnipresence after His ascension to the heavenly realm at the right hand of God the Father.  Throughout the history of the Christian Church there has been discussions on theology and debates (i.e. Reformers, Reformation, Lutherans) on whether or not that the Lord Jesus Christ … Continue reading

True Christian is built upon the Rock Christ Jesus and False Christian is built upon the sand

Everyone in this world is either built on the Rock or sand. There are people who have been made alive in Jesus Christ and have had their sins forgiven, and there are people who are spiritually dead and are lost in their sins. Who is a true Christian and who is not? A true Christian … Continue reading

Gospel Focused Apologetics – People are saved by a genuine faith in Jesus Christ, not by their works or some church organization

Hello out there, how are you?  This is simply and to the point.  The true gospel message is that Jesus is the Christ, (Messiah) whom was prophesied to come from the Hebrew Scriptures, (Old Testament, Tanakh) and that He gave His life as a sacrifice for sins.  In simple terms Jesus died on the cross … Continue reading

Jesus is Yeshua to come Isaiah 62:11 – where is the name of Jesus in the Old Testament?

There is a view by some people that the name of Jesus is not found anywhere in the Old Testament (Tanakh), and according to them this proves that Jesus is not the true Messiah or Savior of the Jews. (Israel)  The name Jesus in Hebrew is “yeshua”, and that Hebrew word can be found in … Continue reading

Who raised Jesus from the dead? Did Jesus raise Himself from the dead? Did God raise Jesus from the dead?

Who raised Jesus from the dead?  This is a question that gets asked a lot concerning the Trinity Doctrine and if Jesus is God.  Those who believe that Jesus is God affirm that Jesus raised Himself from the dead along with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.  Those who believe that Jesus is not … Continue reading

Witnessing to Mormon Missionaries – Joseph Smith’s testimony, the priesthood authority, false prophet or true prophet?

  Want to know how to be able to know how to witness to Mormon Missionaries? I would encourage you to look this information over, study it, and talk about it with others you know are knowledgable in the Christian faith.  When you are confident about this information I encourage you to share this information … Continue reading

Bill Nye the Science Guy debate with Ken Ham Answers in Genesis Guy – Origin of Life Model

Ken Ham Debate with Bill Nye on the Origin Model of Life  Recently I heard that there is up and coming debate with Bill Nye the Science Guy from TV with Ken Ham the founder of Answers in Genesis (AIG) and the Creation Museum.  The debate is to take place on February 4, 2014 in … Continue reading

Why I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior

Years ago I became a Christian at the age of 6 and though I was young I had a good understanding of who Jesus Christ was, why He came, and what He did for me.  The story is long but I will keep it simple and to the point.  Simply put both my parents were … Continue reading

How to witness to Mormon Missionaries – What is Mormonism? What do Mormons Missionaries teach?

I.  What is Mormonism? According to mormon.org, an official Mormon website of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints states the following: “What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe? When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He organized His Church so that all people could receive His gospel and return one day to live with … Continue reading

Chuck Smith died (dead) at age 86, founder of the Calvary Chapel Movement

Chuck Smith, founder of the Calvary Chapel movement which began some 58 years ago in 1965 in Costa Mesa, California has died and went to be with the Lord Jesus today at the age of 86.  Chuck Smith, known for having a “come as you are” approach to ministry and evangelism began with sharing the … Continue reading

Trinity Doctrine vs Oneness Pentecostalism Doctrine – Berean Perspective Podcast

Welcome to the Berean Perspective Podcast hosted by Kelly Powers.  In this audio podcast we will be examining the Trinity Doctrine vs the Oneness Pentecostalism Doctrine on the nature of God and the gospel message for salvation.  There are many people today who oppose the Trinity Doctrine and claim that the Bible teaches against it. … Continue reading

How to Witness to Muslims and talk to Calvinists on Limited Atonement – Berean Perspective Podcast

Welcome to another Berean Perspective Audio Podcast.  Today we will be discussing how to witness to Muslims, and how to interact with Calvinists on the doctrine of Limited Atonement, both in reference to salvation message in Christ Jesus.  Over the years I have had many discussions with various religious people, Christian and non Christian, and … Continue reading

How to Witness to the Jehovah’s Witnesses on Jesus and the Trinity Doctrine – Berean Perspective Podcast

Welcome to another Berean Perspective Audio Podcast.  Today’s focus is on how to Witness to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and addressing what the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has taught concerning Jesus and the doctrine of the Trinity.  The Jehovah’s Witnesses are one of the most dedicated groups when it comes to reading the Bible, sharing … Continue reading

Peter’s Gospel of Grace vs Mid Acts Dispensationalism – Berean Perspective Podcast

Welcome to another Berean Perspective Audio Podcast.  In today’s discussion we will be looking a bit closer at Mid Acts Dispensationalism and the Epistles of Peter, and what Peter taught concerning the gospel of grace – heaven – the prophets – and the recipients of Peter and Paul.  Does the Epistles of Peter teach what … Continue reading

Renew Rebuild Revive your faith in Christ Jesus – Berean Perspective Podcast

Living for Christ Jesus can be tough at times, as it should be.  Through out the centuries Christians have struggled in their faith, at times persecuted, and they have been martyred.  Today’s Berean Perspective audio podcast focuses on things that hinder the Christian walk such as spiritual deception, laziness, backsliding, falling away, and worldly distractions. … Continue reading

Proof and Evidence from Old Testament Scriptures on the Trinity Doctrine – What does the Bible teach?

One of the common objections to the Trinity Doctrine is the claim that the Bible teaches against it, but is that true?  When reading the Bible it is important to ask the right questions to get a proper perspective.   Does the Old Testament teach that there is only one personage whom is God? Or … Continue reading

Taking a Stand for the Trinity Doctrine – Berean Perspective Podcast

Welcome to another Berean Perspective Audio Podcast.   For over 2000 years the Trinity Doctrine has been attacked, falsely slandered, and twisted by many religious sects and counterfeit cults.  The early church dealt with false sects like Gnosticis, Ebionites, Judaizers, Stoics, and others.  In the last few hundred years we have seen the rise of … Continue reading

Witnessing to Cults and non Christians, and Door Step Evangelism – Berean Perspective Podcast

Welcome to another Berean Perspective Audio Podcast.  Today’s audio podcast focuses on Witnessing to those in Cults and non Christians.  The late Dr. Walter Martin (the original Bible Answer Man) said on a number of occasions, “Are we willing to do for the truth what the Cults do everyday for a lie?”  This is a … Continue reading

Talking with Roman Catholics, Extreme Calvinists, Legalists, and Mormons – What is the true Gospel message?

I have had a lot of discussions with people lately whom believe that their version of the gospel is the true one, and in short all others are false gospels. To be more specific I have talked with people involved within Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, legalists, and with those whom hold to the more extreme views … Continue reading

Happy New Year Rejoice in the Lord – Berean Perspective Podcast

Welcome to this special audio podcast for the Berean Perspective.  Rejoice that you are born again, rejoice that you have a reservation in heaven, rejoice that you are protected by God, rejoice that you can get through your trials, rejoice that your Christian faith is not fictional but proven, and rejoice that it’s a new … Continue reading

Twisted Scriptures part 1 Was John an anti-Christ, Is Isaiah 53 is about Mary & Liberalism vs Sound Doctrine – Berean Perspective Podcast

Welcome to today’s Berean Perspective Podcast.  In this episode we examine a few conservations that I have had recently that I believe fits what I call “Twisted Scriptures”.  One discussion was about John the apostle being accused of being an anti-Christ and false teacher;  another discussion was a person claiming that the emphasis of Isaiah … Continue reading

Joel Osteen believes Mormons are Christians? The Billy Graham Association’s site takes down an article stating Mormonism is a cult? – The Berean Perspective

Today’s Berean Perspective audio podcast answers the question, are Mormons Christians?  Are Mormons our brothers and sisters in Christ?   Recently we found out that Joel Osteen, along with the Billy Graham Association seem to believe that Mormons are Christians, which is not accurate.  In today’s world Christianity is facing many challenges concerning genuine faith and … Continue reading

Jesus is God, Jesus is God’s Word to Mankind, Jehovah’s Witnesses Twist the Scriptures, Mid Acts Dispensationalism Deception – Berean Perspective Podcast

Welcome to another Berean Perspective Podcast.  Today’s audio podcast  highlights a couple people whom have shared their thoughts with us concerning Mid Acts Dispensationalism, and theTrinity Doctrine and Jehovah’s Witnesses.  The main discussion focused on God’s Word to Mankind, that being Jesus Christ whom was the LORD come in the flesh.  (Gospel of John chapter … Continue reading

Apologetics is relevant for today, Exposing False Doctrines, Importance of Discipleship – Berean Perspective Podcast

Welcome to the Berean Perspective’s first audio podcast.  Today’s podcast has relevant information concerning the need for genuine Apologetics, exposing false doctrines, and sharing some of my testimony and why we have our online ministry. The focus is on various issues that are causing divisions and why it is important to be rooted in Christ … Continue reading

Evangelizing & Witnessing to those in non Christian Cults, Reaching the Lost: Are you willing?

What does it mean to be evangelizing & witnessing to those in Cults?  In simple terms that means that we obey the Biblical teachings for going into all the world with the message of salvation and witnessing to those involved in Cults.  There are many people who are involved in some form of a non … Continue reading

Explaining the Trinity Doctrine: What is the Trinity Doctrine? What does the Bible teach?

Many people have asked the question, What does the Bible teach about the Trinity Doctrine?   Some people say the Bible does not teach the Trinity Doctrine, however with a proper understanding one will see that the Bible does teach the Trinity Doctrine.  The Bible teaches that there is only one God who has been revealed through 3 … Continue reading

Audio Podcasts – Teachings on Christian Apologetics and Cults and Movements

We are back online with Audio Podcasts on Christian Apologetics, Cults, and Religious Movements.  We will provide these audio podcasts for people to listen online for free. —>>> Check out what we have online at Berean Perspective Podcasts Our audio podcasts will be on various topics pertaining to the Christian faith and those in opposition to … Continue reading

In The Beginning

by Ryan Banman This is a subject that has, over the years, been picking up momentum (much to the dismay of the evolutionist).  The debate has increasingly become more popular and is forcing more people to consider the issue and choose a side. So what are the options that we must consider?  How did the … Continue reading

What does God mean to You?

by Robert Hogue Who or what is God?  That is a question which has been pondered down through the ages.  If someone were to ask you ‘What does God mean to you’ how would you answer?  That’s not the type of question you would expect someone on the street to ask but if for some … Continue reading

Why do some Christians not accept the whole truth or the authority of God’s Word?

by Tim Colletti http://www.truthforchrist.com   From the moment it was penned by the Apostles, the scriptures have been copied and transmitted throughout the centuries maintaining the highest degree of accuracy compared to the original writings. That’s why I can say with confidence that the word of God (or the Bible) has stood the test of … Continue reading

Who is Jesus:  Jesus is God and Savior

Have you ever asked, or know someone who’s asked, the question, “Who is Jesus”? This question has been asked for about 2000 years and continues to be asked today.  The answers may vary depending who you talk to with.    Some say that Jesus was “a good teacher”, “the Son of God”, “a prophet”, “a … Continue reading

Was Jesus Separated from the Father on the Cross?

This topic may be new to some but is understood by many in the Christian faith to be a Biblical doctrine. Most Christian preachers teach that when Jesus was on the cross and said “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me” (Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34), He was referring to the fact that … Continue reading

What does Assurance of Salvation, Eternal Life, Once Saved Always Saved mean?

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” (John 5:24 NASB) The question is asked, What does once saved always saved mean?  Once saved always saved is also known … Continue reading

Does It Really Matter What I Believe?

Does it really matter what you believe concerning who Jesus is? Can a person be sincere in their beliefs yet be deceived and lost? I believe the answer is yes, and God has given some guidelines to examining ourselves. Many claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. Some say He is a prophet, a good … Continue reading

What are the Essentials of Christianity? What do Christians believe about the Bible, God, the Trinity Doctrine, Jesus, Salvation, Heaven, Hell, Sin, Gospel, etc

The essentials of Christianity are the Trinity, Jesus is God, Salvation by grace and heaven and hell are real. Christianity was established through Jesus Christ. Christianity is faith in Jesus Christ who came to this earth some 2000 years ago, and fulfilled the prophecies of the Messiah to come. Jesus Christ established the Christian Church, … Continue reading

What Do Christians Believe?

The question is asked, “What do Christians believe?”  This is a good question and depending on who you ask this to, you can get various answers.  What do I mean by that you ask?  I mean that there are many different groups out there that claim to be Christian but are by definition a non-Christian … Continue reading

You can know you that all your sins are forgiven today!

Have you ever asked, “How can I know my sins are forgiven?”  The Bible teaches that you can know that your sins are forgiven!  Consider what the Apostle John wrote in his first epistle. “7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, … Continue reading

The Good News of Jesus Christ:  Is Jesus the Only Way?

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6 NASB) The good news of Jesus Christ is that God is real, God loves us, and God wants us to know Him personally.  Mankind is in a downward spiral of … Continue reading

What Must I do to be Saved?

“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8) It has been said that most people in general believe in a God of some sort and believe that they … Continue reading

What does the Bible teach about… evangelism?

“19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19-20 NASB) “44 Now He … Continue reading

What is the Bible

The word Bible means “books of books.”  That means there is no other book on this earth that give us the true divine revelation of who God is and what is truth.  Within the Bible there are 66 different books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.  The Bible was written … Continue reading

Can you Defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

“Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” (Jude 1:3 NASB) What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  This is a question that … Continue reading

Can you Defend the Doctrine of the Trinity? Why is this important?

In the Christian Church today the most attacked doctrine is the doctrine of the Trinity.  Within the last couple hundred years there have arisen many false prophets and teachers claiming to be of God but denying the doctrine of the Trinity.  Also, all of them have come out of Christian affiliations, claiming to be teaching … Continue reading

The Need for Sound Biblical Doctrine!

“2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will … Continue reading

What is the Trinity Doctrine? Is The Trinity Biblical? What does the Bible teach?

There are many people who are misinformed on what the doctrine of the Trinity is. There are people and movements that teach the Trinity Doctrine is false and against what the Bible teaches.  The Trinity Doctrine is true and based upon what the Bible teaches, and the purpose of this information is to give a … Continue reading

The Need for Apologetics in the Church!

“but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15 NASB) The need for apologetics in the Church today is great.  The question is asked, “What … Continue reading

What is Apologetics? What does Apologetics mean?

  Many people ask, “What does Apologetics mean?” The Greek word for Apologetics is “Apologia” which means: “verbal defense, speech in defense a reasoned statement or argument”, according to the Strong’s Greek Dictionary. Apologetics gets its attention from Peter’s first epistle, which states: “…but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to … Continue reading

Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?  A Biblical Response to Hebrews 6:4-6

Can Christians lose their salvation? Many teach Christians can lose their salvation, but does the Bible teach that Christians can lose their salvation? Hebrews 6 is a popular chapter in which those who believe a Christian can lose their salvation use for their support, but Hebrews 6 in reality teaches the very opposite in which … Continue reading

What does the Bible teach about… the Church?  Who is a part of the Church of Christ?

The following information is concerning what the Bible teaches about who and what the Church of Jesus Christ is, and giving definitions of words with Scripture references. What does the word “Assembly” mean? Assembly <1,,1577,ekklesia> from ek, “out of,” and klesis, “a calling” (kaleo, “to call”), was used among the Greeks of a body of … Continue reading

The Importance of Knowing God’s Word

“Why should I study the Bible?”  “What does it matter what I believe as long as I am sincere?”  “Why should I bother studying when I know what is true by my feelings?”  “What’s the big deal anyways, is there really one ‘truth’?”  These are questions that people ask everyday, maybe even ones that you … Continue reading

Evidence, Importance & Authority of the New Testament Scriptures

What is the New Testament?  What is important about what was written some 2,000 years ago about a man named Jesus the Christ?  Many people ask these questions and want answers.  Many people say that it does not matter what was said or written about Jesus because He did not truly exist.  Some say He … Continue reading

The Deity of Jesus Christ

The Deity of Jesus Christ is the most debated doctrine concerning Jesus’ identity. Who was Jesus Christ? Is Jesus Christ God? The main focus of this information will be demonstrating Biblically that Jesus Christ is God. “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am … Continue reading

Do Christians Worship Three Gods?  Believe in Three Gods?

Christians are accused of things by various Religious groups which are not accurate.  Two things which Christians are accused of are:  Christians worship three Gods & Christians believe in three Gods.  However these statements are not accurate concerning what Christians believe concerning God, and they will be examined. Do Christians worship three Gods? The answer … Continue reading

Is the Trinity False? from Satan? Pagan?

Those who oppose the Trinity have assertions that the Trinity is false, from Satan, and comes from paganism.  However, if one is willing to see what the Bible teaches than these assertions will be seen to be inaccurate and mistaken. Is the Trinity false? The word false has various meanings:  “not genuine, not real, incorrect, … Continue reading

Explaining the Trinity Doctrine in simple terms

Clearly the most misunderstood and attacked doctrine is the doctrine of the Trinity.  This information is going to be very basic and simple.  Simply put the Trinity belief is that the Bible teaches there is one eternal God revealed in three personages. Explaining the Trinity The Bible teaches that there is only one God. (Isaiah … Continue reading

What does Trinitarianism mean?

The expression Trinitarianism means one who believes in the doctrine of the Trinity.  This is a title or way of identifying those who believe in the Trinity.  Some examples:  Mormons are called Mormons because of their beliefs in the book of Mormon; Jehovah’s Witnesses have labeled themselves Jehovah’s Witnesses, because they believe the only true … Continue reading

What does the word Trinity mean?

Its a good question and the answer that you receive depends upon the person you ask.  The word Trinity is not found in the Bible, but neither is the word monotheism, theocracy, or the English word Bible. The word Trinity from the online dictionary means:  “a word not found in Scripture, but used to express … Continue reading