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The Total Sufficiency of Christ

Berea Fountain

All that we have spoken of in this site is based upon the foundation of Christ’s sufficiency.

Our salvation depends entirely upon His completed and totally-sufficient work on the cross.

Which is what distinguishes the true gospel from the countless counterfeit gospels that exist in the world. Making faith in Christ alone, by faith alone, by grace alone the separating distinctives from all else that falsely calls itself, “Christian”.

But that is only the beginning of the matter.

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Take Up Your Cross

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And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

This is one of the most misunderstood concepts of the Christian life.

Because it is usually taught as some self-imposed pain or burden that the Christian is to put upon himself. Or some regimen of duty and responsibility we must undertake to follow the Lord.

Instead, this is about a growing understanding that a Christian must learn about himself and his relation to sin. It is all about what the Lord has already accomplished for him.

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In a Large Place

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The basic unspoken concern of most Christian believers is whether they are in proper fellowship with the Lord at any given moment.

By fellowship, we don’t mean “two fellows in a ship”, as Bob George often said. And by that, he was trying to help believers understand the truth about their relationship to Christ versus the common misunderstanding about “fellowship” with God that we get from incorrect teachings within the church.

The question that needs to be asked of all Christians is, “How do we know, at any given point, that we are OK with God?”

We are not talking about “salvation” here. That is presumed to be a settled issue for anyone who calls himself a Christian.

We are talking about having “peace with God” on a moment-by-moment basis.

So, what is the answer?

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The Presence of the Lord: Part 2 — The Lord’s Work in the Lord’s Way

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In the Bible record, otherwise godly men would sometimes choose their own methods to accomplish the Lord’s work. Ignoring the Lord’s clear commands on how to do His work in His way. Choosing, instead, to work in another way to fulfill some promise or desire God had expressed to them.

This simple ignoring of God’s word in the name of a good Christian cause is an apt description of the New Evangelical movement. A movement that began back in the 1940s which has drastically changed the course of Evangelicalism.

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Today Is The Day

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This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

It’s hard to say that verse without hearing the song that has become so closely associated with it. It is a joyous phrase. One that comes to mind, at least for me, primarily in those times when I am low and fearful of what lies ahead.

But, recently, in the midst of a lot of physical ailments I’ve been dealing with in this “summer of pain” (Sorry. I probably sound like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh) it occurred to me that this verse is an everyday verse.

Not just a good-day verse.

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The Presence of the Lord: Part 1

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The Lord’s presence is taken for granted by many Christians today.

In fact, most churches just assume that the Lord is present and delighted in most everything that they do.

All because an opening prayer was made in Jesus’ name, beautiful hymns were sung, the pastor preached a very passionate sermon, or that people really felt the presence of the Lord in the service that day.

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Salvation By Baptism?

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Of all the stumbling blocks that confuse men regarding the way of salvation, baptism is near the top of the list.

It is difficult to find a religious denomination that does not teach some form of baptismal regeneration. Or to put it another way, salvation that is linked, in some way, to the practice of water baptism. Regardless of whether one is sprinkled with water or immersed beneath it, it is popularly taught that this ritual is a major component of salvation.

The problem for all these groups is that the Bible doesn’t actual teach this.

Baptism has no relationship to salvation.

Nor does it have any effectiveness to cleanse from sin.

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Offended by a Word

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“For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.”      (Isaiah 29: 30-21)

Talk about an Old Testament scenario repeating itself in modern times. This verse is an incredible condemnation of our own American culture.

It’s Deja Vu, all over again.

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To Know God “Personally”

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Last week, I was listening to a Catholic apologist on the radio. He was speaking about how Pope Benedict stressed, along with others within Catholic leadership, the importance of “having a personal relationship with God”.

Now, many will hear this and think nothing out of the ordinary about this. As if this is just something normal for Catholicism to teach.

But this really surprised me.

It is important to understand that the man who was speaking on the radio, had been an Evangelical before he converted to Catholicism. He has been a Catholic now for 22 years.

He also claimed that Catholicism offered “a more direct way to God”. Than supposedly the Evangelical or Fundamental route.

Again, this got my attention.

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