Friday, October 19, 2007


"Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" (2 Tim. 3:12).

Being persecuted for living as a Christian is not something that might happen, but is something that will happen. The degree of persecution may vary by time and place. But it is something that each Christian will have to face.

I wonder sometimes if some have forgotten this (or perhaps not been taught it). Sometimes conflicts arise when we try and live according to God's word. Opposition sometimes will come when we preach the gospel in its purity and simplicity. How do we react when this happens? Do we say, "oh, we must be doing something wrong," and then change our lives or message?

We should not automatically think we are doing something wrong when persecution comes. It could be that what we are doing and teaching is exactly right, and that is why we are being persecuted.

It good to examine ourselves and our teaching (2 Cor. 13:5). But if we are right, we cannot allow the persecution to alter our actions or message. This is the goal of persecution. Do not become embarrassed or fearful. Instead, "consider it all joy...when you encounter various trials" (James 1:2).

Remember the words of the apostle Peter: "if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name" (1 Pet. 4:16).

Monday, October 8, 2007

BOTC - October 2007

The new issue of Banner of the Cross is now online and contains the following articles:

We Can Understand the Bible by Andy Sochor
True Love by Andy Sochor

Banner of the Cross

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Emphasizing Jesus Christ

Paul wrote to the saints in Corinth, "For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified" (1 Cor. 2:2). Why did Paul place such an emphasis on teaching Jesus? He explains, "so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God" (1 Cor. 2:5).

The Corinthians had a problem of following after men. This resulted in division, as some were saying, "'I am of Paul,' and 'I of Apollos,' and 'I of Cephas,' and 'I of Christ'" (1 Cor. 1:12). Paul later explained that when they claimed loyalty to these men, they were carnally minded and immature (1 Cor. 3:1-4).

The inspired apostle sought to correct this thinking so that they would focus on following Christ, and not men. This is the first problem he addressed in his letter (1 Cor. 1:10-17). But notice how he subtly makes this point before he explicitly states it.

{1} Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
{2} To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
{3} Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
{4} I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,
{5} that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge,
{6} even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you,
{7} so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
{8} who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
{9} God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
{10} Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.

In the first ten verses of this letter, Paul mentions the name of Christ ten times. In doing so he references His deity, lordship (authority), gospel, and revelation in judgment. He also points out that in Him we have salvation, sanctification, grace, fellowship, and unity.

No man can compare with Christ. No one can offer us what Christ can. So let us do as Paul encouraged the Corinthians to do: be wholly devoted to Christ and serve Him faithfully.

Monday, October 1, 2007

PBT - October 2007

The October issue of Plain Bible Teaching is now online with the following articles:

The Great Conspiracy by Andy Sochor
The Body of Sin by Andy Sochor
Some Things That Christians Cannot Do by Andy Sochor
Divorce for Any Reason at All? by Andy Sochor

You can read the new articles by clicking on the link below. I hope you may find the new material helpful to you.

Plain Bible Teaching
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