What Does Dying to Self Mean When Taught in the Bible?

Have you heard the Bible say that we are to die to our own self?  What does this mean?  What does the Bible describe as dying to oneself?Taking up the CrossLuke 9:23-24 “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”Jesus directly ties in denying oneself with taking up his cross and doing it daily.  If that were not e … [Read more...]

What Does Repent Mean In The Bible?

 Have you heard of the word repent in the Bible?  What exactly does it meant to repent? How can a person repent?What is Repentance?  The Greek word used in the New Testament for repentance is "metanoia" which means to have a "change of mind" so if someone repents, their mind has been changed in the sense of their desire is not toward sin anymore but their desire is to avoid sin and to seek to live a holy life.  God actually gives a person the ability to repent as "God's kindness is meant to … [Read more...]

What Does It Mean To Seek First The Kingdom of God?

Jesus says that we must seek the Kingdom of God first?  What does He mean?  What is this Kingdom of God and how do we seek it first?The Kingdom of God The gospel of Mark says that the first thing that Jesus said was “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). What was this kingdom all about?  For one thing, Jesus is the King of this kingdom.  Jesus spoke a lot about the kingdom of God in parables in Mark chapter 3.  Jesus said tha … [Read more...]

What Does the Term Epistle Mean?

Bible Definition of Epistle

Have you heard of the word epistle used in the Bible? What does this word mean exactly?An Epistle is... Some Christians, in a recent poll, thought that an epistle was the wife of an apostle.  Seriously!  I am not making that up.  An epistle is not a person but a thing.  Not every book in the New Testament is an epistle but every letter written is an epistle.  The word used for “epistle” comes from the Greek word “epistole” and essentially means “a letter” so an epistle is a letter and most o … [Read more...]

What Does Redemption Mean In The Bible? Christian Definition of Redemption

What does the word redemption mean?  Redeemed from what?  Here is a biblical definition of redemption.A Secular Definition of Redemption If you went up someone on the street and ask them what the word redemption meant, they might give you a different definition than someone who is a believer in Christ.  The secular definition of redemption is the act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake.  Other definitions include repurchasing something or making a deliverance or rescue.  Some incl … [Read more...]

How To Write a Sermon Outline

What is a way that a pastor or preacher can write a good sermon outline?  What ways would you suggest?Is an Outline Necessary? Charles Spurgeon is one of the greatest preachers of all time and he wrote out his sermons, word for word so the question is “Is a sermon outline even necessary?”  If not, then is it okay to write out sermon outlines or to write out the sermon in full?  This depends on the man who is preaching.  I see nothing wrong with having a sermon outline or a fully written serm … [Read more...]