Has the Christian church changed over time? If so, in what ways? The Primitive Church The early church, formed in the first century, was that “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). The apostle’s doctrine of course are the things that Jesus taught His own disciples and instructed them to make disciples of others (Matt 28:19-20) so the primitive church was bound to the Word of God… Read more

How and why did the Crusades begin? What were the reasons for it? Why the Crusades? The Crusades were a reaction to Islamic forces overtaking Jerusalem and many of the holy sites in Judea and so Pope Urban II made a plea to the Western Europeans who then gathered support in providing for the pope armies of Christians. Alexius I’s had first appealed to Pope Urban II for mercenary forces to help rid the Muslims who were quickly overtaking major… Read more

How did the Crusades end? Were Christians or Catholics that were responsible, or the Muslims? The Crusaders Who were the Crusaders? Where they Protestants? Were they Anglicans or were they Catholics? Or, was it all of them combined? The Crusades were a series of military campaigns to reclaim the holy land back from the Muslims who had invaded and conquered the area. After Christians from Western Europe responded to Pope Urban II’s plea to go to war in 1095 against… Read more

What was the process like when the Bible was being assembled into what we have today? Divine Inspiration Looking at the Bible as we have it today differs from what the nation of Israel had in the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament) but they did believe in divine inspiration of the Old Testament in books like the Psalms, Isaiah, and other such books. The Bible was written over about a 1,500 year period (1405 B.C. to… Read more

Is there a way that a Christian can know for sure that they are saved? Who Does the Saving? We begin by first looking at who does the saving. The idea that we can save ourselves or that we ensure our own salvation is contrary to biblical doctrine (Eph 2:8-9) because as the Apostle John wrote, “to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not… Read more

How does a Bible concordance work? What are things that can help us use it properly? A Concordance Most Bibles have a concordance or an index in the back but it is not very comprehensive, however a Bible concordance is one of the most useful resources when studying Scripture, writing a theological paper, or in preparing a sermon. A Bible concordance is simply a Scriptural index where particular Bible words are alphabetized for easy location and access and which enables… Read more

How can a believer pray for their church? What are some biblical examples? The Command to Pray To begin with, we’re command to pray. Jesus, in speaking with His disciples, “told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1) and the Apostle Paul adds, “that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling” (1st Tim 2:8). Do you seek the will of God? I… Read more

How can you prepare if you’re going to fast? Talk to your Doctor It’s not a good idea to start off on a fast without first talking to your doctor. He may know something about your medical history that you’ve forgotten about or you’re on medication and you’re supposed to take it with food on your stomach. There are other reasons too like diabetes and those who have low blood pressure. It wouldn’t hurt to ask your doctor about it… Read more

Here’s how a Christian husband might pray for his Christian wife. Pray for Protection Husbands, if you love your wife as Christ loved the church, then you’ll be praying for her often because Jesus was a Man of prayer, one night staying all night up a mountain in prayer (Luke 6:12). He was probably alone and cold from the chilly Judean nights in the mountains, so this was no retreat for Jesus. This was hard work. He had good reason… Read more

Here’s how you can pray for a Christian husband of yours. That he’d put God First I would certainly pray that a Christian husband would put God first. Jesus Himself tells us to not worry about our needs in life but “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt 6:33), so a husband that puts God first is in a better position to love his wife like Christ loved… Read more

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