Who Goes To Heaven? Do Only Good People Go To Heaven?

Who exactly goes to heaven? Do only good people go to heaven and only bad people to hell?Who is Good? Another member of our church and I once talked to a young man about the gospel and so we asked him, “Do you think you’re a good person?” to which he replied, “I’m not good person…I’m great!” That’s when I told him, “Wow, you’re the very first person we’ve ever met that is good because the Bible says only God is good” (Mark 10:18), and not even one of us is good. In fact, none of us even seek … [Read more...]

Can Faith Alone Save You?

Can faith alone save a person? Is that all there is to being saved?Public Profession Whoever has been saved won’t be able to keep it a secret, and in fact, a silent, underground Christian is an irreconcilable thing as far as the Bible is concerned. The words of Jesus plainly show that no one can be saved and keep silent about their profession before others as He said, “everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven” (Matt 10:32), however “w … [Read more...]

Is U2 A Christian Band?

Is U2 a Christian Band? What about the work Bono does? Is he doing the work of Christ for His sake?Who is U2? Most of us have heard of U2. This Irish rock band was formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1976 and includes Bono, Adam Clayton, the Edge, and Larry Mullen. There are some who believe that they are a Christian band or that the members (at least some) are Christian. Bono and Edge paint broad pictures of what their faith looks like, but is it true saving faith where repentance and faith are … [Read more...]

What Is The Purpose Of The Book Of James? A Bible Study

Why did James write this book? What is the purpose of this book for us today?The Author There is little doubt that James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote the Book of James. Many consider it to be part of the wisdom literature of the Bible, and rightly it should. James begins the letter by identifying himself as “James, a servant (lit. “slave”) of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion” (James 1:1). This book may have been the very first book making it the o … [Read more...]

What Does Works Mean When Used In The Bible

What does the Bible mean by works when used in the Bible? Why are works important?Not Saved by Works I believe that Jesus + works = nothing, but Jesus + nothing = eternal life. This is made clear in Ephesians 2:8-9 which says “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” We cannot be our own co-redeemers in any way. And that’s good news! We would never be satisfied if we had ever done … [Read more...]

Faith Without Works Is Dead: Bible Study and Meaning

What does it mean that faith without works is dead?  Does this mean we need works to help our faith or that our faith is incomplete without works?Religions with Works All religions without Christ demand works that are added as part of their belief system.  They include many of the cults and world religions.  Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and just about every other faith or belief system you see on the planet except for Christianity says “do, do, do” but with Christ, it is done!  Jesus said on t … [Read more...]