Often we wonder what we should do for God in worship. This is, of course, a most excellent question, but I would like to propose that there is an even more fundamental question. “How do we know what we should do in worship?” and/or “How do we know what God requires of us?” Once we … Continue reading God Has Spoken
With all the rain, you may have been thinking about Noah. You remember how God “saw that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). Because of this the Bible says, “the LORD regretted that he had … Continue reading Have You Seen Noah Lately?
Baptism is part of the faith (Romans 6:17-18; Acts 6:7; Romans 1:5; 16:26) . The Bible presents both obedience (including baptism) and knowledge (knowing who Jesus is etc.) as parts of the faith. Paul praised the Thessalonians for their “work of faith” (1 Thess. 1:3). Faith demands action (James 2:24).
This is manifested in the way the word “faithful” is used. 1 Timothy 3:11, for example, says the wives of elders must be “faithful in all things.” In other words, their lives must correspond to their beliefs. They are faithful because of their faith. They would not be counted faithful without believing and obeying the truth. Faithfulness requires appropriate knowledge and appropriate actions.
So what is the relationship between faith and baptism in salvation? Are we saved immediately when we know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God? Or, are we…
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