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No Boasting About It PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Cordes   
Sunday, 23 February 2014 23:04

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

The message above is simple: we cannot, did not, and could never save ourselves from the punishment of hell.  Our salvation came from the only person capable of initiating, completing, and securing our salvation: Jesus Christ.  For us to say that any other means saved us, by even a small percentage, is to take glory away from Christ.  Some would argue that you must hear and believe the gospel to be saved, but this brings glory to the preacher and the believer, and man could boast.  Some say that you have to be baptized in order to be saved, but this brings honor to the minister and the one being baptized, thus man could boast.  Others may say that salvation is secured because they receive the Lord’s Supper weekly, but, once again, the administrator and the recipient of the communion could boast of their religious dedication.  Notice that God doesn’t even allow us to take credit for faith by saying “and that not of yourselves”.  Let the word of God be clear, salvation came to us by grace and grace alone.

 

 
A Problem with the Doctrine of the General Atonement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Cordes   
Friday, 21 February 2014 13:36

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9

 

The idea that Christ died for all mankind is very well-known.  However, because something is well-known does that make it correct?  By no-means is popularity an indicator that something is true.  I would encourage you to read the above verse.  More importantly, I would encourage you to read the above verse in context of the chapter it is taken from in 2nd Peter.  Peter wrote to the beloved of God on the topic of the second coming of Christ.  Peter taught that Christ had made a promise.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 14:15
 
What's New? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 18:00

There have been multiple updates and new features added to MTZ over the past couple of weeks. To be honest, I am pretty excited about all of them. I hope all of them will be edifying to our readers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 18:11
 
Montgomery PBC Annual Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Cordes   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 07:19

Montgomery PBC in Montgomery, Alabama, would like to welcome all to their annual meeting.  The service times are as follows:

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 07:45
 
Lukewarm Christians PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Friday, 14 February 2014 18:43

The word lukewarm, by itself, means to be; not ardent; not zealous; cool; indifferent. That definition is where I start my understanding about lukewarmness. The word “lukewarm” appears only once in scripture. It appears in a letter that Jesus was audibly giving to the apostle John to deliver unto the angel of church of the Laodiceans.

Revelation 3:14-19
, "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 18:12
 
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