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What is the New Testament “process” for doing a church plant?

Given that new churches are to be started (eg the ministry of the Apostle Paul in partial fulfillment of the Great Commission), what is the New Testament model or process for how this should be done? ...
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Should we put God to test?

No – Luke 4:12 ... Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Yes – Judges 6:39 “Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered ...
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What does the Bible say about how we should pray?

Context In Matthew 6:7-15, we see Jesus telling his disciples to not use vain repetitions as the heathens do giving a specific example of how to pray It's furthermore noted that prayer is a ...
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Difference between Gospel and Bible

The title almost says it all: What's the difference between the Gospel and The Bible? did one contain another of what? What does each one include? Where did every one come from (or who authored ...
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Reformed Theology, Pentecostalism, and Charismatic Movement on The Holy Spirit

To a first degree approximation, is the following correct? Reformed Theology: Spiritual gifts ceased after the apostolic age. The gifts were important to setup the initial church, but after the ...
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How can an all powerful supreme being be either good or evil?

In order to be Omnipotent, or all knowing, as well as Omnipresent and all powerful wouldn't a supreme being have to be so far removed from concepts of "Good" and "Evil"? Those are just terms and ...
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Whom did Lamech kill?

Genesis 4:23-24 NIV 23 Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me. 24 If ...
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Resources to learn about Bible canonization

I am interested in researching the history behind the Bible's canonization. I am particularly interested in writings of early historians, or books that compile facts from these historians in an ...
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Are there disadvantages to Chronological Study Bibles?

I recently bought a copy of The Chronological Study Bible. According to the preface, the Bible takes all of the verses of the KJV bible and rearranges them (with some debates on certain verses) into ...
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Total Depravity vs the Rich Man

If I understand "Total Depravity" from Calvinism -- apart from God's grace, there is nothing good within us -- we are miserable, evil creatures. In light of this, I have some questions about the rich ...
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Who is “Samuel” in the story of Saul, Samuel, and the Medium?

In 1st Samuel 28, Saul gets the witch of Endor to summon Samuel back from the dead. Is this really Samuel or some demon impersonating Samuel? If it is the real Samuel here, how does this woman have ...
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Are there disagreements between Reformed Theology and the teachings of A.W. Tozer?

Are there any known conflicts between the teachings of A.W. Tozer and those of Reformed Theology? My concern is sparked by his relation to the Christian "mystics", which sound potentially heretical. ...
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John 14:2: a literal house / temple or heaven

In John, Jesus is speaking of Heaven. However in Matthew he's talking about a physical temple. John 14:2 NIV 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that ...
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Did Mary have other children? [duplicate]

Since it appears that Jesus had brothers and sisters, did Mary have other children? If not, how many wives did Joseph have? Matthew 12:46-47 NIV 46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, ...
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Did Christ know who He was as a youth?

Did Jesus Christ know as a baby that He was the Son of God? When He worked carpentry with Joseph, His earthly father, did He know then Who or What He was? Did He sense in anyway prior to being a ...
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Why did Jesus refuse to accommodate the Pharisees insistence on washing hands before eating bread?

In the New Testament we find various rules of accommodating others in the spirit of love and peace. For example: To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became ...
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When Jesus gave Peter his name (rock) what is the significance that he then said upon a ‘different’ kind of rock he would build his church?

When Peter made his famous confession, Jesus responded by saying: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (NIV ...
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What are the mechanics of interaction with the Holy Spirit?

Context John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all ...
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Will (or “do”) people in heaven get to interact with Jesus, independent of massive crowds?

When one considers the example Jesus set during his time on earth, and compares it with how individuals often treat each other, the sharp contrast between "how the world works" and "how things should ...
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How does mainstream Christianity view “Heaven is for Real”?

I was looking for books on what happens after death on Amazon, and came across Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back. I found this interesting review but I ...
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Will we be able to eat anything in Heaven? [closed]

Eating meat and potatoes for lunch after missing breakfast, I was thanking God for such delicious foods. Then I came up with a question; will we be able to eat in Heaven? I love eating, and I wouldn't ...
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Shouldn't Mary’s genealogy be Jesus' family history?

Matthew 1 The Family History of Jesus the Messiah: Abraham was the father of Isaac . . . . Matthan was the father of Jacob. 16 Jacob was the father of Joseph. Joseph was the ...
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Were Annanias and Saphira guilty of the “unforgiveable” sin?

In Acts 5 we are presented with the account of Annanias and Saphira. Summary they sold a piece of property, and then determined to lie to the Apostles and the Holy Spirit about its value, and give ...
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Question about Christian Dating [closed]

The amount of time the couple dates before deciding on marriage has increased with each new generation. If you have fallen in Love with your mate, is it a sin to imagine yourself "fulfilling your ...
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Why did God strike Herod?

Acts 12:23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. There are many who go around blaspheming much worse ...
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According to mainstream Christianity, what happens after one dies?

Old Belief [held for decades] After a person dies, the person sleeps until Judgment day, and is then awakened and goes into either heaven or hell. New Belief (realized only yesterday) Immediately ...
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Do Calvinists believe that Heavenly Rewards are predestined?

Assume doctrine of predestination Calvinism Context 10 Talents (Matthew 25): For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered ...
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The extent of different approaches to Revelation

There are of course a number of different approaches to, and interpretations of the book of Revelation. When I read theological works on end times I stumble upon some of those. But I never really ...
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Paul's suggestion to not marry vs Great Protestant Theologians

Paul states: 1 Cor: 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. Yet, if we look at the great Protestant theologians: ...
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Does the Dome of the Rock have any importance to Christianity?

The Dome of the Rock is right beside Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Israel. Is it considered a sacred place in Christianity? If so, in what way?
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Predestination, Sins of the Parents

This question is within the doctrine of predestination. Predestination states that God, even before the child has been born, decides whether the child is saved. Is there any biblical evidence as to ...
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What is the significance of water from Jesus' side?

John 19:34 "one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water." I know this is supposed to be something great as in the next verse the apostle ...
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When, if ever, is eisegesis a valid interpretation of scripture over exegesis?

Typically, exegesis is used when interpreting scripture, so that value, meaning, and instruction is derived from the words. When is eisegesis, or reading-into scripture, a valid interpretational ...
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Did early church fathers understand the doctrine of trinity?

Many historians and religious scholars ... attest to the influence of Greek or Platonic philosophy in the development and acceptance of the Trinity doctrine in the fourth century. ... the ...
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Pre-Crucifixion Transubstantiation

The Roman Catholic church teaches the doctrine of transubstantiation--that the bread and wine literally become the body and blood of Jesus. It seems that the sacrament of taking the body and blood ...
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Why did Paul want God to repay Alexander the metalworker?

In II Timothy 4:14-15, Paul writes: Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he ...
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Who is Wisdom in Proverbs?

In general, Wisdom can be (and is, and was) identified as Jesus. However, there is this verse... Proverbs 8:22 (NLT) 22 "The Lord formed me from the beginning, ...
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How do Catholics support transubstantiation?

As I understand it, the doctrine of transubstantiation maintains that bread and wine literally* become the body and blood of Christ...yet it is impossible to detect this. That is, they do not ...
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Why is the Trinity a Trinity?

It's well established and accepted by most Christians that God is triune, consisting of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. However, while talking with a friend earlier about Wisdom (from Proverbs), I ...
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what is essential to be a Christian? [closed]

What is essential to be a Christian? In other words, what are the necessary and sufficient condition that a person with them can be called Christian and without them cannot be called a Christian? What ...
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Old Testament and Christiantiy

I've seen different pastors use the Old Testament to fill gaps and sometimes to override information in the New Testament. However, the New Testament is supposed to be part of the new deal which is ...
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Has the Roman Catholic Church ever issued an official response to the accusations of the Reformers?

I just started reading Luther's Tabletalk, and the preface, written by Dr. John Aurifaber in 1569, roundly condemns the Roman Catholic Church, presenting an analogy which compares Christians' ...
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Apparent discrepancy in Isaiah 66:3-4

In Isaiah chapter 66: 3-4, God had this to say. 3 But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a person, and whoever offers a lamb is like one who breaks a dog’s neck; ...
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Dying for Christ

Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Dietrich Bonhoeffer When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and ...
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How does Christianity respond to scientific theory that Man originated through evolution? [closed]

Science claims that men originated through evolution. Christianity claims that men originated from Adam and Eves. How Christianity respond the claims of modern science?
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Why should a sinner suffer forever in hell fire?

In my little knowledge I believe any form of punishment is a way of curbing crimes or wrong doings and for others to learn not to do wrong. When this life ends some would be in heaven and the rest in ...
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Does suffering in this life really matter?

So, recently I had the thought: suffering is irrelevant. I arrived at this conclusion using the idea of limits in Math. Say that suffering could be measured in units as a function of time (frowns ...
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Is the concept of God in Christianity (the Trinity) three Gods or One?

I don't understand the concept of God in Christianity. Based on what I do know, there is God, the Son of God and the Holy Spirit -- doesn't this add up to 3 Gods? In Christianity, is there there One ...
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Why the disciple took Jesus' mother unto his own home?

26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And ...
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if homosexuality is a sin, why isn't abstinence? [closed]

I've always wondered why homosexuality is a sin. The most common argument I hear though is that "They can't procreate and be fruitful, which is an integral part of God's design for us". But I notice a ...

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