Posts with the tag “salvation”

Do I Believe in Work-Based Salvation?
by Patrick Swayne on December 29th, 2023
When asked, most people who claim to be Christians will also claim that they don't believe in salvation through good works. However, a closer examination of their beliefs may tell a different story.  Read More
A Closer Look at Spiritual Death
by Patrick Swayne on May 26th, 2023
According to the teachings of John Calvin, man is spiritually dead because of sin and incapable of responding to God. Is this really what the Bible teaches about spiritual death?   Read More
Are Christians Saved by the Skin of Their Teeth?
by Patrick Swayne on April 1st, 2023
More than once I’ve heard a preacher say that Christians are saved by the skin of their teeth, meaning "by the thinnest or barest of margins." Is this how we should envision our salvation?   Read More
The Baptism of the Sinless Son of God
by Patrick Swayne on December 31st, 2022
Mark's Gospel is known for its brevity, so why does it begin its account of the deeds of Jesus with an account of His baptism? And what about His baptism was so significant that God the Father spoke in approval? Let's reflect upon Mark's account of the baptism of the sinless Son of God.   Read More
Christmas Gifts and the Gift of Salvation
by Patrick Swayne on December 16th, 2022
Christmas books and movies commonly suggest that we get gifts when we're good and don't when we're bad. Is that really how gifts work? More importantly, is that how the gift of salvation works?   Read More
One Thing You Should Know About One Baptism
by Patrick Swayne on December 8th, 2021
Paul lists "one baptism" as an essential element in creating and maintaining the unity of the Christian faith alongside of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. It's clearly very important. How would the Ephesians have understood "one baptism," and how should we understand it today?   Read More