“For” As Used In Acts 2:38

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38 KJV). Did Peter tell the people to be baptized in order to have their sins forgiven or did he tell them to be baptized because their sins were already forgiven? Religious people have disagreed about this for many years. The points of discussion are (1) what the Bible says about “when an alien sinner is saved,” (2) the grammar of Acts 2:38, and (3) the meaning of the word “for.”

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Lack of Church Growth

Just the casual observer can see that the Lord’s church is not growing as it once did. What is the problem? I do not presume to know all the answers. I know that there are some who are quick to blame it on our being wed to the “out-dated” means and methods of the past. “Gospel meeting no longer work,” we hear. “Traditional pulpit style preaching is no longer effective,” we are told. Maybe this needs to give way to a more cozy “fireside chat” type communication. We need to make our worship style more contemporary to attract a new generation. In our personal evangelism, maybe encouraging people to attend our services to learn even more, is not the way to go. Maybe we should just not mention the church to them, until after we have brought them to the Lord. You, see, mentioning the church may generate prejudice and turn them off. If we would just adopt these newer methods and discard the old, we might start growing again. On and on the list could go.

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Where Do We Draw The Line?

There has always been a dividing line between right and wrong, truth and error, good and evil, light and darkness—God’s side or the Devil’s side. This line is set forth in God’s Word. We should always seek to be on God’s side. Thus, we are to “draw the line” on the basis of what God has told us in Scripture. In this article, let’s give the following some thought:

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Is It Possible For Me Not To Sin?

There are some people out there that will preach that we cannot help from sinning. Nothing we can do about it, we are weak and sinful so therefore we shall sin no matter how hard we try not too. There are even some others who teach that no matter what we do we cannot sin as to fall from grace, if that is so then why guard against temptation? David not only knew that he might sin but he could also keep from it! Psalm 119:11, "Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you". David knew if he kept God’s word in the best place possible, his heart, he could keep from sinning. Our heart is intellectual (Mark 2:8), it is the center of our emotions (1Peter 1:22), it is ethical (conscience) (1John 3:19-21) and it is volitional (Romans 6:17.)

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Have You Obeyed?

There are many people who believe and have been taught that it is necessary to "believe only" or to "receive Jesus as your personal Savior" in order to be saved. These erroneous expressions, which cannot be found in the scriptures, actually leaves people with the impression there is really nothing they need to do in order to be saved. But a scriptural search would show that the Bible teaches differently! There is something YOU must DO in order to be saved! Hebrews 5:9 "And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him." So the divinely inspired Word of God states you must OBEY!

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