• How should we evangelize someone who claims they aren’t elect? Question and Answer

    2 Peter 1:10

    The Bible makes it clear that we are required to make our election and calling sure (2 Pet. 1:10). We can have the assurance of being elect. But if I am not yet a believer, that doesn’t mean I will not be tomorrow, or the next day, or even on my deathbed. So I cannot possibly know in this world that I’m not elect. From a practical sense, I assume that every person I ever meet is elect even though I know it’s extremely unlikely that they would all be elect. My working assumption in evangelism and outreach is to … View Resource

  • Is evangelism more difficult in a society where truth is considered relative? Question and Answer

    People embrace relativism. That’s the bad news. You notice the book that went to the top of the charts several years ago from a professor at Cornell, even though nobody expected it to—The Closing of the American Mind. He said that 95% of students entering college had already embraced relativism, and by the time they graduated from college and had higher education, it was up to 98%. That was the bad news. The good news is that nobody is a relativist—not consistently. You can’t survive as a relativist for twenty-four hours unless you’re in a padded cell somewhere and under … View Resource

  • Based on Acts 16:31, can we ask God to save our household? Question and Answer

    Acts 16:31

    The Philippian jailer is one context. There you’ve got the head of the household who has come to faith in Christ. I was brought up in a family that never went to church. My mother and father never went to church until after I was converted. I remember praying desperately the Lord would work in my father’s heart, and kind of complaining to Him after six months because He didn’t seem to be answering my prayers. It was actually only years later when my dad started coming with me, and then my mom as well. It was only years later … View Resource

  • With the rise of seeker-sensitive churches, how do we understand biblically “seeking” God? Question and Answer

    Romans 3:10-12

    SPROUL: In Acts 17, Paul at the Areopagus quotes some of the pagan poets and talks about people groping after God. They have the statue to the unknown god, and in one sense they’re seeking Him. In the other sense, speaking didactically, the apostle spells out specifically what the natural human condition is. Quoting the psalm and adding to the fullness of it, the Apostle Paul makes it very clear that no one—that’s a universal negative—no one in their natural state seeks after God (Rom. 3:10-12). Thomas Aquinas had to answer this question centuries ago: “Why is it that people … View Resource