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  • What book or resource would you recommend to a new believer? Question and Answer

    Some new believers are just not readers at all, so the most important thing is to encourage them to read the Scriptures. For that reason, you might want to find a book for them that would give them simple help. The most obvious answer to that question in this culture is that Tabletalk may be the best “book.” A subscription to Tabletalk means that this new Christian will be led on day by day in the study of Scripture and also be able to read short articles on different aspects … View Resource

  • What are the essential qualities of a Christian? Question and Answer

    1 Corinthians 13:13

    Think for example about what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13. Here is a church where certain gifts are being held up before the people as indications of a kind of super-spirituality. And basically what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13 is, “You can have all of these gifts and actually be nothing in God’s kingdom.” So what would be the sign? The sign would be the presence of faith and hope and love (1 Cor. 13:13): faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, trusting in Him; hope—remember how Peter speaks in 1 Peter about the hope that is given to … View Resource

  • Are our hearts still deceitfully wicked after we are born again? Question and Answer

    First of all, we understand immediately why the unregenerate heart is desperately wicked and beyond our understanding. That is how we can understand and interpret the headlines around us. Frankly, that’s how we can understand the mirror in front of us. It is the knowledge of depravity, the heart as the seat of sin. We can thoroughly understand that in terms of the unregenerate heart. It has to be affirmed comprehensively. Desperately wicked, Who can understand it? Remember, a part of the new covenant is being promised a new heart. In one sense the answer is no. It’s not the … View Resource

  • When Jesus says, “Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect,” does that mean we can attain perfection, and should we? Question and Answer

    There are a couple of things we need to understand about this statement. In the first place, the word that is translated “perfect” literally means “be complete.” So often, the New Testament and the Old Testament will describe people as being upright and righteous—not in the sense that they have achieved total moral perfection, but rather that they have reached a singular level of maturity in their growth in terms of spiritual integrity. However, in this statement, it’s certainly legitimate to translate it using the English word perfect. For example, “Be ye complete as your heavenly Father is complete.” Now … View Resource