• Since no one seeks after God, why do so many unconverted people come to church? Question and Answer

    1 Corinthians 1:18

    LAWSON: In a lot of churches, I think people are going to be entertained, or they are going to make relationships, or they are going out of religiosity. They are going not for God, but for what God would provide for them. They’re not after the Giver; they’re after the gifts. They are there for all the wrong reasons. That doesn’t mean they’re seeking God. They are simply seeking common grace things, or they are seeking the gifts but have zero interest in the Giver. CHARLES: I have many pastoral friends and colleagues. I get nervous about blanket criticisms of … View Resource

  • Will Christians who have been forgiven answer for their sins in judgment? Question and Answer

    1 Corinthians 5:10

    First of all, let me try and put it this way: When we are justified, we are justified with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. What that means–if you can begin to take it in–is that when you stand before God you are able to say, “I am as righteous before You as Your Son Jesus Christ.” Now that can sound very arrogant. But if you then ask, “Well how is that?” the answer is, “Because the only righteousness with which I’m justified is Jesus Christ’s righteousness.” There is an absoluteness about the perfection of that righteousness. There is an absoluteness … View Resource

  • Do Paul’s instructions about head coverings apply today, since he appeals to creation, not culture? Question and Answer

    1 Corinthians 11:2-16

    If you read almost any commentary on 1 Corinthians, you will see that the commentators look at the life situation in which the epistle was written. They notice that, in Corinth, which was a somewhat loose city, a sign of a prostitute was to go around with an uncovered head. So, the commentators say that, in all probability, the reason why the Apostle exhorts women to cover their heads during church is because they don’t want to have that cultural scandal of appearing like prostitutes. My problem with that is this: If the Apostle gives an injunction and doesn’t give … 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

  • What is the gospel? Question and Answer

    1 Corinthians 15:3-4

    The gospel is that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scripture, that He was buried, and that He was raised from the dead (1 Cor. 15:3–4). The heart of the gospel is Jesus Christ Himself—the person and work of Christ, the sin-bearing work of Christ, as well as the perfection of His life that is imputed to those who believe. Out of the Reformation came the great solas and the three in the middle, sola fide, sola gratia, and solus Christus are the heart of the gospel. In other words, salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, … View Resource

  • What is the gospel? Question and Answer

    1 Corinthians 15:3-4

    SPROUL: When I would teach in the doctor of ministry program and I’d have the clergy in there, I would ask them to define the gospel. And if I got ten percent of them to give an adequate answer to it, I would be happy. Because that word is thrown around so much it has died the death of a thousand qualifications. In New Testament terms, the gospel is the proclamation of the person and work of Jesus Christ plus how the benefits of that work can be appropriated to us by faith and by faith alone. So the gospel … View Resource