But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Bellator Christi - Apologetic Report

By: Jason Kline | July 25, 2017

It is imperative to understand that without conditioning the soul through the spiritual disciplines, a well-ordered life is powerless and impossible. Ministry is rendered ineffective or lacking in the supernatural power of God. One must first experience the new birth...

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How did we get our New Testament? Was the New Testament canon a development of the Roman Emperor Constantine or did the Canon predate the time of the newly converted ruler? Today’s edition of The Bellator Christi Podcast will cover the development of the New Testament as we are joined by...

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Pastor Brian has been preaching a series of messages through the book of Acts. In this message, Brian explores 5 traits exhibited by the early church that shows the health of the church. By these 5 signs, we can evaluate churches today to see how healthy or unhealthy a church may be. If a church is...

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By: Rana Tarakji | July 19, 2017

Editorial Note: The views and opinions expressed by guest writers are expressly those of their contributors and may not represent those of Bellator Christi or its affiliates.

The world in itself is a beautifully designed piece of art. Even still, there are locations...

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By: Brian Chilton | July 17, 2017

In the New Testament, thirteen letters are attributed to the apostle Paul. Paul is, of course, the individual who had persecuted the church, but became a Christian missionary after an encounter with the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus. But, did Paul actually...

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By: Jason Kline | July 17, 2017

Loving God with all of our mind is what I believe to be a Biblical command. Apologists often defend the practice of apologetics using Luke 10:27 and loving God with all your mind. However, we cannot also neglect to love the Lord with all your heart and soul and...

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On the July 6th, 2017 edition of The Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian discusses the format people use to find truth. As F. B. Meyer suggests in his book The Secret to Guidance, people employ fact, faith, and Feelings in differing orders to find truth. In reality, only one format works....

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Join us for a special message delivered on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Huntsville Baptist Church by Rev. Dennis Shaw. Pastor Shaw is the Director of Missions for the Yadkin Baptist Association. In this message, Pastor Shaw discusses an instance where Jesus passed by a tax-collector known as Zacchaeus...

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On this episode of The Bellator Christi Podcast, Pastor Brian examines four symbols in Acts 2 pertaining to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. These four symbols tell us a lot about the personal presence of God in and through his Holy Spirit.

Pentecost: 4 Symbols that Illustrate How God...

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By: Jason Kline | July 10, 2017

This is an article that does not want to be written. A war is being waged within me; my soul and every part of me is fighting against writing.  Deep down I ask, “What is the point of writing? You’re not a good writer and nobody really cares what you...

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From all of us at Bellator Christi.com, we wish you a most wonderful Independence Day. For all those who have served our nation or are currently serving, both here and abroad: thank you! As the old adage goes, freedom isn’t free. It comes with a price.

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By: Brian Chilton | July 3, 2017

Zacharias, Ravi. The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007. $15.99. 200 pages.

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Zacharias’s book “The Grand Weaver” is exceptional, perhaps one of his best. In this book, Zacharias...

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By: Shane Lacroix | July 1, 2017

Editorial Note: The views and opinions expressed on this podcast and article are expressly those of its contributor and may not represent those of Bellator Christi or its affiliates. Bellator Christi and its contributor take no responsibility for the financial advice...

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By: Brian Chilton | June 26, 2017

For the past few weeks, we have investigated the authors of the Gospels and the book of Acts. In this article, we examine the evidence for the Gospel of John. Who wrote the Fourth Gospel? As we have in previous articles, this article will look at the proposed...

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What Constitutes a Good Father?

Deuteronomy 1:29-33

  1. A good father COMFORTS his family (Deut. 1:29).
  2. A good father FIGHTS for his family (Deut. 1:30).
  3. A good father CARRIES his family (Deut. 1:31).
  4. A good father LOVES his family (Deut. 1:32-33).

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Prayer is critical for the believer. It is the means by which an individual communicates with God. But have you ever felt that your prayers go unanswered? While God answers in his own time and according to his will, a person needs to examine oneself to ensure that nothing is hindering the...

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Acts: The Church in Action

The Blessings of United Prayer

Acts 1:12-26

  1. Unity in prayer provides the blessing of LOVING FELLOWSHIP (1:12-14).
  2. Unity in prayer provides the blessing of BOLD PROCLAMATION (1:15-22).
  3. Unity in prayer provides the blessing of DIVINE GUIDANCE (1:24-26).

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By: Brian Chilton | June 19, 2017

We have been engaged in a series of articles discussing the authorship of the books of the New Testament. In this article, we consider the Third Gospel, the Gospel of Luke. Who wrote the Gospel? What clues do we have from the internal and external evidence, the...

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It is said that many NFL players have come to Christ after winning the Super Bowl, including the all-star Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, Deion Sanders. You can find his testimony at https://jcsuperstars.wordpress.com/2008/01/09/deion-sanders-testimony/. Many, like Sanders, have come to the...

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Acts: Church in Action

3 Essential Events Leading to the Implementation of the Church

Acts 1:1-11

  1. The RESURRECTION OF CHRIST was essential in ESTABLISHING the church (1:1-3).
  2. The FILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT was essential in EMPOWERING the church (1:4-8).
  3. The ASCENSION OF CHRIST was essential in ENACTING...

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By: Brian Chilton | June 12, 2017

Last week, we began a series on the authorship of the New Testament documents as we discussed the Gospel of Matthew. This week, we continue our series as we consider the authorship of the Gospel of Mark. We will consider the internal and external evidences, as well...

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On this episode of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian weighs the differences between the newly released CSB Study Bible to that of the ESV Study Bible, largely considered one of the better study Bibles on the market. How do the study Bibles compare in content, format, articles, and depth? We will...

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By: Brian Chilton | June 6, 2017

Over the course of the new few weeks, we will discuss the reasons for accepting the traditional viewpoints for New Testament authorship. We will begin with the Gospel of Matthew today and will then move towards the other three Gospels before looking at some of the...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, host Brian Chilton leads us into an investigation of the mark of the Beast. Some early manuscripts identify the number of the Beast as 616, whereas the majority of early manuscripts record the number as 666. What do the variants of Revelation 13:18...

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As of June 1st, The Bellator Christi Podcast can now be found on Google Play. You can download any of the archived episodes at Google Play to share with your friends. Also, you can subscribe to the show so that you can catch all the latest episodes on your listening device. To access the podcast on...

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