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

Revival Focus - Apologetic Report

Often I hear people refer to “pastoral authority”? Is this a legitimate terminology? Is it a correct concept? Is it right to connect the word authority with the word pastoral?

It depends on how you define it—like the world, no; like the New Testament, yes. “Feed the flock of...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 23:58

Q#20 Prayer and Intercession

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Q. What is the difference between being a prayer warrior and being an intercessor, if there is one? 

C_____

A. Hello C_____,

Thanks for your very valid question. Often intercessors are called prayer warriors. But technically intercessory prayer is a subset of the broader category of prayer.

Prayer...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 11:20

Christ Life Conference Overview

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The 2017 Christ life Conference is a spiritual clinic where we allow the Word and the Spirit to diagnose our need and point us to the cure in Jesus. This year we are considering the vital connection between personal revival and the greater movements of the Spirit. To do so we have several series in...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 18:44

Q#19 Fruit in John 15

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Q. Brother John,

What do you believe are/is the “fruit” in John 15:2-5? Is it works? Is it the “fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5?

Shawn

A. Hello Shawn,

This is a question many ponder. I believe the safest answer may be found by focusing on the context right in John 15.

Explicitl...

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Several years ago my son wanted to earn some money when we came home for the holidays. A giant walnut tree dominates our backyard. So, being a city boy who doesn’t know country living, I offered my son 25 cents for every walnut he picked up—thinking there were no more than 50-100...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 10:49

Q#18 Secret Believers?

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What is involved in humbling oneself to receive salvation?  Would Christ save one who is not willing to publicly confess Christ and be baptized?

A______

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Hello A______ ,

Thank you for your question. It points up what is germane as to the condition for salvation.

Salvation is by grace through...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 23:37

Three Reasons Evangelists Still Exist

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Some challenge the existence of the evangelist, and therefore, the legitimacy of their ministry today. But this minimization seems to be more from prejudice or misinformation than anything substantive. Let’s consider three reasons the gift of the evangelist still exists today.

1. The Precision...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 21:41

Q#17 Faith and Repentance for Believers

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I appreciate your explanation of faith and repentance. I had never considered the idea that faith for salvation and repentance of sin are two sides of the same coin. That raised a question regarding a believer who sins. Is there a two-sided coin of belief and repentance for him? I ask because in...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 01:53

Why Churches Still Need Evangelists

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Why do churches still need evangelists? This question is akin to asking, “Why do people with physical issues still need specialists?” Of course, the answer is—they specialize! When you need eye care, you don’t go to a general practitioner; you go to an eye doctor. If you...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:30

Q#16 Holiness and Assurance

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In reference to assurance, Hebrews 12:14 speaks of actively pursuing holiness. Would you say that this pursuit of holiness is based on one’s position in Christ’s holiness and if so, one who is not in pursuit of holiness has never encountered the living Christ for salvation? ...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 02:11

Law and Grace

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In my own revival journey, I began to use the terminology of grace and the Spirit-filled life, but my focus was still on “It’s gotta look like this….” This is ultimately a law-focus. Further in my journey the Lord opened my eyes not only to Jesus as the source of life...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 10:42

Q#15 Grace and Faith as Gifts

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Is faith or grace a gift, or both?

J_____

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Hello J_____ ,

Great question! The answer has far reaching theological ramifications. Let’s first look at grace, and then we’ll consider faith.

Grace is clearly a gift. James 4:6 says, “But he giveth more grace…God…giveth...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 19:48

Honoring the Holy Spirit as God

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Several years ago in a question and answer time on the ministry of the Holy Spirit, a leading deacon of a church said tongue-in-cheek, yet with a real degree of honesty, “I thought the Fundamentalists had the Father and the Son, but the Charismatics had the Holy Spirit.”

Last week we...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 09:07

Q#14 Faith, Repentance, and Salvation

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Is repentance required for salvation? Faith and repentance? The two aspects of man’s response to God’s offer of salvation? And if both are a part of salvation, why is it we seldom hear repentance in a Gospel message?

A_____

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Dear A_____,

Thanks for this question as well. This is an...

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Last week on the Revival Focus Facebook and Twitter accounts, we asked what people considered to be the greatest strength and the greatest weakness of Independent Baptist churches. 

Regarding the greatest strength, for the most part the responses indicated a high view of the Word of God, such...

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