Category: Apologetics

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Matthew: The Cleansing Of The Temple

Matthew: The Cleansing Of The Temple

In Matthew 21, Jesus was angry.

Now, how could this be? What could possibly make gentle, loving, patient Jesus so upset? What could cause Him to flip tables and to make a scene? In today’s study, we’ll consider both the circumstances and reasons for Christ’s anger.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Who were the money-changers in the temple? What were they doing?

B) How does this event relate to the time Jesus cursed a fig tree?

C) What does it mean for God’s temple to be a ‘house of prayer?’

 

Website: www.fpcgulfport.org

Revelation: When God Speaks

Revelation: When God Speaks

Revelation is the last book in the Bible.

However, the entire Bible is a revelation from God – and so is every molecule in the created realm. Every ounce of creation tells us something about the Creator. In today’s study, we’ll talk about the benefits of God’s revelation, and the consequences for ignoring what He has said.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why do people plug their ears to God’s Word?

B) If a society ignores God, who will they turn to instead?

C) What about our universities – if they reject divine revelation, what’s left?

Show Notes / Timestamps

00:02   Welcome (This Is Radio 3:16)

00:50   Chapter 1: Where Does Knowledge Come From

05:43   Chapter 2: Our Need For Something Better

13:54   Chapter 3: Garbage In, Garbage Out

20:59   Chapter 4: Divine Revelation

25:00   Broadcast End

Keywords: Epistemology, Special Revelation, Divine Revelation

Web: www.fpcgulfport.org

 

Matthew: The Transfiguration Of Jesus

Matthew: The Transfiguration Of Jesus

Jesus, Moses, and Elijah met on the mountaintop. One’s face radiated with divine light. The others did not.

Moses and Elijah were no slouches – these were titans of Jewish history, the very embodiment of the law and the prophets. And yet, when standing next to Jesus, they paled. It was Christ alone that the Father referred to, saying “This is my Son, listen to Him” in Matthew 17.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) What was the ‘transfiguration,’ and why did Jesus undergo it?

B) Why did Moses and Elijah appear, and what did they talk about?

C) What was Peter’s mistake, and what forgiveness did he receive?

 

Site: www.fpcgulfport.org

Eternity: Levels Of Reward Or Punishment

Eternity: Levels Of Reward Or Punishment

Are there levels of reward (or punishment) in eternity?

In Dante’s Inferno, the poet described Hell as having ‘nine circles.’ Each circle corresponded with a different sin and degree of punishment. But is this a Biblical understanding? Does the Bible teach that different sins merit different punishments in Hell? And what does it say about ‘rewards’ in Heaven?

Questions That We’ll Address:

1) If our works don’t save us, then what eternal affect can they have (if any)?

2) When Jesus referred to ‘treasures in Heaven,’ what was He talking about?

3) Why did Jesus say that the people of Capernaum would face a more tolerable judgment than the people of Sodom (who were poster-children for God’s wrath)?

 

00:02   Welcome (This Is Radio 3:16)

01:03   Chapter 1: Introduction

06:00   Chapter 2: Different Sins, Different Punishment

13:07   Chapter 3: Earthly Deeds, Eternal Rewards

19:53   Chapter 4: Closing Thoughts

24:22   Closing / Outro

25:00   Broadcast End

 

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Toby B. Holt

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Matthew: The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail

Matthew: The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail

This was a very wicked region.

In the time of Christ, Caesarea Philippi was the ‘red light district.’ It was filled with pagan people doing pagan things. And yet, this is where Jesus took His disciples in Matthew 16. Why? That will be the focus of today’s study.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why did Jesus travel to the region known as Hell’s gates?

B) What did He teach His disciples when they got there?

C) Why did Jesus say “on this rock I will build my church?”

 

Church Website: www.fpcgulfport.org

Matthew: The Sermon On The Mount

Matthew: The Sermon On The Mount

It is the most famous sermon ever preached.

In Matthew 5, Jesus starts the ‘Sermon On The Mount’ with a series of blessings (or beatitudes). What were these blessings all about? And how were they received by hurting, downtrodden people who were used to the legalism of the Pharisees?

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) How do the blessings of Matthew 5 contrast to the woes of Matthew 23?

B) Who was Christ’s audience for this particular sermon?

C) What does it mean to be ‘salt’ and ‘light’ in the world around us?

 

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Does God Ever Change His Mind?

Does God Ever Change His Mind?

Does God ‘change’ His mind?

It seems unlikely. Why would a perfect, all knowing God change His mind? On the other hand, there are several verses that suggest He does. In Jonah 3, the Bible said God ‘relented’ from destroying Nineveh. In 1 Samuel, God himself said He ‘regretted’ making Saul king. If God doesn’t change His mind, then why do these verses make it sound like He does? Is there an answer?

Questions That We’ll Address:

1) Is God’s nature subject to change, growth, or development?

2) Can God ever ‘regret’ His own choices, or ‘repent’ from His prior actions?

3) What is ‘anthropomorphic’ language? How does that term apply to this topic?

Site: www.r316.org

Remnant: The Church In 2023

Remnant: The Church In 2023

How big do you think the church really is?

It depends on how you define it.

In Matthew 7, Jesus warned that there were many professing believers who did not know Him. In Christ’s own day, there were hundreds of thousands of Israelites who claimed to know God, but who were in danger of severe judgment. The same may be true in our day (2023). The ‘true’ church may be a small fraction of what it appears. And historically, the Bible has two words to describe this group of believers: THE REMNANT.

Questions That We’ll Address:

1) How big is the church? What do the statistics and numbers tell us?

2) What is the difference between the ‘visible’ and ‘invisible’ churches?

3) Are we living in the days of a ‘remnant?’ How can we know?

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Cremation: What Does The Bible Say

Cremation: What Does The Bible Say

Is cremation biblical?

In 1960, only 4% of Americans were cremated. As of 2023, that number is over 52%. Given the popularity of cremation, many Christians want to know if the Bible ever refers to it, and if there is any Biblical precedent for pursuing it. That will be the focus of today’s study.

Questions That We’ll Address:

1) What does the Bible say about cremation? Does it accept the practice?

2) How were bodies dealt with in Biblical days, and is there a precedent for us?

3) Does any of this matter? Does the disposition of one’s physical body really matter in eternity?

Today’s episode ends with a listener question on the topic of ‘tattoos.’

 

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Depression: What Does The Bible Say

Depression: What Does The Bible Say

Depression can be more than just ‘feeling sad.’

Yes, depression involves sadness. But clinical (or major) depression is not limited to a particular ‘mood’ or emotional state. Clinical depression is a persistent, recurring condition that may stem from our nature or physiology – and not just our circumstances. It can strike when things are going poorly, but it can also strike when they’re going well.

In today’s study, we’ll see what the Bible has to say about depression. Is there hope for the hurting?

Questions That We’ll Address:

1) How does a feeling of ‘sadness’ differ from ‘clinical depression?’

2) Did any of the men and women of the Bible suffer from depression? Who?

3) What encouragement does Christ offer for the depressed? What does He say?

 

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