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Explain John Chapter 3
  
Amen Nana! =)


Explain John Chapter 3
  
Miche, that is a very good point, and that could possibly be so. But here's a question regarding "born of water" meaning being physically born from a woman...If the only way to get into the kingdom of God is by being born of water and the Spirit, and being born of water means to be physically born, does that mean the children who die in the womb, either by abortion or complications, are not able to be a part of the kingdom of God?


Explain John Chapter 3
  
Oh, I completely agree Mark V. Water is just water but its the washing away of the sins that makes it baptism. For example, we take a bath everyday with water, right? (I hope so! =) But it's just water. However, baptism is a physical manifestation of a spiritual cleansing. It's not effective if your heart isn't in the right place. John 3:23 says "And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized."


Explain John Chapter 3
  
Mark V, remember what John 3:5says. "Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Acts 8:12 parallels with John 3:5. Being born of water and Spirit is baptism and, of course, John 3:5 says that is necessary to enter the Kingdom of God. But the people in Acts 8:12 were taught about the kingdom of God, believed, and were baptized. John 3:5 says baptism is necessary to enter the kingdom of God. Just a parallel that's all =) May be how I'm wording it is confusing lol. Sometimes I think and type at the same time =)


Explain John Chapter 3
  
Well Nana, the Bible speaks for itself! =)


Explain John Chapter 3
  
1 Peter 3:21 says "The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ"


Explain John Chapter 3
  
Acts 8:12 says "But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." This ties in with John 3. Key points in this verse are 1) they "believed" 2)Philipe preached the kingdom of God, meaning it was something they were unfamiliar with and 3) they were baptized. John 3 says that unless you are born again of water and Spirit, you cannot enter the kingdom of God. Because the men and women believed first, Philip then baptized them which allowed them to enter the kingdom of God.


Explain John Chapter 3
  
I agree with Batieste. You can't have one without the other. The question of the blog is does being born again have anything to do with salvation. Being born again has EVERYTHING to do with salvation. There are certain things that must be done in order for a believer to secure his salvation. Believing alone won't bring salvation. The Bible says even the demons believe in God and tremble. So, if we take God's Word for what it says, Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born of water AND Spirit in order to see the kingdom of God. So, there you go. Next topic, please lol =)


Christ Is The Rock Not Peter
  
If I were directing my comments to a specific person than I can understand that maybe they felt insulted. However, I was just stating my thoughts (as is everyone else on this blog) and you immediately began attacking me, calling me out by name. Now that's fine, and if you were insulted or upset my statements then I apologize b/c that certainly isn't my intention. And I don't want to "waste my time" b/c I'm not going to use God's Word as an object of hostility and unChristian-like behavior. I'd rather remove myself from the situation. Call it what you want, but I've presented what God's Word says about Christ being the head of the Church and not Peter, and that's all I can do. The rest is between you and God.


Christ Is The Rock Not Peter
  
Okay, as far as the "dirt" thing, you completely took that and ran with it. And I know what Scripture we are using. My reason for asking you to provide more Scriptures is because I have supported my claim with additional Scriptures and not just one. I have not received the same from you, and that's ok. If you can't provide any more Scriptures other than Matt 16:18, I completely get it. That's all I was asking for. But as much as you would probably like for me to be just as rude to you as you have been to me, I would much rather not waste my time.


Christ Is The Rock Not Peter
  
Valerie, you use my comments and scriptures in reverse to support your argument. But I have yet to see any solid scriptures supporting your argument that Jesus built the church on Peter. If you can't support what you are saying with scripture, then to me its just opinion. So, if you don't mind, please provide some scriptures that help support your claim. Thanks!


Christ Is The Rock Not Peter
  
I can understand why some may be misunderstand in thinking Jesus built the church on Peter. Many "churches" today are founded upon another man's ideas or "revelations." That's why there are so many different "churches" today. No one wants to accept the fact that Jesus built a church in the first century through the apostles. They were commissioned to spread the good news and they established churches but the church wasn't built on them, but Jesus only. If that were the case, there should be a church of Peter, a church of John, a church of James, etc. But there aren't. There is only a church of Christ.


Christ Is The Rock Not Peter
  
Valerie, yes Jesus died for sinners and no He can't nor did He build His church on a sinner. "And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved" (Acts 2:47). "And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church" (Eph. 1:22) "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence" (Col 1:18). I don't see Peter's name anywhere associating him with the church. Jesus said he would destroy the temple and raise it in three days (His body). Don't think Peter can do that!


Christ Is The Rock Not Peter
  
Does it really make any sense at all that Jesus would give up His life for us, sinners, just to build a church on Peter, a sinner? I mean seriously, that would completely void everything that Jesus came down here for. Like everybody else, Peter is nothing but dirt or bones or something in a grave somewhere. But we have a Savior who died and still lives! The church is the body of CHRIST, not the body of Peter.


Explain John Chapter 3
  
Don't leave out John 3:5 "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Matt 3:16 is when Jesus was baptized. Matt20:23 says "and he said unto them, ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with." Mark 16:16 says "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned" John 3 is soo about salvation!


Annoying Christian Sayings
  
That's funny Rob! I don't like that either. "God wants you to know" or "I had a dream and God said.." If you had a dream, how come I didn't have one? If God speaks to you, how come He doesn't speak to me? God DOES speak through His Word to EVERYONE. He doesn't speak to us like he did to Moses at the burning bush. He is a silent God, but makes Himself known to his children.


Origin Of The Title Reverend
  
Okay thanks Rob! "Pastor" has the same meaning as "elder"...an overseer of the assembly. So pastor, elder, and bishop are all the same position. Cool!


Can A Woman Be A Pastor
  
Thanks for the encouragement Trav. By no means do I claim to know it all, but the things that are evident to me through God's Word should be shared. I try to keep my personal feelings and thoughts out of it. I just continue to pray for clarity, understanding, and wisdom. And the things He doesn't reveal to me, well, I'll just ask Him when I get there :-) Keep your head up Trav!


Sinners Prayer Unbiblical
  
It's important to understand a couple of things: there is not a standardized "sinner's prayer" in the Bible. Some have quoted one of David's prayers as being a sinner's prayer, but guess what? That was David's prayer in response to his situation. We can't claim that prayer, repeat it, and expect some kind of salvation because it isn't our own prayer. Second thing, remission of sins comes through repentence (Acts 2:38, 3:19. If your repentence is in the form of a prayer, great. If it's just a few words, that's good, too. But the Bible does not mention a prayer that you can memorize and repeat that will save you



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