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Are We Saved by Grace, Faith, or Works?

“We are saved only by grace.” “I believe in faith-only salvation.” “You cannot work your way into heaven.” “Obedience doesn’t save – Jesus saves.” We’ve all heard blanket statements like these. While they may be partially true, left alone they are dangerously misleading. Grace, faith, works of obedience, baptism – all of these things play a […]

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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Five Things It’s the most important question you can ever ask. Yet if you ask ten different churches, you’ll get ten different answers. But what does the Bible say? We cannot afford to get this one wrong. 5 Things God Wants You To Know 1. You need a Savior. Everyone – from the best to […]

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How To Determine If Something Is A Salvation Issue

The question about whether something is a “salvation issue” gets thrown around occasionally among some circles. “Is using instrumental music in worship is a salvation issue?” “Is what you wear to worship a salvation issue?” “Is church attendance a salvation issue?” Used this way, the phrase “salvation issue” (never found in Scripture) is employed to […]

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Ben Thinkin’ #6: Denominational Baptism, Job’s Wife, How To Prepare Fish

[The Ben Thinkin’ series is a venue for answering questions my readers have submitted. I answer several questions in each post. If you would like to submit questions for future Ben Thinkin’ posts, please leave them in a comment at the end of the article or email them to ben@plainsimplefaith.com.] Kristy asks, “Do you believe baptism within/by a denominational […]

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You’ve Got Baptism All Wrong

You’ve got baptism all wrong…  …if you think baptism will remove temptation.  Those who believe this are in for a rude awakening. Perhaps Jesus faced the greatest amount of temptation immediately after His baptism (cf. Matt. 3:13-4:11). Since a servant is not greater than his Master (cf. John 16:13), we shouldn’t expect the devil to […]

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Making Disciples, Or Just Baptizing?

Many Christians have an incomplete understanding of the “Great Commission” — Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations (cf. Matt. 28:18-20). They equate ‘baptizing’ with ‘making disciples,’ and in so doing, reduce the powerful act of conversion to merely being immersed in water. Baptism Is Essential To Be Saved Please don’t misunderstand — baptism […]

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