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New City Catechism: Question 32

New City Catechism: Question 32 Q: What do Justification and Sanctification mean? A: Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ's death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit's work inus. For futher study please click here....

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Stewarding Well?

Vol Blog

Being an adult is hard work. I have a lot of things in my life that I am responsible for: family responsibilities, ministry responsibilities, work responsibilities, volunteer responsibilities, social/ethical responsibilities...sound familiar? With all of these responsibilities in our lives, just juggling all of those balls can feel at times really overwhelming. For me, ...

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New City Catechism: Question 31

New City Catechism: Question 31 Q: What do we believe by true faith? A: Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles' Creed expresses what we believe in these words: We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilat...

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New City Catechism: Question 30

New City Catechism: Question 30 Q: What is faith in Jesus Christ? A: Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel. (Galatians 2:20) For further study please click here....

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New City Catechism: Question 29

New City Catechism: Question 29 Q: How can we be saved? A: Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and...

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We Are Discontent

Genie Blog

I've heard some pretty crazy testimonies over the years, but none of them can top that of Paul. Prior to his conversion, he was an intense persecutor of the early church. Paul was literally killing believers before encountering the risen Christ on the road to Damascus. Now fast forward to the time of his letter to the Philippians, he is imprisoned and facing possible ma...

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New City Catechism: Question 28

New City Catechism: Question 28 Q: What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith? A: At the day of judgment they will receive the fearful but just sentence of condemnation pronounced against them. They will be cast out from the favorable presence of God, into hell, to be justly and grievously punished, forever. For further study please click here....

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Christians Will Be Persecuted

Persecution Blog Post

Starting with our Savior on the cross, Christian history is dripping with the blood of the martyrs. Jesus' instruction to his followers concerning the coming persecution they should expect to experience has stood the test of time. As long as we, as God's people, live in a world wrought with sin (and sinners), we will encounter opposition and adversity....

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New City Catechism: Question 27

New City Catechism: Question 27 Q: Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ? A: No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith. Nevertheless God in his mercy demonstrates common grace even to those who are not elect, by restraining the effects of sin and enabling works of culture for human well-being. (Romans 5:17). ...

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What Is The Gospel?

Good News Blog

If you have spent time in church, you are likely very familiar with the term "gospel." In church culture, it is often attached to everything we do: gospel-centered preaching, gospel-centered community, gospel-centered discipleship...and the list goes on. Too often, the word gospel is misused, misunderstood, and taken for granted. So, what is "the Gospel?"...

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