Welcome to the resource side of our website.
Here you will find more than 400 links to studies in a wide variety of doctrinal
topic areas. These studies are intended to be comprehensive and to relate a step-by-step,
reasonable analysis delving deeply into the scriptural texts.
Faith and Miracles
1 Corinthians 5: Christians in Government
The Old Testament and Conditional Gifts
End Times Prophecy: An Illustrative Case Study
Timeline of Biblical World History
History of Judaism
Audio Files of Studies:
Click here for recordings of teaching and discussion sessions from our weekly church gatherings and bible study groups.
101 Critical Thinking and EpistemologyExplores the philosophical question of epistemology and asks the question "how do we know?"
102 Atheism vs. TheismExamines the question of whether God exists from a scientific and logical point of view.
103 Science, the Bible, and CreationArticles on Young and Old Earth Creationism as well as modern Evolutionary Theory and related issues including: the origin of life, the flood, dating methods, and the fossil record.
104 Why Christianity?A presentation and analysis of world religions, religious history, historical reliability and testability of religious claims, which compares Judeo-Christianity, Islam, and all forms of mystical, pagan pantheism.
201 Bible Translations and ManuscriptsStudies on bible translation, manuscripts, textual variation, reliability, historicity and formation of the canon.
of Our Theology and HermeneuticsStudies include: a suggested reading guide for this website, an explanation of bible interpretation (hermeneutics) and bible studying, information on the early church and its value, as well as biographies, charts, and timelines.
OverviewTraces and considers the history, major recurring themes, and teachings of the bible from Genesis to Revelation.
CatholicismAn examination of the claims and teachings of the Roman Catholic church, its history, and formation using both biblical and historical data.
302 The TrinityA biblical study of the Three Persons of God in both the Old and New Testament as well as ancient Jewish literature.
303 Bible CosmologyA scriptural study of the ontology of angels and man and the structures of the created universe, heaven, and hell over the course of creation’s history and the progress of God’s redemptive plan.
304 RedemptionExplores how Christ accomplished atonement, provided for forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with God, and established New Covenant.
305 Liberty in ChristA detailed look at important issues related to the New Covenant, its laws, and how it relates to the Old Covenant.
and Dispensational TheologiesA comparison of the modern understanding of the gospel, salvation, and the kingdom of God to the views of the earliest church and Gnostic heretics. This article series addresses Covenant Theology, Dispensational Theology, Premillennialism, Amillenialism, Postmillennialism, and various views of the timing of the rapture.
Will and CalvinismA comprehensive biblical and historical analysis of the teachings of Free Will and Calvinism including a review of key concepts, terms, and common arguments.
308 Open TheismAn investigation of the claims of Open Theism using a scriptural study of the operations of the Persons of the Trinity throughout biblical history.
309 BaptismsAn in-depth look at the biblical concepts of water baptism and baptism in the Holy Spirit including a consideration of the necessity of water baptism for salvation.
the Charismatic and Faith MovementsUsing historical and biblical sources, we consider the questions involving Cessationism and modern charismatic gifts, biblical methods for testing spiritual gifts, comparing modern and New Testament understandings of the gift of tongues, and a review of modern charismatic movements and teachings.
WarfareStudy topics include a survey of demonic activity in the biblical record, what spiritual warfare is and isn’t, and the biblical difference between angels and demons.
312 The Church EthicA series of articles containing biblical assessments of various topics related to modern church practices, teachings, and traditions including: the real problem with the Pharisees; forgiveness and judging; marriage and divorce; homosexuality; Christianity, politics and war; Christmas holiday traditions; the role of the Holy Spirit; music and worship; tithing; communal living; professional pastors and “the calling;” church leadership; gender roles; and “how to do church” the New Testament way.
313 PreterismAn examination of the theological claims of various forms of Preterism and realized eschatology covering key passages and arguments, parousia delay, a consideration of relevant historical information, and the date of the Book of Revelation.
Times Prophecy (Eschatology)Biblical studies on: the major prophetic symbols of the visions of Daniel and Revelation; a comprehensive explanation of the chronology, figures, and events of the Book of Revelation; and a biblical, historical, and archeological examination of issues related to the rebuilding and location of the Jewish Temple.
Conspiracy (and Freemasonry)A consideration of modern conspiracy theories and anti-Christian geopolitical agendas using the bible and other common, accredited, well-documented resources.
316 Chronology: Timeline of Biblical World HistoryA detailed and comprehensive study of biblical world history.
401 Early Church
Beliefs: First Eight Writers' ConsensusA topic by topic survey of the views of the earliest church on major Christian theological issues.
402 History of the Early ChurchA historical chronicle of major theological and practical differences between the earliest church and the modern church and the influences that brought about these differences.
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|December 10, 2013|
What is essential Christian doctrine?
With so much doctrinal and denominational diversity in the modern church, Christians need to determine what teachings can and cannot be disagreed upon by orthodox believers. All modern Christians regard some who call themselves Christians as heretics, so it seems critical to verify whether our standards of faith accurately preserve New Testament requirements for doctrinal unity as established by Jesus and the apostles. A popular approach follows the old adage “in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” But this axiom does not come from the bible. So, how do we ensure that we are defining essential teaching in a manner consistent with the New Testament regarding what Christians are required to believe?
For more information on
modern and New Testament standards for doctrinal unity, please see our study entitled:
Unity and Excommunication
arrangement of topics to the left provides a recommended reading order. It
is designed to reflect a step-by-step progression from more basic topics to more
complex ones. However, it is not necessary to follow this order. Those who are more familiar with certain topics may easily read whichever studies are of interest without first going through all of the earlier topics in the list.
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