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The Sovereignty of God, Part 1

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Much ink has been spilt in the Christian church over the attribute of God’s sovereignty. However, for good reason, as this is not a small theological issue at stake. How one views God’s sovereignty will affect his views on God, human responsibility, salvation, prayer, evangelism, providence, and suffering. The sovereignty of God is defined as His supreme Lordship in wh...

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The Sovereignty of God, Part 2

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In the last post, we looked at the sovereignty of God over all His creation, the rulers and nations, and the lives of each individual person. In this second article, let us dive deeper into this high doctrine to see how God is sovereign over Satan, sin, and salvation. The Bible shows that the Lord Almighty is sovereign over adversity, sin, and Satan. God's anger incited D...

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3 Reasons to Study Ecclesiology

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How practical is studying the doctrine of the church (ecclesiology)? Is it a waste time and only for seminarians? Mark Dever thinks it’s critical when he writes, “It is the most visible part of Christian theology, and it is vitally connected with every other part. A distorted church usually coincides with a distorted gospel.”...

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Soteriology and the Christian Life

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Soteriology is basically the study of salvation in the Bible. Soteriology is a major theme in the Bible and a proper understanding of it makes clear the answer to man’s greatest need, salvation. Salvation is deliverance from sin, death, and eternal punishment to spiritual blessings seen both now and in an eternal life with God....

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Unconditional Election

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Election is one of the most controversial doctrines in Christianity, but it need not be so. Let’s look to the Scriptures to find out if election is taught there and then to see how we should define it. When discussing election, we also need to consider two other concepts that are associated with it: God’s foreknowledge and predestination. Once we’ve done that, we can...

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Justification by Faith Alone in Christ Alone

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The doctrine of justification is crucial in the gospel of Jesus Christ and at the core of how we define Christianity. Justification answers the question of how a holy, righteous, and just God can declare sinners as righteous before His judgment seat....

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Christ’s Bride Must Be Holy unto the Lord

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Sanctification is a very important doctrine to understand for the Christian life. As we, by God’s grace, plant a church in Boerne, TX, we must have a Christ inspired desire to be holy as God is Holy (1 Pet 1:16). This process of becoming more holy is called sanctification....

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The Plurality of Biblical Eldership

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Church government is an often overlooked doctrine in the modern church. Yet, how the church is lead and governed was not a small matter in the New Testament. Right at the Church’s beginning there was structure and organization. The first church members held to the apostle’s teaching and observed the Lord’s Supper together (Acts 2:42, 46). They kept track of membershi...

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Is the Bible Authoritative?

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At Grace Bible Church of Boerne we teach that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and thus the 66 books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God. What does “inspired” mean?...

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Do Apostles Exist Today?

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Are there Apostles today in the church? The basic meaning of the term “apostle” in Greek means the “sent ones” or “messengers.” But for our purposes, we are not considering this general category of New Testament messengers but rather the specific group of "apostles of Jesus Christ." These are individuals who were appointed and authorized directly by the Lord...

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