We are a Christian denomination with more about 50,000 members, worshiping in about 900 congregations in almost 100 nations and territories. We began in 1934 and our main office is in southern California. In the United States, we are members of the National Association of Evangelicals and similar organizations in other nations.
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The Word became flesh and lived among us. He was a real human, and he was raised bodily from the grave. He is still a human. What are the implications of this for our relationship with God? How does it affect what the church is doing? This is the edited transcript of four interviews with Dr. Dawson.
Guilt is so thoroughly engrained in religious culture that many people cannot imagine the gospel without a focus on guilt. They present the gospel as a transaction: you will be forgiven IF you accept the gospel. But Jesus already paid for your sins and you are already forgiven. There is no IF. Sin is forgiven, but it still messes up relationships. The gospel needs to focus on our relationships.
The Bible does not prohibit believers from using force to stop evil aggressors. Ralph Orr examines the biblical evidence that is sometimes used by pacifists. He has a detailed study of the Old Testament, the Sermon on the Mount, and other relevant texts.
Jeff McSwain, founder of Reality Ministries in Durham, North Carolina, explains that everyone belongs to Jesus Christ, even if they don't know it yet. Jesus has already changed who they are, and that is a fact whether or not they respond to it. The Calvinist is wrong in saying that Jesus did not die for everyone; the Arminian is wrong in saying that Jesus is not effective unless we respond to him.
This is a lay-level introduction to some of the writings of the Hebrew Bible - the book of Job, with its wisdom about human suffering - the book of Psalms, filled with praise and questions and even complaints - the book of Proverbs, with general principles of life - the book of Ecclesiastes, a somewhat cynical look at life without God in the picture - and the Song of Songs, a celebration of love.
Are Christians required to keep the seventh-day Sabbath? No. Mike Feazell explains that the Sabbath was a temporary law, designed (like various other old covenant laws) to point to Christ. Now that he has come, we do not need the pointer when we have the real thing. Just as the old covenant days reminded the Israelites of their salvation from Egypt, new covenant worship reminds us of Christ.
In this lay-level commentary, Tim Finlay and Jim Herst take the reader on a journey from Mt. Sinai to the Promised Land, from repeated failures in the wilderness of Sin to success in Gilead, Judea, and Israel. Lessons for Christians today are found throughout.
This introductory commentary gives an overview of the first two books of the Bible, from Creation to the giving of the law at Mt. Sinai. We explore each book, and its significance for Christians today. Should we keep the laws God gave to Moses? What lessons can we learn from the lives of Abraham, Joseph, and Moses?
Bible prophecy is an often-misunderstood and abused subject. How should we approach the topic - is there something that can give us an overview? What about the millennium, a topic that divides many scholars of equal ability and equal respect for Scripture? Is there any common ground for us all?
Word is a powerful program, with lots of options. But you have to know how to use them. The default settings in Word are not well designed for academic papers. This tutorial will show you how to get Word to do what you want it to. Although this tutorial is focused on academic papers, it will help anyone who would like to use Word more effectively. There are almost 100 pictures to show the steps.
Christians sometimes wonder why the Old Testament and New Testament are different. Some theologians stress similarity, but others stress differences. In this book, we examine every biblical occurrence of the Hebrew and Greek words for covenant. We also look at related subjects: "the law of Moses," whether tithing is commanded for Christians, and the role of the Ten Commandments in Christian ethics
If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why doesn't he do something about the pain and sorrow being experienced by the people he supposedly loves? How can he wipe hundreds of thousands of people out in earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and famines? Why doesn't he stop war, terrorism, and child abuse? Why doesn't he do something about the evil that lurks in the hearts of all of us? Well, he has.
This is a lay-level introduction to the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1& 2 Samuel. In each book, we look at the way the book is organized, its main themes, and lessons we learn from it today. There are character sketches of Joshua, Deborah, Gideon, Jephthah, Samson, Samuel, Saul, David and Bathsheba. By Tim Finlay and Jim Herst.
Some scholars have assumed that all the people mentioned in the Bible are Caucasian. But the evidence from Scripture, corroborated by drawings in Egyptian tombs, shows that Black Africans are mentioned - often in a favorable way.
William Paul Young describes how he wrote the best-selling novel The Shack, and how it portrays God as Father, Son and Spirit. He discusses how this portrayal of God differs from some common assumptions, yet is the God revealed in the Bible. In the fourth interview, Dr. C. Baxter Kruger comments on theological insights in the book. Young and Kruger are together in three more interviews.
This e-book contains three articles. The title article is about the work of the 6th-century Alexandrian theologian scientist. The second article discusses "The Interface Between Science and Theology in the Thought of John Philoponos." Third, "Transformations in the History of Cosmology" discusses the way that scientists have changed their view of reality, from ancient times to Newton to Einstein.
Galatians, one of Paul's earliest letters, clearly states the gospel of salvation by grace without any need to keep the laws of Moses. But this does not mean that Paul does not care about how a Christian lives - he includes numerous instructions about it. Dr. Michael Morrison, Professor of New Testament at Grace Communion Seminary, explains how it all works together. Written for lay readers.
Steve McVey, founder of GraceWalk Ministries and author of numerous books, talks with us about the grace of God, the love of the Father, and the often-misunderstood topic of God's wrath. Updated in 2015 with a fifth interview.
Sometimes Jesus talked about the kingdom of God as if it were already here, and sometimes he talked as if it were far in the future. Which is it, and how does it affect life right now? Another way to approach the question is to observe that Jesus preached about the kingdom of God, but his disciples preached about Jesus. Why this difference in focus, and why does it matter for us today?
Paul Kroll continues his commentary on the book of Acts. This volume covers Paul's third missionary journey, centering on Ephesus, and his trip to Jerusalem and the circumstances that led to his being imprisoned by the Roman authorities.
David Torrance, younger brother of Thomas and James Torrance, retired minister in the Church of Scotland, recounts experiences and lessons from pastoral ministry. He discusses the importance of the faith of Christ, of prayer, of grace and forgiveness.
What is human life for? Just to live a few years and then go into nothingness? Or is it to live forever? Even if we could live forever, would we want to live the way we are now, or do we want a better life? The Bible says that we were made in the image of God, and that Jesus is the image of God, and we are being made like him. We can't do it, but God can do it in us.
This is an introduction to the book of Acts, and a commentary on the first three chapters. By Paul Kroll, a journalist, and Michael D. Morrison, PhD, instructor in New Testament at Grace Communion Seminary.
Who can find a woman of such worth? The description given in Proverbs 31 is a composite - no one person has all these abilities - but all people can have the greatest virtue. This e-book also contains vignettes of Miriam, Deborah, Bathsheba, and women in the ministry of Jesus. Two articles address the question of what roles women may have in the church today.
Dennis Gordon, with a PhD in zoology and an ordained minister, comments on how we should read the book of Genesis. He offers a constructive way to think about issues of creation and evolution, as well as a Christian's responsibility toward the world God has created.
A systematic examination of each scripture about the Sabbath, with careful attention to what it says and what it does not say. Special attention is given to Genesis 1, the teachings of Jesus, and the practice of Paul. The book concludes with a summary chapter addressing the most common arguments. Conclusion: Christians are not required to observe the seventh-day Sabbath.
Paul Kroll continues his commentary on the book of Acts, with research pulled in from some other author's commentaries. In this volume, we also include a lengthy study of the Decree of the Jerusalem Council, written by Michael D. Morrison, PhD. All materials were written in the mid 1990s and updated in 2012.
In 2004, Grace Communion International began a thorough examination of women in church leadership positions, such as pastors. A careful study was done in Scripture, with special attention to certain key NT texts. Both complementarian and egalitarian scholars sometimes push the evidence further than is warranted. With a cautious approach, we concluded that women may serve as pastors.
Paul Kroll continues his commentary with an examination of four more chapters, including the expansion of the church in Judea, Galilee and Samaria, the conversion of Paul, the Gospel goes to Gentiles, and the church expands to Syria. Most of the work for this commentary was done in 1994; biblical references were updated in 2012 and the text was edited by Michael Morrison, PhD.
This book consists of eight interviews with C. Baxter Kruger, founder and president of Perichoresis, Inc. In the first three interviews, Dr. Kruger was in a round-table discussion with his assistant, Steve Horn, and some personnel from Grace Communion International: Joseph Tkach, J. Michael Feazell, John McKenna, and Michael Morrison. In the last five interviews, it was just Drs. Kruger & Feazell.
Can we trust the Bible? How was it inspired, preserved and collected? How are we to read it today as conveying a message for us today? How do we deal with literature that was written in a far different culture, with various literary styles?
This is the story of how the Worldwide Church of God was transformed by biblical truth. For nearly 70 years the church, founded by Herbert W. Armstrong, preached a “different gospel.” Eight years after Armstrong died, the church renounced its unorthodox teachings and embraced historic Christianity. What happened? Joseph Tkach tells this remarkable account of the transforming power of the gospel.
John E. McKenna explains that the God of the Old Testament is not some angry God, but is gracious and slow to anger. He is just like Jesus, who became human for our salvation, taking on our human weakness in order to heal it. Everyone is included in his work. Dr. McKenna teaches at Azusa Pacific University and Grace Communion Seminary.
In four interviews, Andrew Root discusses the importance of having real relationships with youth, rather than an agenda based on a specific outcome. "I will be your friend if you..." This is part of the You're Included series, published by Grace Communion International.
A brief introduction to major sections of the Bible, with a summary chapter explaining the larger story that ties it all together. Introductory chapters by the late John Halford; overview chapter by Michael D. Morrison, PhD, who also edited the book.
Prophecy is one of the most interesting topics in the Bible. It may also be the most controversial, with the most mistakes - often bringing shame on the church. How can we avoid mistakes in understanding what the biblical authors were trying to convey? We present here a cautious approach. We do not always know, nor do we need to know, what they were saying.
Do we go to heaven when we die? That's what many Christians hope for, but other Christians say that no, we are asleep until the resurrection. No one is in heaven, no one is in hell. What does the Bible say about what we are between death and the resurrection at the return of Christ?
Christ will return, and everyone will be brought back to life. What then? There will be a judgment - and Jesus brought good news about the judgment, not just warnings. It is good news for all humanity, not just a few. It is the hope and faith of all believers.
Many small churches would like to grow, but find that it is difficult to change the culture inside of the church. In this collection of articles, we address some of the challenges, and some of the ways that small churches can be the best they can be.
No person is perfect; no church is perfect. It's got problems, but it also has potential. What is the purpose of this group of people, and what guidance does the Bible give for how they are to work together? In this collection of articles from Grace Communion International, various authors address the questions.
Does God put conditions on his grace - that we have to do something in order to be forgiven? If we have to do something, is it really a gift? If grace is given without conditions, does it mean that it's OK to sin? If God no longer counts our sins against us, then what's wrong with sin? Grace leads to a number of questions, and these articles attempt to clarify what grace is, and how we receive it.
Jesus was the most influential person who ever lived. His life contains several pivotal moments: when he began, what he did while alive, the way he died, his resurrection from the tomb, his return to heaven, and in the future, his return to earth. Authors from Grace Communion International, and a few guests, explore the significance of Jesus, the Jewish Messiah.
Some people think that all of Jesus' work was done when he was resurrected, and all he needed to do then was to go home. But his work still continues in heaven on our behalf. In this series of articles, Grace Communion International authors discuss the significance of the ascension, and of Jesus' return to finish his work of the salvation not just of his people, but of the entire creation.
If Christ did not rise from the dead, then our faith is in vain, says the apostle Paul. The resurrection of Jesus is central to the Christian faith. In this collection of articles, authors from Grace Communion International discuss the evidence for the resurrection, what it means for us, and whether we should celebrate this.
Why did Jesus die? There are medical reasons, sociological reasons, and spiritual reasons. Jesus came for this very reason, to die for our salvation. But what connection is there between his death and our life? What is the logic of having the author of life die so that we may all live? These essays from Grace Communion International explore the details.
This e-book includes various essays on the life of Jesus Christ. Other e-books include essays on his incarnation, birth, death and resurrection; others are in our e-books on the Four Gospels. See the table of contents for the articles in this edition.
This is the text or transcript of 23 sermons given by Michael Morrison, Dan Rogers, and Mike Feazell, as part of a video series sponsored by Grace Communion International. There is no particular theme or order; they are a random collection. You can watch them, listen to them or download them for free on the GCI website; we gather them here to make them easier to read.
In this collection of articles, we present an outline of Trinitarian theology. It begins with Jesus Christ. As God in the flesh, he reveals to us what God is; he teaches us that the Father is in character just like Jesus. Other doctrines flow from that point. Jesus reveals that there was, even before time began, love between the Father and the Son, and we created for the purpose of sharing in it!
In part 1 of this collection of articles, GCI authors look at the biblical evidence for what the gospel is. In part 2, we present articles encouraging people to accept the gospel. Part 3 addresses the question of What next? Once we have accepted the gospel, then what do we do? In part 4, we look at biblical examples of how the gospel is shared, and in part 5, we how the gospel may be shared today.
In this series of articles, we show how a Christian might share the faith with other people - with those who do not go to church, and with those who do - using friendship, compassion, and helpfulness. One article addresses the new age, another the perspective of postmodernism and relativism.
This e-book contains several articles about introductory aspects of Christianity: what is the goal, how do we get started, what is faith, the Holy Spirit, prayer and baptism. A series of articles at the end describes how to lead a series of introductory studies for new believers.
Good news! Jesus announced the kingdom of God. But this is good news only if we can be part of it. More good news! You are invited to be part of it. Jesus has opened the gate - in fact, he is the gate. We can enter God's domain through his Son, Jesus Christ. It is a gift of God, not something that we can work for or earn. Some people scoff, but Jesus and his apostles announced it as a fact.
This book compiles in one document the contents of several smaller e-books: What Does the Bible Say About the Old and New Covenants?, Should Christians Keep Old Testament Laws?, Should Christians Keep the Annual Festivals God Gave the Ancient Israelites?, Which Old Testament Laws Apply to Christians Today?, What Does the Bible Say About the Sabbath?, and The Christian Sabbath: Divine Rest.
Some Christians feel that they should keep Old Testament laws such as the seventh-day Sabbath and avoiding "unclean" meats. The articles in this e-book address that, beginning with the point that yes, Christians should obey God -- but are the Old Testament laws the laws that we should obey? The example of circumcision shows that God-given laws can be obsolete or kept in the spirit, not literally.
The church was originally composed of religiously observant Jews, and they kept the seventh-day Sabbath. However, within 100 years, almost all churches were meeting on Sundays. How did this change come about? These papers explore the evidence and offer hypotheses. In the 17th century, some Christians in England began observing the seventh-day Sabbath. How did that reversal come about?
This e-book contains articles that are about all four of the Gospels - not specifically about Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, but about topics that span all of the canonical accounts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We cover historical accuracy, doctrinal content, and significance for our own day.
Grace Communion International sponsors a video program called "You're Included," in which we interview various theologians about the practical aspects of Trinitarian theology. These interviews are transcribed and many are available in e-books. In this volume, we compile the conversations we've had with 18 theologians, in 60 interviews.
Grace Communion International sponsors a video program called "You're Included," in which we interview various theologians about the practical aspects of Trinitarian theology. These interviews are transcribed and many are available in e-books. In this volume, we compile the conversations we've had with ten theologians, in 55 interviews. Volume 1 in a series of 2.
Many religious people believe that the Bible forbids any use of alcoholic beverages. But this is a distortion of the Bible and of ancient history. Although the Bible does not forbid alcohol, it does mention the abuse of alcohol. It is a serious social problem, and this series of articles addresses alcoholism, how it is treated, how we can avoid it, and the special needs of women.
This collection of articles examines key biblical passages about the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues - Acts 2, 10, 1 Corinthians 14, and others. The Bible neither forbids nor requires tongues-speaking; tongues are sometimes inspired by God, and other times not. Suggestions are given as to how this unusual phenomenon may best be used. By Michael D. Morrison and Joseph Tkach and others.