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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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.
God isn't fair, and that's a good thing, says Joseph Tkach, president of Grace Communion International. If we received what was "fair," we would not like the results! But God gives us grace instead, and that changes everything. It is good news for us, and it changes our life for the good.
Jesus preached about the kingdom of God, but what is it? Building on the work of George Ladd and Thomas Torrance, Gary Deddo describes the kingdom as existing now, as well as being a future reality; we now live with a partial realization of the future. What does this mean for the church and the way we interact with those who are not in the church?
Almost 2,000 years ago, a Jewish carpenter began to preach. He was popular with some people, but he made others angry. Officials said he was a threat to national security, and they arranged for his death. His only weapon was his message. The crowds liked it, but “good” people didn’t. He said it was about love—so why did anyone hate it? What was the message that got Jesus killed? Do we need it now?
For many people, the gospel has strings attached: you can be saved by grace, but after that you have to work really hard. But the true gospel is that Christ died for all sins: past, present, and future. Does this mean that you can sin all you want? Yes. You always have, and always will. But God wants to save you from your sins, and he is really good at what he does - for you and for everyone else.
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.