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A Practical Way to Enjoy the Riches of God’s Life

This is companion post (1) to Chapter 4, “Calling on the Name of the Lord,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1. “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all and rich to all who call upon Him; for whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”—Rom. 10:12–13 In Chapter 4, we turn our attention to a healthy Christian practice that can...

Can We Be Sure We’re Really Saved?

This is companion post (1) to Chapter 2, “The Assurance, Security, and Joy of Salvation,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1. “I have written these things that you may know that you have eternal life, to you who believe into the name of the Son of God.”—1 John 5:13 We hope everyone benefited from reading Chapter 1, “The Mystery of Human Life.” Chapter 2, “The Assurance, Security, and...

How Can a Person Contact God?

This is companion post (1) to Chapter 5, “The Key to Experiencing Christ—Our Human Spirit,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1.  “And the God of peace sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—1 Thes. 5:23 Have you sometimes struggled with trying to live the Christian life? Have you ever...

Once We’re Saved, We’re Saved Forever

This is companion post (2) to Chapter 2, “The Assurance, Security, and Joy of Salvation,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1. “And I give to them eternal life, and they shall by no means perish forever, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.”—John 10:28 “The Assurance, Security, and Joy of Salvation” answers questions concerning our salvation. Point by point, this chapter...

Our Regenerated Spirit Is the Key to Experiencing Christ

This is companion post (2) to Chapter 5, “The Key to Experiencing Christ—Our Human Spirit,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1. “He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit”—1 Cor. 6:17 When we believed in the Lord Jesus, we were regenerated, born in our spirit of the Spirit (John 3:6). From that day on, Christ as the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45b) dwells in our spirit, and we are...

The Benefits of Calling on the Name of the Lord

This is companion post (2) to Chapter 4, “Calling on the Name of the Lord,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1. “But flee youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”—2 Tim. 2:22 Chapter 4 helps us see that calling on the name of the Lord is not a new invention. Rather, it’s a practice that began from the third...

The Precious Blood of Christ—A Basic Element for Sustaining Our Christian Life

This is companion post (1) to Chapter 3, “The Precious Blood of Christ,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”—1 John 1:9 Now we come to chapter 3: “The Precious Blood of Christ.” Even as believers, we still have our fallen human life, which creates three problems. At...

The Solution to Our Three Problems

This is companion post (2) to Chapter 3, “The Precious Blood of Christ,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin.”—1 John 1:7 Wasn’t it eye-opening to see how the blood of Christ is the powerful solution to our three problems—toward God...

Basic Elements of the Christian Life

The Christian life is a journey. We begin this journey at salvation, our new birth in Christ, and we continue on through many different stages and experiences. On the one hand, every believer has a unique and precious journey with the Lord. On the other, the Christian life consists of many foundational matters that help all of us to progress in this journey. The book, Basic Elements of the...

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