But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Bellator Christi - Apologetic Report

By: Brian Chilton | June 26, 2017

For the past few weeks, we have investigated the authors of the Gospels and the book of Acts. In this article, we examine the evidence for the Gospel of John. Who wrote the Fourth Gospel? As we have in previous articles, this article will look at the proposed...

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What Constitutes a Good Father?

Deuteronomy 1:29-33

  1. A good father COMFORTS his family (Deut. 1:29).
  2. A good father FIGHTS for his family (Deut. 1:30).
  3. A good father CARRIES his family (Deut. 1:31).
  4. A good father LOVES his family (Deut. 1:32-33).

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Prayer is critical for the believer. It is the means by which an individual communicates with God. But have you ever felt that your prayers go unanswered? While God answers in his own time and according to his will, a person needs to examine oneself to ensure that nothing is hindering the...

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Acts: The Church in Action

The Blessings of United Prayer

Acts 1:12-26

  1. Unity in prayer provides the blessing of LOVING FELLOWSHIP (1:12-14).
  2. Unity in prayer provides the blessing of BOLD PROCLAMATION (1:15-22).
  3. Unity in prayer provides the blessing of DIVINE GUIDANCE (1:24-26).

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By: Brian Chilton | June 19, 2017

We have been engaged in a series of articles discussing the authorship of the books of the New Testament. In this article, we consider the Third Gospel, the Gospel of Luke. Who wrote the Gospel? What clues do we have from the internal and external evidence, the...

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It is said that many NFL players have come to Christ after winning the Super Bowl, including the all-star Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, Deion Sanders. You can find his testimony at https://jcsuperstars.wordpress.com/2008/01/09/deion-sanders-testimony/. Many, like Sanders, have come to the...

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Acts: Church in Action

3 Essential Events Leading to the Implementation of the Church

Acts 1:1-11

  1. The RESURRECTION OF CHRIST was essential in ESTABLISHING the church (1:1-3).
  2. The FILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT was essential in EMPOWERING the church (1:4-8).
  3. The ASCENSION OF CHRIST was essential in ENACTING...

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By: Brian Chilton | June 12, 2017

Last week, we began a series on the authorship of the New Testament documents as we discussed the Gospel of Matthew. This week, we continue our series as we consider the authorship of the Gospel of Mark. We will consider the internal and external evidences, as well...

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On this episode of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian weighs the differences between the newly released CSB Study Bible to that of the ESV Study Bible, largely considered one of the better study Bibles on the market. How do the study Bibles compare in content, format, articles, and depth? We will...

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By: Brian Chilton | June 6, 2017

Over the course of the new few weeks, we will discuss the reasons for accepting the traditional viewpoints for New Testament authorship. We will begin with the Gospel of Matthew today and will then move towards the other three Gospels before looking at some of the...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, host Brian Chilton leads us into an investigation of the mark of the Beast. Some early manuscripts identify the number of the Beast as 616, whereas the majority of early manuscripts record the number as 666. What do the variants of Revelation 13:18...

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As of June 1st, The Bellator Christi Podcast can now be found on Google Play. You can download any of the archived episodes at Google Play to share with your friends. Also, you can subscribe to the show so that you can catch all the latest episodes on your listening device. To access the podcast on...

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By: Brian Chilton | May 30, 2017

Skeptics, such as Gerd Ludemann, charged Paul for being the actual founder of Christianity. Such ideas come from either a belief that Jesus never addressed difficult topics, or a belief that Paul was too radical in his teachings for it to have come from Jesus. Both...

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On this edition of The Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton discusses the recent tornadoes that raged through his community and how it was that God was found in the untold miracles that took place despite the destruction. While many individuals may ask, “How could a loving God allow such a...

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We have been engaged in a series titled “Ecclesia: All About the Church.” The series has investigated various attributes of the church including its mission, the people who make up the church, the roles of pastor and deacon, and the ordinance of baptism. Today, Brian Chilton discusses...

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By: Brian Chilton | May 23, 2017

Last week, Jason Kline and I co-authored an article on the three positions on prayer: the pantheist view (that individuals can coerce and force God to speak); the deist view (the view that God never speaks); and the theist view (that God speaks to his people...

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Special Disclaimer: This podcast discusses the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The discussion of this series is by no means an endorsement by Pastor Brian Chilton, the Bellator Christi Podcast, BellatorChristi.com, or its affiliates of this highly controversial series. 13 Reasons Why i...

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In this episode of The Bellator Christi Podcast, Pastor Brian Chilton delivers a Mother’s Day message as he discusses the 8 characteristics of a godly woman. These 8 characteristics formulate a biblical picture of a godly woman.

The Portrait of a Godly Woman

Proverbs 31:10-31

  1. A godly woman is...

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By: Brian Chilton and Jason Kline | May 16, 2017

In recent years, we have noticed an increasing amount of skepticism among Christian ranks concerning prayer and how God responds. Much of the skepticism about God’s involvement in prayer comes from false understandings of prayer often...

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For the past few weeks, host, Brian Chilton and Michael Boehm have been delving into the world of the occult. On this final episode of the series entitled “Evaluating the Occult,” Brian and Michael round out their discussion with a conversation about ways the occult has entered church...

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In this message, we continue our series on the church called “Ecclesia: All About the Church.” Already in this series, we have investigated the mission of the church, the people of the church, as well as the roles of the pastor and deacon. The final two messages in this series will...

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By: Brian Chilton | May 9, 2017

A major issue facing the theological and apologetics world is the issue with the harmonization of the Gospels. The Four New Testament Gospels often present varying details of the life of Christ. Cold-case homicide detective, J. Warner Wallace, notes that the Gospels...

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In this second of a three part series, we are joined by Michael Boehm of Youth Apologetics Training. In our first episode, Michael distinguished the differences between the various types of the occult found in the Western world. In this second episode, Michael finishes his examination of the types...

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Ecclesia: All About the Church

The Biblical Role of Deacons

Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:8-13

  1. The biblical deacon holds the role of a WORKING servant of the church (Acts 6:1-2, 4).
  2. The biblical deacon holds the role of a QUALIFIED servant of the church (Acts 6:3 & 1 Tim. 3:8-12).
    1. The biblical deacon is...

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By: Brian Chilton | May 2, 2017

The more I study the New Testament documents, the more I am convinced that the documents, particularly the Synoptic Gospels, are earlier than expected. Scholars like W. F. Albright and John A. T. Robinson—both who are not necessarily conservative in their...

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