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

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“What Will Heaven Look Like? Scenes of Heaven in Revelation”

Rev. 1:9-18; 4:1-11; 7:9-10; 21:9-14, 22-27; 22:1-5

(Part One)

Rev. 1:9-18; 4:1-6a

  1. The Scene of the SON (1:9-18). (Part One)
    1. Son’s UNITY: 7 golden lampstands.
    2. So...

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This message is for the subscribers of BellatorChristi.com. I must apologize. When I published my previous post, I failed to add the title. If you have any problems accessing the previous post in your inbox, click the link below and you will be taken directly to the article. My apologies for any...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | February 12, 2018

We live in a day called the information age.This is a time when we are inundated with information. Some information is based on truth, whereas other truth claims are flawed. While it is not a popular assumption to hold: Not every opinion is correct. Not...

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Recently, a member of our congregation asked a wonderful question. She asked about what God looks like. Does God look like the bearded muscle man on Michelangelo’s portrait of creation in the Sistine Chapel? While we do not have a full depiction of God’s appearance, Scripture does...

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By: Jason Kline | February 6, 2018

image Pearcey, Nancy. Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality.Grand Rapids: Baker, 2018. $22.99. 336 pages.

Postmodernism is our nation’s current “mood” in how many view the world. Among its many issues, it is sweeping the...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | February 5, 2018

image Last night, I joined thousands of others watching one of the most-watched spectacles of the year. Of course, I am talking about Super Bowl LII. The Philadelphia Eagles faced the always dangerous New England Patriots. The Patriots had won 5 championships...

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The Bible speaks of Jesus being the firstfruits of the resurrection (1 Cor. 15:20) which indicates that we will be resurrected just as Jesus was. But, what does this mean for our new bodies? How will our new bodies operate? What will they look like? Join Pastor Brian Chilton today as he discusses...

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Numerous eschatological (that is, views of the end-times) viewpoints exist. One of the more controversial points of eschatology is the view of the rapture. The rapture is the belief that Christ will return to raise the dead, calling them into the air, in order to separate them from...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | January 29, 2018

An old adage claims that the two worst conversations to have with a person involve religion and politics. Since people hold deep emotional feelings pertaining to these two issues, the logic of the cliché claims that the two topics must be avoided....

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Where is heaven? Is heaven a place that can be reached by plane, train, or automobile? And, how is heaven different from the New Creation? Discover these truths and much more as we begin a new series on heaven, entitled “Heaven: Our Eternal Home.”

  1. The Location of the Present Heaven (2...

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How does a person reconcile certain Old Testament laws with the grace of God? How do we interpret Leviticus’s seeming acceptance of slavery? What did slavery mean in ancient Israel? What about ancient warfare, and the view about women? What is an agunot, and how can we minister to...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | January 22, 2018

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At our church, we recently began a new series of messages on heaven. After the service, I received a wonderful question from one of our members, Allison Mathews. Allison said that she had heard that only 144,000 people would be in heaven, and...

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On one particular reality show, a New York City process server is shown as he hands out court orders demanding that the receiving person appear in court for whatever case for which they have been summoned. The process server was responsible for handing out the papers, but what the person did with...

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With each passing year, the church faces new challenges. We have discussed many of these challenges in the top-10 challenges series here on Bellator Christi.com. While there are distinctive challenges each year, the church will continue to be here until the time that Christ returns. The early New...

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Winston Churchill once said, “You have enemies? Good! That means you stood up for something at some time in your life.” While the believer tries to befriend everyone possible, Jesus tells us that we can expect to have enemies if we stand for him and the truth. On this edition of the...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:10

Scheduled Downtime Tonight - Bellator Christi

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Bluehost, Bellator Christi’s host, will be performing scheduled server maintenance on the website tonight.  The site may be down for periods of time this evening (January 16, 2018). No worries. It shouldn’t last long. Thank you for your continued support as we enter the arena of...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | January 16, 2018

Understanding portions of Scripture, particularly prophecy and apocalyptic literature, requires the reader to understand the symbolic meaning of the devices used by the prophet or apostle. Last week, I posted a reference guide describing the symbolic meaning...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian discusses a few newsworthy items including media bias and how pastors’ spouses say about their loved one’s ministry and the impact it has had on their families. Also, Brian answers a question submitted to the website. Jason asks,...

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By: Brian G. Chilton | January 9, 2018

Early Apostolic Church Fathers (100-451 AD) recognized that Scripture had four layers of interpretation. They used a method called quadrigawhich held the following layers: 1) Literal (sensus historicus),2) Allegorical (sensus allegoricus—texts hold...

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According to Peter Enns, evangelical schools that offer PhDs are morally irresponsible due to the competitive job market for professors and the supposed preference for students from elite schools (e.g., Harvard, Princeton, Yale, etc) (see his article at https://peteenns.com/moral-irresponsibili...

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By: Brian Chilton | January 3, 2018

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2017 was a challenging year in many respects for American Christians. But, what are the most pressing issues that Christians will encounter in 2018? Here is my top-ten list that will discuss that very issue. In contrast to previous lists that I have presented,...

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The birth of Christ not only displays God’s personal visitation to earth, but it also fulfills a promised new covenant which was promised by the prophet Jeremiah. Why is this new covenant necessary? Find out on this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast in a message given by Pastor Brian...

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In this message, Pastor Brian discusses the prophecies of Christmas that point not only to Christ’s first advent, as celebrated at Christmas, but also his second advent which will occur at his return.

  1. The Prophetic Ghost of Christmas Past: FIRST ADVENT OF CHRIST (5:2-3).
    1. Past Christmas’s...

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 23:52

Top-Ten Articles of 2017 - Bellator Christi

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By: Brian Chilton | December 29, 2017

I want to thank everyone who has visited Bellator Christi this year. 2017 has been a year of many changes as I have moved the website from PastorBrianChilton.wordpress.com (PBC) to BellatorChristi.com. Recently, I have started to post links of the articles...

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By: Brian Chilton | December 19, 2017

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This past Sunday, I received a wonderful question by a young man in our church. Matthew Cleary was in Sunday school and asked his teacher, who in turn asked me, “What time of night was Jesus born? Was it at midnight?” To be honest, I...

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