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

Jesus: Global Redeemer

Acts 10:1-48

  1. Jesus’s global redemption is found in CORNELIUS: RELIGIOUS SINNER (10:1-8).
  2. Jesus’s global redemption is found in PETER: RESISTENT SOULWINNER (10:9-23).
  3. Jesus’s global redemption is found in PETER & CORNELIUS: RELATED SAINTS (10:24-48).

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By: Brian Chilton | December 11, 2017

When parsed out, theology can become quite complex. One of the deeper issues of theology deals with the differences between covenant theology and dispensational theology. When the term dispensationalismis spoken, some may think of the Left Behindseries or may...

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We have another round of excellent questions from our viewers at Bellator Christi.com. On today’s podcast we answer the following questions that were submitted to us at the website:

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1) Why don’t Christians observe circumcision?

2) Why don’t...

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By: Brian Chilton | December 5, 2017

Mark Lowry wrote a beautiful song called Mary, Did You Know.The song features questions that Mark would ask Mary if he had the chance. One of the lines inquires, “Mary, did you know . . . that when you kissed your little baby, you’ve kissed the face...

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image Welcome to the first ever fireside chat! Fireside chats are informal podcasts recorded outdoors in Pastor Brian’s prayer garden, next to his firepit. With the podcast being outdoors, chances are likely that you will hear the crackling of the flames, Brian’s cat prowling about, the...

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By: Brian Chilton | November 28, 2017

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image The CSB Spurgeon Study Bible is an all new study Bible that incorporates the notes of Charles Haddon Spurgeon along with the biblical text. As with most study Bibles, the notes appear at the bottom of the page. In addition to the study notes, the CSB...

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image By: Brian Chilton | November 26, 2017

Copan, Paul, and William Lane Craig, eds. Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2012. $24.99. 324 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4336-7220-0.

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Come Let Us Reasonis a collection of essays written by several prominent...

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Welcome to a special Thanksgiving podcast of Bellator Christi. This podcast will take the place of the regularly scheduled Friday podcast. Yes, the podcasts will normally be produced on Fridays from here on. Nevertheless, sometimes we encounter very strange worldviews that have the name...

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Have you ever felt like an outsider? Have you ever felt as if you do not have anything for which you could be thankful? In this message, Pastor Brian discusses the ability that all believers have to be thankful. Because of God’s marvelous, inclusive invitation to those who feel like...

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On this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast, Pastor Brian looks at the powerful conversion of the apostle Paul. In contrast to the fictional movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Paul’s real life conversion was not-so-secretive. Paul’s conversion was evident to all,...

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You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers. Today, Brian Chilton answers some of your questions submitted to Bellator Christi. We will discuss the following topics:

Is Christianity exclusive?

Who were the Ebionites and the Nazarenes?

Did Paul have irreconcilable differences with Peter and...

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Every Christian has a testimony and that testimony is special regardless of whether the testimony is extravagant or wonderfully ordinary, because each person has had an encounter with God. In this message, Pastor Brian Chilton examines the wondrous salvation of the Ethiopian eunuch as he...

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By: Brian Chilton | November 14, 2017

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As a teenager, I remember being a bit frightened of the book of Revelation. The smell of acne face cleanser filled the room as I dove into mysterious depictions of four-faced angels, beasts from the sea and land, of massive angels, and 100-pound hailstones being...

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Let’s face it. The universe is large. More than large, it is huge. More than huge, it is ENORMOUS!!! But, does the size of the universe hold any implications to the possibility of God’s existence? According to Emily Thomas of Newsweek as posted on Yahoo.com, it does. She...

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Often, false prophets and false teachers enter the church. These individuals espouse truths that are contrary to the Word of God. How does one spot a false teacher, otherwise known as a great pretender? As we examine the life of Simon the Sorcerer, one who made a false profession of faith, we find...

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This message continues Pastor Brian Chilton’s series in the book of Acts. In this message, we examine the courage of the early church as it suffers persecution directed by one Saul of Tarsus, who would later be known as the apostle Paul. Find out how one’s courage can make it while...

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Catch this third and final installment in the series “A Brief History of Crime” as we examine the final portion of Stephen’s message to the religious leaders from Acts 7.

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 Brian Chilton is the founder of BellatorChristi.com and is the host of The Bellator Christi...

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By: Brian Chilton | November 6, 2017

image Orrick, Jim Scott, Brian Payne, and Ryan Fullerton. Encountering God through Expository Preaching: Connecting God’s People to God’s Presence.Nashville: B&H Academic, 2017. 224 pages. $19.99. ISBN: 978-1-4336-8412-8.

 

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Orrick,...

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On today’s podcast, Brian discusses the comments that Matt Slick made on a podcast pertaining to election. Brian describes how free-will is evident in Scripture and why middle knowledge is an excellent hypothesis to balance the doctrines of divine sovereignty and human agency.

  1. Free-will is...

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imageBy: Jason Kline | November 4, 2017

Disclaimer: The views expressed by guest writers are their own and may not represent those of Bellator Christi Ministries or its affiliates.

It has been said, “life is no bed of roses.” Whether at school, or work, even in the supermarket, there is often...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:25

Happy Reformation Day - Bellator Christi

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By: Matt Smith | October 31, 2017

The views expressed by guest writers of Bellator Christi are their own and may not represent those of Bellator Christi Ministries or its affiliates.

500 years ago today, a young monk named Martin Luther was troubled by doctrine within the Roman Catholic Church (3)....

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By: Brian Chilton | October 30, 2017

Middle knowledge is a concept that describes how God sovereignly operates in time with free agents. These days, many individuals attempt to claim what innovative theologians say about the theological concepts they espouse with little interaction with the actual...

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Middle knowledge is an important part of the Molinist and Congruist Christian models. Recently, Matt Slick of CARM claimed that middle knowledge is unbiblical. But, is Slick right? Today on the Bellator Christi Podcast, Brian Chilton looks into the concept from Molina’s perspective and from...

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We are continuing our study in the book of Acts. This message provides the second portion of Stephen’s message to the Jewish leaders of his time as he provides a brief history of humanity’s crimes against God. Join us today for this thrilling journey into our history with God.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 01:00

Ecological Theology - Bellator Christi

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By: Brian Chilton | October 24, 2017

Last week, I attended my first Ph.D. seminar. In short, the experience was amazing. I cannot wait to experience the other seminars in the program. Dr. Steve Lowe mentioned something that highly intrigued me. He mentioned what is called ecological theology. The...

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