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

Revival Focus - Apologetic Report
Thursday, 22 June 2017 21:41

Q#17 Faith and Repentance for Believers

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I appreciate your explanation of faith and repentance. I had never considered the idea that faith for salvation and repentance of sin are two sides of the same coin. That raised a question regarding a believer who sins. Is there a two-sided coin of belief and repentance for him? I ask because in...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 01:53

Why Churches Still Need Evangelists

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Why do churches still need evangelists? This question is akin to asking, “Why do people with physical issues still need specialists?” Of course, the answer is—they specialize! When you need eye care, you don’t go to a general practitioner; you go to an eye doctor. If you...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:30

Q#16 Holiness and Assurance

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In reference to assurance, Hebrews 12:14 speaks of actively pursuing holiness. Would you say that this pursuit of holiness is based on one’s position in Christ’s holiness and if so, one who is not in pursuit of holiness has never encountered the living Christ for salvation? ...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 02:11

Law and Grace

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In my own revival journey, I began to use the terminology of grace and the Spirit-filled life, but my focus was still on “It’s gotta look like this….” This is ultimately a law-focus. Further in my journey the Lord opened my eyes not only to Jesus as the source of life...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 10:42

Q#15 Grace and Faith as Gifts

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Is faith or grace a gift, or both?

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Hello J_____ ,

Great question! The answer has far reaching theological ramifications. Let’s first look at grace, and then we’ll consider faith.

Grace is clearly a gift. James 4:6 says, “But he giveth more grace…God…giveth...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 19:48

Honoring the Holy Spirit as God

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Several years ago in a question and answer time on the ministry of the Holy Spirit, a leading deacon of a church said tongue-in-cheek, yet with a real degree of honesty, “I thought the Fundamentalists had the Father and the Son, but the Charismatics had the Holy Spirit.”

Last week we...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 09:07

Q#14 Faith, Repentance, and Salvation

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Is repentance required for salvation? Faith and repentance? The two aspects of man’s response to God’s offer of salvation? And if both are a part of salvation, why is it we seldom hear repentance in a Gospel message?

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Dear A_____,

Thanks for this question as well. This is an...

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Last week on the Revival Focus Facebook and Twitter accounts, we asked what people considered to be the greatest strength and the greatest weakness of Independent Baptist churches. 

Regarding the greatest strength, for the most part the responses indicated a high view of the Word of God, such...

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