10/27/12 – What is the Gospel. . . How can I be saved? – Pastor Shane Idleman

October 24th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 10/27/12 – What is the Gospel. . . How can I be saved? – Pastor Shane Idleman)

As a pastor, I’m often asked, “How can I be saved?” The Romans Road to salvation has been very helpful during these types of conversations—it uses verses from the book of Romans to explain, not only why we need salvation, but how a person is saved….
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9/22/2012 – The Cost of Speaking the Truth – Pastor Shane Idleman

September 20th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 9/22/2012 – The Cost of Speaking the Truth – Pastor Shane Idleman)

There is a cost to speaking the truth. This realization came nearly 10-years ago when I was asked to speak at the annual conference for the American Baptist…unaware that they were about to divide over ordaining those who embrace the homosexual lifestyle.

Within minutes of beginning my message, people began to leave the large auditorium. Although it was clear that I had struck a nerve, the clearest message came when a woman approached the platform and attempted to disrupt the service. I told her that I would be happy to talk with her after the service…
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11-12-2011 – “Salvation: God’s sovereignty or man’s responsibility”

November 12th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 11-12-2011 – “Salvation: God’s sovereignty or man’s responsibility”)

Although salvation is a supernatural act of God that cannot be fully explained, Scripture offers many insights. One thing is certain: God is not wanting “any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

There are primarily two differing beliefs concerning salvation—free will (man is free to accept or reject God’s offer of salvation), or election (God elects only certain people for salvation).
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Does Baptism Save? No. . .Here’s Why

February 19th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Does Baptism Save? No. . .Here’s Why)

Some believe that salvation occurs, not when we confess Jesus as Lord, but when immersed in water. They believe that the dead condition of the church is because of failure to embrace baptismal regeneration. In reality, its because so few actually turn to Jesus; baptism isn’t the answer–genuine repentance is: “Repent, therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” (Acts 3:19).
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