Articles by Dr. Gary Linton

About Dr. Gary Linton
With over 40 years of church planting and ministry experience, Dr. Linton’s passion is to equip, encourage and strengthen pastors and their churches. Watch his latest messages on YouTube.

  • 12 Scriptures on Being Faithful to God

    God is not looking for perfect people, He is simply searching for those who will be devoted to Him.

  • 13 Scriptures on Friendship

    The friends we choose can change our lives forever. If we choose the wrong type of friend, they can cause irreparable damage.

  • 20 Scriptures on Deliverance

    Are you facing what seems to be insurmountable opposition and attacks from the enemy? God is about to bring deliverance into your life and situation.

  • A Biblical Analysis of the Twelve Steps

    A Biblical analysis of the twelve-step recovery program, highlighting both the truth and error of each step compared to scripture.

  • A Call to Discipleship

    Discipleship is conformity to Christ and the process of training a believer to carry on the work of Jesus.

  • A Christian’s Responsibilities Under the New Covenant

    The old covenant was between God and man – Man failed to live up to his side. The new covenant is between the Father and the Son – Both lived up to it. Does man have any responsibilities under this covenant?

  • A Church’s Responsibility to Its Pastor

    The church has a responsibility to its pastor. Churches often lose great pastors because they minister without ever feeling appreciated.

  • A Church’s Responsibility to Visiting Ministries

    This visiting ministry guide is directed toward the church’s responsibility to preachers, evangelists and musicians who come into the church to minister.

  • A Pastor’s Responsibility to the Church

    The privilege and responsibility God gives pastors is to shepherd those who belong to Him. It’s a great honor, and also a heavy burden. It’s incumbent on us to take our calling seriously.

  • A Place Called Heaven and A Place Called Hell

    There is a place called heaven and a place called hell. Everyone will spend eternity in one or the other.

  • Apologetics: An Introduction

    Denying the inerrancy of scripture is the first step in theological liberalism. Once we begin doubting the infallibility of the Bible, it’s a slippery slope. We are to contend earnestly for the faith.

  • Are You a Preacher or a Pastor?

    Many churches have great preachers, but much more is involved with the pastor’s job than just preaching. The Sunday sermon only highlights what a pastor does.

  • Are You a Victor or a Victim?

    It’s not God’s design for people to become victims of the things that happen to them. He wants to take us to higher ground.

  • Arguments for the Existence of God

    This study was written to enlighten genuine seekers, strengthen the faith of those who believe, enrich the knowledge of God, and provide ammunition to soldiers of the cross.

  • Attributes of God: Essence and Substance

    It’s difficult for a finite mind to comprehend an infinite God. Trying to understand God with a finite mind is like trying to put the Atlantic ocean in glass.

  • Attributes of God: Moral Attributes

    In this study we will be dealing with God’s moral attributes. His holiness, righteousness, goodness, mercy, grace, and faithfulness.

  • Attributes of God: Non-Moral Attributes

    The attributes of God are the inherent characteristics closely associated with God. In this study Dr. Linton will be discussing God’s non-moral attributes.

  • Authenticity of Scripture: Evidentiary Support

    How do we know the Bible is authentic? We don’t have to take a blind leap of faith to believe the Bible is the Word of God.

  • Authority of the Believer

    God has given the church authority and victory in both the natural and spiritual realms where He is head over all things. It’s high time we exercise our authority.

  • Beginners Guide to Church Planting

    Planting a church is one of the most rewarding things you can do to advance the kingdom, but it can also be very challenging.

  • Benefits of the Blood of Jesus

    The purpose of Jesus’ incarnation was to shed His blood for the sins of the world. Without the shedding of His blood there can be no remission of sins.

  • Benefits of the Word of God

    The Bible is a living instruction book that brings blessing and hope to all who read it.

  • Benefits of Trials and Suffering

    Suffering is a very real issue in the body of Christ. It’s something that affects everyone in one way or another.

  • Bible Commentaries and Reference Guides

    Building a library of Bible commentary and reference guides will help you gain a deeper understanding of scripture, strengthen your faith, and expand your ability to create a powerful sermon or message.

  • Bible Study: Running the Race

    We must run the race God has set before us with endurance and perseverance. Participants in a race encounter roadblocks, diversions and fatigue, the Christian life is no exception. We must keep pressing on.

  • Biblical Counselors: Characteristics and Methods

    Biblical counselors tell people what God says concerning their situation in order to help them with the problems of life.

  • Biblical Versus Psychological Counseling

    Although Biblical and secular counseling have common elements, there are vast differences between them. One is completely worldly, while the other rests on the principles of God’s Word.

  • Bitter Root Expectancy

    When negative things happen over and over again, we start to expect the worse. This bitter root within us not only affects us, but those around us.

  • Breaking Generational Curses: 7 Places Jesus Bled

    Is it possible to have a curse on your life, a business, ministry, or family? Can a curse pass on to succeeding generations?

  • Building Faith in Prayer

    Faith is a great asset to an effective prayer life. If unbelief is a hindrance to prayer then faith promotes powerful praying.

  • Can a Woman be a Pastor?

    Should women be in ministry? Regardless of what you think about women in ministry, many are being used of God to affect people’s lives for His glory.

  • Chosen By God

    God sought after us, not us after Him. It was only by His will that we are living for Him today.

  • Christmas: A Child is Born and a Son is Given

    Isaiah 9:6 deals with Jesus’ birth, Him being given up for our sins, and His future reign as Kings of Kings.

  • Christmas: Make Room for Jesus

    Will you provide a place for Jesus in your heart and life this Christmas season?

  • Differences Between the Old and New Covenants

    The Old Covenant was between a holy God and sinful man. The New Covenant is between the Father and the Son, leaving man out of the equation.

  • Doers of the Word

    Do we put into practice what we hear from God’s Word? We should be doers of the Word, not hearers only. What’s our response when we hear the Word preached?

  • Does the Holy Spirit Ever Leave Us?

    Is there a point in which God’s Spirit ceases to deal with man? Does the Holy Spirit ever stop working in our life and leave us to our own devices?

  • Easter Resurrection: He is Risen

    We pray each of you has a blessed and glorious Easter, your church services are anointed, filled to overflowing. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

  • Encompassed About

    In all situations of life, God promises to encompass us with His presence, power, and protection.

  • Evangelism Through Small Groups

    Small group evangelism is a great way for pastors and church leaders to integrate community outreach into their congregation.

  • Existence of God: Assumed in Scripture

    The Bible assumes the existence of God without attempting to prove it. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God.” God is simply there! The Bible is God’s letter to us revealing Himself to us.

  • Expressions of Worship

    While there are different ways to worship God, He’s not as concerned about how we express our praise and worship, but that we continue to worship Him.

  • Facts About Tithing

    The house of God is neglected when the ones He has called cannot devote all their time to the ministry. The tithe is what God designated to provide for His house.

  • Faithfulness Required: 1 Corinthians 4:2

    God is not looking for perfection or people who seem to have it all together. He is simply searching for those who will be committed and faithful.

  • Falling Short of the Grace of God

    If God’s grace is not earned, is it possible to fall short of it? Can we be saved but in a place where God’s favor isn’t upon us?

  • Feeding of the 5,000

    Day-to-day ministry may not be as exciting as a special event or crusade but it’s very necessary. The local church is a lot of work, but very necessary.

  • Financial Grace

    Financial breakthroughs are coming your way. God wants His people to experience monetary success and prosperity even in times of hardship in the world.

  • Foot Washing in the Bible

    Should foot washings be practiced by the church today? The account of foot washing is given in John 13:1-17 and was an example Jesus set for us to follow.

  • God is Able

    Do you believe God can do anything? Is there something you’re facing that makes you wonder if God is able to handle it? There are six accounts in the Bible where God declared that nothing is too difficult for Him.

  • God’s Plan for Victory

    Victory was God’s original plan for mankind, but it was forfeited through the fall, and is restored through the cross.

  • Grace for Every Need

    Grace is defined as the unmerited or undeserved favor of God. While mercy is not giving us what we deserve, grace is giving us what we don’t deserve – grace for every need.

  • Guidelines to Fasting and Prayer

    Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining food and drink. Fasting is not to be ritualistic. Fasting must have a specific purpose in mind, what we want to accomplish as a result of our fast.

  • Guidelines to Proper Interpretation of Scripture

    Biblical exegesis is a systematic process by which a person arrives at a reasonable and coherent sense of a biblical passage.

  • Hindrances to Prayer

    To have an effective prayer life we must remove all hindrances to our prayers. If our prayer life isn’t fruitful we must find the root cause and reverse it.

  • How to Assert Your Authority

    If anything is going to be accomplished in the natural or spiritual realms, you must assert your God-given authority.

  • How to Grow a Small Church

    Growing a small church can be a tremendous challenge, but there are proven ways to take your ministry to the next level. It’s God’s will that our churches grow.

  • How to Lead Someone to Jesus Christ

    The Bible makes it clear that every person must have an experience with Jesus through the Holy Spirit to be saved from hell and go to heaven.

  • How to Motivate Your Congregation

    God wants all believers to be involved in their local congregation. How can pastors motivate members to be more fruitful and productive?

  • How to Pray in the Spirit

    Praying in the Spirit has always been a subject of controversy. We all need the help of the Holy Spirit to pray. Dr. Linton explains How to Pray in the Spirit.

  • How to Pray in the Will of God

    Praying the will of God is a must. Many pray for things that may or may not be God’s will. It’s paramount we discover the will of God and pray accordingly.

  • How to Resist Sin and Temptation

    When we succumb to sin, we are in danger of becoming its slave. Like fish going after a shiny lure, if we take the bait, death ensues. God’s design is victory!

  • How to Study the Bible

    One of the best ways to study the Bible is by using the inductive method.

  • If You Could Ask God for Anything

    If you could ask God for whatever you wanted, what would you ask for? When asked such a question, the first thing that enters our minds reveals our priorities.

  • Impacting the World

    We will never be able to make a real impact on our society through legislation and programs alone. Things done in the flesh are doomed to failure.

  • Itinerant Ministry Guide for Churches

    Whether you have a music, teaching or preaching ministry, Evangleist or Revivalist there are ethical guidelines that must be considered when ministering in another person’s church.

  • James 1-5 – An Overview

    This is an overview of the book of James paying special attention to all the portions of scripture where James addresses them as my brethren or brethren.

  • James 1:1 – The Lord’s Servant

    A verse by verse study of the book of James, beginning with an in-depth look at James 1:1. To receive the full content watch the video teaching.

  • James 1:12 – The Crown of Life

    There are five crowns mentioned in scripture given as reward at the Judgement Seat of Christ. All five crown are covered in this teaching. 

  • James 1:13-15 – The Battle Within

    In James 1:13-15, James deals with temptation. Where does temptation come from? What is the origin of evil?

  • James 1:16 – Do Not Be Deceived

    There is a deception over the world today like at no other time. We must take every precaution to not be deceived.

  • James 1:17 – The Goodness of God

    James tells us all that is good is from above. We serve a God who is pure, unadulterated goodness.

  • James 1:18 – Born of God

    The Bible makes it clear that God sought after us, not us after Him. It was of His own will that we are living for Him today.

  • James 1:2-4 – Count it All Joy

    The Bible admonishes us to consider it all joy when we experience trials, knowing that God will ultimately work it out for our good.

  • James 1:5-8 – If Any of You Lack Wisdom

    If we lack wisdom, James tells us to ask God and He will give us all we need to deal with the circumstances of life.

  • James 1:9-11 – Reason for Rejoicing

    Rich and poor, affluent and impoverished, influential and insignificant – all have reason for rejoicing in the kingdom of God.

  • Jesus’ Pattern of Prayer

    Every Christian should desire to be more like Jesus. One of the most effective ways to be more like Him is to emulate His prayer life. Eight steps to imitate the Master’s prayer life.

  • John 2: The Advice of a Mother

    In John 2, Mary gives a bit of advice to servants at a wedding feast. Can you imagine the miracles that would take place if we would heed her advice?

  • Keys to an Abundant Life

    God’s plan and design for us is to experience abundance of life. Most never experience life to the extent they were meant to. Jesus came to give us an abundant life.

  • Keys to Effective Praying

    What are the secrets to an effective prayer life? The goal of prayer is to see God’s will implemented in the affairs of men.

  • Lack of Conviction in a Christian’s Life

    There are six basic definitions or categories that sin falls under. As born again children of God, we should feel deep conviction when we transgress any of these areas.

  • Led by the Holy Spirit

    Being led by the Holy Spirit is a major characteristic of the believer and a integral part of Christian living. The Holy Spirit teaches guides us according to God’s plan and purpose.

  • Leviticus 14:1-6: The Cleansing of Leprosy

    This passage is in reference to the cleansing of a leper. Leprosy is symbolic and is a type of sin and therefore symbolizes Jesus’ blood cleansing sinners of their sin.

  • New Year Expectations

    God promises in the coming new year the germination of the seeds and the harvest will occur in the same month.

  • Opposing Views to the Existence of God

    America was founded on Biblical principles. In recent time we’ve seen a growing opposition to the things of God. Here we will be studying the two most dominant views opposing God’s existence.

  • Pastoral Prisons

    Pastors battle many types of prisons. Prisons that hinder their call and prisons that are positive. Pastors are imprisoned for the sake of their people.

  • Persistence in Prayer

    Persistence in prayer is praying through – praying until you have the answer you are seeking from God. Never Quit – Never become fainthearted or give up praying.

  • Personal Prayer Guide

    Developed over a period of 40 years, here is an outline (with scriptures) of my daily prayer time.

  • Positioning Yourself to Hear the Voice of God

    God is still speaking today, we must simply tune into His voice.

  • Prayerlessness a Sin

    When we fail to pray for people, even those in rebellion, we sin against the Lord. Prayerlessness is sin.

  • Preparing for Worship

    Worship is something we choose to do, even when we don’t feel like it. Worship is a Willful Act – It is something we choose to do!

  • Prosperous Pastoring

    God wants you be prosperous in your ministry and pastoring. This is His purpose for all those He has called and ordained into the ministry. This is God’s will and design for all of His people, but especially for pastors.

  • Questions About Speaking in Tongues

    Questions and answers regarding speaking in tongues and being baptized (filled) with the Holy Spirit.

  • Requirements to Benefit from the Word

    To receive the full benefit and value from the Word of God, there are specific requirements or prerequisites that must be implemented.

  • Sample Church Bylaws

    The first documents a new church needs to develop are its constitution, bylaws and statement of faith.

  • Sample Marriage Ceremony

    This sample marriage ceremony is a combination of meaningful scriptures mixed with traditional wedding vows.

  • Scriptures on the Faithfulness of God

    God’s faithfulness is displayed throughout the Bible and is still testified to by people today.

  • Should Christians Keep the Sabbath?

    The sabbath was set apart by God to give people a day to rest from their labors. They turned it into legalism which bound Christians instead of giving them rest.

  • Signs of Jesus’ Return

    We can’t know exactly when Jesus will return, but we can tell when the time is near.

  • Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

    At the dedication of the temple, Solomon prayed until until God released him.

  • Sources of Joy: 1 John 1:4

    If God’s desire is to fill His people with joy, why does joy elude us? How can we tap into the joy of the Lord?

  • Spiritual Inclusiveness

    Jesus paid the price that all might be included into His kingdom and family. It’s all-inclusive.

  • Spiritual Warfare: Binding the Strong Man

    To accomplish anything in the natural or spiritual realm, we must engage in spiritual warfare. It’s time God’s people wage war against the enemy of the souls of mankind.

  • Study Guide: The Book of Revelation

    Many Christians find it hard to study the book of Revelation, while others believe it is impossible to interpret.

  • Taking the Land: Psalm 37

    Taking the land not only refers to Israel entering the promise land, but believers entering into all God has for them.

  • Taking the Land: The Next Generation

    God is raising up a new generation of spiritual warriors who will far surpass all that their predecessors accomplished.

  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

    Is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for believers today? Is speaking in tongues the initial evidence of the Spirit’s baptism? Can believers receive this experience today?

  • The Blessed Hope of Christians

    Hope is a necessity of life, and the enemy of our souls attempts to drain every ounce of it from us that he can.

  • The Canonicity of the Bible

    The canon is a list of books included in the Bible officially accepted as inspired of God.

  • The Deity of Jesus Christ

    Jesus was and is more than a great teacher, prophet or priest – He is the living Son of God, God incarnate, God Almighty! If He is not God we have the wrong Jesus.

  • The First Christmas: Matthew 1:23

    Matthew 1:23 is a prophecy of the coming of Christ and an announcement the first Christmas.

  • The Fivefold Ministry

    The fivefold ministry is more than those gifted by God, but are themselves gifts to the body of Christ.

  • The Four Beasts of Revelation

    What are the four beasts or living creatures in Revelation? Are they cherubims or seraphims or an entirely different type of heavenly being?

  • The Hope of Easter

    Easter – the resurrection of Christ, as it did for the disciples, brings fresh hope into our life and situation.

  • The Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6:9-13

    Prayer should be the heartbeat of the Christian life, and the Lord’s prayer is a perfect example of how we should pray.

  • The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

    There are two extremes regarding the ministry of the Holy Spirit. One over emphasizes manifestations, while the other denies their existence.

  • The Names of God

    Those who know His name, God promises to deliver, set us securely on high, answer when we call, be with us in trouble, protect, rescue, honor, satisfy and save us.

  • The Power of Praise

    There is tremendous power in praise. Praise can do miraculous things in, through and for us. Let’s make praise and worship an integral part of our life.

  • The Trinity: Illustrations and Examples

    Below are several scriptural and non-scriptural illustrations and examples of the Trinity. No illustration is perfect, but they help us understand who God is.

  • The Trinity: One God, Three Persons

    There is only one God. This fact is made clear throughout scripture. However, there are three persons eternally existent in the one God.

  • The Trinity: The Unity and Oneness of God

    It is extremely important that we be well equipped and versed in what we believe concerning the trinity.

  • The Truth About Water Baptism

    What is the significance of water baptism? How are we to baptize? Is sprinkling or pouring sufficient or is immersion required?

  • The “I AM’s” of Jesus Christ

    Jesus wants to be more than an historical figure. He desires to be personally meaningful to us.

  • Theories of Inspiration of Scripture

    The Bible is the most unique literary work in all of history, containing the very revelation of God. In this study, we will explore the various views of inspiration and to what degree inspiration permeates its pages.

  • Tips to Effective Preaching

    The Bible is full of examples of effective preaching. In Acts 2:14-38 and Acts 3:12-26, Peter ministered in such a way that thousands were saved.

  • True Spirituality

    The Pharisees seemed outwardly perfect but Jesus called them hypocrites. How can we tell if we are really spiritual?

  • Twelve Steps Versus the Church

    The twelve-step recovery program is one of the primary tools the world uses to help people overcome addictions. Should the church use the same system?

  • Understanding the Call of God

    Being in the ministry can be full a joy. It can also be difficult at times. Only those called of God will survive. Are you sure you are called into the ministry?

  • What is the Purpose of Praise and Worship?

    Praise and worship should be a part of every Christian’s life, but there are also clear Biblical reasons to worship God.

  • What the Bible Says About Mediums

    When we seek guidance from mediums we are trusting in the spirits they are consulting instead of God.

  • Whatever Happened to the Praying Church?

    Prayer is one of the most untapped resources of the church today. Whatever happened to the prayer meetings of yesteryear?

  • When God Says No

    There are an abundance of scripture about God answering prayer. God at times says no in answer to prayer. When He does so, He always has our good in view.

  • When Will the Rapture Happen?

    When Jesus returns for us is not nearly as important as the fact He will return. Our personal view of the rapture is peripheral theology, we don’t have to agree.

  • Where is God in Our Pain?

    There are times when God seems to withdraw from us. Because of our emotions, we usually don’t feel the presence of God during a crisis.

  • Why Christians Don’t Pray

    The average Christian spends less than ten minutes each day in prayer. Why don’t we spend more time in prayer?