Theology, Apologetics and Biblical Studies
Simply put, theology is the study of God. Christian theology is an attempt to understand God as He is revealed in the Bible. Apologetics, hermeneutics and the Trinity are a few of the topics covered here by Ministrymaker’s teachers and expert contributors.
“As grace perfects nature, Christian theology turns the water of pagan philosophical learning into the wine of Christian theology.” – Thomas Aquinas
- 10 Signs of Jesus’ Return
We can’t know exactly when Jesus will return, but we can see signs relevant to when Jesus’ return is near. His return may be nearer than we might think.
- 5 Ministries 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.
- 8 Benefits of the Blood of Christ
There are an abundance of benefits in the blood Jesus shed for us on Calvary. The benefits of His blood do little good unless we apply them to our lives.
- Arguments for God’s Existence
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.
- Basic Categories of Sin
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.
- Biblical Hermeneutics: Guidelines to Proper Interpretation of Scripture
Hermeneutics has the same relationship to exegesis that a rule-book stands to a game. The rules are not the game, but the game is meaningless without the rules.
- Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?
Christians are eternally secure in their salvation, but is this security conditional?
- Canonicity of the Bible
The canon is a list of books included in the Bible officially accepted as inspired of God.
- Chosen By God
God sought after us, not us after Him. It was only by the exercise of His own will that we were brought forth, born of Him, and are living for Him today.
- Defending the Christian Faith
Apologetics is a branch of theology concerned with defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines.
- Differences Between the Old and New Covenants
The first or old covenant was between a holy God and sinful man. Was there anything wrong with the first covenant? Of course not.
- Does the Holy Spirit Ever Leave a Believer?
Is there a point in which God’s Spirit ceases to deal with man? Does Holy Spirit ever give up on us, stop convicting and working in our life and leave us to our own devices?
- Evidentiary Support for the Authenticity of Scripture
We don’t have to take a blind leap of faith to believe the Bible is the Word of God.
- Heaven is for Real: Truth or Hoax?
An objective analysis of Todd Burpo’s book, Heaven is For Real. It’s an interesting read for anyone with a curiosity for the supernatural.
- How to Receive 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 we receive this experience today?
- How to Recognize a False Teacher
The Bible provides clear guidelines to help us recognize false prophets and teachers.
- How to Study the Bible
One of the best ways to study the Bible is by using the inductive method.
- How to Study the Book of Revelation
Many Christians find it hard to study the book of Revelation, while others believe it is impossible to interpret.
- Introduction to Apologetics
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.
- Jesus is Both Human and Divine
The Bible teaches that Jesus is both human and divine. The common mistake is to believe that Jesus was half man and half God.
- 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.
- Opposing Views to the Existence of God
The United States was founded on Biblical principles, but in recent years we’ve seen a growing opposition to the things of God.
- Q & A on Speaking in Tongues
Many have testified God so filled them with His Spirit they had to ask God to stay His hand. Dr. Linton answers your questions about speaking in tongues.
- 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?
- Serpent Seed: Did Eve Have Sexual Relations with Satan?
The serpent seed theory claims Eve was tempted by Satan to eat from the tree of knowledge, not for food, but for sexual enlightenment.
- 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 up instead of giving them rest.
- The Deity of Our Lord 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 Divinity of Jesus Christ
Even after reading scriptures that support His divinity, people who teach Jesus isn’t God continue to distort the verses until they no longer resemble the actual text.
- The 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.
- The Four Beasts of Revelation
The four beast mentioned in the Book of Revelation are types of angelic beings, possibly cherubims or seraphims.
- The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
The resurrection of Jesus separates Christianity from all other religions. Without it, faith in Christ would be meaningless.
- 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 “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.
- What the Bible Says About Mediums
When we seek guidance from mediums we are trusting in the familiar spirits they are consulting instead of God. The Bible forbids consulting with mediums.
- 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.