Author: James Forbis

NIV Faithlife Study Bible by Zondervan

Today I want to share with you an incredible resource that will not only enhance your study of God’s Holy Word, but also increase retention and understanding of difficult passages, doctrines, and give you tools to utilize in teaching others the basics of the Christian faith. The NIV Faithlife Study Bible combines the practical tools, graphics, academic notes, and book summaries that the Faithlife Study Bible app contains in a hard copy of the beloved NIV translation that’s used by millions of Christians world-wide. This is a resource that, whether you are a pastor, Bible teacher, lay-leader, a new...

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Knowing Your Roots: The Place of Church History in the Christian Life

In recent weeks I’ve been asked a couple of questions that go along the lines of something like this “Why do you study Church History so much?” or even better “Why do you always lead off your sermons with some historical illustration, how is that applicable to me today?” As soon as this question is asked, I find myself methodically creating an argument for the importance of understanding church history as a modern day Christian. However, in recent days I have observed the argument has turned into the necessity of having an abundant knowledge of church history and how...

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Is the Reformation Over?

In the past year, this is a familiar question I’ve heard repeatedly asked by many different theologians, pastors, seminary students, and even a handful of laymen and women. Is the Reformation over? Well, some would answer this emphatically “Yes!” while others would be quite confused as to why you’re asking if something that happened in the 1500’s is still relevant. In light of comments made by Pope Francis, it’s been made very clear to many friends and me that the Reformation is in fact not over with. In fact, the Reformation needs to be kicked up to warp speed...

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The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry by Jared C. Wilson

There are only a handful of living pastors who I would trust to write on such an important topic as is the pastorate and the justification of the Pastor. Jared Wilson is one of these men, and he has given a tremendous gift to pastors, seminary students, and laymen alike in the form of his uplifting book on the topic of applying Christ atonement to the work of the pastorate. No other book I’m aware of on the market walks through the many different joys, sorrows, highs, lows, difficulties, obstacles, seasons of growth and excellence, and seasons of doubt...

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Seven Marks of an Evangelical

What is an Evangelical? An Evangelical is a Christian who practices his or her faith with absolute belief in the inerrant Word of God, seeks out and yearns for gospel conversations, evangelistic opportunities with unbelievers and believers alike, and who lives a life “worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1-3). Who is an Evangelical? Evangelical is a prefix not a suffix or denomination to itself. Evangelicals are all of Protestant origin. With that said, Evangelicals come from several different denominations. Most Baptists if not all Baptists are Evangelicals as are the Presbyterian Church of...

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