Category Archives: Inquiring Minds

Pastoral Qualities

This entry is part 199 of 210 in the series Inquiring Minds

What are some of the qualities of a pastor according to the Bible? The pastoral epistles written by the apostle Paul are a big help here. He describes the qualifications for overseers (pastors) and deacons. First Timothy 3:1-7 gives some … Continue reading

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Trusting the Bible

This entry is part 198 of 210 in the series Inquiring Minds

If the Bible is written by sinful people, how can we trust it? We can trust the Bible because it is God’s Word. It is his message to us. Think of the power of God not only to change our … Continue reading

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Impact Versus Significance

This entry is part 197 of 210 in the series Inquiring Minds

What is the difference between impact and significance? To have impact on someone or something means that we put our own stamp on it. We affect in a major way whatever is happening. If it’s an event in history, we’re … Continue reading

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Verbal Plenary Inspiration

This entry is part 196 of 210 in the series Inquiring Minds

What is the verbal plenary inspiration of the Bible? This is a fancy theological way of talking about how the Holy Spirit inspired the authors of the New Testament to write the books of the Bible we have today. Inspiration … Continue reading

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Receiving the Holy Spirit

This entry is part 195 of 210 in the series Inquiring Minds

I’ve been a Christian my whole life and asked God for the Holy Spirit multiple times. I have done everything the Bible says to do to receive. What do I do to receive the Holy Spirit? There are two answers … Continue reading

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Quoting the Old Testament

This entry is part 194 of 210 in the series Inquiring Minds

Does Luke 4:18 misquote Isaiah 61:1? Luke does not misquote Isaiah. When Jesus reads from the Isaiah scroll in the synagogue, we don’t know if he read from the Septuagint (Greek version of the Hebrew Masoretic text) or if he … Continue reading

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For God’s Glory

This entry is part 193 of 210 in the series Inquiring Minds

What does “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God,” in 1 Corinthians 10:31 mean? “If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?” (1 Corinthians 10:30, ESV) Throughout … Continue reading

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Paul’s Citizenship

This entry is part 192 of 210 in the series Inquiring Minds

How did Paul prove his Roman citizenship? Paul had dual citizenship between being Jewish and a Roman citizen. Because he was born in a Roman province, in the city of Tarsus, he automatically had Roman citizenship. This is just like … Continue reading

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Praying in God’s Will

This entry is part 191 of 210 in the series Inquiring Minds

How can we pray if we can’t know God’s will or decree? We know a little bit about God’s will. We know that he waits for the last of the people to be saved to come into his kingdom before … Continue reading

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Hosea 1:9

This entry is part 190 of 210 in the series Inquiring Minds

What is the context of Hosea 1:9? “And the Lord said, “Call his name Not My People, for you are not my people, and I am not your God.”” (Hosea 1:9, ESV) Hosea’s book begins by laying out the background … Continue reading

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