Maintaining a good conscience

Leonard Lauriault The word describing baptism in 1 Peter 3: 21 is most often translated pledge, response, or answer, but actually the translation should be plea, request, or appeal. Still, when we appeal to God for a clear conscience through baptism, we also pledge to keep our conscience clear (Acts 24: 14-16; Romans 12: 1, […]

Answer or appeal, pledge or plea, response or request

By Leonard Lauriault : QCS columnist Read 1 Peter 3:21, as well as all scriptures when cited. Various Bible versions use different words — pledge (NIV), answer (KJV, NKJV), response (NIV footnote) — to indicate that baptism is something done after salvation as an outward sign of an already received inward grace, as some today […]

Travel the road of the Romans

By Leonard Lauriault: QCS columnist I prepared another article for this week, but last week I received a tract others also probably got and I’m compelled to respond (1 Corinthians 9: 16; Romans 1: 14-17; Acts 20: 25, 26). First, I commend the tract’s distributors for acting on their faith (James 2: 14-26; Matthew 28: […]

‘James’ about receiving God’s good and perfect gifts

Leonard Lauriault: Church of Christ God gives the crown of eternal life to those that love him only after we’ve stood firm in our earthly life (1: 12, unless otherwise noted, scripture references are from the book of James; Revelation 2: 10). We show our love for God as doers of the word (1: 21-25; […]

Bible says baptisim a must

Leonard Lauriault Acts 18: 19 to 19: 7 describes how the church at Ephesus began. At first, Paul stayed only a short time, but he promised to return. Later, he found a group that had likely learned from Apollos, a powerful teacher who taught accurately about Jesus, but knew only the baptism of John. Paul’s […]

Obeying everything Jesus commanded – Baptism

By Leonard Laurialt: Church of Christ Just before he ascended back into heaven, Jesus gave instructions to his disciples about what to do until he returned. That is, they were to make disciples (Matthew 28: 18-20). Those instructions included, ‘teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.“ A disciple follows the teaching of his […]