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Age
54
About sparkman
Name:
Robert
Gender:
male
Marital Status:
not married
Spiritual Status:
Christian
When saved:
1985
Country Flag/Nationality:
USA
Country (Location):
United States
State/Province/Region:
Indiana [USA]
Favorite Bible Verse:
I Peter 5:7
About:
Regarding salvation, if you'd like to discuss it, I'd be glad to talk to you and help you with study materials and church recommendations.

I would recommend these books in particular:

What is the Gospel?, Greg Gilbert

The Explicit Gospel, Matt Chandler

Core Christianity, Michael Horton

The God Who Is There, DA Carson

Christian Beliefs, Wayne Grudem

I recommend these books for believers who are not experiencing joy in their salvation, or are failing a lot in the area of sin and temptation (backslidden):

Union With Christ, Rankin Wilbourne

Who Do You Think You Are: Finding Your True Identity in Jesus, Mark Driscoll

Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ, Russell Moore

All of these books are written by sound-thinking, no-nonsense evangelical authors, and cover key concepts that will help you a lot, such as our identity in Christ and our spiritual union with Him. These are all essential concepts that I've been benefitting from being more aware of lately.

My email is [email protected] if you want to ask questions or discuss Christianity. My facebook page is

https://www.facebook.com/sparkmanrl

I attend an Evangelical Free Church of America congregation.

If you are in the USA and seeking a church, I would recommend Evangelical Free Church of America (www.efca.org) or Christian and Missionary Alliance (www.cmalliance.org) churches. There's also an association called 9marks that has high standards (http://www.9marks.com). Acts 29 also has some good churches http://www.acts29.com. All four have church finders on their site that would help you to find a sound, local fellowshp nearby.

Additionally there are many good Baptist churches, and other local churches that may be fantastic but it's harder to comment on those since I can't assess every individual church obviously.

In other countries, I suggest looking for a church that is associated with evangelical doctrine. There are other evangelical church associations in other countries. If you need help finding an association, I can likely find one for you.

Here is one in the UK:

https://fiec.org.uk/

Here is one in Australia:


http://www.fiec.org.au/

Evangelicals affirm the standard doctrines of evangelical Christianity which include:

1) the full deity of Jesus Christ
2) monotheism (there is only one God)
3) the doctrine of the Trinity or Triune nature of God
4) justification by faith alone
5) authority and inspiration of Scripture alone
6) substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ on the cross
7) original sin
8) virgin birth
9) bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ
10) eternal reward of the righteous and eternal
punishment of the wicked at Christ's return

I suggest that you avoid any organization or individual that teaches against any of these points. Cultic or sub-Christian groups deny one or more of the above points.

My favorite Bible teachers include RC Sproul, David Platt, Michael Horton, John MacArthur, DA Carson, Alistair Begg, Voddie Baucham, Tim Keller, James White, Wayne Grudem and Matt Chandler. All of these individuals have either YouTube videos, SermonAudio sermons, or books that you can benefit from.

My favorite Christian music groups include Vertical Church Band, Rend Collective, Jason Waller, Citizens & Saints, Norton Hall Band and Dustin Kensrue. These groups generally have upbeat music and Scriptural lyrics.

FAVORITE QUOTES

Be faithful planting the gospel seed in the hearts of those who hear, and rest in the knowledge that it is God who sovereignly regenerates sinners -- Cameron Buettel

The Old Adam is drowned in baptism, but that jackass is a good swimmer - Martin Luther

Trusting God in the midst of pain and suffering may be the greatest expression of worship that we can accomplish here on earth - C. Michael Patton

Faith is believing the Word of God and acting upon it, regardless of how we feel, because God promises a good result - James MacDonald

The weakness of all semi-Pelagianism is that it invests in the fallen, corrupt flesh of man the power to exercise faith.- R.C. Sproul

"Rules without relationship leads to rebellion and resentment." – J.D. and Veronica Greear

Pretty insightful..God gives us commandments, but it is in the context of a loving relationship. Others in our lives may not have given us that context.

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I worship YHVH who raises the spiritually dead, gives them spiritual life, and conforms them to His image. Keep your impotent semi-Pelagian god to yourself. He makes me retch.

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