Question: Ephesians 5:4 says that “neither … foolish talking nor jesting” ought to be found among the saints.  However, I have had difficulty coming to the precise meanings of these words, or maybe I am afraid to.  I see on your web site that you, and most others, define “foolish talking” as sinful or tasteless talk, for…

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Adapted from an article by Clem Thurman in Gospel Minutes, Vol. 57, No. 20, May 16, 2008. Question: Which baptism is referred to as the one baptism of Ephesians 4:5? Answer: Some people want to refer to this baptism as a spiritual baptism. I have never been able to understand what one means by the…

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Question: In Ephesians 2:3 it talks about by nature we are children of wrath, My own opinion is that it’s referring not to children, which is plain and clear, but to people who have already sinned. I’m trying to get this point across to my friend, but he believes in a sin nature and says…

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Text: Colossians 4:7-18   I.         Near the end of Paul’s third journey, he visited churches to gather funds to relieve the famine stricken brethren in Judea. – I Corinthians 16:1-9             A.        Several of the churches sent representatives to travel with Paul – II Corinthians 8:16-24             B.        Several of these men are named in Acts 20:1-4. Take special note…

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Question: Regarding Ephesians 4:11-16, can you help clarify the scope of this context with regards to the “spiritual gifts” mentioned in verse 11? Do all Christians in the Lord’s one true church have spiritual gifts? If so, how does a Christian determine the gifts given to them? Also, why does it seem that most congregations…

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