Is Bearing Fruit That Simple?
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Bible Study Group

Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. John 15:5 NLT Is it that simple? Can I be fruitful by just remaining and abiding in Christ? I was reading John 15 the other morning, when this phrase jumped out at me. If I just live in Jesus I can be … [Click to read more …]

The Two Resurrections and the Second Death
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The Appearing. Vintage painting showing the second coming of Christ to rescue His people.

The Bible teaches two different resurrections. Jesus spoke of one resurrection for those who are saved, and another resurrection for those who are lost. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the … [Click to read more …]

How to Present the Investigative Judgment
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In several previous posts we noted that the Investigative Judgment builds on two other Adventist doctrines – Biblical Arminianism and Soul Sleep. Second, we saw that in the Sanctuary, Adventists have a solid basis for assurance. I also shared the rationale behind the Adventist perspective on the Close of Probation. In this article I want to describe a better approach for … [Click to read more …]

The Judgment of the Living & the Close of Probation
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If there is a judgment going on in heaven right now and if, when Jesus comes, His reward is with Him, it stands to reason that at some point before the second coming, those who are alive on earth will have to be judged as well. And, in developing this idea Adventists have come to … [Click to read more …]

Resources For Study of the Investigative Judgment
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Christ Our Intercessor Harry Anderson painting

Recommended Resources on the Current Seventh-day Adventist Understanding of the Investigative Jugment See our page of blog posts tagged “Investigative Judgment“ Also see our page on Christ’s Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary – Fundamental Belief 24. (Click on the links for each resource below.) Book: The Case for the Investigative Judgment by Marvin Moore. (Amazon) For the … [Click to read more …]

How Adventism Ended the Gospel Wars
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You might think that, although Christians disagree on a lot of topics, they at least agree on the central theme of their religion: the gospel. But no such luck. You have Calvinism on the one side, Arminianism on the other, and an entire spectrum of options in between. And that’s just within Protestantism. The Catholic and … [Click to read more …]

Why the Investigative Judgment Doctrine Is Sound
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After the great disappointment of 1844, a small band of Adventists, unable to deny the presence of God in the Millerite movement, came to the conclusion that, instead of the Second Coming, God had begun what they termed the “Investigative Judgment,” now also known as the Pre-Advent Judgment, as distinct from the Final Judgment. Throughout the … [Click to read more …]

So…Is The Second Coming Still On?
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Second Coming by Steve Creitz

After more than 150 years of preaching the Second Coming, one important question comes to mind for Seventh-day Adventists. Is the Second Coming still on? Are we still planning on it? Is it still a part of who we are? Growing up as a Seventh-day Adventist I heard people talk about how Jesus was surely coming in … [Click to read more …]

Stop Hating on Sanctification!
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When I was a soldier I met a guy named Kenny. He smoked, drank, slept with different women all the time and got kicked out of the Army for doing drugs. However, according to Kenny, he was saved because four years before he had prayed a prayer at a youth rally. He didn’t do anything … [Click to read more …]

Can the Dead Talk to Us?
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A Bible student excitedly told me about a movie he saw where someone died and went to heaven where he saw his dead loved ones. When I reminded him about the state of the dead, he told me, “Well maybe they did not actually die. Maybe it was a dream.” He was quite emotional about the movie … [Click to read more …]