Q&A at Impact, Hosted by Dr. Steve With

Q&A at Impact – Dr. Steve WithQ&A Aug16.001

  1. What must I do to go to Heaven when I die?  

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. Romans 9-10


2. How could Jesus be the son of David?

In the days when the Bible was written, the term “son” or “daughter” was used more loosely than we use it in today’s English. Back then, any descendant of a person was called a son or daughter, even if there were several generations between them. For example, several of the kings of Judah were called the sons of David, even though David was not their immediate father (see I Kings 15:3, 11; 22:50).

Hence, in Matthew 1:1 we read, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.” Jesus was the son of both David and Abraham even though Jesus lived 900 years after David and David lived 600 years after Abraham.

3. Can you explain the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?

9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life[a] because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:9-11

4. Can adultery be forgiven? Should I tell my spouse?

Adultery, like most sins, is forgivable by God. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9

Forgiveness by God removes the debt we incurred by our sins. But forgiveness will not remove our memory of what we did. For example, Paul makes mention several times that he was a murderer in his past (Acts 26:9-11; I Corinthians 15:9; Galatians 1:13; Philippians 3:6; I Timothy 1:15).

5. What does the Bible say about dancing?

Dancing was used as an act of celebration. For example, when the Israelites safely crossed the Red Sea, the women danced with Joy!  In several places in the Bible dancing was a sign on Joy.   Today we dance at weddings and birthday parties and on special nights out.

However, Much of dancing that has come about today involves a sexual theme. There is a great deal of dancing on the Music channels on TV and huge majority of them are about sex.  Dancing in movies is often something that leads to sex.

So we have to be careful…

Here is a good verse for dancing,

17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17

6. Why don’t we baptize infants?

In the Bible, only believers who had placed their faith in Christ were baptized – as a public testimony of their faith and identification with Him (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4). Water baptism by immersion is a step of obedience after faith in Christ.

7. Is Praying in a heavenly tongue a real thing?

The mention of the language of angels is only found in I Corinthians 13:1 where Paul states that speaking in any language is without benefit if it is not accompanied by love.

First, we must understand that the word “tongue” simply refers to a language. Paul then argues that speaking in tongues is without benefit if it doesn’t have a purpose, such as to teach another.

Second, Paul is stating you should pray in a known tongue. (I Corinthians 14:13-15). This is the opposite of what was being advocated by charismatics.

Besides, prayer in worship should also benefit the listener. Paul is telling the Corinthians to speak so that those listening will understand and gain knowledge from hearing you (I Corinthians 14:16-19)

Finally, Paul points out that speaking in tongues was given to reach the unbelievers (I Corinthians 14:22).

8. Is the temple of the Spirit the Christian or the church?

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

I Corinthians 3:16

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”

I Corinthians 6:19

9. Is racism a sin?

Webster’s dictionary defines racism as, “the belief in the superiority or dominance of one race over another.”

The Bible teaches that there are many nationalities, but there is one genetic race known as mankind. When Eve was named by Adam, she was named so because “she was the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). The “all” is significant. It means that every man and woman can trace their ancestry back to Adam and Eve. As Paul told the Athenians, “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26)

10.  Why didn’t the Jews believe Jesus?

It is a curious thing, is it not, that the Son of God came to live among men (John 1:14), and yet he is rejected by the very people who had been expecting his arrival for thousands of years. “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:10-11). Jesus Christ was born among the Israelites, a people chosen by God to know His Laws and to whom God foretold the coming of His Son. Yet these same Israelites rejected the Messiah while he was in the world. How can this be?

11.  Why is Sex a Sin?

”Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). The Greek word koite is translated as “the bed” in this passage. It can refer to the place where a person sleeps, such as in Luke 11:17, but it also refers to what takes place in bed between a husband and wife. In other words, this is the Greek word for sexual intercourse.

What the writer of Hebrews is stating is that in all cultures, the state of being married is held as an honorable state; therefore, when sex takes place in marriage it is not something dirty, unclean, or sinful. However, when sex takes place outside the bounds of marriage, it then becomes a sin — either fornication (a general word for sex between two unmarried partners) or adultery (a more specific word for sex between two people where at least one is married to someone else).

12. Is it okay to Drink Wine?

In the scriptures there are several occasions where wine is drank or recommended.  Paul says to Timothy,

1 Timothy 5:23 Don’t drink only water. You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach because you are sick so often.  

HOWEVER the Bible also gives warnings about drinking wine.

Romans 14:21, 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble.   also…

Ephesians 5:18 – Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.

13.  Can a person be saved without baptism?  Yes is the answer.  Look at the Thief on the cross and everyone in the Old Testament.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — Ephesians 2:8

However, Baptism is a part of our Salvation process and we all need to be baptized.

14.  Why were the stars and moon created?

The sun exists to bring light during the day and the moon and stars exist to bring light at night. “It is the Lord who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night” (Jeremiah 31:35, see also Psalms 136:7-9).

Just as the sun marks out our days, the moon was placed in our sky to mark out the seasons. “You made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to set.” (Psalms 104:19).

One reason for the existence of the stars and the moon is to cause us to wonder at the power of God. “When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” (Psalms 8:3-4).

15.  What is God’s name?   God 

A common designation for God is “Elohim.” “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1). Or, “The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arm” (Deuteronomy 33:27). Or, the living God as used in Joshua 3:10.

I AM or Yahweh or LORD

“‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ “” (Exodus 3:13-14).

The Most High, The Judge, Lord of Sabbath, Creator, Maker, The Rock, Redeemer, Savior

“You will be filled with joy,as when a flutist leads a group of pilgrims

to Jerusalem, the mountain of the Lord—to the Rock of Israel.” Isaiah 30:29

16. How old is the world?  Using the records given in the Scriptures, scholars have estimated that the world is roughly 8,000 – 10,000 years old.

Now that is not the estimate we are told the scientific community accepts. Currently, popular scientists think the world is 4.5 billion years old, though that age constantly changes. When I was in high school, it was only 3.5 billion years old, a change of a billion years — when I was in 6th grade it was 2.5 Billion.  Boy does time fly.  I haven’t lived nearly that long! The reason the measurements giving the largest answers are popularly cited is simply because the theory of evolution needs large periods of time to even be remotely credible.

17. One of the aspects of becoming a Christian is repentance of sins. Repentance is a change in attitude toward sin as well as a change in behavior. A person who truly repents tries to undo the harm he has caused others in the past, but that isn’t always possible. But even when it isn’t possible, he still makes a radical change in his life. “10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.” (II Corinthians 7:10)

18. What is the difference between Priest, Pastor and Minister? 

There is only one Priest, Jesus Christ our Savior.  When Jesus died for our sins there was no longer a need for a priesthood. Their existence was only necessary to offer sacrifice for sins and to intercede for the people. But the writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus’ death and resurrection ELIMINATED this need. He tells us why: Because Jesus’ death paid for our sins once and for all for all time. There is no longer a need for priests to offer up sacrifices.  Jesus is the final Priest.

Pastor, Pastor is from Latin. The familiar Anglo-Saxon word shepherd also translates this word. The root meaning of the word is one who tends, or feeds the flock.

Minister, means on who serves.  They minister in a place of authority to serve and teach people have to serve, others.

By the way the word Pope comes from the word Father.