Israel Steinmetz

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Kingdom-Focused Leadership

Remembering our mission of extending God's kingdom to those around us.

The Doctrine of the Incarnation: A Historical Exploration – Part 1

The Christian orthodox doctrine of the Incarnation makes a rather stunning and unique claim. This doctrine states that the eternal Son of God became a human being, maintaining a divine nature and a human nature within one Person. He lived a physical life, died a physical death, and was resurrected. Such a claim stands out […]

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Church of God (Seventh Day) & the Calvinist’s TULIP – Part 3

Here we come to the end of our three-part discussion of the Calvinist TULIP. Since Artios Christian College and Lead Up are ministries of the Church of God (Seventh Day), it is worthwhile to examine our denomination’s Statement of Faith. Looking back on the first three letters of TULIP, we see that total depravity was easy to affirm. The […]

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Church of God (Seventh Day) & the Calvinist’s TULIP – Part 2

Since Artios Christian College and Lead Up are ministries of the Church of God (Seventh Day), it is worthwhile to examine our denomination’s Statement of Faith. What else can we learn about God, humanity, and grace from TULIP? As we progress on a journey exploring our Statement of Faith, we continue to look at the five letters […]

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Church of God (Seventh Day) & the Calvinist’s TULIP – Part 1

Since Artios Christian College and Lead Up are ministries of the Church of God (Seventh Day), it is worthwhile to examine our denomination’s Statement of Faith. In doing so, we consider profound questions related to the relationship between God and humanity. Central to such discussions is the Calvinist vs. Arminian debate, which raises questions regarding God’s […]

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It’s Not Okay for Kids to be Bored in Church

I baptized my three oldest kids in 2015. It’s incredible to watch them worship together with the local body of Christ they’ve become a part of. I love worshipping with my kids. Whether at home or with our church, there’s something awesome about joining them in song to our Creator and Redeemer. Last week in […]

5 Simple Ways to Increase Sabbath School Attendance

Most Sabbath School teachers share a common frustration: low attendance. They feel like their congregation would benefit from Sabbath School class, but fewer than half of those who attend the worship service show up for class. Here are five tips for attracting more people to class: 1. Let Teachers Teach Many church classrooms consist of […]

Talking TULIP Part 3

Here we come to the end of our three-part discussion of the Calvinist TULIP. Looking back, we see that total depravity was easy to affirm, as the Bible is explicit in describing humankind’s inability to merit salvation through works. Conversely, unconditional election was easy to denounce, as receiving the benefit of election in Scripture is […]

Talking TULIP: Part 2

As we progress on a journey exploring our Statement of Faith, we continue to look at the five letters of the Calvinist TULIP. Previously, we discovered that our Statement of Faith and Scripture support total depravity. But we observed that unconditional election is not a teaching clearly found in either. What about the L in […]

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Baptism Debates: Worthwhile Questions to Consider – Part 2

Water baptism has been consistently practiced by the Church throughout the entire history of the Christian faith. It is practiced by the vast majority of those who call themselves Christians—whether Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox. However, the method, subject, formulas, agent, effect and meaning of baptism have been issues of debate throughout Christian history, […]