Q&A

What’s new about the new covenant?

What’s new about the new covenant?   Among God’s formal agreements with men, the old and new covenants take up the most space in Scripture. Let’s compare and contrast them here.  The old covenant was given by God to the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. These Israelites were led out of Egypt, through the […]

What do we say to those who think we can do anything we want with our bodies

What do we say to those who think we can do anything we want with our bodies because it’s what we are on the inside — the soul — that really matters? Isn’t the body important to God, too?   Yes, the whole person is important to God — inside and out. Paul prayed that […]

What does progressive revelation mean?

What does progressive revelation mean? Does it affect our belief that Old and New Testaments together are God’s rule for faith and conduct?   Progressive revelation is a theological term for the idea that on many Bible topics God’s truth is revealed gradually and incrementally, starting in Genesis until His ultimate Word came through Christ.  […]

Did Jesus always exist with God the Father?

Our statements of faith say that Jesus always existed with God the Father. Can you share scriptures for this belief?    Eternality is an attribute of Deity. It says that God has neither beginning nor end. As the great I AM, Yahweh always is. The biblical evidence points to the conclusion that Jesus Christ the Son, in […]

Is it enough to confess our sins to God privately, or is the church needed for confession?

Is it enough to confess our sins to God privately, or is the church needed for confession?   We’ve all heard the saying “Confession is good for the soul.” But for many, confession is an abstract idea that isn’t part of their daily lives. Many associate confession exclusively with a person speaking to a priest […]

Shouldn’t we be God-centered instead of Christ-centered?

Christ Centered is first in CoG7’s Vision of a Vibrant 21st Century Church. Does this rob God of His glory? Shouldn’t we be God centered instead?    To answer this vital question, let’s explore the meaning of Christ Centered.  It does not mean that Jesus is greater than His Father. A kind of solitary ascendancy and supremacy belongs […]

Is the law still relevant to believers in Jesus?

Romans 6:15 says Christians are not under law but under grace. Galatians 3:23-25 says after faith has come, we are no longer under the law as a tutor. Is the law still relevant to believers in Jesus? If so, in what ways?   According to Christ and the apostles, the law of God remains relevant […]

What is a Bible-based church?

Driving through Dallas recently, I saw a First Baptist Church billboard saying that they are Bible based. How does that differ from your claim to be a Bible-based church?   Your question offers another opportunity to think and talk about a few of our favorite things: the Bible, the church, and the agreements and disagreements among […]

Is Church of God (Seventh Day) part of the Protestant Reformation?

Does Church of God (Seventh Day) consider itself part of the Protestant Reformation? If so, in what ways?    Rather than claiming an exclusive role in Christian history, the Church of God (Seventh Day) affirms its kinship with all true believers — those who hold the faith of Jesus Christ and endeavor to keep the commandments […]

What does the Church of God teach about hell?

Jesus taught us that, to be like our Father in heaven, we should love our enemies, bless them that curse us, do good to them that hate us, and forgive those who sin against us seventy times seven. Elsewhere, the Son and His Father speak of horrific punishment reserved for their enemies in the final […]