The Teaching Home magazine was founded in 1980. Our purpose has always been to provide information, inspiration, and support to Christian home-school families and Christian home-school state and national organizations.
The Teaching Home publishers, Pat and Sue Welch and their children, have purposed that the organization and all of its activities and publications will be consistently and forthrightly Christian to the honor and glory of the Lord God.
“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15c).
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The Bible is the inspired, infallible, written Word of God and constitutes His completed and final revelation to man. It is the sole rule of faith for the believer. The Bible, in its original autograph, is without error in whole and in part, including theological concepts as well as geographical and historical details.
God has existed from all eternity in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was God come in human flesh being fully God and fully man, except without sin.
All men are in violation of God’s righteous requirements and His holy character both by nature and act, and are therefore under His wrath and just condemnation.
The central purpose of the coming of Jesus Christ was to demonstrate God’s all holy character that he alone is just and the one who justifies. Jesus Christ alone paid the penalty for man’s sin through His substitutionary death on the cross, the successful accomplishment of which was attested to by His subsequent visible, bodily resurrection.
Salvation is God’s free gift to the sinner. By God’s grace alone, this gift must be responded to by individual faith alone, not trusting in any personal works whatsoever, but in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ alone.
Plan of Salvation
God loves you.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Man is separated from God by sin.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
The death of Jesus Christ in our place is God’s only provision for man’s sin.
“He (Jesus Christ) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25).
We must personally receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
If you desire further information regarding the gospel and salvation, please write to The Teaching Home, Box 20219, Portland OR 97294.
by Dr. Roger Congdon
The gospel, or “good news,” is the one message that Jesus commanded His disciples to preach to every creature. It includes the truths about Christ’s work to redeem sinners and the fact that they may obtain eternal life through faith.
In Gal. 1:6-9, the Holy Spirit indicates that the gospel is inseparable from “the grace of Christ,” His unmerited favor. A solemn curse is pronounced on any person who preaches a gospel in which salvation is not a free gift of grace, but requires works or merit either to obtain or to retain its benefits.
God proclaims the true gospel in I Cor. 15:1-5. This gospel secures forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life to every person who possesses a vital faith (not an empty or “vain” faith, v. 2) in Christ.
But there are many false Christs (Matt. 24:24; I Cor. 8:5-6). Therefore, it is necessary that we identify the Christ who alone can save.
First, He is God. God the Father calls His Son God in Hebrews 1:8 (cf., I John 2:22). At the same time, because of the incarnation, Christ is man (I John 4:3). Those who deny either the deity or the humanity of Christ are called “antichrists” in I John.
The gospel includes four historical facts concerning the God-man Christ Jesus, the object of saving faith:
1. He died for our sins.
2. He was buried.
3. He rose again on the third day.
4. He was seen by many witnesses.
The burial, in which the body was wound with linen and about 100 pounds of gums and perfumes and a separate head wrapping (John 19:39-42; 20:5-7), testified that His body was really dead.
The record that Jesus was seen by many individuals and small groups and finally to over 500 at one time assures us that the resurrection was genuine.
God provides salvation only to persons who will accept it as an undeserved gift, by faith.
Finally, I Cor. 15:3 says: “I delivered unto you first of all . . .” This means the gospel is of primary importance for us to understand, believe, and teach our children.