Forerunner: Preparing Christians for the Kingdom of God

The Christian & Good Works (September-October 2006)

September-October 2006
Volume 15, Number 8

Undoubtedly, many Christians have practiced good works such as helping to move a widow, taking food to a shut-in, giving clothes to the needy, or many other such good deeds. But does God require them of us? Do they play a part in our salvation? If so, where do they fit? What is their spiritual purpose?  (PictureQuest)

Personal from John W. Ritenbaugh
Is the Christian Required To Do Works? (Part Six)

It is a given that works cannot earn us salvation. However, they play many vital roles in our Christian walk toward the Kingdom of God. In this concluding article, John Ritenbaugh gives specific reasons for doing good works, showing their close relationship with holiness.

Ready Answer
Prepare for Next Year's Feast!

by Staff

The Feast of Tabernacles has passed for another year, and our hopefully positive experiences are fresh on our minds. We need to begin getting ready for the next festival now, providing a few areas of preparation we may well want to consider so we can call next year's Feast "the best ever."

Prophecy Watch
What Is a False Prophet?

by David C. Grabbe

The Bible warns us that a great False Prophet will soon arise to sway mankind into idolatry. In addition, numerous passages speak of other false prophets and false teachers in the church and in the world. David Grabbe, in exposing the differences between false prophets and true ones, explains what we need to look out for as the end nears.

Be There!
by Mike Ford

We often speak confidently of friends and relatives who will rise in the second or general resurrection to have their opportunity for salvation—but what a shame it would be if we were not there to greet them! Mike Ford, reminiscing about being there for his grandfather, urges us all to make our election sure!

What Is the Pope Up To?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Pope Benedict XVI's statement regarding the historic Islamic practice of conversion at the edge of a sword ironically drew swift and violent reaction from the Muslim world. Knowing that the Vatican has a practiced hand in international relations, Richard Ritenbaugh wonders what the Pope's motives were in making such an obviously inflammatory comment.

Bible Study
The Miracles of Jesus Christ (Part Two)

by Martin G. Collins

A striking aspect of Jesus' ministry is the sheer number and extent of miraculous healings He performed. Though He did not heal all the sick in the land, He healed everyone who sincerely sought His aid. Martin Collins looks at our Savior's healing miracles, His methods, and His motives in doing them.