Saturday, August 23, 2008

Houston we have a problem

Two things have come up:

My browser crashed taking all my passwords with it, and
Ringsurf (the folks who run the blog ring) have changed all their software and I need to transfer the blog ring. At the moment I'm not able to do that. Please bear with me while I try to fix the problem.


Blogger tish said...

My name is Otisha and I just wanted to thank you so much for taking an interest in the youth of your church. And also to just encourage you to keep that fire burning and to just entrust everything to God because it is not by us but by him people are saved. Well, God bless you and remember, sometimes the cross may seem blurry but the kingdom of God is only at hands length.

And also i just wanted to tell you that i actually live in Lindale right now: ok, More like Garden Valley

1:31 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I'd love to be added to the list of youth ministry blogs.

I blog at


4:48 PM  
Blogger StLphotogirl said...

I like your blog. You should check out this other blog which is similar to yours. You might like it. It is Surviving Student Ministry

8:26 PM  
Blogger jacob123 said...

Thanks for such wonderful and useful information. Its really helpful and full of insight. I like this specially because i have been trying my luck at blogging and i find it really interesting and skillful.
blogging for a living

2:21 PM  
Blogger pastoâ™›ej said...

im a youth pastor,too.
you have a great blog. Pastowej

2:53 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

I just came across this blog, and figured that I would share my blog. I have been involved in student ministry for almost 5 years. I blog about student ministry, family, and leadership.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Steve Finnell said...


What is the meaning of calling on the name of the Lord? Many assume that believing in Jesus and saying a form of a sinner's prayer constitutes, calling on the name of the Lord. The problem with that theory is none of the conversions under the New Covenant support that assumption. Not one time is anyone ever told to believe and say the sinner's prayer in order to be saved.

The apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost quoted the prophet Joel, Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (NKJV)

The apostle Peter preached the first gospel sermon under the New Covenant. Peter did not tell the 3000 converts to believe and say the sinner's prayer.

Peter preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. He preached Jesus as both Lord and Christ. When they heard this they asked Peter and the rest of the brethren what they should do?(Acts 2:22-37) Peter told them what to do. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

How did the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost call on the name of the Lord and become saved?
1. They believed that Jesus was both Lord and Christ.
2. They believed that God raised Jesus from the grave.
3. They repented. Repentance is a change of heart. Repentance means to be converted so that God may forgive your sins. Repentance is to make the intellectual commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God. (Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38)
4. They were immersed in water (baptized) so that their sins could be forgiven.

How did the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost not call on the name of the Lord?
1. They did not say a sinner's prayer.
2. Not one person was asked to pray for forgiveness.
3. Not one single man was told to be baptized as a testimony of his faith.
4. No one was told that water baptism was a just an act of obedience.
5. No one was informed they were saved the very minute they believed.
6. Not one person was told that water baptism was not essential for the forgiveness of sins.
7. Not one person was told to be baptized so they could join a denominational church.

Jesus said he that believes and is baptized shall be saved. (Mark 16"16) Jesus did not say he who believes and says a sinner's prayer shall be saved.

You are invited to follow my Christian blog at: or you can google search stevefinnell a cfhristian view

7:16 AM  

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