1-1-Six

Don Spivey

Just the other day I was at a local tattoo parlor. I¬†went in with a couple of ideas, not sure exactly what I was going to land on. I showed the artist this 1-1-Six tat that has been very popular in the past few years. If you don’t know, it stands for Romans 1.16, “I […]

Spiritual Gifts and the Holy Spirit in the Church

Don Spivey Church

Every Christian is filled with the Holy Spirit and gifted in some fashion for the glory of God and the benefit of the church. There are obvious gifts like teaching, preaching, serving, hospitality, etc. However, this question is most likely referring to the more charismatic gifts. I will briefly address those gifts. Prophecy is the […]

The Divinity of Jesus

Don Spivey Jesus

Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human at the same time. His virgin birth gives proof of this matter (Luke 1:35). Furthermore, there are several verses in Scripture that reveal Jesus as God (John 1.1; 1.18; 20:28; Romans 9.5; Titus 2.13; Hebrews 1.8; and 2 Peter 1.1). There are several instances in the NT […]

Baptism

Don Spivey Baptism

Baptism is one of the two ordinances that Jesus Christ left the church to perform. Baptism is only to be done to those who have confessed Jesus Christ as their savior. Therefore, infant baptism does not qualify as a Biblical view of baptism. Furthermore, the Biblical mode of baptizing is to be dipped or plunged […]

The Bible

Don Spivey Bible

I believe that the 66 books of the Bible are what we are supposed to have and are correct without error. I believe that the words in the Bible are God’s words, and to disbelieve or disobey any words in the Bible would be to disbelieve and disobey God. Furthermore, God does not lie (2 […]

Evangelism

Don Spivey Evangelism

Evangelism is the proclamation of the Gospel to unbelievers. Evangelism is speaking about the good news, the message of Jesus to those who do not believe or have never heard in a culturally relative way. Evangelism involves opening one’s mouth and speaking. Romans 10:17, “Faith comes through hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.” […]

Attractional Vs Missonal

Don Spivey Attractional Missional

I believe that attractional vs. missional has become an unfortunate debate among church leaders. When planning worship gatherings for my current ministry context, I always want the gathering to lift Jesus up, be beneficial to the believer, and accessible to the non-believer. In most cultural contexts, people do not attend church simply because they have […]

Church Government

Don Spivey Church Government

The consistent pattern of church government in the New Testament is that of a plurality of Elders which includes the titles Pastor, Overseer, and Bishop. The book of James was written to many churches that were scattered throughout the region. He encourages the sick to call upon the Elders to pray. Therefore, he assumes that […]

Salvation

Don Spivey Salvation

God uses the preaching/communicating of His word to issue the gospel call to us, and by the work of the Spirit we are regenerated and receive spiritual life. Conversion is the act of responding to the call. It is a time where we repent of our sins and place our trust in Christ for salvation. […]

The Extent of the Atonement

Don Spivey Atonement

Much ink has been spilled on the subject of the scope of the atonement. To condense my answer to one paragraph, I will only say that I believe there is more evidence in Scripture that points to what some call, particular atonement than there is for general atonement (Eph. 1.3-5). This being said, in my […]