Understanding the Bible in the 21st Century
"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Jesus Christ — John 8:32
What does the Bible teach on life’s most important, fundamental topics? What are the underlying truths about our human nature, God and His plan for humanity?
The titles in this section find the answers to these questions, and others, contained in the Word of God. Numerous articles, sermons, and magazine issues are also easily found on our website, each designed to help reveal the "mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints ... which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus." Col 1:26-28
This guide first lists a summary of each belief from the Constitution of the United Church of God, an International Association, then explains and expands on each of those beliefs. Additional booklets on these topics are available free of charge.
Are all kinds of animal flesh suitable for food? Did God design certain animals to be eaten and others not to be eaten? Are Christians free to eat any kind of food, ignoring the instructions of the Bible? Learn the surprising answers--and the science behind them--in this featured booklet.
Few things could be more important to our relationship with God than a true biblical understanding of grace! Be sure to read this eye-opening study guide to discover the real biblical meaning of grace!<
Vast numbers of the world's population down through the ages have never had the opportunity to genuinely repent and accept Christ simply because of where they live. Would it be just and right for God to subject them to the same punishment He will give to those who reject Him and make themselves His enemies?
Join us on a journey through the pages of history and your Bible.
The Bible reveals much about an unseen power that works behind the scenes, shaping our world to its will and agenda. Are you being taken in?
In this study guide you will discover the real source behind so many of the world's problems. Learn about the being who is determined to bend your thinking to his own. — "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36).
". . . I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in . . . the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). In this booklet we examine the fruits Jesus and His apostles said would identify His Church. We look at the contrasting fruits that identify those who are influenced by a different spirit and preach a different gospel. We will learn, not from human tradition or opinion but directly from God's Word, how we can distinguish "the church of the living God" (1 Timothy 3:15) from those who follow "false prophets" in sheep's clothing.
"Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel'" (Mark 1:14, 15). "The gospel of the Kingdom of God" is the message Jesus Christ instructs His followers to believe. This booklet will help you understand and believe this wonderful good news Jesus Christ announced to humanity!
"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds" (Hebrews 10:16, New Revised Standard Version).
Does the New Covenant negate Old Testament law and do away with God's direction to obey His Ten Commandments and other laws? The belief that it does has long been a popular teaching in traditional Christianity. We'll thoroughly examine this question in this booklet.
The mission of the United Church of God is to proclaim to the world the little understood gospel taught by Jesus Christ—the good news of the coming Kingdom of God—and to prepare a people for that Kingdom. This message not only offers great hope for all of humanity but encompasses the purpose of human existence--why we are here and where our world is headed. In this booklet we outline the mission and key activities of the United Church of God, an International Association, and the beliefs that drive them.
Does tithing teach timeless principles and lessons even in today's modern world? How many tithes are mentioned in the Bible? What are the purposes for the tithes? This booklet will help you understand God's perspective on this vital issue.