Questions and Answers

People often ask religious questions but seldom get Bible answers. In this section of our website our approach is to rely solely on the Bible in answering some commonly asked religious questions. If you would like more information or have other Bible questions, please send them to us at email@kirkwoodcoc.org

  1. How does God feel about religious division?
  2. What name should the Lord’s church wear?
  3. What name should individual followers of Christ wear?
  4. Are we saved by faith?
  5. Are we saved by faith alone?
  6. Must one obey God to gain salvation?
  7. What is the purpose or importance of baptism?
  8. Was the baptism in the Bible sprinkling or immersion?
  9. Once a person has become a Christian can his soul be lost?

How does God feel about religious division?

1 Corinthians 1:10: Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Ephesians 3:4: Giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace

What name should the Lord’s church wear?

1 Corinthians 1:2: To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.

Romans 16:16: Salute one another with a holy kiss; the churches of Christ salute you.

What name should individual followers of Christ wear?

Acts 11:26: And when he had found them, he brought him to Antioch. And it came to pass that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Are we saved by faith?

Romans 5:1: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Are we saved by faith alone?

James 2:17: Even so faith, if it hath not works is dead, being alone.

James 2:19-20: You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble. But do you want to know, o foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

James 2:24: You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

Must one obey God to gain salvation?

Matthew 7:21: Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.

1 John 2:3-4: Now by this we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He who says “I know him” and does not keep his commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him.

What is the purpose or importance of baptism?

John 3:5: Most assuredly, I say to you that unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Acts 2:38: The Peter said unto them, “Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

1 Peter 3:21: There is also an antitype which now saves us-baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Was the baptism in the Bible sprinkling or immersion?

John 3:23: Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized.

Acts 8:38-39: And he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

Romans 6:4: We were buried therefore with him through baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised from the through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

Once a person has become a Christian can his soul be lost?

1 Corinthians 10:12: Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

2 Peter 2:20-21: For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.