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David Bercot. Many Christians have a completely wrong concept of Christianity because they misunderstand one single word: grace. Most of us have been told that grace means God's "unmerited favor" and that it stands in contrast to human effort or reward. But how can we know what a particular word mean in the days of Jesus and the apostles.?

The Greek word that is translated as "grace" is charis. Bercot argues that the only way we can know what charis meant in ancient times is to go the writings of that period. For New Testament words, the three most valuable ancients sources we have are (1) the Septuagint, (2) the New Testament, and (3) the early Christian writings. These sources reveal that charis was an everyday word, meaning goodwill or favor. This goodwill might by totally undeserved, or it might be extended because of something commendable on the part of the recipient.

Beyond any doubt, salvation is a gift. But it is a gift conditioned on our maintaining an obedient love-faith relationship with Christ. This message could change of your whole concept of Christianity!

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David Bercot. When most Protestants think of great Christian leaders, they usually don't think of the 12 apostles. However, they were some of the greatest Christians who have ever lived. One of the things that made them great was their willingness to fade into the background and let others - like Paul - receive more glory. Meanwhile, they were quietly going about planting Christ's church throughout the world. When most of us think of the 12 apostles, we thing of them bickering over who would be the greatest. But when the time came, that is very thing they didn't do. The twelve worked together as a perfect team, without any rivalry among them. They had no desire to leave monuments, biographies, or accounts of their ministries.

When called upon to leave written records of their time with Jesus, they left accounts that portrayed their foolishness, but little of their wisdom. They were content to be remembered for their mistakes and failures. Because of their humble, quiet leadership, they were able to leave a strong, united Church at the time they died, instead of 12 divided, bickering groups of churches. That's what true greatness looks like!

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In this download, David Bercot allows the listener to go back in time and learn how the Christians closest in time to the apostles understood the various prophecies about the Antichrist. The number of the beast, 666, meant something very specific to them.
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What the Bible Teaches About Apostolic Succession
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Some Christians maintain that unless a bishop or minister is ordained through "apostolic succession," he has not been validly ordained as a minister of God. Here is a thorough discussion of what the Bible and the early Christians taught on this subject.

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Christ's atoning death on behalf of mankind is one of the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith. But exactly how did Christ's death open the way of salvation to mankind? Is His righteousness imputed to Christians who live godless lives? Here's a thorough discussion of what the early Christians believed on these topics.
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What the Early Christians Believed About Imputed Righteousness. Is salvation simply a heavenly bookkeeping transaction, where the righteousness of Christ is credited to Christians whether or not they have any actual holiness in themselves? What did the early Christians believe on this subject?
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Many of David Bercot's listeners who have heard his CD set on What the Early Christians Believed about the Atonement have had additional questions. So in this follow-up CD, Bercot answers most of the questions that his listeners have asked. Among other questions, he addresses the purpose of the Old Testament sacrifices and the meaning of the word "atonement."
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D. Bercot. What the early Christians believed about baptism and how the Scriptures support their beliefs.

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Christ's Descent into Hades
D. Bercot. What the early Christians believed about Christ's descent into Hades or hell. This was once considered a foundational belief of Christianity, and it is one of the tenets taught in the Apostles Creed.
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D. Bercot. What the early Christians believed about church discipline--and how their beliefs were firmly rooted in Scripture.
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What the Early Christians Believed About Church Government. D. Bercot. How was the church governed during the first few centuries of Christianity? What do the early writings reveal? In this message, Bercot discusses:
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What the Early Christians Believed About Communion. Did they view communion as merely a symbol, or did they believe that Christ was truly present in the bread and wine?
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What the Early Christians Believed About Divorce and Remarriage. D. Bercot. A century ago, it was extremely rare for a non-Christian—let alone a Christian—to obtain a divorce. Today, so-called Bible-believing Christians divorce one another just as frequently as does the world. The reason is that the Church has abandoned Christ’s teaching on divorce and remarriage.

In this message, Bercot looks at the New Testament teachings on divorce and explains how those passages were applied by the early Christians.
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Prior to the late 1800s, no Christians — evangelical, catholic, or liberal — believed in Dispensationalism. Today, most evangelicals accept without question the tenets of Dispensationalism as exemplified in the Scofield Study Bible. This is not surprising as evangelicals have been blind to the doctrine of the Two Kingdoms and have no real understanding of the kingdom of God. But what is shocking is that so many kingdom Christians have heartily embraced this new doctrine. In this message, Bercot exposes Dispensationalism as a modern innovation that is contrary to the historic Christian faith. It is also at odds with specific New Testament teaching and the facts of modern history.
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In this follow up message on Dispensationalism, Bercot looks at specific claims of Dispensationalists--such as their claim that prophecies about Israel cannot be fulfilled in the Israel of God. He also discusses the Times of the Gentiles and whether the U. S. has been blessed for supporting Israel.
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D. Bercot. If you were able to go back to the year 100 A.D. and attend a Christian worship service, what would you experience? Would you hear a sermon? Would you sing hymns? What day of the week would it have been—and what time of day? In this unique message, Bercot takes you to the actual writings of the early Christians to provide you with a window to see for yourself what their weekly services were like.
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What the Early Christians Believed About Entertainment. Discusses the arena, theater, and sporting events of that time period and explains how the early Christians were different from the world of their day.
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What the Early Christians Believed About Eternal Security. A thorough discussion of their beliefs on this subject, along with the Scriptural support for the views.
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D. Bercot. The rapid spread of Christianity in the first three centuries amazes both Christian and secular historians. In less than 300 years, Christianity spread from Jerusalem to virtually every country in the civilized world. Yet, Christians did this without the aid of wealth, military force, or social status. Moreover, they did it without compromising the Gospel. What was their secret? What methods did they use to spread the Gospel? ... more.
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What the Early Christians Believed About The Father and the Son

From time to time, most of us have Jehovah’s Witnesses call at our doors. Perhaps you know how to box them into a corner and “win” an argument with them. But do you know of any JWs who have ever been helped by that? I doubt it. He or she remains a JW.

This CD takes an entirely different approach. It is specifically designed to give away to JWs who call at your door. But its purpose is not to win an argument. Its purpose is to help JWs come to a proper understanding of the divinity of Christ—even though they will probably remain JWs. As a former JW, I have seen that most JWs have no problem accepting the church’s historic teaching on Christ’s divinity—once it’s correctly explained to them in love. The CD comes with in-structions on how to present it to a JW. David Bercot

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What the Early Christians Believed About Gifts of the Spirit. Did the miraculous gifts cease with the apostles? We don't have to guess; the historical record tells us.
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What the Early Christians Believed About the Head Covering, or woman's prayer veil. What was Paul referring to in 1 Corinthians 11? A veil? Long hair? A custom that only applied to the Corinthians?
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Many—but not all—of the holidays that Christians celebrate today are actually pagan festivals re-dressed in Christian clothing. In this informative CD, Bercot goes back to the writings of the early Christians to separate the genuine Christian holy days from pagan holidays. He particularly focuses on Christmas and Easter.

Bercot argues for the importance of commemorating those holy days that are truly Christian.
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What the Early Christians Believed About Venerating Images and Praying to Saints. Did the early Christians use images or icons? Did they pray to saints, Mary, or anyone other than God?
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What the Early Christians Believed About Israel in Prophecy. Millions of Christians have it all figured out how various Old Testament prophecies are being fulfilled today—or how they will be fulfilled in the future—through the nation of Israel. But are we understanding those prophecies correctly?
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David Bercot. Many Christian books and commentators today portray Jesus as the first feminist. These commentators typically point to the Mishnah to argue that Jesus’ treatment of women was nothing short of revolutionary in His day. However, Bercot demonstrates how feminist commentators have fabricated history in an attempt to show that Jesus overthrew the very order of headship that He—as our Creator—instituted.
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David Bercot. Many Christian books and commentators today portray Jesus as the first feminist. These commentators typically point to the Mishnah to argue that Jesus’ treatment of women was nothing short of revolutionary in His day. However, Bercot demonstrates how feminist commentators have fabricated history in an attempt to show that Jesus overthrew the very order of headship that He—as our Creator—instituted.
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David Bercot. “What the Early Christians Believed About the Kingdom Parables of Jesus.” The theme of most of Jesus’ parables was the kingdom of God. In fact, these parables contain many of the essential truths about the kingdom. Yet, because they don’t fit the theology of most churches, Jesus’ kingdom parables have been explained away over the centuries or reinterpreted to fit changing doctrines. ... more.
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There are many things that Christians today could learn from the early church, such as: a better understranding of New Testament Greek, grasping the mindset of New Testament Christians, and obtaining accurate historical and social background information. So why don't we? In this message, Bercot explains why we don't learn from them, but what you as an individual Christian can do about it. more.
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What the Early Christians Believed About Life After Death Do we go straight to heaven or hell when we die? Or, is there an intermediate state? Here's what the early Christians believed, along with the Biblical basis for their beliefs.
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What the Early Christians Believed About The Lord’s Prayer. One day, Jesus’ disciples came to Him, asking, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” In response, Jesus gave His disciples a brief prayer, that has come to be known as the “Lord’s prayer.” Although this prayer comes from the highest authority possible, very few Christians ever pray this prayer (outside of the liturgical churches). In fact, very few Christians even use it as a model for their prayers.

But did Jesus really intend for His prayer to be ignored? In this message, Bercot discusses what the early church believed about the Lord’s prayer and how they used it. He also goes through each phrase of the prayer and explains what significance the early Christians saw in that phrase.
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D. Bercot. The doctrine of Mary is perhaps the single largest doctrine that separates Catholics from Protestants and evangelicals. In this CD, Bercot provides an objective look at what the Scriptures teach about Mary, as well as what the early Christians believed. Designed to be able to be used in dialogue with Catholics.
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What The Early Christians Believed About the Millennium and Rapture. Will Christ literally reign on earth for 1000 years? Were the early Christians pre-millennialists, post-millennialists, or amillennialists—or none of the above? Did they believe in a literal rapture—and if so, did they think the rapture would occur “pre-trib,” “mid-trib,” or “post-trib”?
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Peter wrote, “Do not let your adornment be outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart.” But just how literally did the early Christians take that apostolic commandment? Bercot quotes extensively from Scripture and the early Christian writings to answer that question. A challenging message!
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Scott Schones. A new movement in Christian circles today, known as the Emerging Church Movement, argues that we need a new kind of Christian—one who is in touch with post-modern society. Schones agrees that a different kind of Christian is needed today. However, what is needed is nothing something new and modern, but something old. Something that was there in the beginning when the church was young. A challenging and invigorating message! We are of-fering this CD for free because we want to see it get the greatest circulation possible.
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What the Early Christians Believed about Predestination and Free Will. The theological battles between the Calvinists and Arminians �that is, between those who believe in predestination and those who believe in free will� is quite well known to students of theology. But in which camp, if any, did the early Christians fall? The historical witness on this matter is quite clear.
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What The Early Christians Believed About the Sabbath. Did the early Christians observe a Saturday Sabbath--or any Sabbath at all? Did they worship on Sunday or Saturday? Did they view Sunday as the Christian counterpart of the Jewish Sabbath? Here is a clear discussion of what the early Christians believed on this subject.
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What The Early Christians Believed About Salvation. Did the early Christians believe that we saved by faith alone? Does obedience play a role in salvation? What the early Christians believed may surprise you.
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What the Early Christians Believed About Satan and the Demons. Some of the things the church originally believed about Satan and the demons is similar to what most Christians believe today. However, much of what Christians originally believed on this subject is quite different from what most Christians today believe. Yet, the original view is solidly based on Scripture. In this message, Bercot explains:

œ Exactly what the early Christians believed
œ The Scriptures that support the historic belief of the early Christians
œ Where their beliefs differed from what is popularly taught today
œ When and how the original view changed

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Were The Early Christian Writings Tampered With? One of the questions David Bercot is frequently asked is: How do we know that the early Christian writings haven't been tampered with? Can we really put our complete confidence in their authenticity?
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The Difference Between Spirit and Soul And Why It Matters.
D.Bercot. Most of us have been taught that the man's soul and spirit are the same. We have also been told that we are unable to do good in our human state - without being born again. But is this true? The Scriptures talk about body, soul, and spirit. The early Christians believed that fallen man can still do good because of our spirit, which reflects the consciousness of God in man. A very different way of looking at mankind!
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What the Early Christians Believed About Separation from the World. D. Bercot. The Bible exhorts us: Adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. So unless we want to be an enemy of God, we need to live a life of separation from the world. This is how Christians lived when the church was still young.

In this message, Bercot pinpoints five areas where the early Christians lived differently from the world around them:

• Material riches and job employment
• Entertainment
• Participation in government
• Modesty and dress
• Purity and marital fidelity

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What The Early Christians Believed About Tithing and Fasting. One of the questions we are most frequently asked is: "What did the early Christians believe about tithing? Did they teach literal tithing, or did they simply teach voluntary giving?" In this message, Bercot answers this question in depth. He also discusses what the primitive Christians believed about fasting—including how they fasted.
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What The Early Christians Believed About the Trinity. The Trinity is one of the central doctrines of Christianity. Probably most Christians have heard of the Nicene Creed, and they think they hold to its teachings on the Deity of Christ. However, as Bercot explains in this message, most Christians today hold to a view of the Trinity that is not in accordance with either the Nicene Creed or the early Christian doctrine of the Trinity.
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D. Bercot. Part 1 Digital Download of What The Early Christians Believed About the Two Kingdoms. The average Christian today has never even heard of the doctrine called "the two kingdoms." Yet, it was a fundamental belief of the primitive church. Without understanding the concept of the two kingdoms, we cannot really embrace apostolic Christianity.
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What The Early Christians Believed About War. Jesus taught his followers to love their enemies. Did this mean that they could not go to war against them? How literally did the early Christians take Jesus' teachings?
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D. Bercot. Most western Christians immediately recognize a picture of Jesus when they see one. His face is as familiar as that of Abraham Lincoln or George Washington. Or is it? Is it possible that the real Jesus looked nothing like the portraits of him that have become so commonplace? In this set of digital downloads, Bercot looks at the historical facts. No portraits or sculptures of Jesus were made in His lifetime. However, we do have paintings and sculptures of men who lived near or at the time of Jesus.

What do they tell us? What about the paintings of Jesus in the catacombs? In addition to discussing these historical sources, Bercot talks about the Shroud of Turin and whether or not it is likely to be the genuine burial cloth of Jesus.
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In this audio message, David Bercot introduces his listeners to the most important figures in the early church (A. D. 90-325). This helpful disc includes church leaders, writers, martyrs, and heretics. He provides biographical information about each of these persons and explains why they are remembered. . . . more.
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Free. David Bercot. We are often asked why we copyright our books, CDs, and downloads. Why don't we just give them away for free? In this message, Bercot explains in detail the reasons for our polices.
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What The Early Christians Believed About Why God Permits Evil. Some of the questions most asked today are: "Is there really a God? If so, and if He is Good and Almighty, then why does evil exist? Why wouldn't an Almighty God stamp out all evil? How can an Omnipotent God allow evil catastrophes like 9/11?" The early Christians had sound answers to questions like these.
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D. Bercot. When Paul told Timothy, “Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number,” he was referring to the order of widows who ministered in the church through intercessory prayer and by visiting sick and imprisoned Christians. In this CD, Bercot discusses the ministry of widows and virgins in the early church.
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