In Depth Studies

The following are various publications on a wide range of topics. These publications are too long for a question and answer type format, but are still very beneficial to deeper Bible Study.
  • A Theology of Baptism 
    • Is baptism necessary for the believer today? What is the origin of Christian baptism? It is the goal of this paper answer these questions while tracing the history of the act of baptism. - By Cliff Sabroe
  • Greatest Commandment in the Law
    • Jesus was asked a question concerning "What is the greatest command in the law?". What is the background of this question? What can one learn from Christ's answer? This paper answers these questions and more. - By Cliff Sabroe
  • Impact of Psallo on the Instrumental Music Issue
    • The proponents of instrumental music in worship will often appeal to the Greek term psallo, and conclude its definition implicitly authorizes its inclusion. This article, however, will show otherwise from citations found in lexicons, commentaries, versions and grammars. - By Cliff Sabroe
  • Importance of Scholarship in Ministry
    • If a preacher does not practice good scholarship, or is lazy when it comes to deep Bible study, he is cheating the brethren and himself. Good scholarship helps the preacher guard the Scriptures that he is to be proclaiming. Good scholarship is a necessity in ministry. The intent of this paper is to address the topic of scholarship in ministry in three areas. 1. What is scholarship? 2. The need for scholarship in ministry. 3. Ways in which the preacher can be a scholar. - By Cliff Sabroe
  • Interpretive Theories and Approaches to the Song of Solomon
    • For many years scholars have tried to get a grasp on the meaning of the Song of Solomon (Song of Songs) and how to interpret it. These interpretations will be examined briefly in this paper, along with the content, purpose, author, setting and the contribution that this book makes for us in the 21st century. - By Cliff Sabroe
  • Mercy Seat as a Type of Christ
    • The Mercy Seat in the physical sense would be considered beautiful in its appearance and construction. It is not until one begins to explore the depths of its relationship to atonement and its typological comparison to Jesus that its true spiritual beauty and magnificence is truly unearthed. It is the purpose of this writing to briefly define what constitutes a type, give the reader a thorough description of the Mercy Seat’s construction, function, its seeming likeness in description to Christ, and finally present it as a type and shadow of the atoning work of the Messiah. - By Cliff Sabroe
  • Nazarite Vow
    • This writing examines the peculiarities of the Nazarite Vow from Scripture as well as Rabbinical teaching. All the examples of those in the Bible who have taken on this vow will be discussed, as well as those whom it is theorized may have also taken on this vow. This paper will also seek to answer why one would commit to such a vow as well as any modern examples of it’s practice. - By Cliff Sabroe
  • Patristic Witness
    • Who were the "church fathers"? Are they really "the church fathers"? Does what these early Christians wrote agree or disagree with the Bible? Is there anything one can glean from reading their writings? - By Cliff Sabroe
  • Psalm 8 and Its Usage in the Book of Hebrews
    • The book of Hebrews is replete with Old Testament citations. One of the citations at the forefront of the book is Psalm 8. This paper seeks to examine the Hebrew writer's usage of this sacred Psalm. - By Cliff Sabroe
  • Textus Receptus vs Modern Critical Text
    • Our English New Testaments are based upon Greek Texts. There are two main schools of thought concerning what Greek Text is the best/most true to the original. This paper seeks to answer that question. - By Cliff Sabroe
  • The Church is not Swayed by Society
    • What is the church to do during this Post-Modern Age and during the height of the Emerging Church Movement? The reader of the Sacred Text finds it plainly teaches that the church is not to be swayed by society. With this well established truth at the forefront, it is the goal of this writing to examine occasions where the church, without authorization, has allowed herself to be swayed, as well as present four specific areas in which change is never appropriate. - By Cliff Sabroe
  • View of the Reformers on Instrumental Music in the Worship of the Church
    • The great leaders in the Reformation movement agreed on many things. Most of them pointed there followers back to the scriptures under the banner of sola scriptura. Even with the great agreement in disdain for the Catholic Church, many of these reformers had differing views on various religious topics. One difference that is not often examined is their views on the music of the church. This paper is concerned more specifically with their view of instrumental music. It is the goal of this writing to examine the lives and teachings of three great reformers (John Calvin, Martin Luther, and Ulrich Zwingli) to better understand how they viewed the topic of instrumental music in the worship of the church. - By Cliff Sabroe
  • When is an Example From Scripture Binding Upon the Believer?
    • God speaks to man very directly at times. God will often speak directly, either through Christ or an inspired prophet. In these cases there is not a controversy upon whether or not a command should be followed, for we have a direct statement from the Divine on the matter under consideration. What about passages that do not contain a direct command, but instead give an example of an action taking place? God’s people want to follow the example of the first century church, but to what degree? This paper seeks to answer the question about what examples in Scripture are binding upon the Christian today? - By Cliff Sabroe