Volume 5 / Issue 11 | November 2018
The Apologetics Newsletter
of the Missouri Baptist Convention
In this issue: Is the canon of Scripture closed? ... Don't miss Apolocon 2018 ... The gates of Hades ... Why you can't say "Mormon" anymore ... and more! Take the survey on plans of salvation, and see the results of last month's survey on the LDS Church.
Is the canon of Scripture closed?
Conservative Christian scholars agree that the canon of Scripture is closed -- that the 66 books of the Bible are the complete written revelation of God. But what if we discovered an apostolic writing that has remained hidden for the last 2,000 years?

Don't miss Apolocon 2018
Immanuel Baptist Church in Springfield is hosting a Christian apologetics event Nov. 2-3 featuring Phil Roberts, director of International Theological Education for the Global Ministries Foundation, as well as members of the Missouri Baptist Apologetics Network.

The gates of Hades
When Jesus tells Peter, "on this rock I will build my church," He sets off a debate as to who, or what, that rock is. Is it Peter, making him the first in an unbroken line of popes? Is it Peter's confession of faith? Is it Jesus? Or is it possible Jesus has something else in mind?

Why you can't say "Mormon" anymore
Recently, Russell Nelson, newly installed president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced that the Lord impressed upon his mind the importance of rejecting "Mormon" as an acceptable name for his church and its 16 million members. So, what's in a name?

The Last Apologist
Recently, we completed our verse-by-verse study of the epistle of Jude. If you missed any part of the study, you may begin here . For complete copies of the book, you may order them in print and Kindle versions from Amazon , or receive a print copy at a lower price through the MBC .

What every Christian should know about salvation
The MBC has released a new resource for personal or group study. What Every Christian Should Know About Salvation explores 12 Bible terms that describe God's work of redemption. Each chapter concludes with summary statements and probing questions that help individuals and groups dive deeper into the crucial doctrine of salvation.

Which of the following plans of salvation seems most cumbersome?
Saved by grace "after all that we can do" (LDS Church)
Five pillars of Islam
Saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9)
Noble eight-fold path (Buddhism)
Seven sacraments of Roman Catholicism
Results from last month's survey:
The LDS Church no longer wants to be called "Mormon." Which alternative name appeals to you? Twenty-eight responses:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 3
Church of Jesus Christ - 2
The Church - 1
Restored Church of Jesus Christ - 0
None - I still plan to call it the Mormon Church - 22
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