Was Judas Iscariot truly a close relative of Jesus?

No, Judas was not a relative of Jesus. The Judas who betrayed our Lord was named Judas Iscariot. This name is explained in John 6:71, “Judas the son of Simon Iscariot.” (ESV) In the Bible, he was never identified as a family member of Jesus. Judas was a very common and popular name among the [...]

What does the Bible say about deacons?

The word deacon, Greek diakonos, means servant or minister. The Apostle Paul refers to himself and to Timothy as “ministers of God.” (2 Cor. 6:4) The Apostle again says, “Our sufficiency is of God: who also has made us able ministers (diakonos) of the New Testament.” (2 Cor. 3:5,6)  The apostles and prophets, who were [...]

Please does every dream that we have come from God?

Dreams from God are only for very special events. For example the dreams in Genesis were only given to the patriarchs, or fathers, of Israel. God had a special relationship with these men because He had promised Abraham that through him and his seed (children) all the families of the earth would be blessed. See [...]

How can I get started teaching the kids Bible study?

Children like stories. So, read your children the wonderful Bible stories and teach them the faith and character-building lessons associated with each story.​  We have many children’s books available for purchase at chicagobible.org/bible-bookstore/   Or you could read these books online by downloading the free PDFs. Here are a few books we recommend: Video overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9of1j2kDJdw This beautifully illustrated [...]

Is the success of a ministry measured by the amount sacrificed or by the great results?

When we consecrate our lives to serve God, we give 100% of everything we have and are. Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Thus, the amount we sacrifice to serve God is [...]

What do the scriptures say about extraterrestrial or alien life contacting earth? Is there life on other planets?

The Bible does not specifically comment about life on other planets. Will God create extraterrestrial life? Perhaps. God creates nothing in vain. Respecting the creation of earth, Isaiah wrote, “For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens — He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did [...]

In 1 Kings 12, who was the bad guy – Rehoboam or Jeroboam?

Summary: Rehoboam was unwise in his administration of the 12 tribes of Israel. His lack of wisdom triggered the split of the kingdom into the two tribes (Judah and Benjamin) and the rest of the ten tribes. Jeroboam was rebellious. He was not of David’s lineage and he should not have lead the rebellion of [...]

How important is church growth?

Church growth is not important. God is the one calling and developing the small, true church. Increasing church attendance will not increase the true church nor will it convert the world. Only Jesus and His bride will be able to convert the world during the resurrection. Then “all the nations you have made will come [...]

If I repent but fall back into sin (addiction) sometimes within days or hours…or weeks or months, am I truly repenting and forgiven each time? Or am I not truly repenting because I know!!! I DO NOT WANT TO CONTINUE TO FALL!

Your body has become dependent on drugs. This means your mind and body will crave the substance in order to feel normal. If you stop using, your body will feel sick. Then, you will want to use in order to feel better. Breaking an addiction takes months and years. Recovery will last your entire life. [...]

Should Christians listen to contemporary Christian music?

We want songs that reinforce the good in our hearts. Are the lyrics lovely, pure and good?​ Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever wins respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovable, whatever is of good repute--if there is any virtue or anything deemed worthy of praise--cherish the thought of these [...]