Paul Zaspel was for many years pastor of Word of Life Baptist Church in Pottsville, PA. and adjunct professor of New Testament at Penn State University (Schuylkill Campus). He is now a part of the pastoral ministry of Reformed Baptist Church of Franconia, PA, and instructor in Bible and theology at To Every Tribe Ministries in Brownsville, TX. He also holds a B.A. in Bible, with a minor in Greek (1977) and an M.A. in Theology (1979). Before coming to Word of Life he served churches in Virginia and Minnesota.
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A Brief Explanation of "New Covenant Theology"
The question of the relation of the Old and New Testaments is a perennial one. For centuries it has been a subject of on-going "in house" debate and discussion. The reason this question has failed to find a definitive and a more universally satisfactory answer lies in the nature of the case. It is a most complex issue whic ...read
Jesus & the Sabbath
An Exegetical Study of Mark 2:23-28
Controversy seems at times to have been all but a way of life for Jesus during the time of his earthly ministry. The Gospel writers record such controversies with some frequency, for on these occasions our Lord spoke very clearly to the various issues at hand. Indeed, he seems to have used ...read
Lost Was I
Text by Fred G. Zaspel, Copyright 1995*
Sing to the tune of "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise"
Lost was I and helpless, damnation deserved,
Yet in my proud mind, thought 'twould never be served.
No cares for my God, no concerns for my pride,
My sin I would keep -- knew no reason to hide!
But God, rich in mercy and grace all divine,
Text by Fred G. Zaspel, Copyright, 1995*
Sing to the tune of "Morning Has Broken,"
traditional Gaelic melody
No condemnation Now in Christ Jesus!
Great consolation -- Jesus has died!
Our sin laid on Him, Full pardon gives us.
Looking by faith dim, We're justified!
With judgment sure, must God recompense us?
He perfectly just, What is o ...read
The Altar Call: Is It Harmful or Helpful?
It would be all but impossible to give an accurate description of the modern evangelical church without mention of the invitation system, or the "altar call," as it is called. The altar call is a custom in virtually all Evangelical, Fundamentalist, Wesleyan, Pentecostal, and Charismatic circles. Immediately following the sermon t ...read