Can The Congregation Do These Individual Activities?

January 21, 2021

Passages like I Tim 5:16 and Acts 5:4 show there is a difference in what an individual is authorized to do by the New Testament and what the church is necessarily authorized to do. Notice some practical differences:

Individual Church ?
eat common meals Acts 2:46 church social meals ?
bodily exercise I Timothy 4:8 church gymnasium ?
go into business Eph 4:28 church business ?
marital duties I Cor 7:3-5 church honeymoon suite ?

James W. Boyd (an institutional preacher):  “Brethren have for too long bought the false teaching that whatever an individual can do, the church can do.”

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Are “Fellowship Meals” Really “Fellowship” Meals?

January 14, 2021

Many congregations eat what they call “fellowship meals” together. But are they really having “fellowship” when they do such? Just what is fellowship?

If eating food together is fellowship, then we would be forbidden from eating with unbelievers and denominational people, because Christians are not to have fellowship with anybody who is not a faithful Christian (Eph 5:11). But that would contradict I Cor 5:10 which teaches we can eat with unbelievers and the like.

Wigram-Green defines the word “fellowship” in this way:

verb (Strong’s #2841) – to share

noun (#2842) – partnership, fellowship

adjective (#2843) – generous, liberal

So a good working definition for church “fellowship” in the New Testament is “spiritual sharing.” There is not a single place in the New Testament where church “koinonia” (fellowship) refers to social meals or recreational activities.

Eating food does not edify spiritually (Rom 14:17); instead, feasting on the word of God does (Acts 20:32). The only “fellowship meal” the Bible knows anything about is the Lord’s Supper (I Cor 11:17-34).

The reasoning of those who advocate Church Social Meals would also allow for:

· church sponsored Super Bowl parties (you know, with giant widescreen TV)

· church sponsored piano recitals

· church sponsored Shakespeare plays

· church sponsored checker tournaments

· church sponsored basketball games (in church gymnasium)

· church sponsored swimming and pool

· church sponsored golf tournaments (and a church owned 18 hole course to play them on)

· church sponsored horse racing (along with a church built quarter mile track)

· church sponsored movies (including a theatre)

· church sponsored ??? (you fill in the blank)

Conclusion: We need a New Testament passage for authority for Church Social Meals just like anything else (Col 3:17).

I Cor 10:31 Do All To The Glory Of God

January 7, 2021

Compare: Colossians 3:17 … whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus …

To: I Corinthians 10:31 … whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God

If Col 3:17 (and Acts 2:38) teach we must say “I baptize you in the name of Jesus,” then I Cor 10:31 would teach we must say “I baptize you to the glory of God.”

If not, why not? (they have the same wording)

Are There Any False Teachers? by Steven F. Deaton

January 1, 2021

The Bible warns of false prophets, ones who pretend to be preachers of righteousness, but are actually agents of the devil. “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works” (2 Cor. 11:13-15). John warned, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 Jn. 4:1). However, in spite of these warnings, many today act as though there are few, or no, false teachers in the world. They will give their general approval to almost any man (or woman) who says he is preaching the gospel.

In contrast to the general feeling among religious people, the Bible teaches that false prophets abound. John said “many” have gone out into the world. Is it any different today? Right after Jesus stated that few would make it to heaven while many will go to h-e-l-l, He warned us about false teachers (Matt. 7:13-20). Do you suppose there is any connection? Many false teachers will deceive many people. Few teachers of righteousness will persuade few people.

Instead of endorsing everyone who is a “preacher” and accepting his teaching, we are to examine, test, and try what he says by the Scripture (1 Thess. 5:21; Acts 17:11). When it is true, accept it and live by it. When it is false, reject it and him (Gal. 1:8-9). When a man will not affirm that Jesus is the Christ, reject him (Matt. 16:16). When a man will not teach that salvation is offered to all men of all races, reject him (Mk. 16:15). When a man will not advocate the words of the Lord, that baptism is for salvation, reject him (Mk. 16:16; cf. Acts 2:38).

Please, dear friend, understand that there are false teachers in the world. Use some discernment. If what we teach is false, reject it. Only follow the Word of God! Yet, if what we teach is true according to God’s revelation, receive it and abide in it. We want to go to heaven and want you to go, too.

Passages That Deal With Sins Committed In Ignorance

December 24, 2020

Luke 12:46-48 “The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Matthew 15:14 “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

practically all of Leviticus chapters 4 and 5

II Thess 2:10-12 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be d-a-m-n-e-d who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

Matt 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”

John 7:17 “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.” (ESV)

Matt 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

Heb 5:9 Illustrates The Difference In The Source And Conditions of Salvation

December 17, 2020

Hebrews 5:9 illustrates well how Eph 2:8-9 (“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”) and James 2:24 (“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified and not by faith only”) do not contradict. Heb 5:9 reads “And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him” (ESV). Do you see the difference in the source and the condition in that verse? Jesus is the source of salvation; our obedience is the condition. We have to obey to receive salvation, but that does not make us the source of salvation.

Similarly, Eph 2:8-9 is talking about the source of our salvation; the source is not our works/obedience, but Jesus. On the other hand, James 2:24 is not discussing the source of our salvation, but the fact that salvation is conditioned upon our obedience. Meeting the conditions does not make us the source of our salvation, but the conditions are necessary to be met in order to receive salvation from the source.

Your Evangelism Measures Your Faith by Carey Scott (adapted)

December 10, 2020

Christians like to talk about evangelism. They might brag about evangelistic efforts of the past. They are really happy if their local preacher talks about evangelism, or if he actually goes out and evangelizes. The Christians want to encourage other Christians to evangelize. And this is all well and good to talk about it.

Frankly, we should be tired and weary of the talk without action. We get tired of our politicians making promises; why should we not get tired of Christians talking about evangelism, but not doing anything about it?

It is something that is commanded of God. Jesus gave His disciples the command to go into all the world and teach all nations (Matthew 28:19). Jesus told His disciples what to teach: the gospel (Mark 16:15). His disciples took the message to the world, and taught others to do the same (2 Timothy 2:2). Persecution arose, and Christians were scattered everywhere, yet they carried the gospel with them. The Scripture says that they went everywhere preaching the word (Acts 8:4).

It seems most of the time that members of the church expect others to evangelize and they say they are ready to offer support. Most Christians know the importance of evangelism, and they expect their preacher to evangelize others. They go to church and sing songs about evangelism. They listen to the preacher talk about evangelism, and might even give him a pat on the back for his words. They want other members to evangelize, but they never do any evangelism on their own.

Why is that? I would suggest that they do not evangelize because they do not believe the message of the Cross They have very little faith or no faith to build upon.

The gospel we preach today is no different than it was in the first century. Those in that day were so excited about the gospel; they were willing to die for what they believed. Is there any indication that Christians today would do the same? Probably very few!

Praise God that there are a few souls who believe in the saving power of the Gospel enough to share it with others. Folks, this is the right thing to do, and if you do not evangelize others, you will be guilty of sin. James 4:17 reads: “He that knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin”.

The responsibility to evangelize is placed upon every Christian, young or old, rich or poor. Each one needs to examine everything to see if they are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). If you are not evangelizing, you demonstrate that you have little or no faith.

Self Defense

December 3, 2020

Here is the outline for the sermon I preached on Self Defense this past Sunday:

Recipe On How To “Keep Thyself Pure” (I Tim 5:22) by Willis Logan

November 26, 2020

THINK ON THINGS. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8, KJV)

PRAY DAILY. “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, KJV)

BE STRONG. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:10-11, KJV)

ASSOCIATE ONLY WITH PEOPLE WITH GOOD MORALS. “Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.” \ (1 Corinthians 15:33, ASV)

STUDY GOD’S WORD DAILY. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”(Psalm 119:11, KJV)

REMEMBER BE FAITHFUL IN WORSHIP IT WILL GIVE YOU SPIRITUAL STRENGTH “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25, KJV)

Reasons Why The Church Assembled

November 19, 2020

Following are reasons why congregations assembled in the New Testament:

Acts 2:42 Worship

Acts 11:26 Preaching

Acts 14:27 Evangelism Report

Acts 15:1-4 Doctrinal Problems

Acts 6:1-6 Arranging Benevolence

Acts 4:31 Prayer

I Cor 5:4-5 Discipline

The congregation only assembled (as the church) for spiritual purposes, not for tic-tac-toe, correct?

Where is the approved record of a church ever meeting for a social meal?