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Being Denominational

| October 11, 2016

Monday’s Message – On Being Denominational – In our Young Adult Class studying “Is the Church a Denomination?” we spent several weeks defining words because words are important because they form ideas. This was part of the process of biblically beginning with and understanding the words “congregations”, then “heresies” being taught, “sects” being formed, and […]

Mark 1-3 – “Marks” of a Sound Congregation

| October 6, 2016

People ask if a congregation is “sound.” Maybe learning about “sound” synagogues might help. In Mark 1:21 Jesus went to the synagogue and started teaching. The congregants were amazed because He taught as one having authority (1:22). A demon-possessed man interrupted their service and Jesus threw out the demon in the man (1:27). Mark 1:39 […]

Acts 3:1-10 – No Money for the Poor?

| August 13, 2015

Did Peter and John lie? A good argument that the church treasury is for saints only might come from a passage that isn’t normally used. In Acts 2 and 4, even 5, we have several scriptures detailing the treasury being used for saints. In Acts 3 when a poor person, an unbeliever, asks for alms, […]

Matthew 26:6-13 – Good versus Right

| November 21, 2014

Matthew 26:6-13 – Just because a religious act is good, does not make it right. While in Simon’s house, a woman approached Jesus and anointed Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive fragrant oil. When the disciples saw it, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they ask. “This might have been sold for a […]

Matthew 12 – How To Establish Authority

| July 21, 2013

Matthew 12 makes a good study in how to establish authority. Three essential truths found within the text is: 1) Authority is found within Scripture; 2) Scripture must be applied for it to have any meaning; 3) Truth can be found, understood and applied. Authority is established by four means: 1) Command – You have […]

Matthew 7:12 – Golden Rule Hermeneutics

| January 22, 2013

If you are the parent, teacher, boss or organization leader, isn’t its aggravating when you tell someone how you want and need something done, but they decide you didn’t really mean what you said so they change or ignore it? Plus, in everyday life, isn’t it frustrating when someone says you said something when you never did? I am responsible for […]

1 Peter 5:1-5 – Why Local Church Autonomy?

| December 23, 2012

Why local church autonomy? Implied within the command to elders to shepherd the flock among them is church autonomy (1 Pt 5.1-3). Add that to the silence of the scriptures and we learn God’s design that each church is autonomous, separated from other local congregations in government. This is a Biblical concept that is lost […]

2 Chronicles 16:1-10 – Our Own Personal Temple Bank Account

| April 21, 2012

There is a recurring theme found within the history of the Southern Kingdom of Judah; that is, the temple became the personal bank account of the king. Time and again, when threatened by outside armies, the king robs the temple of its gold and silver. This is done to bribe the invading king, or to […]

1 Kings 13 – Destroyed By Believing A Lie

| October 14, 2011

Sincerity in religion masks what the self wants. Every one of us has believed a lie. Most often it is because the lie is what we want to believe. This is true religiously or personally. “Do these pants make my….” Well, you know the rest of that story. Believing a lie can have disastrous results, […]

1 Corinthians 11:22 – “What? No Kitchen?”

| February 12, 2011

Walking into this building is shocking for some; not so much by what is here – pews, classrooms, songbooks – but by what is not here. Notice I didn’t say, “by what is missing.” That would imply they belonged. So what is not here? Statues, Pianos, Kitchens & Gymnasiums. Nowadays, many churches of Christ have […]