News, Views and Idols

(Acts 17:16) Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
(Acts 17:17) Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
(Acts 17:18) Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.

Profiting From Your Bible Part 1

Profiting From Your Bible
(1TI 4:15) Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
I. This series assumes Scripture to be God’s inspired revelation in written form. 2TI 3:16-17.
A. This also assumes that Scripture is preserved. PSA 12:6-7.
B. This also assumes that Scripture is pure. PRO 30:5.
II. Profiting from Scripture depends upon:
A. having the true Scripture. 2CO 2:17.
B. believing it is the true Scripture. 1TH 2:13.
C. having necessary spiritual qualifications. JOH 8:42-44; 1CO 2:14.

Proving From the Scriptures That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God Part 2

Proving From Scripture That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God
I. The Premise: Imagine that you are a Jew living in the mid-first century in or around Jerusalem. Your country seems to be heading towards an increasing political turmoil. The sentiments for independence from Rome are growing stronger.
A. You are an informed individual and consider yourself a good citizen.
B. Like most of your countrymen, you have looked forward to a restoration of the liberty and prosperity which the rabbis have taught is the divine right of Israel.

Proving From the Scriptures That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God Part 1

Proving From Scripture That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God
I. The Premise: Imagine that you are a Jew living in the mid-first century in or around Jerusalem. Your country seems to be heading towards an increasing political turmoil. The sentiments for independence from Rome are growing stronger.
A. You are an informed individual and consider yourself a good citizen.
B. Like most of your countrymen, you have looked forward to a restoration of the liberty and prosperity which the rabbis have taught is the divine right of Israel.

Comfort of the Scriptures

(Acts 16:1) Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:
(Acts 16:2) Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
(Acts 16:3) Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.

1 Corinthians 15: The Gospel Declared Part 3

1 Corinthians 15 The Gospel Declared
1. declare: To make clear or plain (anything that is obscure or imperfectly understood); to clear up, explain, expound, interpret, elucidate.
2. This is the same gospel that Paul had preached to the Corinthians and that they had also received.
v. 1 c/w ACT 18:1-11.
A. It was Paul’s gospel that converted them. He was the father of their conversion.
1CO 4:15; 2CO 11:1-2.
B. In his absence, they had strayed from Paul’s gospel to the point that they might accept any gospel. 1CO 11:19; 2CO 11:3-4.

Justice and Judgment Part 2

Justice and Judgment
I. Sometimes we are called upon to render judgment in the court of the church and we may be called upon to sit on a jury in a civil court.
A. As a church we have judicial authority over our individual members. 1CO 5:12; 6:1-5.
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B. In 1.
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Our power only extends to separating company from an offender.
Church membership is voluntary and apostates are free to leave. JOH 6:66-68. This is a power of free association that can only be harmed by church incorporation, not helped by it.

1 Corinthians 15: The Gospel Declared Part 2

1 Corinthians 15 The Gospel Declared
1. declare: To make clear or plain (anything that is obscure or imperfectly understood); to clear up, explain, expound, interpret, elucidate.
2. This is the same gospel that Paul had preached to the Corinthians and that they had also received.
v. 1 c/w ACT 18:1-11.
A. It was Paul’s gospel that converted them. He was the father of their conversion.
1CO 4:15; 2CO 11:1-2.
B. In his absence, they had strayed from Paul’s gospel to the point that they might accept any gospel. 1CO 11:19; 2CO 11:3-4.

1 Corinthians 15: The Gospel Declared Part 1

1 Corinthians 15 The Gospel Declared
1. declare: To make clear or plain (anything that is obscure or imperfectly understood); to clear up, explain, expound, interpret, elucidate.
2. This is the same gospel that Paul had preached to the Corinthians and that they had also received.
v. 1 c/w ACT 18:1-11.
A. It was Paul’s gospel that converted them. He was the father of their conversion.
1CO 4:15; 2CO 11:1-2.
B. In his absence, they had strayed from Paul’s gospel to the point that they might accept any gospel. 1CO 11:19; 2CO 11:3-4.

The First Christians

The First Christians
(Acts 11:25) Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
(Acts 11:26) And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.