(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.
On Becoming an Independent, Responsible, Successful Adult
I. If God gives grace, there comes a time for all to transition from childhood to adulthood.
A. The adult puts away childish ways. 1CO 13:11.
B. This doesn’t happen overnight nor is it pegged to a birthday. An 18-year old may or may
not be ready for independence: it depends upon the level of maturity.
C. Youth needs to gradually develop mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually to
prepare for being an independent, responsible, successful adult.
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.
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. The purpose of this study is to refresh us all on the responsibilities and methods of parenting as God has established and communicated them in the Bible. We’ll look at the following facts from scripture.
a. Children are a blessing from God.
b. The responsibility for training children falls upon the parents.
c. Foolishness is bound in your child’s heart.
d. The biblical method of disciplining your children is with the rod of reproof.
e. The biblical method of instructing your children is with the holy scriptures.
f. Examples of how not to train children.
(LUK 16:4) I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
resolve: A determination or resolution. 2. Firmness or steadfastness of purpose. (vb) To determine or decide upon a course of action.
determine: To direct to some end or conclusion; to come to some conclusion. refl. To bring oneself to a decision; to come to the resolve ( to do something). intr. (for refl.) To come to the decision; to resolve definitely (to do something). In early use to determine with oneself.
Signs and Wonders
I. Anyone desiring an encounter with signs and wonders should consider all of what Scripture says about them. MAT 4:4.
II. Scripture does declare the imparting of supernatural gifts to men. LUK 9:1; 10:1, 17-20.
A. LUK 10:20 shows that salvation is better than gifts.
1. Judas Iscariot was given such power yet he is the son of perdition and a devil.
JOH 6:70-71; 17:12.
2. Election into the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world
(REV 13:8; 17:8) trumps any sensational gift since the foundation of the world.
(John 10:22) And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
(1CO 10:9) Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
A. Not only was Israel not allowed to take the shortcut through Edom to the promised land, they then were beset upon by Arad (SRN H6166: fugitive, a wild ass).
1. Here was a Canaanite bad enough that he didn’t fit among Canaanites.
2. Wayward Christians may be captured by opposition that is not even acceptable among
carnal unbelievers. 1CO 5:1.
3. Satan has many agents, darts and snares: some religious, some carnal, some vile. Let none
I. For at least fifty years, there has been an increased emphasis on women’s rights and the terms women’s rights movement, feminist movement, women’s liberation, etc., have become part of our cultural jargon coincidental with an increased struggle between the sexes.
A. What is a Christian approach to feminism?
B. Does Scripture address the issue?
C. This study seeks to sort out the good and bad of the feminist movement.
A. feminism: Advocacy of the rights of women (based on the theory of equality of the sexes).