Were You Preaching At Me?

One of my favorite preachers told how he would reply when someone would come out of the audience after services and ask him, "Were you preaching at me?" He said he would ask them, "Well, did it apply to you?" In other words, if what he taught applied to them, then, yes, he was preaching at them. Not that he had targeted them, but that if they perceived that what he was teaching was targeting them then it must have been something they needed to hear and to which they need to respond. When I … [Read more...]

People Who Have Forgotten How To Blush

When the prophet Jeremiah wrote about the condition of his people, and told them why God was allowing them to be taken into captivity, he said it was because they had forgotten how to blush (Jer. 6:15). All of the calamity that was going to be poured out on them by the armies from the north (i.e. Babylon) was because of their rebellion against God. The list of their transgressions was long and ugly. In addition to their idolatry, they were guilty of all manner of gross immorality. Jeremiah … [Read more...]

The Kingdom Of God Is Within You

   Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20–21, NKJV) This question of the Pharisees continues being asked to this very day by those who look for an earthly Kingdom that will come with great and tumultuous world events. The Pharisees believed that the Messiah would come as a … [Read more...]

A Chronological Reading Plan For 2013

Here is the reading plan I prepared for the Jerseyville church of Christ to read in 2013. I'll be preaching my PM lessons in 2013 from this reading plan. That is, the Sunday PM lessons will come from texts of the previous week's reading. So, if you're following the reading plan, you'll hear a lesson from what you've read the previous week every Sunday evening. [  ] January 01, 2013 Gen … [Read more...]

Whoever Believes In Him

 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Every time I have heard a denominational preacher teach the false doctrine of "faith only" salvation, they always quote John 3:16 as their proof text. Even though the verse doesn't say, "whoever [only] believes in Him," that is how they use it. Not only do they insert a "faith only" definition where the verse doesn't say it, they are also … [Read more...]

"Theistic Evolution" – Irreconcilable Contradiction

The book of Genesis is a truly remarkable book. It is the foundational book for many fundamental biblical doctrines. Without Genesis such glorious biblical messages as justification, redemption, sanctification, man’s relationship to God and man’s need of a Savior, would all be obscure and unintelligible. It gives us the first glimpse of hope in the face of death and sin (Gen. 3:15) and begins the unfolding of God’s plan for man’s redemption. It is no wonder that it is the most quoted book … [Read more...]

Be Ye Separate!

We believe and teach that participation in "Union" worship services with denominations is unscriptural and therefore not permissible. (1 Pet 2:9; 2 Cor 6:14-18) Many may read this statement and wonder, “What are ‘Union’ worship services?” It typically refers to a joint meeting of various denominations to “worship” together. Members of faithful congregations of the Lord’s church have avoided such meetings for several reasons. However, in more recent times, liberal congregations have made it … [Read more...]

The Scriptural Mode of Baptism

We believe and teach that scriptural baptism is immersion for the remission of sins, and is in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost/Spirit.  (Act 8:35-38; Mat 28:19). In the last article from our doctrinal statement we established, from Scripture, the essentiality of baptism to salvation. However, there are many who believe that the command to be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38) can be satisfied by the mode of sprinkling or pouring. There are also those who … [Read more...]

The Necessity of Baptism for the Remission of Sins

We believe and teach that no accountable person who has not been scripturally baptized can, or will be saved  (Mark 16:16). Another way of saying this would be, “It is not possible to be saved without being scripturally baptized.” Sometimes it is good to define the terms used in a statement. Because of the gross misuse of many terms in the statement, it is certainly needed in this case. … [Read more...]

The Lord’s Supper Observance

We believe and teach that the Lord’s Supper may not be scripturally observed on any day other than the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). There are five acts of worship specified; by approved example, explicit statement and necessary inference; in the New Testament. They are: Singing (Heb. 2:12). Prayer (Acts 2:42). Teaching (Acts 2:42). Giving (1 Cor. 16:1, 2). The Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:42). Of these five acts of authorized worship, three of them are seen as part of the … [Read more...]