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...]

"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...]

Mechanical Instruments In Worship

We believe that instrumental music in worship is sinful and unscriptural, and that one may be lost for so sinning. Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16, 17; Matt. 15:9; 1 Thess. 5:21 A Cappella singing is probably one of the most well known and distinctive marks of the New Testament church of Christ. Many times when we talk to people about the church they will respond, “Oh, yea. Y’all are the ones that don’t use instruments.” The reason it stands out to visitors and those familiar with the church is that … [Read more...]

The Holy Spirit Today

We believe that the Holy Spirit operates and influences us today exclusively through the word of God, and that He does not literally indwell the Christian.  However, this in no way limits God’s power in answering prayer (or otherwise, as revealed in His word as it applies to us today).  (Eph 6:13-18; 1 Cor 13:9-12; Mark 16:20) The Holy Spirit is a vital part of the Christians life. Christians are commanded to walk in the Spirit, be guided by the Spirit, bare the fruit of the Spirit, etc. The … [Read more...]

The Church and the Kingdom

We believe that the kingdom and the church are one and the same, and that the borders of the kingdom do not extend beyond the Church of Christ. (Mat 16:18-19; 1 Cor 15:24; Col 1:12-13). And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth … [Read more...]

Christians Only, And The Only Christians

Statement number two on the doctrinal statement for the Bawcomville Church of Christ states: We believe that all faithful Christians are in the Church of Christ, and that none are found in denominations.  (John 10:1-14; Acts 2:47). John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter openeth; and … [Read more...]