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The Church In Crisis

2014.06.30-Lidando-com-crises-imagem01-CDNI have a sermon titled "Crises in the Jerusalem Church" that I preach from time to time. It is based on notes that I took on a sermon I heard brother Clinton Hamilton preach many years ago. It points to several crises faced by the first congregation of Christians ever. The purpose of that sermon is threefold: 1) to show that even the Lord's church under the personal guidance of the apostles had problems and 2) churches of Christ in every generation have had problems to solve and overcome and 3) that by studying how Jerusalem weathered its crises we can learn to deal with the crises as they come to churches today.

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What Is A Sound church?

EvaluatingTheLocalChurch600What is a sound church. We can be guilty, often times, of changing the meaning of things by changing the definition of the terms that describe or represent whatever is under discussion. This has been done of course with many subjects, but perhaps the most dangerous and destructive instances are regarding the word of God. Consider the term “pastor”. Biblically, the term is poimen, and is found in Ephesians 4:11. However, the term is also translated “Shepherd” in 1 Peter 2:25 and refers to the same office of “Bishop” (1 Timothy  3:1), “Elder”(1 Peter 2L25), “Overseers” (Acts 20:28); collectively they are called “the presbytery (KJV; NASB) and “Eldership” (NKJV). This term is now used in the “religious world” to refer to an evangelist or preacher.  Now due to this change in usage, there has developed a change in definition, and due to the change in definition, there has arisen a change in designation, and due to the change in designation, there now exists a misunderstanding  of organization, and misguided view of authority, and ultimately, a rejection of God’s wisdom (Ephesians 3:9-11). For all who may say that this is just a silly argument of semantics, I remind us of (1 Peter 4:11 & Ephesians 4:29).

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Non-Denominational Denominationalism

ChoiceThe idea of being non-denominational seems to be quite appealing to many these days. In our area alone there are several Churches that make this claim and them seem to have a popular following. As with so many things, this movement has made a specific appeal and established a specific platform. Their platform seems to be "we are not like the other denominations", we are "new and different". Unfortunately, every “new Church” established makes this plea. The truth of the matter is: most, if not all, non-denominational Churches are simply a denomination all to themselves. I want to explore some characteristics of this "non-denominational" approach to denominationalism and prove that being simply non-denominational is not enough to please God! By definition, to denominate something, simply means to name parts of a whole, which of course results in a division of the whole.  

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"The Writing On The Wall" Part 2

the writing on the wallIn part one of this article, we examined an event in the book of Daniel regarding the Babylonian king Belshazzar and how God warned him of his demise by a miraculous event. A hand wrote on the wall the fate of Belshazzar and how he would meet his doom because of his irreverence toward God and disregard for His house. We noted that this is where the phrase,"the writing on the wall" originated. This phrase is normally used to refer to perceiving the inevitable. We have applied the saying to specific subjects by which we should be able to "see the writing on the wall," referring of course, to what God has revealed by His word. You see, by His word He has written on the wall to us and the question was presented, why don't we see "the writing on the wall"? We want to continue our thoughts by making a couple more applications.

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