What The Bible Says
“What The Bible Says - Vol. 1 / No. 2”
What The Bible Says
Vol. I - No. 2 / June 17, 2018
Sunday 9:30AM & 5PM
East Albertville church of Christ
4777 U.S. Highway 431, Albertville, AL
THE VALUE AND IMPORTANCE OF GOSPEL MEETINGS
The value of gospel meetings have long been a subject of debate. On the one hand there are those that champion the philosophy that the gospel meeting of today does no good. There are those on the other hand that tell us that the value of gospel meetings to the overall spiritual and numerical growth of the congregation is substantial. If we look only at the conversions to be numbered in the gospel meeting we may indeed claim that they have not been productive in recent years -- generally speaking. Surely the immediate number of conversions is not an inadequate devise for measuring the benefits of a gospel meeting, please notice the following:
- THE GOSPEL IS PREACHED EACH SERVICE DURING A GOSPEL MEETING: 2 Tim. 4:2 “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” NKJV
- BRETHREN HAVE OCCASION TO INTERACT TOGETHER: Eph. 4:3 “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” NKJV
- THE CONGREGATION IS STIMULATED TO UNITED EFFORT: Heb. 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
- OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET CHRISTIONS FROM OTHER CONGREGATIONS IS ENHANCED: 1 Thess. 1:8 “For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.” KJV
- THE LOCAL MEMBERSHIP HAS SPECIAL INCENTIVE TO INVITE OTHERS TO ATTEND THE SERVICES: Matt. 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” NKJV
- IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERY CHRISTIAN TO WORK: Titus 3:1-2 “Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,” KJV
- IT IS A TIME FOR PERSONAL AND CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER: 1 Thess. 5:17,18 “Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SIMPLY BE A CHRISTIAN?
If the title of this article appeals to you, how does this sound to you? Just simply follow the teachings of Christ found in the New Testament. “And for this cause He (Christ) is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth ” (Hebrews 9:15-17)
When we search the New Testament, we find no denominational organizations existed whatsoever. We simply read of people hearing the gospel, believing it, repenting of their sins, confessing Christ to be the Son of God, and being baptized for the forgiveness of their sins. Whereupon, the Lord added the saved to His church (Acts 2:36-47). As the gospel spread from Jerusalem, these Christians assembled together in congregations in various places. The only headquarters these early disciples knew was Heaven, where the Head, Jesus Christ, is (Col. 1:18). These local churches were under their own elders (Acts 14:23) who were given the responsibility of feeding and overseeing the congregation (Acts 20:17,28;1 Pet. 5:1-3).
The worship, we read about in the New Testament, was something that was participated in; not a spectator event. For example, on the first day of the week they ate the Lord's supper and heard preaching, Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-29. Also on the first day of the week, every one of them gave financially as they were prospered (1 Cor. 16:1,2). The worship was carried on by every Christian singing (Eph. 5:19) and all would pray as others would lead (1 Cor. 14:15,16). No solos, duets, quartets, or choirs. All things were done decently and in order (1 Cor. 14:40) as every Christian was involved in worship. No one could perform their service or worship for them.
Without complicated expensive organization, the gospel was preached to every creature under heaven (Col. 1:23). The disciples were known as Christians (Acts 11:26) and they wore no sectarian names. One thing is strikingly noticeable about the worship we read about in the New Testament: They sought to impress God and only God. One thing we see throughout the Scriptures is that God is always pleased with obedience to His will (Mt. 7:21). No where in the New Testament do we find the first Christians appealing to social or recreational activities as a work of the church. Their only appeal came through the presenting of the gospel for they recognized it as “the power of God unto salvation” (Rom. 1:16).
What about you? Do you ever study your Bible and read about things the church, of which you are a member, doesn’t even do or they are doing things the New Testament does not even mention? The time is far spent that we all should despair of involving ourselves in things the New Testament does not teach and to realize denominations are not necessary and only has and continues to cause division. We should all desire the simplicity of being only a Christian and letting the Lord add us to His church.
Have you ever wondered if it could be the same today as it is revealed in the New Testament? The answer is a simple but resounding, “YES”! In fact, there is probably such a group of people meeting within minutes of where you live. They worship and serve God in the same way the early disciples did. Christ is their ONLY Head and the New Testament is their ONLY creed. They are not members of any human denomination, they are simply a congregation, or church, of Christ. They would like to share Christ with you and with all the world.
YOU, TOO, CAN SIMPLY BE A CHRISTIAN and serve God without belonging to any denomination, bound by no denominational laws or obligations. If such appeals to you, please contact us or visit the services the church engages in on a weekly basis. If you live too far away for this to be practical, contact us and we’ll do our best to put you in touch with others who are simply Christians and doing things according to the will of Christ.
—E.R. Hall, Jr.
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-E.R. Hall, Jr.
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
For The East Albertville Church Of Christ meeting at
4777 U.S. Highway 431
Albertville, AL 35950
Bible Classes …………..….…………… 9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….……… 10:30 AM
Evening Worship …………………........ 5:00 PM
Bible Classes …………..………........... 7:00 PM
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM ………………………….. 8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM ………………………….. 11:15 AM
Website: www. EastAlbertville.org