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What The Bible Says - Vol. 7 / No. 2

Sunday, June 02, 2024

What The Bible Says

Vol. VII - No. 2 / June 2, 2024

CEASE AND DESIST

    Cease and desist is a term that most of us are familiar with. When I read about this term, or hear it spoken of, it is always in some form of legal language. In its two forms, letter and order, it is employed to notify the recipient of the legal rights of the sender. Cease and desist are also Bible terms. To better understand them let us first look at some definitions.

    Cease means, bring to an end, discontinue an activity or action. Some synonyms for cease would include quit, terminate or finish. Desist means to suspend or cause to suspend activity, stop action or progress. Some synonyms for desist would include quit, halt or knock off.

    In Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible H7673 is a word used often with the meaning relating to cease, desist or rest. The meaning would be to repose, desist from exertion. The pose part of repose comes from a Latin origin meaning to pause. Not long-ago Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, both former Supreme Court associate justices, were lying in repose at the US Supreme Court after their deaths.

    I think from an understanding of these definitions we can see that cease and desist are very similar in meaning and in many instances could be used interchangeably. Hence the legal language cease and desist leaves no doubt what the sender is communicating to the recipient.

    Consider Proverbs 23:4-5 as the KJV renders it, “Labor not to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.” The same passage reads this way in the ESV, “Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.”  Psalms 127:2 declares, “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so he gives his beloved sleep.” If you back up one verse, you will see that, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” Work is required of the Christian. 2 Thessalonians 3:10, it is satisfying, it is necessary, it is the right thing to do. But anxious toil, as some render Psalms 127:2, is denounced every time. Luke penned Jesus words on this matter in chapter 12:15, “Take heed and be aware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

    My affection for Job’s attitude and his grounded nature increases every time I read his story in Job 1:21. After losing everything except for his wife in one day, he responded, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” You know Job is really right. The NAS records Job 6:29 as, “Desist now, let there be no injustice; even desist, my righteousness is yet in it.” Other versions say, “my righteousness still stands.” 
—Blind Bartimaeus 23

 

"DO YOU LOVE THE TRUTH?"

    To ask this question is to insult some folks because to them this is a question they should never be asked to have to give an answer to. Whether you are one of the insulted persons or not, let us all realize that to love the truth involves more than just professing to do so. To know if we love the truth, let us put ourselves to some simple tests.

    In 2 Thessalonians 2:10 we read: ''And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." We see from this verse the reason for people "perishing" was because they did not love the truth. What are we meaning by the word "truth"? In Jesus' prayer to the Father in John 17:17, he asked the Father in behalf of His disciples to "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." There is not a more dreadful thought presented in the Scriptures than to know we will "perish" if we do not love the "truth". We, therefore, see the eternal significance of this subject.

    Why is truth so important? It is because error cannot save! The only thing that sanctifies is truth as we have seen from John 17:17. Peter also said in 1 Peter 1:22, "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth ...". Truth makes all the difference in the world! However some will exchange the truth for a lie as those in Romans 1:24-25 who changed from worshipping God to idols. The result of their actions was that God “gave them up” / abandoned them. Today, some people are convinced of what the truth is but refuse to accept it because they are unwilling to leave the religion of their parents or they fear to go against the majority of their family or friends.

    How can we know if we love the truth? We will search for the truth! If the truth is valuable to us and we appreciate its value, we will search for it like the woman who searched for the lost coin in Matthew 13:44-46. When we find the truth, we will receive it even though it means that we may have to make some difficult changes in our lives. Our lives will be an example of truth. Truth and error are in constant conflict but without truth we are lost and if truth is not displayed in our lives, other people will be lost along with us. We must not be ashamed of truth (Romans l:16) for this is proof that we do not love the truth.

    There will be more people who do not love the truth than there will be those who do love the truth. Jesus stated in Matthew 7:13-14, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." More folks will be lead to destruction by error than there will be those who are lead unto life by the truth. 

     Do you love the truth? 
—E.R. Hall, Jr.

 

SENTENCE SERMONS  

Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.

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Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.

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We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learned to bear its ills without being overcome by them.

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All things need watching, working at, caring for . . . and marriage is no exception.

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 Remember well the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present. 

 

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meeting at
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Albertville, AL 35950
Sunday
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Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
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Wednesday
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What The Bible Says - Vol. 7 / No. 1

Sunday, May 19, 2024

What The Bible Says

Vol. VII - No. 1 / May 19, 2024

CHRISTIANS AND THE GOVERNMENT

    In the divisive political environment present today (not just in the United States, but in the world at large), it is important that Christians understand how to act towards the authorities over us. It is important that Christians have a complete understanding of this subject as only understanding part of how God wants us to treat the government can easily lead to acting against the will of God. 

    First, Look at Romans 13 where the Apostle Paul informs the reader that every person is to be subject to the government as the governments in place have been put there by God as an avenger against the wrongdoer. Paul states that those who resist the authorities resist God who has put those authorities there. Paul also states (as does Jesus in Matthew 22:17-21) that paying taxes to the government is important as it allows the government to properly perform their actions. 

    Does this mean that the government is without fault? Is every government a force for good because they were put in place by God? Certainly not! We can easily understand from the Apostles' actions in Acts 5:27-32 where they answered "We ought to obey God rather than men". From their actions Christians can understand that the instructions of God (given to us in the Bible) supersede the instructions of the Government. If the government orders you to do things contrary to the Gospel, that is the exception to your obedience to them. 

    But - and this may be the hardest part of this subject to follow - even when the government mistreats us, we still are to respect them. The Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 2:13-17 reminds Christians to not only be subject to the authorities but also to give them honor. In addition to these instructions from Peter we can also look at the many examples in the Bible of Christians being brought before authorities: The Apostles in Acts 5, Paul in Acts 24, and even Jesus himself when he was brought before the High Priest and Pilate in John 18. These examples show us that even when the authorities mistreat us we are to remain calm and remain respectful of their position and their worldly authority.

    One last thing to consider: even when someone is under an oppressive or evil authority, there is a reason and purpose for it. In the Old Testament God regularly punished the disobedience of the Israelites by sending an oppressive government to control them. Even further in the past, the Pharaoh of Egypt was an evil ruler used by God to free the Israelites and instill faith in the power of God. In the New Testament the actions of Pilate (the Roman governor of Judea) were used by God to fulfill prophecy by sacrificing Jesus on the cross. Whether it is to punish wrongdoers, to temper the righteous, or for some purpose we may not readily perceive, God has put in place the authorities for good reason. 

    To summarize, obey the authorities unless they order you to walk contrary to God's law. Respect the authorities, even when they mistreat you. And finally, understand that even evil, corrupt, and oppressive governments have a purpose.  —Jake Pack

 

"...PREACHED UNTO HIM JESUS."

    In Acts 8:26-40 we have the record of the inspired man Philip who encounters a eunuch from Ethiopia. The eunuch was a very religious man but wrong. However, he was unlike so many religious people today. Although he was wrong, he was honest and wanted to be right. Philip had occasion to preach unto him Jesus. Nothing in this statement of verse 35 says that Philip preached baptism and yet Philip's preaching of Jesus led the eunuch to request baptism. 

    Again let's notice that Philip didn't preach baptism! He preached Jesus! Yet the man found out that he was to be baptized. From this we can learn that when JESUS is preached, those that hear will be BAPTIZED. When denominationalism is preached, those that hear will be led to believe they don't have to be baptized. 

    At this point you must be wondering what Philip told the eunuch about Jesus that made him want to be baptized. Do you suppose he told him baptism was not necessary like so many preachers are preaching today? Do you suppose he told him baptism had not one thing to do with his being saved like there are so many today who so teach? 

    Philip could have told the eunuch that Jesus said, "He that BELIEVETH and IS BAPTIZED shall be saved." (Mark 16:16). He could have told him that Jesus said, "Except a man be born of WATER and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5). He could also have told him that Jesus said, "Go teach all nations, BAPTIZING them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." (Matthew 28:19). Jesus DID make these three statements! For Philip to make these statements, he would have indeed “preached unto him Jesus”!

    The same holds true today. For anyone to preach Jesus they must teach the words that Jesus spoke. Jesus Himself put the emphasis on the necessity of everyone hearing and obeying His words in John 12:48 when He said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” To preach Jesus is to preach the words that He spoke just like Philip did to the eunuch and the results will be the same.
 
    The eunuch heard what Philip preached about Jesus, believed, confessed that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and was baptized. He "went on his way rejoicing" after he learned about Jesus and was baptized. He had leaned the truth about Christ. He had believed with all his heart that He was God's Son. He was baptized in obedience to the command. After all this, he most certainly had every reason to go on his way rejoicing. 

    If you will believe with all your heart and be baptized, you can and will be saved. Then you, too, can go on your way rejoicing. To fail to do so is to disobey. You will then stand before Christ on the Judgment Day and be rejected by Him because you received not His words.  —E.R. Hall, Jr.

 

SENTENCE SERMONS 

  You can’t do much about your ancestors, but you can influence your descendants enormously.

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Look around at what you have before you complain about what you don’t have.

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The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

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Money is not required to buy even one necessity of the soul. 

 

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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
Sunday
Bible Classes …………..….……………     9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
Evening Worship   …………………........ 5:00 PM
Wednesday
Bible Classes …………..………........... 7:00 PM
 

Radio Program
Sunday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM …………………………..  8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
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What The Bible Says - Vol. 6 / No. 26

Sunday, May 05, 2024

What The Bible Says

Vol. VI - No. 26 / May 5, 2024

THE LORD'S CHURCH IS NOT...

    The Lord’s church is not a social institution! Many institutions of this world cater to the social side of man, emphasizing one particular aspect over another. The church does not have the responsibility to run orphans homes, colleges, homes for unwed mothers, etc. The church is to show forth God's wisdom. Ephesians 2:10 teaches "To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God." The church is to uphold and support the truth. 1 Tim. 3:15 says, "But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." We know that Christ's blood was shed to purchase the church (Acts 20:28) . Yet, not one drop of His blood was necessary to purchase a social institution where the physical needs of mankind are made the primary consideration. 

    The Lord’s church is not a recreation center! You cannot come together as the church to enjoy a game of basketball as you might do so at the YMCA. The church assembles to worship God in spirit and in truth (Heb. 10:25; John 4:24). Where is Bible authority, either expressed or implied, for the church of our Lord to have ball teams, pool tables, and such like? 

    The Lord’s church is not a material building! Too many people today worship some building or structure. The church of the New Testament is made up, not of stone or wood, but of "living stones". Not a material building but a “spiritual house". (1 Peter 2:5) . The church, then, are the pure, dedicated Christians that make up the assembly. When such statements as, " ...when ye are gathered together... " (1 Cor. 5:4) and "If therefore the whole church be come together into one place... "(1 Cor. 14:23) are read, we can understand that the church exists only when there is an assemblying together. (Let it also be understood that we are speaking of the church in the sense of the local congregation like that of Corinth, Ephesus, Colossi, and etc. as found in the New Testament.) Therefore, if a church decides to meet in a regular, specified place, that place is NOT the church but only the place where the church meets. 

    The Lord’s church is not one member! Often times, Christians can talk and behave so as to leave the impression that they, as an individual person, are the church. Some may even be quick to quote Matthew 18:20 which says, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am in the midst of them." and conclude that two or three Christians constitute the church. This is done in an effort to justify many things. Some Christians might want to go away on vacations, fishing trips, trips to visit relatives, and etc. and excuse themselves from assembyling with the church. Yet to soothe their conscience, they might pause long enough on Sunday to pull their car over to the side of the road or drop anchor on their boat to take the Lord's Supper. Some might even simply stay at home with relatives and "worship". I have personally known of this taking place due to sicknesses, funerals, or inclement weather and in more recent times during the Covid pandemic. The question that must be answered is: Is this the church? Certainly, two or three Christians might be all the Christians in a locality. If that is the case, then that number would constitute the church. Yet when I fail to seek out other faithful Christians who are engaged in the work that the Lord has authorized for His church to do, then I am demeaning the church and what the Lord has assigned it to do. The local church is to carry the gospel through teaching and preaching in all the various ways which that can be accomplished, edify and strengthen itself, and see to the needs of its' destitute members. (Ephesians 4:12). That can only come about through an established work in that locality; an established work that has a designated place and time to meet, and a treasury from which it can carry out its God given functions. Surely, can we not see that a family simply passing through, who decides to "worship" and take the Lord's Supper on the side of the road, is not the church which we have described in the New Testament. Neither is the family who decides to stay at home on a given Sunday regardless of the circumstances. The disciples in Troas "came together". Paul knew of them and their whereabouts and was a part with them in their breaking bread on the first day of the week. (Acts 20:6,7). Can we not be content with this Bible example, and stop finding excuses and saying, "But what if ... "? Can we not see that we are reducing divine things down to our own level, when we try to make things convenient for ourselves? No, I am not the church. (1 Cor. 12:12-14 “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.”). I am a member of the church. (v. 20). I trust that we can see the difference and adjust our thinking and actions accordingly. 

    The Lord’s church is not a denomination! A denomination is a group that is a part of another group. The Lord's church is not a religious sect. If it were, it would be no better than churches which men have established after their own creeds and doctrines. Thus all churches would be right and a person could, indeed, "just join the church of his choice”.   —E.R. Hall, Jr.

 

SOME "IFS" AND "WHYS" ABOUT BAPTISM

IF baptism is not necessary to salvation, WHY did Peter say that "baptism doth also now save us”?  (1 Pet. 3:21) 

IF one can be forgiven of his sins without baptism, WHY did Peter command "be baptized… for the remission of your sins”? (Acts 2:38)

IF sins are taken away before baptism, WHY was Saul of Tarsus told by Ananias to "arise, and be baptized and wash away thy sins calling on the name of the Lord”? (Acts 22:16)

IF one is a child of God without being baptized, WHY did Paul say that the Galatians were children of God when they were baptized into Christ?  (Gal. 3:26,27)

IF baptism is of no importance in one's service to God, WHY was Cornelius and his household told to be baptized in water? (Acts 10:48)

IF baptism is not essential to one's salvation, WHY did Jesus say, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved”?  (Mk. 16:16)

IF one becomes a member of the body of Christ, the church of Christ, without baptism, WHY did Paul write to the Corinthians saying: "by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body”? (1 Cor. 12:13) 

IF baptism is for the remission of sins, to wash away sins, to put one into Christ, a command of God, in order to salvation, WHY will men refuse to obey God in being baptized?

    Paul wrote to the Ephesians and said, "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." 1:7. Jesus shed His blood to redeem us from our sins. 

QUESTION:  Where and at what time did Jesus shed His blood? He shed His blood when He died upon the cross. Paul says that we are baptized into His death (Rom. 6:3,4). He goes on to say in that very same chapter that when we are baptized into Christ, we obey that form of doctrine that is presented in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. (Rom. 6:16-18). So, we urge you to humbly submit your life to Christ by being baptized into Him, into His body, the church of Christ. 
—Cecil F. Cox
The Gospel Power,
Vol. 17, No. 3, March 2010

 

    When you are told by the attending physician that you have only a little while left to live, you will not regret one moment you have spent in the study of your Bible. After all books are laid aside, this Word will still face you in that great day of judgment! We plead with you to carefully use this sacred volume in this life! It is God's revealed will to you. Don't ignore nor neglect it!

    If we can assist you in the study of God's book, let us know. We would be glad to come into your home and study. We also offer a free Bible correspondence course on our website that you can find on this page. We would welcome the opportunity to study with you.

"And now I commend you to God, and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them that are santified." (Acts 20:32) 

 

"What The Bible Says” is e-mailed twice a month. If you know of others who might benefit from the articles contained in this bulletin, we would be glad to have you submit their e-mail addresses and we will include them in the next mailing. If you are receiving this bulletin and do not wish to continue to do so, please e-mail us with your desire to be removed from the mailing list and you will be removed promptly. Continue to the bottom of this page for further instructions as to how you may contact us.
--- E.R. Hall, Jr. 

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
For The East Albertville Church Of Christ
meeting at
4777 U.S. Highway 431
Albertville, AL 35950
Sunday
Bible Classes …………..….……………     9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
Evening Worship   …………………........ 5:00 PM
Wednesday
Bible Classes …………..………........... 7:00 PM
 

Radio Program
Sunday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM …………………………..  8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM ………………………….. 11:15 AM
 

Website: www. EastAlbertville.org

What The Bible Says - Vol. 6 / No. 25

Sunday, April 21, 2024

What The Bible Says

Vol. VI - No. 25 / April 21, 2024

DESIRE, WHAT IS YOURS

1 Peter 3:10 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.” Do you desire to live a righteous life? THEN: 
1 Peter 2:1 “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
James 4:1 “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members7 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” 
Proverbs 11:23 “The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.”
Isaiah 26:8 "Yea, in the way of thy judgments, 0 Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. 9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. “
Proverbs 10:24 “The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. 25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.”
Proverbs 10:27 "The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.” 
ONE WHO DESIRES THE GRACE, MERCY, AND ALL THE BLESSINGS OF GOD SHOULD BECOME AWARE OF AND USE EVERYTHING THE BIBLE GIVES US TO IMPROVE OURSELVES IN THE SIGHT OF GOD.
Psalm 119:5 “I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. 5 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.”
2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”  —George Leath

 

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE LORD'S CHURCH?

    If you are you can find it. What you need to be looking for is:
    A church built by Jesus - not Wesley, not Luther, not John the Baptist, or any other man or group of men. (Matthew 16:18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”)
    A church named for Christ - not Protestantism, not Catholicism, or any other "-ism" or "schism". (Romans 16:16 “…The churches of Christ greet you.”; Ephesians 3:14,15 “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,”)
    A church preaching and practicing faith, repentance, confession, and baptism for remission of sins and godly living - not "getting religion” before obeying the gospel and living like the devil between Sundays. (Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”; Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”; Luke 13:3,5 “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”; Romans 10:10 “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”; Acts 8:37 “Then Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ And he answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’”; 2:38 “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’'”; Romans 6:3-6 “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,”; 2 Peter 1:5-11 “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”)
    A church entered by being "added" by the Lord when conditions of the new birth - "of water and spirit" - have been met, - not by "joining" or being voted in by members. (John 3:3-5 “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ 4 Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?’ 5 Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.’”; Acts 2:37-47 “Please Take Time To Read!”)
    A church continuing "steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayers" and singing, - not human creeds, monthly or quarterly communion, denominational programs, and money-raising entertainments, instrumental music, etc. (Acts 2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”; Ephesians 5:19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,”; Colossians 3:16,17 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”; 2 Timothy 3:16,17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”)
    A church congregationaly independent in government and discipline presided over by a plurality of elders (bishops, pastors, shepherds: they are the same) - no super organization dictating through popes, priests, presiding bishop, pastor (singular), or "official board". (Acts 14:23 “So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.”: Titus 1:5-9 “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you—6 if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, 8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.”; Acts 20:28-32 “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. 31 Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. 32 So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”; 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,”).
    Have you found the Lord's church yet? Have you truly examined the church of Christ in the light of the above scriptures? NO OTHER INSTITUTION CAN BEAR SUCH SCRIPTURAL INVESTIGATION! —E.R. Hall, Jr.

 

SENTENCE SERMONS

If what you're working for really matters, you'll give it all you've got.
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"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”
--John Wooden
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This is true greatness: to serve unnoticed and to work unseen. 

 

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For The East Albertville Church Of Christ
meeting at
4777 U.S. Highway 431
Albertville, AL 35950
Sunday
Bible Classes …………..….……………     9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
Evening Worship   …………………........ 5:00 PM
Wednesday
Bible Classes …………..………........... 7:00 PM
 

Radio Program
Sunday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM …………………………..  8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM ………………………….. 11:15 AM
 

Website: www. EastAlbertville.org

What The Bible Says - Vol. 6 / No. 24

Sunday, April 07, 2024

What The Bible Says

Vol. VI - No. 24 / April 7, 2024

GOD'S WAY VERSUS MAN'S WAY

 

    When it comes to what a person must do to be saved, man's way always conflicts with God's way. Jesus said in Mark 16:16, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." God's way is for man to believe and be baptized in order to be saved. Man's way is that a person is saved when he believes and can be baptized later thus eliminating the part baptism has in salvation. 

    Acts 2:38 states: "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." God's way is repent and be baptized for the remission of sins. Man's way is to repent and be saved then be baptized.

    Romans 6:2-4 teaches we are dead in sin, buried in baptism, and raised to walk in a new life. This is God's way but man's way teaches we are dead in sin, arise to a new life, and then are baptized. 

    Galatians 3:27 states: "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." God's way is that we are baptized into Christ. Man's way is that we put on Christ by simply believing and then we are baptized.

    Jesus said in John 3:5, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." God's way is to be born again by water and Spirit. Man's way is to be born again by the Spirit and the water can come later.

    Colossians 2:12 says, "Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead.” God's way is for the operation of God to take place in baptism. Man's way is for the operation to take place before baptism.

    Not once in these verses or any other verses does God put baptism after the blessing of salvation. God always puts baptism before and thus make baptism a condition of salvation.

    Man presumes to change every verse in God's word that deals with baptism just because it contradicts his own theory.

    Now which way do we believe is the right way: God's or man's? They both cannot be right. Only one of the ways in the scriptures above is right. If you say baptism is not essential to salvation, you will have to say God's way is wrong every time. If you say God’s way is right, you will have to admit that every one not baptized for the remission of sins is still not saved and out of Christ. —E.R. Hall, Jr.

 

GOOD PEOPLE NEED TO BE SAVED TOO!

    What will be the eternal destiny of good people? By "good" I mean kind, decent, caring, morally upright folks. They may or may not be religious. Nevertheless, you won't find finer folks: your helpful neighbor, your kind friend, your sweet grandmother. It is easy to assume they will be in heaven; indeed, is hard to think anything else. But will that be the case? All we know about anyone's eternal destiny is what God says in Scripture. A case recorded in Acts 10 sheds considerable light on the question.

Good People Need to Be Saved

    The focus of this text is a man named Cornelius. He is pictured in the finest way (vv. 1, 2, 22). He was a devout man, one who feared God. (Fearing God was a technical expression used to denote Gentiles who accepted the Jewish religion in part.) He feared God with all his household, including one of his soldiers (v. 7), indicating that he was spiritually-minded enough to influence others to follow his example. He gave many alms to the Jewish people, not just the token gestures that are the common marks of "generosity." He prayed to God continually. In the story, we find him praying at 3:00 in the afternoon. He was a righteous or just man, dealing fairly with his fellow-man. He was well spoken of by the entire Jewish nation. That would be a remarkable reputation for any man, but is especially so in this case because Cornelius was a Roman centurion!

    Could there be a finer man? How many of us measure up to this description? How many would view Cornelius as lost in sin and headed for hell? That is precisely what he was. As he was praying, an angel appeared to him and gave him a single instruction: "Send to Joppa, and have Simon, who is also called Peter, brought here; and he shall speak words to you by which you will be saved, you and all your household" (11:14-15).

Why Good People Need to Be Saved

    It is almost startling for the Bible to present this man as one in need of salvation. Yet he was. The problem was not his goodness; it was his sin. What sins had he committed? We do not know. But he was guilty of some. All are. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). And the consequence of sin for Cornelius was death. "For the wages of sin is death..." (Romans 6:23). So it is for all. People's "goodness" has nothing to do with their being lost. Sin is the problem.

    What is the solution to sin? Too many think good works will somehow make up for their wrongs. That was not the message Peter brought to Cornelius. Oh, he mentioned the essentiality of doing what is right (v. 35), but that is not enough. Peter preached that peace with God is through Jesus Christ (v. 36), that forgiveness of sins is in His name (v. 43). His sermon spoke of the proofs that Jesus offered to sustain the claim that He alone is the way to God: His miracles (v. 38), especially His resurrection from the dead (vv. 40-42), and countless Old Testament prophecies that He fulfilled (v. 43).

    All have sinned, sin separates us from God, and salvation is only in Christ. These are the facts, no matter what we might like to believe. We must come to grips with them. Our failure to do so explains why we struggle so with the concept of good people being lost.

How Good People Are Saved

    The text identifies four components of Cornelius salvation (and ours):

ONE, he had to hear the gospel. The words by which he and his household would be saved were Peter's message that Jesus died for our sins.

TWO, he had to believe that message, put his trust in Jesus as the means of being right with God. "Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes receives forgiveness of sins" (v. 43). This is so foundational that it is often stated as the summary of man's response, just as "grace" is for God's provisions (Ephesians 2:8).

THREE, he had to repent (11:18). Repentance leads to life. It is a change of heart that says I will live as God directs from now on. Of course, to be genuine it must be demonstrated in a change of life. One has not repented who persists in the same sinful way of living.

FOUR, he had to be baptized in water. "...Then Peter answered, 'Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he? And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ" (vv. 46-48). In his first sermon, Peter explained that baptism is for forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).

     Knowing what you now know, do you want to stand before the Lord in judgment based solely on your own "goodness," or would you rather be there having accepted His offer of salvation in Christ? —Frank Himmel

 

SENTENCE SERMONS

You’re always responsible for how you act, no matter how you feel – remember that!
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Your eternal destiny will not be the result of chance but of choice.
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Do not misinterpret God's patience for God's permission. 

 

"What The Bible Says” is e-mailed twice a month. If you know of others who might benefit from the articles contained in this bulletin, we would be glad to have you submit their e-mail addresses and we will include them in the next mailing. If you are receiving this bulletin and do not wish to continue to do so, please e-mail us with your desire to be removed from the mailing list and you will be removed promptly. Continue to the bottom of this page for further instructions as to how you may contact us.
--- E.R. Hall, Jr. 

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
For The East Albertville Church Of Christ
meeting at
4777 U.S. Highway 431
Albertville, AL 35950
Sunday
Bible Classes …………..….……………     9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
Evening Worship   …………………........ 5:00 PM
Wednesday
Bible Classes …………..………........... 7:00 PM
 

Radio Program
Sunday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM …………………………..  8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM ………………………….. 11:15 AM
 

Website: www. EastAlbertville.org

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