What Does the Bible Say about Christmas?

Text: Matthew 1:20-25 Christmas is one of two main “Christian” religious holidays (the other is Easter). It is so common that people take it for granted and never give a second thought about it. But what does the Bible actually say about Christmas? Is it part of our service to God or something else? The Bible Says […]

What Rule Does the Church Follow?

Text: Matthew 28:18 This is the second in a series dealing with the church. We previously discussed the question: How many churches did Jesus build? He built one. In this lesson, we’re going to ask the question: What rule does His church follow? We need to know how His one church can determine what to believe, teach, and practice. […]

The Controversy Over Institutionalism

Text: 1 Timothy 3:15 The church is the pillar and support of the truth. It is fully capable as God designed it to do the work that the Lord gave it to do. Do we believe that? Sixty years ago in this country, brethren fought battles over “institutionalism.” It was not a new issue then. It […]

Some Thoughts on Christmas

Text: Colossians 3:17 Many people (Christians and non-Christians) celebrate Christmas as a time of family, food, gifts, rest, etc. For most who identify themselves as Christians, Christmas is more than a holiday – it is a religious holy day. Many are shocked when we tell them that our congregation does not do anything special for Christmas. […]

Singing Only?

Text: Colossians 3:16 Paul mentioned two things we do when we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs – teach one another and express our thankfulness to God. We know we are to sing, but what about using instrumental music? It this a problem? Is it a necessity? Is it a non-issue as a matter of […]

Does the Church Lack?

Text: Ephesians 4:16 The church, as God designed it, is fully capable of carrying out the work that He has given it to do. Yet it is apparent that many practices that have become common in the religious world are not done by brethren. Many might assume it is because the church lacks money, personnel, […]

Concerning This Issue

Text: Acts 15:1-2 The first major controversy in the church was over the topic of circumcision. Paul and Barnabas traveled from Antioch to Jerusalem to discuss the issue with the brethren there. Today questions may arise about what a congregation should do, what has been authorized, etc. We can approach questions in the same way […]