What Makes Us Different?

Text: 1 Peter 2:9 God expects His people to be distinct. This not only means we will be distinct from the world, but His church will be distinct from the denominations. Though both will claim to follow Christ, there are great differences between them. The reason comes down to what we recognize and accept about […]

After the Flood

Text: Genesis 8-9 Noah Went Out of the Ark (Genesis 8:18-19) What happened before he went out? (Genesis 8:1-13) — rain stopped (8:2), water receded (8:3), ark came to rest (8:4), sent out raven (8:7), sent out dove three times (8:8-12), saw dry ground (8:13) Notice the timeline — entered ark (7:1-4), rains came (7:11), […]

Nadab and Abihu

Text: Leviticus 10:1-3 God Must Be Treated As Holy He is worthy of such treatment (Revelation 4:11; Jeremiah 10:10; Exodus 20:2) We honor God through careful obedience (John 17:4; 14:15) What Did Nadab & Abihu Get Wrong? Strange fire “which He had not commanded them” (v. 1) — important principle of authority & silence (Hebrews […]

Commands, Traditions, Expedients, Innovations

Four Questions for Our Assemblies: Why do we do what we do in the assembly? … Commands — NT pattern, what has been revealed How do we do it? … Traditions — custom Is there a way we can do it better? … Expedients — improve what we do to be more effective Are there […]

Singing Only?

Text: Ephesians 5:19 What About Instrumental Music? Not authorized (Colossians 3:16-17) “But it’s not condemned” — principle of silence (Hebrews 7:14) We only read of the 1st century church singing (Matthew 26:30; Acts 16:25; 1 Corinthians 14:15) Four Ways God Shows What Has Been Authorized — command, statement, example, implication Singing commanded (James 5:13) — […]

God Will Be Sanctified

Text: Leviticus 10:1-7 The Setting — Israelites were in the wilderness Had been delivered from Egypt, God was providing for them, He had given His law to them Aaron and his sons were offerings sacrifices to God (Leviticus 9:1-2,7-9,12) — according to what God commanded (Leviticus 9:7,16; 8:36) The Sin of Nadab & Abihu Offered […]

The Restoration

The Lord’s Church Never Went Away (Daniel 2:44; Matthew 16:18) What Was Restored? Basically, a willingness to put Christ first Give up prior beliefs and practices (1 Thessalonians 1:9) Sacrifice relationships (Matthew 10:345-37) Accept the NT as our sole authority (2 Timothy 1:13) Restore NT practices – work, worship, organization of the church Ongoing Process of Restoration – […]