The Church as the Pillar and Support of the Truth

Text: 1 Timothy 3:15 There are several ways that the church is described in the New Testament. One way is in our text – the church is “the pillar and support of the truth.” What does this mean? Why did the Lord give this role to the church? How is this role carried out? What Does […]

The Road to Gaza

Text: Acts 8:26-40 In this lesson, we’re going to visit one who was traveling the road to Gaza. As we travel down the road to Gaza, we will learn about preaching Jesus. Where We May Find Prospects Philip had been in Samaria – many people were responding to the gospel (v. 12-13); after that, he […]

The Sect That Is Spoken Against Everywhere

Text: Acts 28:22 When Paul came to Rome as a prisoner, he was permitted to meet with the Jewish leaders. He explained why he was there (Acts 28:17-20). They had not heard about Paul, but they had heard about the church (Acts 28:21-22). The church was the “sect…spoken against everywhere.” Why? There are several reasons for this. As […]

Hindrances to Evangelism

Text: 1 Corinthians 3:6 Generally speaking, Christians recognize the importance of evangelism. Yet there are certain obstacles (real or perceived) that hinder our efforts. Like Paul described in our text, we are simply to be engaged in the work and leave the increase to God. Some things are out of our control, but we need to focus […]

What Is the Church to Be Doing?

Text: Matthew 28:20 This is the fourth and final lesson in a series dealing with the church. We already noticed that Jesus built ONE church; that His church is to follow His will; and that God adds people to the church upon believing, repenting, and being baptized. In this lesson, we’re going to ask the […]

The Blessing of Autonomy

Text: 1 Peter 5:1-2 One characteristic of the Lord’s church that makes it different from most churches of men is autonomy. Why did the Lord design the church to be this way? We can look to the Bible to see what has been revealed that would show at least some of His reasons. So in this lesson, […]

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 […]