The Desire for Unity

Text: Psalm 133 Unity is good and pleasant, but we must understand what kind of unity this is Unity Must Be Based Upon God’s Word Unity compared to oil used to anoint Aaron (v. 2) – there were specific instructions given as to how this oil was to be made (Exodus 30:22-25) We are to […]

Too Quick to Make Peace

Text: Deuteronomy 7:1-2 The Israelites were commanded to destroy the inhabitants of Canaan and to make no covenant of peace with them. Yet the Israelites were deceived into breaking this command, and once it was discovered, they found it to be very difficult to make the situation right. Deceived by the Inhabitants of Gibeon (Joshua […]

“Awake, Sleeper”

Text: Ephesians 5:14 What Paul Says They Needed to Do Go from sleep to being awake — state of alertness Go from death to life — state of salvation Go from darkness to light — state of enlightenment Why They Needed to Do These Things If they were not alert, they were vulnerable (1 Peter […]

House Churches

Text: Philemon 1-2 What Exactly is a House Church? Generally smaller (approximately 15-25 members) Typically meet in someone’s house But there is more to the house church movement than the size & location of a congregation’s assembly Two different kinds of house churches — one is connected to a larger church, the other is independent […]

Dealing with Error

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 One Who Simply Believes Error It is expected that our knowledge will grow from infancy to maturity (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14) Growth can only happen through the teaching of the word (1 Peter 2:2) Error needs to be explained & refuted (2 Corinthians 10:5) One Who Openly Promotes Error This […]

Reporting Back to Antioch

Text: Acts 14:27 Background of Paul & Barnabas’ Report to Antioch Antioch sent them on their way (Acts 13:3) They had just returned from their preaching trip (Acts 14:26) They gathered the church, not just the elders or a few individuals (Acts 14:27) Benefits of Preaching Reports Preachers are kept accountable — ensuring they are […]

Accepting One Another

Text: Romans 14 What We Must Understand As We Begin: Controversy: Does Romans 14 allow ongoing fellowship with those in sin/error? We can understand this (Ephesians 3:4) Scripture does not contradict itself (John 10:35) What Does This Chapter Teach & What Does It Not Teach? Don’t judge others’ opinions by your opinions. NOT: Don’t judge. (v. […]