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, […]

Do Not Let Your Good Be Spoken of as Evil

Text: Romans 14:16 It is possible for things to be good in themselves, but actually end up being used for evil, or in a way that would lead to evil. How can this happen? That is what we will consider in this lesson. By Harming Our Brother Some matters may not be unclean in themselves […]

Everything is Controversial

Jude 3 Jude says we must “contend earnestly for the faith.” Why? It is because “the faith” is controversial. While many want to shy away from controversy, we cannot avoid it – not just because of our obligation, but because of reality. Everything is controversial to someone. In this lesson we will consider why this […]

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) — […]

Controversies Among Brethren – Historical

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:19 The Missionary Society Organization established to send out men to preach the gospel We already have an organization for preaching the gospel – the local church (1 Timothy 3:15) God used the local church to send out preachers (Acts 13:1-4) Instrumental Music Using instruments of music to accompany singing in worship […]

Instrumental Music

Bible Authority – Matthew 28:18; Colossians 3:17 Authority for Singing – Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:15; James 5:13; Acts 16:25; 1 Corinthians 14:15,26 No Authority for Instrumental Music No express statement like there is for singing – 1 Corinthians 14:15,26 No direct command like there is for singing – Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16 No […]