The Headcovering – Redux

I’m pleasantly surprised that my recent post concerning headship and it’s symbolic practice generated some buzz on various social media sites– which translated into a greater than usual number of page views.

 

 

If you are interested in this topic here are some resources that I have found helpful….

As always, be a good Berean!

 

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1 Corinthians 5:9-13 Christians- Be Careful Who Your Friends Are

 

 

“I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 KJV

 

Paul is still discussing in this section the purity of the local church but as a by-product he talks about who Christians have as their friends.

It’s an important lesson. Hope it helps you.

 

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1 Corinthians 5:1-5 — Sexual Sin and Discipline

 

 

“It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 5:1-5 KJV

 

Things are really hotting up in this letter. Paul deals with incest in the Church. The local church elders and members had ignored it but God calls Paul to spell out what should have happened and what they now need to do to rectify matters. Scary stuff! Not too far from the reality of the world we live in!

These were hard recordings. I trust I have dealt with them properly and that the Lord will bless His word.

 

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:12-18 – No Divisions

 

 

Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:12-18 KJV

 

The church must look quite a mess from heaven’s viewpoint.

Many Christians not only hold the name of Christ but also operate under an additional tag – a denomination. The division of God’s people into artificial groupings was never the will of God but the problem started very early in the history of the church.

Paul addresses this problem when writing to the church in Corinth. He even outlaws those who claim to exclusively follow Christ.

I trust these verses challenge the way we think.

 

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A Christian Response To Tragedy

As virtually the entire world knows by now, Newtown, CT, a previously quiet little town in western Connecticut experienced an unimaginable tragedy this past Friday morning. What is the ‘proper’ Christian response to the sudden and unprovoked slaughter of 26 people ~ most of whom were only 6 or 7 years old?

I’m not so sure there is a simple answer to this question ~ or even just one ‘correct’ answer. However, I have been moved by the gracious and loving response of the New Testament patterned gathering of believers in Newtown, CT. Through their website the assembly offers to the community their love and concern.

Below is a screenshot of their open letter to the residents of Newtown. As you think about this recent tragedy please remember to include the Newtown Christian Fellowship in your prayers as they navigate through this difficult time and shine the light of hope that only the Lord Jesus Christ can give.

 

Newtown Christian Fellowship Letter to Newtown offering sympathy and support after the tragedy

 

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Which Church? Download The Free PDF eBook

Which Church?Over the last twelve weeks Digital Sojourner posted a series of articles regarding the pattern in the New Testament of how the early Christians gathered together. This series of posts, entitled Which Church?, briefly examined ten characteristics that are clearly articulated in the Bible.

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Which Church? Does My Church Match The New Testament Pattern?

Which Church? New Testament Churches Had No Sectarian Title

As stated in the introduction, this series of posts have been framed with the newly saved person in mind, but we all have to take stock of our ecclesiastical position.

Ask the question, “does the group I am linked with match the New Testament pattern?” If not, you have a responsibility to respond to the teaching of Scripture and to meet with believers whose principles of gathering correspond to that biblical pattern.

Obviously this study has not been exhaustive, but be like the people of Berea, who “searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so”, Acts 17:11.

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Which Church? New Testament Churches Were Centers From Which The Gospel Radiated

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It was said of the Thessalonian assembly, “From you sounded out the word of the Lord”, 1 Thessalonians 1:8. This should be a characteristic of every local church. Indeed, its continued existence depends on an energetic successful gospel outreach. This is the only method by which sinners are won to Christ and added to the company of believers bearing collective testimony for Him.

A metaphor of the assembly in scripture is that of a golden lampstand, Revelation 1 – 3. The point of the illustration is that the witness of every local church should be such, that the light of the Gospel penetrates the dense moral and spiritual darkness that pervades our communities. New Testament churches were not just respectable, religious social clubs, but they comprised of people who had a burden to reach their neighbours and friends with the life-changing gospel. Their commitment to that goal was unquestioning.

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Which Church? New Testament Churches Met For Collective Prayer

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Collective prayer was an important function of the early churches, Acts 2:42, Acts 4:23-24, Acts 12:5, and the prayer meeting should still be a priority for every assembly. On some occasions in the Acts, these were impromptu gatherings in emergency conditions, but it is clear that meetings for prayer were a regular feature of the early churches.

The doctrinal part of the Word that regulates the conduct of prayer meetings is 1 Timothy chapter 2. The first two verses show how we should pray, blending supplications, intercessions and thanksgivings. They show for whom we should pray, and why, and really, the command to pray for ‘all men’ provides wide scope for our public prayers. As has been observed already, verse 8 indicates who should do the public praying, the men.

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Which Church? New Testament Churches Celebrated The Lord’s Supper Weekly

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The Lord’s Supper was instituted by the Lord Himself on the eve of His crucifixion. In the loaf and cup He was giving tangible emblems of His body and blood, and His command to His disciples was to perpetuate this ordinance in remembrance of Himself. The practice of the early believers in the book of Acts gives guidance regarding the ‘breaking of bread’. A quick glance at the end of chapter two will reveal that the participants were people who had been saved by responding to Peter’s preaching. Subsequently, they were

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