Monthly Archives: February 2008

Sinning against a fellow Christian

How we treat fellow Christians is ultimately how we treat Jesus because Christians are members of his body the church (Eph. 1:22-23). If a Christian sins against a fellow saint, he sins against Christ (1 Cor. 8:12). Paul (1 Cor. 3:16-17) promised spiritual destruction to those who destroy fellow Christians.

List some of the ways Christians can sin against one another:

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Is it wrong to celebrate Halloween?

Is it right or wrong to observe Halloween? Many Bible believing people wonder about this issue, and the Bible deals with it in places like 1 Cor. 8.

Some simple research into Halloween leaves no doubt that it is rooted in paganism. In 1 Cor. 8 Paul spoke to Christians who lived in a very pagan culture, and this environment involved eating meat sacrificed to idols. Paul told the Corinthians they could not participate in idol worship (1 Cor. 10:20-21), but it was not wrong to be in contact with things that came from paganism (1 Cor. 8:8). If Halloween is used to honor paganism and the forces of evil, it is wrong. If involvement with it is not designed to honor any pagan deities it is a matter of personal judgment just as eating meat sacrificed to idols was a matter of judgment.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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What Time Is It?

We know that God has already appointed a day in which He will judge the world according to righteousness (Acts 17:31). That is, there is a specific time already fixed in the mind of God in which this earth and all life as we know it will come to an end. When Jesus spoke to His disciples of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, they asked, “When shall all these things be?” (Matthew 24:3). Good question! Concerning the destruction of the heavens and earth (2Peter 3:10), we need to ask the same question: “When shall all these things be?” That is, “What time is it? How close are we to the appointed day?”

God has kept the earth rotating around the sun at an angle of 23 1/3 degrees for at least 6,000 years. The Law of Christ has already been in existence three times longer than the Law of Moses. More than at anytime since the first century, men are mocking the Bible and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?” (2 Peter 3:4). Our knowledge is doubling every 4 years (Daniel 12:4). And, our earth is “waxing old like a garment” (Isaiah 51:6), already supporting over 6 billion people, and that is expected to double in the next 12 to 15 years! How many people can the earth support? Just what time is it?

In the rat-race of our society, there’s the tendency for our faith to grow lazy and go into hibernation. That would be a tragic mistake, because our world is moving toward a certain, fixed destiny. The Bible summarizes this “certain destiny” in two simple words: THE END (1Corinthians 15:24).

Paul writes, “…and knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11). No one knows the day nor hour when our Lord will return (Mark 13:32-33), but we do know that we are 24 hours closer than we were yesterday at this time. Are you prepared? (Matthew 25:1-13).

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Eating idol meat – questions in 1 Cor. 8

In studying 1 Cor. 8 is important to remember that Paul was dealing with basically two classes of people. One group was comfortable eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols. A second was not. Somehow these two groups had to be brought together; the unifying factor was to be love as discussed later in the book (1 Cor. 13).

In 1 Cor. 8 Paul asks and answers these three basic questions: (1) Could a Christian attend a feast if an idol was being honored? (2) Could a Christian eat at a friend’s house if meat was served? (3) Could a Christian eat, in his own house, meat that had been sacrificed to an idol?

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Tips to succeed in the Christian life

1) Today we want to consider three different points that could be classified as “tips.”
a) The first tip will involve things to “remember.”
b) Heaven’s second tip is, “do not take things for granted.”
c) Tip three is, “Do not depend upon our own strength.”
2) Jesus tells us we are well advised to remember some things in the spiritual realm, Mt. 16:9.
a) Jesus nd His apostles then began a journey and they forgot to get food (Mt. 16:7).
b) The disciples were beginning to wonder where they were going to get something to eat.
c) Jesus responded to their concern with the words in verse 9 – READ
d) In Lk. 17:32 He said, “remember Lot’s wife.”
3) Gen. 19:26 says Lot’s wife “became a pillar of salt.”
a) This woman failed to remember that God is a God who keeps His word.
b) When she did not remember and apply that information, she died.
c) We are not told why she looked back, but it is very likely she was tied too closely to the world.
4) In the Old Testament a wise man said “remember God” (Eccl. 12:1).
a) This passage speaks of remembering God in the early years (youth).
b) This a divine tip (remembering God in the early years is the way to have the best possible life).
c) The world’s advice is to try out everything it has to offer.
d) Smoke, dance, drink, sleep around, try drugs, and wallow in sin.
5) Certainly when the end of life comes, people want God to “remember” them.
a) In Lk. 23:42 we are told about a thief who was crucified with Jesus.
b) This man had a dying request. He said to Jesus, “remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
6) Part of our remembrance is taking God’s word and storing it up in the heart.
a) Lk. 24 tells us they came to the tomb and found it had been opened.
b) Angels were there and these women received a divine message: Lk. 24:6 – READ
7) About 30 times in the New Testament we find statements about “remembering” things.
8) Christians need to keep in memory who they are, what God wants them to do, and what their future holds.
9) Remembering also involves the time when we became a Christian.
a) Do we remember when we left behind the old life of sin?
b) Do we remember the zeal and passion from when we were baptized for the forgiveness of sins?
c) We need to remember that time because it can help move us forward as a Christian.

10) A second divine tip we find in the scriptures involves taking things for granted.
a) Consider the man in Lk. 12:18-19. Jesus described a man who was a farmer.
b) Listen to verse 19 of Lk. 12 – READ. “Many years” is a key point in this story.
11) James (4:12-15).
12) The right attitude is found in verse 15 – READ & 1 Tim. 6:17.
13) Paul followed this up with a related thought in 1 Tim. 6:17.
14) IF THE TWO POINTS PRESENTED THUS FAR ARE TRUE (AND THE BIBLE AFFIRMS THAT THEY ARE), THERE WOULD SEEM TO BE A LOGICAL CONCLUSION. THAT IS, WE CANNOT DEPEND UPON OUR OWN STRENGTH.
a) Paul said he could do “all things,” but he had to go through “Christ” (Phil. 4:13).
b) In 2 Cor. 12:9-10 Paul also said, when he was “weak he was strong.”
15) Eph. 6:10 says, “be strong in the Lord.”
16) Trusting in our own strength actually turns us away from God – Jer. 17:5.
17) Jesus said that apart from Him we can do “nothing” (Jn. 15:5).

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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