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Are we traditionalists?. Are we traditionalists?. Traditions (defined). A. Something “handed down.” “A giving over, either by word of mouth or in writing; then that which is given over, i.e. tradition, the teaching that is handed down from one to another” (ISBE).

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Are we traditionalists

Are we traditionalists?


Are we traditionalists1

Are we traditionalists?

Traditions (defined).

A. Something “handed down.” “A giving over, either by word of mouth or in writing; then that which is given over, i.e. tradition, the teaching that is handed down from one to another” (ISBE).


Are we traditionalists2

Are we traditionalists?

Traditions (defined).

A. Something “handed down.”

B. Two kinds of traditions: from God & from men.

1. Those from God (Divine) we must keep!


Are we traditionalists3

Are we traditionalists?

Traditions (defined).

A. Something “handed down.”

B. Two kinds of traditions: from God & from men.

1. Those from God (Divine) we must keep!

 I Cor. 11:1-2; II Thess. 2:15; 3:6


Are we traditionalists4

Are we traditionalists?

Traditions (defined).

A. Something “handed down.”

B. Two kinds of traditions: from God & from men.

1. Those from God (Divine) we must keep!

 I Cor. 11:1-2; II Thess. 2:15; 3:6

 Baptism (immersion), for rem./sins (Acts 8:37; Rom. 6:4; Acts 2:38)


Are we traditionalists5

Are we traditionalists?

Traditions (defined).

A. Something “handed down.”

B. Two kinds of traditions: from God & from men.

1. Those from God (Divine) we must keep!

 I Cor. 11:1-2; II Thess. 2:15; 3:6

 Baptism (immersion), for rem./sins (Acts 8:37; Rom. 6:4; Acts 2:38)

 Breaking of bread (Acts 20:7; I Cor.11:34)


Are we traditionalists6

Are we traditionalists?

Traditions (defined).

A. Something “handed down.”

B. Two kinds of traditions: from God & from men.

1. Those from God (Divine) we must keep!

 I Cor. 11:1-2; II Thess. 2:15; 3:6

 Baptism (immersion), for rem./sins (Acts 8:37; Rom. 6:4; Acts 2:38)

 Breaking of bread (Acts 20:7; I Cor.11:34)

 Morality (marr.-div.-remarriage), Mt. 19


Are we traditionalists7

Are we traditionalists?

Traditions (defined).

A. Something “handed down.”

B. Two kinds of traditions: from God & from men.

1. Those from God (Divine) we must keep!

2. Traditions of men, Col. 2:8 - (at least 2 kinds).


Are we traditionalists8

Are we traditionalists?

Traditions (defined).

A. Something “handed down.”

B. Two kinds of traditions: from God & from men.

1. Those from God (Divine) we must keep!

2. Traditions of men, Col. 2:8 - (at least 2 kinds).

a. Traditions that may be good, but have been made into law (Mk. 7:1-9).


Are we traditionalists9

Are we traditionalists?

-“Closing song” -Wed. nt. Serv. -Cloth over L.S. -Time to meet -Weeks for gospel meetings

Traditions (defined).

A. Something “handed down.”

B. Two kinds of traditions: from God & from men.

1. Those from God (Divine) we must keep!

2. Traditions of men, Col. 2:8 - (at least 2 kinds).

a. Traditions that may be good, but have been made into law (Mk. 7:1-9).


Are we traditionalists10

Are we traditionalists?

-“Closing song” -Wed. nt. Serv. -Cloth over L.S. -Time to meet -Weeks for gospel meetings

Traditions (defined).

A. Something “handed down.”

B. Two kinds of traditions: from God & from men.

1. Those from God (Divine) we must keep!

2. Traditions of men, Col. 2:8 - (at least 2 kinds).

a. Traditions that may be good, but have been made into law (Mk. 7:1-9).

b. Traditions that are wrong & actually counter right & God-given “traditions” (Mk. 7:9-13).


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Are we traditionalists?

-“Closing song” -Wed. nt. Serv. -Cloth over L.S. -Time to meet -Weeks for gospel meetings

Traditions (defined).

A. Something “handed down.”

B. Two kinds of traditions: from God & from men.

1. Those from God (Divine) we must keep!

2. Traditions of men, Col. 2:8 - (at least 2 kinds).

a. Traditions that may be good, but have been made into law (Mk. 7:1-9).

b. Traditions that are wrong & actually counter right & God-given “traditions” (Mk. 7:9-13).

-Substituting “sinner’s prayer” for obed. to gospel -“Easter sun-rise service,” yet no time for the L.S.


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Are we traditionalists?

2. Dangers faced when people set out to be non-traditional:

A.Eliminate inspired traditions (teachings & practices)

-- teaching on marriage, L.S., giving, singing, baptism.

B. Eliminate uninspired but good traditions that have value (Sun. nt. worship, Wed. evening, gospel meetings, song books, individual communion cups, ).

C. Tendency to become smug & contemptuous of “traditionalists.”

D. Reject what may be considered “traditional” explanations of Scripture (Rom. 12:1-2; I Tim. 2:11-12).

E. Non-traditionalists become traditionalists (no Sun. nt., Wed. nt. Services, gospel meetings, etc.)


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Are we traditionalists?

2. Dangers faced when people set out to be non-traditional:

A. Eliminate inspired traditions (teachings & practices)

-- teaching on marriage, L.S., giving, singing, baptism.

B. Eliminate uninspired but good traditions that have value (Sun. nt. worship, Wed. evening, gospel meetings, song books, individual communion cups, ).

C. Tendency to become smug & contemptuous of “traditionalists.”

D. Reject what may be considered “traditional” explanations of Scripture (Rom. 12:1-2; I Tim. 2:11-12).

E. Non-traditionalists become traditionalists (no Sun. nt., Wed. nt. Services, gospel meetings, etc.)


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Are we traditionalists?

2. Dangers faced when people set out to be non-traditional:

A. Eliminate inspired traditions (teachings & practices)

-- teaching on marriage, L.S., giving, singing, baptism.

B. Eliminate uninspired but good traditions that have value (Sun. nt. worship, Wed. evening, gospel meetings, song books, individual communion cups).

C. Tendency to become smug & contemptuous of “traditionalists.”

D. Reject what may be considered “traditional” explanations of Scripture (Rom. 12:1-2; I Tim. 2:11-12).

E. Non-traditionalists become traditionalists (no Sun. nt., Wed. nt. Services, gospel meetings, etc.)


Are we traditionalists15

Are we traditionalists?

2. Dangers faced when people set out to be non-traditional:

A. Eliminate inspired traditions (teachings & practices)

-- teaching on marriage, L.S., giving, singing, baptism.

B. Eliminate uninspired but good traditions that have value (Sun. nt. worship, Wed. evening, gospel meetings, song books, individual communion cups).

C. Tendency to become smug & contemptuous of “traditionalists.”

D. Reject what may be considered “traditional” explanations of Scripture (Rom. 12:1-2; I Tim. 2:11-12).

E. Non-traditionalists become traditionalists (no Sun. nt., Wed. nt. Services, gospel meetings, etc.)


Are we traditionalists16

Are we traditionalists?

2. Dangers faced when people set out to be non-traditional:

A. Eliminate inspired traditions (teachings & practices)

-- teaching on marriage, L.S., giving, singing, baptism.

B. Eliminate uninspired but good traditions that have value (Sun. nt. worship, Wed. evening, gospel meetings, song books, individual communion cups).

C. Tendency to become smug & contemptuous of “traditionalists.”

D. Reject what may be considered “traditional” explanations of Scripture (Rom. 12:1-2; I Tim. 2:11-12).

E. Non-traditionalists become traditionalists (no Sun. nt., Wed. nt. Services, gospel meetings, etc.)


Are we traditionalists17

Are we traditionalists?

2. Dangers faced when people set out to be non-traditional:

A. Eliminate inspired traditions (teachings & practices)

-- teaching on marriage, L.S., giving, singing, baptism.

B. Eliminate uninspired but good traditions that have value (Sun. nt. worship, Wed. evening, gospel meetings, song books, individual communion cups).

C. Tendency to become smug & contemptuous of “traditionalists.”

D. Reject what may be considered “traditional” explanations of Scripture (Rom. 12:1-2; I Tim. 2:11-12).

E. Non-traditionalists become traditionalists (no Sun. nt., Wed. nt. Services, gospel meetings, etc.)


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Are we traditionalists?

3. Dangers of a traditional bias:

A. May hold on to traditions that become worthless (gospel meeting only 3rd week in July, times for services, order of worship).

B. May become critical of those who do not hold traditions. (invitation song, sign identifying church)

C. May oppose change because of not wanting to be bothered or to be caused to think more carefully.


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Are we traditionalists?

3. Dangers of a traditional bias:

A. May hold on to traditions that become worthless (gospel meeting only 3rd week in July, times for services, order of worship).

B. May become critical of those who do not hold traditions. (invitation song, sign identifying church)

C. May oppose change because of not wanting to be bothered or to be caused to think more carefully.


Are we traditionalists20

Are we traditionalists?

3. Dangers of a traditional bias:

A. May hold on to traditions that become worthless (gospel meeting only 3rd week in July, times for services, order of worship).

B. May become critical of those who do not hold traditions. (invitation song, sign identifying church)

C. May oppose change because of not wanting to be bothered or to be caused to think more carefully.


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Are we traditionalists?

3. Dangers of a traditional bias:

A. May hold on to traditions that become worthless (gospel meeting only 3rd week in July, times for services, order of worship).

B. May become critical of those who do not hold traditions. (invitation song, sign identifying church)

C. May oppose change because of not wanting to be bothered or to be caused to think more carefully.


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Are we traditionalists?

4. If a person is in love with things that are non-traditional, he can leave Bible based teaching founded on Christ’s authority:


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Are we traditionalists?

4. If a person is in love with things that are non-traditional, he can leave Bible based teaching founded on Christ’s authority:

A. Giving on 1st day of week.


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Are we traditionalists?

4. If a person is in love with things that are non-traditional, he can leave Bible based teaching founded on Christ’s authority:

A. Giving on 1st day of week.

B. Opposition to religious observance of holidays, instrumental music, church support of orphan homes, etc.


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Are we traditionalists?

4. If a person is in love with things that are non-traditional, he can leave Bible based teaching founded on Christ’s authority:

A. Giving on 1st day of week.

B. Opposition to religious observance of holidays, instrumental music, church support of orphan homes, etc.

C. Drinking, gambling, immodesty, all just “traditional” (?) oppositions of churches of Christ that can be passed off.


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Are we traditionalists?

5. How do we answer, “Traditionalists are boring, dull, and don’t grow spiritually”?

A. How does spiritual growth come?

Changing externals?

Lowering lights, holding hands, sitting in circles, tables, humming during the Lord’s supper?

What happens after a year of this?

B. Yet, worship does not have to be boring to be Scriptural. Themes?


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Are we traditionalists?

5. How do we answer, “Traditionalists are boring, dull, and don’t grow spiritually”?

A. How does spiritual growth come?

Changing externals?

Lowering lights, holding hands, sitting in circles, tables, humming during the Lord’s supper?

What happens after a year of this?

B. Yet, worship does not have to be boring to be Scriptural. Themes?


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Are we traditionalists?

5. How do we answer, “Traditionalists are boring, dull, and don’t grow spiritually”?

A. How does spiritual growth come?

Changing externals?

Lowering lights, holding hands, sitting in circles, tables, humming during the Lord’s supper?

What happens after a year of this?

- Spiritual growth comes by a growing faith and changing the heart!

B. Yet, worship does not have to be boring to be Scriptural. Themes?


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Are we traditionalists?

5. How do we answer, “Traditionalists are boring, dull, and don’t grow spiritually”?

A. How does spiritual growth come?

Changing externals?

Lowering lights, holding hands, sitting in circles, tables, humming during the Lord’s supper?

What happens after a year of this?

- Spiritual growth comes by a growing faith and changing the heart!

B. Yet, worship does not have to be boring to be Scriptural. Themes?


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Are we traditionalists?

5. How do we answer, “Traditionalists are boring, dull, and don’t grow spiritually”?

A. How does spiritual growth come?

Changing externals?

Lowering lights, holding hands, sitting in circles, tables, humming during the Lord’s supper?

What happens after a year of this?

- Spiritual growth comes by a growing faith and changing the heart!

B. Yet, worship does not have to be boring to be Scriptural. -- Themes?


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Are we traditionalists?

Yes, if we refer to God’s traditions.

Yes, if we refer to following traditions that will be helpful.

No, if we refer to making man-made traditions Divine law.


Are we traditionalists32

Are we traditionalists?

Yes, if we refer to God’s traditions.

Yes, if we refer to following traditions that will be helpful.

No, if we refer to making man-made traditions Divine law.


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Are we traditionalists?

Yes, if we refer to God’s traditions.

Yes, if we refer to following traditions that will be helpful.

No, if we refer to making man-made traditions Divine law.


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