The primary characteristic of a true Christian is a willingness to truly make Jesus the Lord of his life. True respect for the Lord’s authority. “I don’t see anything wrong with it, and besides, God didn’t tell us NOT to do it.”.
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The primary characteristic of a true Christian is a willingness to truly make Jesus the Lord of his life.
True respect for the Lord’s authority.
“I don’t see anything wrong with it, and besides, God didn’t tell us NOT to do it.”
Do we have liberty in our religious practices to do what we think is good, as long as God has not prohibited it?
“For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests.”
“How can you say it is wrong?”
“But this is a good thing we are doing, and we are serving God by this good work.”
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.”
1 Samuel 15:22
“You shall notADD TOthe word which I am commanding you, norTAKE AWAYfrom it, that you maykeep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
“…that in us you may learnNOT TO EXCEED WHAT IS WRITTEN...”
1 Corinthians 4:6
“Anyone who goes too far and DOES NOT ABIDE IN THE DOCTRINE OF CHRISTdoes not have God…”
2 John 9-11
“But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN.”
The Lord does not need to tell us NOTto do something for it to be wrong.
The Lord’s silence authorizes NOTHING.
Is God’s Silence Permissive?
What DID God say that DOES relate to these actions?
Men often seek to justify a multitude of religious practices and programs by saying, “they can be practiced as expediencies” or “these are just aids.”
The common concept – Anything that accomplishes what we think is beneficial in the Lord’s service is permissible.
Expediencies (aids) have to do with “means and methods,” that is, the manneror way in which a given work is accomplished.
NOTE: When you are done using the aid, all you did was fulfill the command, you did not change what God specified (you did not add to or subtract from God’s word).
(song books, Lord’s Supper trays, church buildings, Bible classes, Powerpoint projectors)
“So they carried the ark of God on a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart. ... 9 And when they came to Chidon's threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. 10 Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died there before God.”
“Then David said, ‘No one may carry the ark of God but the Levites, for the LORD has chosen them to carry the ark of God and to minister before Him forever.’”
Aids vs. Additions
Will You Become A Christian?
HearThe Gospel (Rom. 10:17)
BelieveThat Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24)
Repentof Your Sins (Acts 17:30)
ConfessThat Jesus is the Son of God (Acts 8:37)
Be Baptizedfor the Forgiveness of Sins (Acts 2:38)
Live FaithfullyUntil You Die (Rev. 2:10)
Matthew 28:18-20 - “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, … teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.’”
Eccl. 12:13-14 – “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”
Hebrews 5:8-9 - “Although He was a Son, He learned obediencefrom the things which He suffered, and having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”
Romans 6:17-18 – “…though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
John 14:15 – “If you love me you will keep my commandments.”
1 John 2:4-5 - “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.”
1 John 5:3 - “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.”
Colossians 3:17 - “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father…”
Luke 6:46 - “But why do you call Me‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the thingswhich I say?”
Matt. 7:21 - “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the willof My Father in heaven.”
John 8:29 - “The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”
Assemble Heb 10:25;
Jam 2:2; Acts 20:7
Place – rent, own, build, sit or stand; time of day; heat or cool
Baptize Matt 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38
Where? Baptistry or river? Cold or warm water? Fresh or salt water?
Sprinkling, pouring, babies, unbelievers, “because of” remission
Sing Eph 5:19; Col 3:16 Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
Books or memory? Number of Songs?
Sit or stand?
Mechanical Instruments Choirs
Lay By In Store
1 Cor 16:1-2; 2 Cor 9:6-7; When? 1st Day of Week
Cash or check?
In basket or hat?
Before or after sermon?
Raffles, chicken dinners, business enterprises investments
Mark 16:15; 2 Tim 4:1;
1 Tim 3:15 – Gospel
When? How? Where? Pulpit, radio, TV, printed page, private, public
Another doctrine, missionary society
Relieve the needy
Acts 2:44; 4:32-35; 11:29 Who? Needy Saints
Money, food, clothing, provide facilities
Benevolent society, orphan home,
old folks home
Drink this cup
Matt 26:26-30; Luk 22:18 Cup, 1st day of the week
Morning or evening?
One container or many?
Coffee, tea, coke, Thursday night, once a year, outside kingdom
Teach Matt 28:20;
2 Tim 2:2; 4:1
The taught, the Word
Arrangements – time, place, size of group, PC, projector, black board
Support of Preacher
1 Cor 9:14; 2 Cor 11:8 Support, the Laborer
How it is given:
Money, house, food, utilities, frequency
To refuse to support,
Beg to get public donations
Jurisdiction of Elders
Acts 20:28; 14:23
The local church
How they oversee, the number, frequency of meetings, teachers used
One elder, oversight of members, money,
work of another church