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  1. If the Apostle Paul Came to Little Rock, . . . W. 65th St church of Christ -

  2. Introduction • What would he think of our religious world? • Out of all the many different religious groups, where could he worship if he came to this area? • We can answer the question by looking at what he taught What if the Apostle Paul Were Alive Today? W. 65th St church of Christ -

  3. Introduction • He taught the need to avoid some (Rom. 16:17; 1 Cor. 5:11) • He taught that we are not to fellowship evil (Eph. 5:11; Gal. 1:8-9) • He longed to be with those who were faithfully following the word of God (Rom. 1:8-10) What if the Apostle Paul Were Alive Today? W. 65th St church of Christ -

  4. Not with: • Pagans • The Buddhist – 2 Cor. 6:15 • The Bahá'ís – Heb 1:1,2 • Muslims – John 8:24; Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 16:22 • Seventh Day Adventists – Acts 20:7 • Jehovah Witnesses’ – 1 Thes 4:16,17; Heb 1:5; 2 Peter 3:10-16 W. 65th St church of Christ -

  5. Not the Jews • Some think he kept the sabbath when he went into their synagogues (Ac. 13:14-15; 14:1; 17:1-3) • But Paul went there to teach them to believe that Jesus was the Messiah (Acts 13:36-39, 46; 17:3) • He worshipped Jesus by remembering His death on the first day of the week (Ac. 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1,2) W. 65th St church of Christ -

  6. 89.8 percent of surveyed Arkansans identified themselves as "Christian," members of 21 denominational groups. • 1,423,000 people or 60.5% of the population were "adherents" or members of Christian church congregations, including Roman Catholic, Latter-Day Saint and Jehovah's Witnesses. W. 65th St church of Christ -

  7. Various Baptist churches: - 849,000 • Methodism - 202,808, • Church of Christ - 86,502 in 1990, • Roman Catholic - 85, 992 in 1996 • Assemblies of God - 55,438 • Presbyterian - 28,947 • Episcopal - 13,845 • LDS - 10,446 in 1990, but 19,000 in 1997 Since 1990, Arkansas has seen the growth of so-called "megachurches," often non-denominational but based in evangelical or Pentecostal traditions W. 65th St church of Christ -

  8. Not the Catholics • Because they have added many things to their worship which CANNOT be found in the Word of God . . . (1 Cor. 4:6; John 4:24) • Mass • Bowing before images • Bowing before men • Burning candles • Praying to Mary, etc. W. 65th St church of Christ -

  9. Not the Catholics • Because they are not organized according to the Word of God . . . (1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Acts 14:23; Phili. 1:1) • Paul taught Jesus is the head of the church, not some man (Col. 1:18) • Paul denies Peter was the chief apostle (2 Cor. 11:5) • Paul taught bishops had to be married (1 Tim. 3:2) W. 65th St church of Christ -

  10. Not The Protestants • Because they too are not organized according to the Word of God . . . (1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Acts 14:23; Phili. 1:1) • Have councils, synods, etc. to change church teaching • Denominational concept stands in opposition to Paul’s teaching (Eph. 4:4) • Paul condemned religious division (1 Cor. 1:10) W. 65th St church of Christ -

  11. Not The Protestants • Because of their changing the worship of the New Testament church - (John 4:24) • Use instrumental music in worship (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16) • Doesn’t observe the Lord’s supper according to N.T. (Ac. 20:7) • Doesn’t follow Paul’s teaching on giving - (1 Cor. 16:2) • Preaching consist of doctrinal error - (Rom. 16:17,18) W. 65th St church of Christ -

  12. Not The Protestants • Because of their changing the church’s teaching on how to be saved • Baptize by sprinkling (Rom. 6:4) • Deny the necessity of baptism (Col. 2:12-13) • Teach salvation by faith alone (Ac. 17:30) • Deny that one can fall from grace (Gal. 5:4) W. 65th St church of Christ -

  13. Not Some Churches of Christ Because of their changing the organization of the church Elders • Elders overseeing more than one congregation (Ac. 20:28) • The sponsoring church arrangement – • Unscriptural cooperation in benevolence • Adding other organizations to do the work of the church (Ac. 11:29-30) Elders Elders Elders Elders W. 65th St church of Christ -

  14. Not Some Churches of Christ Because many have changed the work of the church • Replacing the gospel of Christ with the social gospel (Rom. 1:16) • Having entertainment, parties, gyms, ball teams, etc. (Rom. 14:17) W. 65th St church of Christ -

  15. Same work • Evangelism (1 Tim. 3:15) • Edification (Eph. 4:16) • Benevolence (Ac. 11:29-30) • Same organization • Elders (Ac. 14:32) • Deacons (Phil. 1:1) Paul Would Worship with a Congregation Patterned after the Bible • Same means of membership • Faith (Rom. 10:17) • Repentance (Ac. 17:30) • Confession (Rom. 10:9-10) • Baptism (Col. 2:12) • Same worship • Teaching (Ac. 2:42) • Prayer (Ac. 2:42) • Lord’s Supper (Ac. 20:7) • Giving (1 Cor. 16:2) • Singing (Eph. 5:19) W. 65th St church of Christ -

  16. Same work • Evangelism (1 Tim. 3:15) • Edification (Eph. 4:16) • Benevolence (Ac. 11:29-30) • Same organization • Elders (Ac. 14:32) • Deacons (Phil. 1:1) Would You Worship With Paul? • Same means of membership • Faith (Rom. 10:17) • Repentance (Ac. 17:30) • Confession (Rom. 10:9-10) • Baptism (Col. 2:12) • Same worship • Teaching (Ac. 2:42) • Prayer (Ac. 2:42) • Lord’s Supper (Ac. 20:7) • Giving (1 Cor. 16:2) • Singing (Eph. 5:19) W. 65th St church of Christ -

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