"I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine." II Timothy 4:1-2
The apostle Peter warned the Christians in his day to be aware of false teachers: “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you” (2 Peter 2:1). Since this is the case, how do we go about identifying these false teachers? Continue reading “IDENTIFYING FALSE TEACHERS”→
The word “music” is a generic term and includes vocal and instrumental music. It occurs only one time in the New Testament. When the prodigal son returned home he heard “music (Grk-sumphonia), and dancing” (Luke 15:25). “Music” is generic and includes all kinds of musical sounds. This has no reference to a worship service, but to social activities in the home. If this one use of the word music authorizes instrumental music in worship to God, then it follows that dancing, killing the fatted calf, etc., would be included also. Since this is the only New Testament passage which uses the generic term music, and since it does not authorize instrumental music in worship, then instrumental music in worship is not to be found in this passage. And therefore instrumental music in worship is not to be found in the New Testament! Continue reading “BIBLICAL MUSIC IN CHURCH WORSHIP”→
The Christian life is a marathon. The New Testament abounds with allusions to the ancient games conducted in Greece, Asia and Rome. This year the Summer Olympics were to be held in Tokyo, but were postponed to 2021. Athletes from all over the world will then be competing for the top prize—a gold medal of honor and glory. Continue reading “THE MARATHON MAN”→
One of the favorite figures of speech applied to the church is that of the way, the path, and the road that leads from one place to another.
Do All Religious Roads Lead to Heaven?
Christianity is a definite way over which the redeemed pass from earth to heaven. In a day when highways and roads are so familiar, it is easy for some people to get the idea that there are many ways for one to reach heaven. It is a popular doctrine that we are all going to heaven in different ways. While this is popular, is it the truth? Continue reading “THE WAY”→
The Lord’s Supper is a very important part of Christian worship, but teaching regarding it has been generally neglected. Therefore, in many places the church is falling into many errors regarding the proper observance of this wonderful memorial to our Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul had to deal with the perversions of the Lord’s Supper in the church at Corinth, and therefore, his teaching to them is the same teaching which the church needs today to properly observe the Lord’s Supper. When God’s people come together in a solemn assembly it should be to worship the Lord, and to learn his will, and to be drawn closer to God. But this is not always the case, and many times when people come together, it is not for the better, but for the worse.
When Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, he could not praise them concerning the Lord’s Supper, because when they came together, it was not for the better, but for the worse:
“Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that you come together not for the better, but for the worse” (1 Corinthians 1:17).
The phrase, “coming together” refers to their solemn assemblies on the first day of each week to worship the God of heaven in spirit and in truth. However, what they were doing in these assemblies was for the worse, and not for the better
It is sad that people can come together and not be made any better for their having come together, but are actually made worse. We should do some serious and sober thinking, lest our coming together will make us worse instead of better. The phrase, “come together” is used five times in our context concerning the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11: 17, 18, 20, 33, 34). If one will take the time to examine these occurrences of the phrase, “come together,” one will notice several reasons why the Corinthian’s were coming together, not for the better, but for the worse.
Let us come together, not for the worse, but for the better.
In one of his parables, Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to the owner of a vineyard inviting workers to go to work in his vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16). This parable reveals that the Lord will reward each worker according to his grace and mercy; regardless at what stage of life we enter his kingdom. “So the last will be first, and first will be last” (Matthew 20:16). Continue reading “GO WORK IN MY VINEYARD”→
True morality originated from God, neither man nor government. The most pure standard of morality has been derived from Moses and Christ. Morality is the proper relationship between God and man and his fellow human beings. Continue reading “MORALITY AND AMERICA”→
Today, most young people between the ages of 18 and 25 are thinking about getting married and having a family. It is very important for the happiness and success of a young man or young woman to make the right decision in choosing their partner for life. Perhaps it would be good to observe a few principles by which God’s people made that choice in the Old Testament. Continue reading “SEEKING A MARRIAGE”→
The sweet Psalmist of Israel yearned to be in the presence of Almighty God:
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” (Psalms 84:1-2 NIV).
Where God is worshiped God is present. David longed to be present in the temple courts at Jerusalem to worship the Lord. Later in this same Psalm he said,
“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked” (Psalms 84:10 NIV).
If assembling to worship God and to be in his presence was such a priority under the Old Testament, how much more should we desire to assemble with the church to worship on each Lord’s Day (Revelation 1:10)? Jesus taught that God is a Spirit and must be worshiped in spirit and truth (John 4:24).
Let us exhort one another to love and good works by faithfully assembling with the church each first day of the week: “…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-26). Our number one desire should be in the presence of God: “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you” (Psalms 73:25 NKJV).
We live in a time when worldly pleasure is the chief pursuit of most people. But with God’s people our joy and pleasure above all else should be the presence of God: “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalms 16:11 NKJV).
Heartland members, let us be more faithful and work more diligently than we have.
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God (Psalms 42:1-2 NKJV)?
Our goal is to consistently have a full house present each Sunday. If being in the presence of God is our priority, our friends will notice and want to be with us.
Jesus Promised to Build One Church Contrary to the popular notion that one may join the church of his choice, the Bible teaches that there is just one church. In fact, Jesus Christ never promised to build but one church. In the area of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus said, “Thou art Peter, and upon this rook I will build my church….” (Matthew 16:18). Jesus did not say, “I will build my churches,” but he said, “I will build my church,” singular. Jesus built but one church, and he called it “my church.” Continue reading “THE ONE BODY–THE ONE CHURCH”→