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IS PLACING MEMBERSHIP WITH A CONGREGATION NECESSARY?

by Dennis Gulledge

    Does the New Testament teach the necessity of placing church membership? Yes. It does by example and by implication. I think that those who like to argue this point by insisting that they are members of the church universal, and not tied down to any particular church, are looking for a command that says, “Thou […]

    SERVING IN THE BODY OF CHRIST

    by Wayne Brewer

      Jesus said that he came to serve and not be served (Matthew 20:28) and in doing so became an example for all Christians to follow (1 Peter 2:21). The Holy Spirit guided Paul to write several times that the church that Jesus established is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23, Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12) […]

      INDEPENDENCE

      by Noah Icenhour

        The Fourth of July—a beautiful day full of food, fun, and fireworks. It is a day that the United States of America celebrates its independence as a free nation. We are not alone in this celebration. Nations all over the world celebrate their independence and establishment of their nations.  The fact is everyone desires independence […]

        GOD IS A STORY TELLER

        by Noah Icenhour

          The Bible is a collection of story books that were written over a period on 1500 years by over forty different writers. Each book is filled with stories about various people through history and how they fit in to the overall theme of the Bible: God’s redemption of mankind. The Bible is a collection of […]

          BOOK, CHAPTER & VERSE

          by Dennis Gulledge

                        Everybody enjoys the preacher that can quote scripture from memory in his preaching. I suppose every preacher aspires to be one that has that ability. Some have it. Some don’t. Some moderately so. Some preachers simply read most of the scriptures they use. The important point is that they preach the Word of God, […]

            REBUILDING THE NATION

            by Wayne Brewer

                          The apostle Paul wrote concerning the Old Testament Scriptures, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning…” (Romans 15:4). While the specific commands of the Old Testament are no longer in effect, there are many valid principles and lessons that can be applied to our lives today.             Late in the […]

              THE MARRIAGE COMMITMENT

              by Noah Icenhour

                It is show time! After months of planning Cassidy and I’s wedding is finally here! We had a lot of fun times dating, but we also spent a significant amount time in serious discussion about our relationship and our commitment to one another. This Saturday at 2:00, we will be actualizing that commitment to one […]

                AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY

                by Noah Icenhour

                  Today I have a very simple thought for you: Be an authentic, genuine, and real Christian.  In our teen class we have been studying the epistle of James. It is not very long, but it is very powerful. James is writing to those in the early church who were facing “various trials.” In the middle […]

                  THINGS COMMON – THINGS DISTINCTIVE

                  by Dennis Gulledge

                    Churches of Christ are different from every other religious institution in the world. The voices of compromise are threatening our distinctiveness. We in churches of Christ stand in two relations to our religious neighbors. First, there are those things that we have in common with them. Second, there are also things that mark us as […]

                    GO INTO ALL THE WORLD

                    by Wayne Brewer

                      The great commission was given to the disciples after Jesus’ victorious resurrection from the dead on the first day of the week and before ascending back into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. Jesus said; “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). That great […]