And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.            Ephesians 6:17


Volume X, Number 15 January 15, 2007

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Editor......Joe R. Price

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Joe Price

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In this issue:

Who is God?
Joe R. Price

     Many people do not have a basic Bible understanding about God; who He is, what He has done and what He is doing. To reach the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ we must help them believe in the true God (Heb. 11:6; Acts 17:22-23). We must teach people about God before they can properly believe and obey God (Rom. 10:17).
     It also does our faith good to review what the Bible teaches about God. See if you can add to this list, using the Bible to guide you. Truly, what a great God we serve!

GOD IS CREATOR OF ALL, Acts 14:15; 17:24; Romans 11:33-36.

   COMPOSED OF THREE, EACH WHO ARE DEITY, Gen. 1:1, 26; Matt. 28:19; Eph. 4:4-6. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are each described as “God” (“deity,” Jno. 20:17; 20:28; Acts 5:3-4).
   GOD IS ONE, Deut. 6:4. God is a united one (“together”), John 10:30.

   GOD IS SPIRIT, John 4:24. A spirit does not have flesh and bones as a human, Luke 24:39 (Acts 17:29; Deut. 4:15-19).  God became flesh when Jesus was born (John 1:1-3, 14-18).
   GOD IS ETERNAL, Psa. 90:2; 1 Tm. 1:17. God self-exists, having neither beginning nor end.
   GOD IS UNCHANGEABLE, Mal. 3:6. God’s character and His nature is unalterable.

   GOD IS OMNIPOTENT, Job 42:2; Matt. 19:26; Rev. 4:8. God possesses all power, as seen in His work of creation (Rom. 1:20; Psa. 8; 19).
   GOD IS OMNISCIENT, 1 Sam. 2:3; 1 Chrn. 28:9; 2 Chrn. 16:9. God knows all that we think and do.
   GOD IS OMNIPRESENT, 1 Kgs. 8:27; Psa. 139:7-10; Jer. 23:23-24. No one can escape His presence. Plus, God is abundantly available to help in trouble (Psa. 46:1).

   GOD IS INFINITELY JUST, Psa. 89:14. All of God’s judgments are perfect and true, and are revealed in His word, the Bible (Rom. 11:22; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
   GOD IS INFINITELY HOLY, Isa. 6:3. God is completely pure of sin.
   GOD IS INFINITELY GOOD, Psa. 145:9; Matt. 19:17; Rom. 8:28. In all cases, God acts for the greatest good of His entire creation.


Is All of Life Worship?
Kevin Kay

That’s what some are saying. In his book, Unbroken Bread, Mike Root says: “Worship is a life given in obedience to God. It’s not a when or where proposition, but a what. It’s what we are. You can’t go to it or leave it, dress for it or from it, and you can’t start it or stop it... it doesn’t open and close with a prayer, and it doesn’t have human leader or a special day” (115).

Appealing To the Scripture
The New Testament clearly teaches that a Christian is to present his body as “a living sacrifice” to God (Rom 12:1-2) and do everything in the name of the Lord (Col 3:17) and to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). It is also true that a Christian can and should worship God apart from those times when the church assembles together (Acts 16:25; Heb. 13:15). Does this mean, however, that all of life is worship?

Just a few examples in the Bible clearly illustrate that all of life is not worship. Abraham told his servants that he and Isaac would “go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you” (Gen. 22:5). God told Moses to “come up to the Lord ... and worship from afar” (Ex. 24:1). After the death of his son, David “went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house ...” (2 Sam. 12:20). The wise men came to Bethlehem to worship Jesus (Matt. 2:2) and when they found him, they “fell down and worshiped Him” (Matt. 2:11). John “fell at his feet to worship” the angel (Rev. 19:10; 22:8). The Bible clearly teaches that worship has a beginning point (Matt. 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 28:9,17; Mark 5:6; John 9:38; Heb. 11:21) and an ending point (Luke 24:52) and that worship does involve a “when” and a “where” (John 12:20; Acts 8:27; 24:11).

In light of this kind of evidence, from where does this “all-of-life-is-worship” concept come? The proponents of this concept hang their hat on Paul’s statement: “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, t( present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (Rom. 12:1, NASB; cf. ESV, NIV, NRSV). Other translations say “which is your reasonable service” (KJV, NKJV) or “which is your spiritual service” (ASV). Although the original word translated “spiritual service of worship” (latreia) can refer to worship (Rom. 9:4; Heb. 9:1, 6), it more generally refers to service (John 16:2; Luke 1:74). In fact, the verb form (latreuo) is contrasted with the usual word for “worship” (proskuneo) (Matt. 4:10; Luke 4:8; Rom. 1:25), suggesting a difference between the two. This evidence indicates that while all of life is service, not all of life is worship.

What Is Behind the All-Of-Life-Is-Worship Concept?
   1. Informality. Of the assembly in Troas (Acts 20:7), Mike Root says: “This ‘first day of the week assembly was as unstructured and informal as an unplanned reunion of college friends” (Spilt Grape Juice, pp. 50-51). Who says so? Luke certainly doesn’t say anything like that, and since Paul taught the same things in all the churches (1 Cor. 4:17; 7:17), there is every reason to believe that the assembly in Troas followed the principles of decorum that Paul taught the church in Corinth (1 Cor. 4:26-40).

   2. Pep-rally religion. For the promoters of the all-of-life-is-worship concept, it’s all about me (or to be as charitable as possible, it’s primarily about me); it’s not about God. Root says: “Encouragement is the glue that keeps us close, the rah-rah that keeps us going, and the hook that keeps us coming back for more. It’s a drug we can’t get enough of and a gift that we never tire of giving” (Spilt Grape Juice, p. 73). The New Testament teaches, however, that worship is not about me; it’s all about God (Matt. 4:10; John 4:21-24; Rev. 14:6-7).

   3. Eating together. That sounds pretty innocent until you learn that this includes, in Root’s theology, the eating of a common meal when Christians assemble. All of this despite the fact that Paul told the Corinthians, after they had turned the Lord’s Supper into a common meal, to “eat at home” (1 Cor. 11:22, 34).

   4. An expanded role for women. With a touch of sarcasm, Root writes,

...women can talk all they want before and after those magical opening and closing prayers, because being silent in the church is referring to the formal assembly. Five minutes before that opening prayer, the same women in the same building, sitting in the same seats, could comment, share, and edify others, simply because it was called “a Bible class,” and everyone knows that’s not the same as the formal worship. There is some sense of consistency in this; neither Bible classes nor formal worship are found in the New Testament, so we can make up the rules as we go (Unbroken Bread, p. 128).

Root suggests that Paul’s restrictions on women (1 Tim. 2:11-12; 1 Cor. 14:34-35) were “just dealing with specific first century problems in Corinth and Ephesus” {Unbroken Bread, p. 180); but in the context Paul instructs men “everywhere” (1 Tim. 2:8) and his instructions for the Corinthians were the same “as in all the churches of the saints” (1 Cor. 14:33-34, ASV, ESV, NIV, NRSV). Others argue that these restrictions were based on first-century culture, and, therefore, have no application in twenty- first-century America; but Paul bases his restrictions on women on Creation (1 Cor. 11:7-9; 1 Tim. 2:13), the Fall (1 Tim. 2:14) and the Law (1 Cor. 14:34) — three things that have absolutely nothing to do with culture. 

Brethren, some preachers are trying to affect radical change in the church as we know it today. The all-of-life-is-worship concept is a step in that direction. This concept, however, lacks divine foundation and must to be rejected. 

Biblical Insights
July 2006, Page 18-19


You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS

Should Parents Spank their Children?

Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 12:5-11

1. Spanking is neither a panacea nor a pariah; is useful as a component of competent discipline.
2. This lesson focuses on spanking help parents learn what is proper, when & how to use it and to resist error about it.


  A. What Men are Saying and What God Says, Prov. 13:24; 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15.
  B. A Classic Choice, Jas. 3:13-18; 1 Cor. 3:18 (Heb. 12:3-11).

II. THE ROD OF CORRECTION.  (Rod: instrument of punishment / not abuse.)

  A. God’s Use of the Rod in the Old Testament:
    1. Solomon, 2 Sam. 7:14-15.
    2. Prophetically (of Messiah), Psa. 89:30-33.
    3. An expression of His love, Prov. 3:11-12.
    4. As punishment, Lam. 3:1 (2:20-22).
  B. God’s Use of the Rod in the New Testament:
    1. Preaching, 1 Cor. 4:21.
    2. Local church discipline, 1 Cor. 5:3-5.
    3. Trials in Christian’s life, Heb. 12:3-7 (cf. 5:7-8).
  C. The Rod of Correction is used by Parents with God’s Approval, Prov. 3:11-12; 3:12; 29:17; 13:24; Col. 3:21; Heb. 12:9-11; Prov. 10:13.


  A. Spanking is called “Beating” & “Hitting” (abuse), Prv. 23:13f; 19:18; 20:30; Job 36:8-12
  B. Spanking is said to be “Too Rampant,” Prov. 13:24.
  C. Spanking is said to Breed Violent Children, Heb. 5:8; Prov. 22:15.
  D. Spanking is said to only Work Temporarily, Prov. 29:17 (Heb. 12:9; Matt. 10:28).
  E. Spanking said to be Wrong Role Model for Children & Hurt Development, Prov. 3:11-12; 29:15, 17.

Conclusion:  Trust & obey God’s teaching on rearing children, Prov. 14:12; 1 Cor. 1:25; Heb. 12:9-11.


The Role of the Holy Spirit in Human Redemption
Joe R. Price

Holy Spirit Convicts the World (John 16:8)

-Of sin, John 16:9
-Of righteousness, John 16:10
-Of judgment, John 16:11

Holy Spirit does this by the Word of God

-Complete revelation (all truth, Jno. 16:13)
-Careful confirmation (certified gospel, Gal. 1:11-12)
-Consummate inspiration (the Scriptures, 2 Tim. 3:15-17)


But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26)
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (John 16:13)
…the mystery of Christ…has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets… (Eph. 3:4-5)


God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? (Hebrews 2:4)
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.  Amen.  (Mark 16:20)


…for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21)
These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  (1 Cor. 2:13)

Take the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God (Eph. 6:17)


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