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


Volume 15, Number 28

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In this issue:

Gospel Meeting September 30 - October 5, 2012

Mt. Baker church of Christ
Gospel Meeting

September 30-October 5, 2012

Keith Greer
(Harrodsburg, KY.)

Bible lessons nightly, Mon-Fri at 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 30th at 9:30 & 10:30 AM; 6:00 PM

"Practical Lessons for Every Christian"

                                                                          Sunday Class - Salvation and Blood

                                                                          Sunday AM – Putting the Past--In the Past (1)

                                                                          Sunday PM – Putting the Past--In the Past (2)

                                                                          Monday - Storms of Life

                                                                          Tuesday – Prayerlessness--What Happens When We Fail to Pray?

                                                                          Wednesday – Rekindle the Fire

                                                                          Thursday – Preaching What We Practice

                                                                          Friday - Taking Up My Cross

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"Teach Tolerance"
Joe R. Price

Someone put a door hanger on the church building’s door knob with a photo of planet earth. It said, “One Planet, One People”. On the back it said, “Protect your religious freedoms – Support separation of church and state”. Whoever left it on the door then wrote, “Teach Tolerance”.

I’m sorry I was not here when it was left at the door. I would have liked to ask what type of tolerance we were being urged to teach. After all, we cannot tolerate some things.

We cannot teach tolerance for relative truth. Who shall we turn to for the truth about teaching tolerance? Shall we rely on the person who hung the flyer on the door for the truth about tolerance? Or, perhaps we should rely on a politician, a philosopher or ourselves. The Bible says, “Buy the truth and do not sell it” (Prov. 23:23). According to Jesus, God’s word is truth: “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (Jno. 17:17). We dare not go beyond what is written by inspiration without incurring the wrath of God who gave us His truth (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Cor. 4:6; Gal. 1:8-9). We cannot tolerate the notion that there is no definite standard of moral authority. There is a standard of truth that came from God by which we must live our lives in order to have His approval (Col. 3:17; Matt. 7:21). That is what we will teach.

We cannot teach tolerance for moral sin. God’s word is clear in advancing moral purity in our attitudes and in the way we live. The Bible teaches us to purify our hearts and to keep ourselves pure (Jas. 4:8; 1 Tim. 5:22). It identifies the works of the flesh as sinful defilement (Gal. 5:19-21). It identifies the lusts of the flesh and of the eyes, along with pride, as sins that are against the love of God (1 Jno. 2:15-17). We cannot tolerate immorality. It dishonors God and mankind (Rom. 1:18-32). That is what we will teach.

We cannot teach tolerance for doctrinal error. It matters what we teach, that is for sure. Some do not think so. They are comfortable with sincerity and conscience being their guide. They silently stand by as false teaching spreads unchallenged. Nevertheless, the New Testament of Christ says we must speak and hold fast to sound doctrine (1 Tim. 1:10; Titus 1:9; 2:1). Some “will not endure sound doctrine”, but faithful followers of Jesus Christ are not among that number (2 Tim. 4:3-5). Christians are taught to “note” and “avoid” those “who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned” (Rom. 16:17). We cannot tolerate false doctrine. It contradicts the faith that has been delivered to us by the apostles and prophets of Christ (Jude 3). That is what we will teach.

We cannot teach tolerance for ecumenism. The Bible does not say it does not matter what you believe as long as you are sincere. In sincere ignorance Saul of Tarsus consented to the persecution and death of Christians (Acts 23:1; 26:9-11; 1 Tim. 1:12-16). His sin was great, but God was merciful and forgave him – not because he was sincere while sinning, but because he repented and obeyed the gospel of Jesus (Acts 9:6-18; 22:16). The religions of men are based on human philosophies and not upon the will of Christ. Consisting of “the traditions of men”, they are incapable of saving souls from sin and death (Col. 2:8, 20-23). We cannot tolerate the “empty deceit” of “agreeing to disagree” (Eph. 5:11; 2 Cor. 6:14-18). That is what we will teach. 


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

What a Christian has to Show for His Life

Scripture Reading:  Philippians 1:19-24

1. Most everyone at some point reflects upon his mortality, Psa. 90:10 (Eccl. 12:1-8).
2. “What have I accom­plished?” What do I have to show for my life?” “What will I leave to others?” Lk. 12:15-21; Matt. 6:19-21; 16:26
3. Christians have a different outlook on life, Phil. 1:19-24.
4. What a Christian has to show for his life:

I. FAITH, Heb. 11:1, 6; 2 Cor. 5:7.

  A. Faith that Holds Jesus as Lord, Jno. 8:24; Matt. 28:18; Col. 3:17.
  B. Faith in God’s Word and Power, Heb. 13:5-6; Phil. 4:11-13.
  C. Faith that Produces Conversion, Jno. 12:42-43; Rom. 5:1; 12:1-2; Eph. 4:17-24.
  D. Wherever You Go, Leave Faith in the World, Lk. 18:8; 2 Tim. 1:5 (4:7).


  A. From God for Our Past Sins, Acts 3:19; 1 Jno. 2:12; Psa. 25:7; 1 Tim. 1:12-15.
  B. From God for Our Present Sins, Acts 8:22; 1 Jno. 1:8-2:2.
  C. Forgive Others when they Sin Against Us, Matt. 5:7 (6:12); Rom. 12:18-21.
  D. Leave Forgiveness in this World.


  A. The Christian’s Future Holds the Prospect of Spiritual Growth and Maturity, Phil. 3:11-14.
  B. Christians Trust in Our Living Hope, Heb. 6:18-19; 1 Pet. 1:3-4; 2 Cor. 4:16-18.
  C. Christians Leave this Future to Others, 2 Tim. 1:5; Josh. 23:14; Mk. 16:15-16.


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

The Work of the Local Church: Edification Bible Authority (13)

Scripture Reading:  Eph. 4:11-16

1. The church functions as a corporate body on the local level (local church).
2. Work of promoting spiritual growth is clearly a mission of local church, 1 Cor. 14:26.
3. God’s tool for edification is His word, Acts 20:32; 1 Pet. 2:2.

  A. Edification Helps Us Withstand Temptation and Sin, Eph. 4:11-15; Heb. 5:13-14; Eph. 6:11 (13-17).
  B. Edification Helps to Develop Godly Character, 2 Pet. 1:5-11.
  C. Very Important to Edify Each Other, 1 Ths. 5:11; 2 Cor. 12:19.

  A. The Church is Edified when Individual Christians Grow, Col. 2:5-7; Eph. 4:16.
  B. Individual Admonitions that will Promote Personal Growth, 2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Tim. 1:13; 2 Pet. 1:8.
  C. We Must Strengthen Ourselves to be Able to Help Others Grow, Eph. 4:29.

  A. Through Worship Assemblies, Heb. 10:24-25; 1 Cor. 14:26; 11:27-30, 34.
  B. Through Bible Teaching, Acts 20:7, 28, 32; 11:23, 26; 20:20.
  C. Through Disciplining Sin, 1 Cor. 5:4-7; Rom. 16:17-19; Phil. 3:17-19.
  D. By Encouraging Brethren to Do Good and Promote Love, 1 Ths. 5:14-15; Gal. 6:10.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Warning, Warning
Joe R. Price

Over the past week (as with most weeks) various alerts and warnings were sent out across this country and around the world to alert folks of danger. There were weather warnings of hurricanes, floods and tsunamis. Political warnings were heard at conventions and in advertisements. There were warnings about diseases and there were warnings to cigarette smokers and beer drinkers.

     Warnings are good. They alert us to imminent danger, urging us to take precautions to protect life and limb.

     Did you hear any warnings about sin last week? Perhaps, but we are pretty sure many (if not most) did not. Did you hear any warnings about the dangers of lying, of stealing or of sexual immorality? You heard the warnings if you read your Bible (1 Cor. 10:1-12; Jas. 1:13-16; Eph. 4:17-32; Col. 3:1-11; Gal. 5:19-21).

     Did you hear any cautions against doctrinal error last week? Perhaps, but most who heard about doctrine were probably told it matters more that they are sincere than it does about what they actually believe. Yet, God expects both a genuine heart and a pure faith that is guided by truth (Jno. 4:23-24; 8:31-32; Jas. 1:21-27; Gal. 1:6-10). You heard the warnings against false teaching if you read your Bible last week (Matt. 7:15-20; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 2 Jno. 9-11).

     Why don’t we hear more warnings of spiritual dangers? The obvious answer is because people love sin more than they love God. Then there are those who do not want to offend the offenders of righteousness. They say warning against sin is too negative and hurts the cause of Christ. It never occurs to them to think a hurricane warning is negative. It never enters their mind that a tornado warning is harmful. Such warnings are positive and essential. How much more essential are the warnings that protect our souls from sin and shelter us from spiritual harm? Such warnings are positive! “Beware!” (Matt. 16:6-12; Lk. 12:15; Col. 2:8; Heb. 3:12) 


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