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


Volume 19, Number 02

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In this issue:

Gospel Meeting September 25 - 30, 2016

The Mt. Baker
Church of Christ

1860 Mt. Baker Highway • Bellingham WA

Invites you to our


With Evangelist

Steve Wallace
(Grayslake, Illinois)

September 25 - 30, 2016

Monday-Friday at 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 25th at 9:30 and 10:30 AM; 6:00 PM

Hear these gospel lessons:

Sunday Class: Anger in the Home
AM Sermon: Political Correctness and the Bible
PM Sermon: Lasciviousness
Monday: Cooperation
Tuesday: Sons of the Restorers
Wednesday: Adjusting to Our Changing Situation
Thursday: “He baptized him”
Friday: Eternity

Bring your Bible and join us in learning God’s word and will for our lives!

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The Enemy Within
Joe R. Price

Some of the devil’s most effective servants are found in the church itself. The elders of the Ephesian church were warned by the apostle of men who would rise up from among themselves and speak perverse things, corrupting themselves and drawing away disciples after them (Acts 20:30). Paul warned of enemies within the church.

It is not easy to see oneself as a problem in the church. Yet, we cannot ignore this could be the case. We cannot refuse to consider that we ourselves are potential enemies of the cross of Christ (Phil. 3:18). Jude warned of hidden reefs in our love feasts, of brethren who appear faithful while only serving themselves (Jude 12, 4). Does this describe us?

The prospect of spiritual enemies in the local church demands our vigilant faith to discern the dangers posed, to help warn and restore those endangering themselves and others, and in order to avoid becoming an enemy ourselves.

The unconverted Christian is an enemy within. This is the Christian who is content with mediocrity, with their own spiritual immaturity and a ‘live and let live’ attitude that is offended when sin and error is identified and rebuked. This Christian is not concerned about refusing fellowship with error, concluding that “all sin,” and “everyone thinks something that is wrong.” Absolute truth is not this Christian’s touchstone (Jno. 17:17; 18:38). Convenience, comfort and personal preference are given priority over faithful conviction grounded in God’s word (Col. 2:6-7). The unconverted Christian spreads discouragement and doubt among the church. This enemy has left his first love. The remedy is to “remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works” (Rev. 2:5). Transforming our heart protects us from being this enemy within (Rom. 12:2).

The worldly-minded Christian is an enemy within. Thinking like the world leads to living like the world (Matt. 12:34-35). Christians are worldly-minded when they are “mindful of the things of men” instead of the things of God (Matt. 16:23). Those who “set their minds on worldly things” are “enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil. 3:18-19). We must take a good, long look at where our mind spends its time. Is our mind sent on ruminating over worldly motives, goals and activities? Or, is our mind set “on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col 3:2)? Worldly-thinking Christians set stumbling blocks before their brethren, encouraging them to put doing Christ’s will behind and after doing what pleases themselves. The remedy is to “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Cor. 7:1). Reestablish godly priorities in your life, living for God first and always (Matt. 6:33).

The self-righteous Christian is an enemy within. These hold a form of godliness, but deny its power by trusting in themselves instead of God (2 Tim. 3:5; Lk. 18:9). This enemy infects the body of Christ with conceit, while hindering compassionate empathy that helps each other overcome trials and sin to do God’s will (Rom. 12:15-16; Gal. 6:1-3). The remedy is a contrite heart and faith that is counted for righteousness (Jas. 4:6-10; Rom. 4:5). The humble heart, not the self-righteous one, shows and receives mercy (Matt. 5:7). 


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

Spiritually Sound

Scripture Reading:  1 Thessalonians 1:5-10

1. Some scoff at the belief that Christians can be united in doctrine and “sound in the faith.”
2. Sound: “to be sound, to be well, to be in good health; metaph. of Christians whose opinions are free from any mixture of error" (Thayer), Lk. 5:31; 3 Jno. 2; 1 Tim. 6:3. cf. Rev. 3:1-3, 4.


  A. Sound in the Faith, Titus 1:13.
    1. Sound doctrine, 1 Tim. 1:10; Tit. 2:7.
    2. Wholesome words...the words of Jesus Christ, 1 Tim. 6:3; Jno. 13:20; 2 Tim. 1:13.
  B. Sound in Personal Faith, Titus 2:2.
  C. Sound in Speech, Titus 2:8; Col. 4:6.
  D. In Moral Conduct, 1 Tim. 1:9-11; 6:3; Eph. 5:3-7; Tit. 2:11-12.


  A. Recognize, Accept and Use God’s Standard to Define Soundness: The Inspired Scriptures, 2 Tim. 3:16-17 (Col. 3:17; 2 Pet. 1:3). 2 Tim. 2:15; Acts 17:11-12; Eph 5:17. 1 Thess. 1:5-10; 2 Cor. 13:5.
  B. We Must Know the Cause of Spiritual Illness: Sin, Rom. 6:23; 1 Jno. 5:17.


  A. Commanded to be Sound, Eph. 6:10.
  B. Examples of Soundness, Phil. 3:16-17.
  C. Purpose of Gospel Preaching is our Spiritual Soundness, Col. 1:28.
  D. Reward of Soundness, 1 Tim. 4:8.
  E. Our Determination is to be Sound: Examine every Doctrine, Attitude and Practice in the Light of the Apostles’ Doctrine, 1 Jno. 4:1, 6; Rev. 2:2-3.


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

East of Eden

Scripture Reading:  Genesis 2:8-10

1. In Genesis and elsewhere, when people go “east,” they leave the land of God’s blessing for a land where their greatest hopes turn to ruin.
2. Living East of Eden is a metaphor for life, for damaged of sinful choices, and for seeking redemption:
  a. Adam and Eve, Gen. 3:24.
  b. Cain expelled from God’s presence, Gen. 4:16.
  c. People moved east and built tower, Gen. 11:2.
  d. Lot took best lands toward east, Gen.13:10-11.
  e. Sodom and Gomorrah were in the east, where Lot pitched his tent, Gen. 13:11-13.


  A. It was East of Eden...
    1. Where men began to trust their own wisdom and will instead of God’s, Gen. 4:16, 19-24.
    2. Where men “began to call on the name of the Lord,” Gen. 4:25-26; 3:15; Ezek. 18:10-18; Rom. 13:11-14.
    3. Where people thoroughly corrupted themselves, Gen. 6:1-5; Matt. 22:37, 39.
    4. Where God’s judgment against sin was announced and applied, Gen. 6:6-7; 7:11-12, 19; 2 Pet. 3:5-7; Jno. 5:28-29.
    5. Where Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, Gen. 6:8, 13-14, 22-7:1. Matt. 2:1-2; Gal. 4:4; Rev. 22:16; Morning Star, Lk. 1:76-79.

1. God’s judgment against sin lies East of Eden.
2. God’s grace, salvation and human hope are also found East of Eden, compelling us to live by faith and obey Jesus Christ, and be given entrance into the eternal garden of God (Rev. 22:1-3).


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Bible on "Challenged" List
Joe R. Price

The Bible continues to be challenged as inappropriate for school libraries because of its “religious viewpoint.” “The American Library Association (ALA) fielded 275 formal challenges to materials in school libraries in 2015, and, for the first time ever, the Bible landed on the top 10 list” (“The Bible Joins List of Top 10 Most Challenged Library Books for the First Time,” Tré Goins-Phillips, This does not mean the Bible was placed on a banned list, but that its inclusion in school libraries has been criticized to the ALA.

Such challenges to the Bible are not new. It was crime in 16th century England to read the Bible. On one occasion, the Catholic bishop of London publicly burned copies of William Tyndale’s English translation of the New Testament. During that same period, the Archbishop of Canterbury ordered raids on private homes and Bibles seized (William Manchester, A World Lit Only By Fire, 204-205, cited, “When It Was A Crime To Read The Bible”). There are still many who do not want to know (or let others know) the Bible message.

We are likely to see more and more challenges to the Holy Scriptures as secular humanism increases its strangle hold on cultural attitudes and conduct. But, we do not despair. As he sat in a Roman prisoner facing imminent death, Paul encouraged Timothy to continue his gospel work, saying, “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained” (2 Tim. 2:8-9). The Spirit of God, who revealed and inspired the Scriptures, is not restricted (Micah 2:7). The word of God cannot be successfully chained by the efforts of the faithless. Every such attempt ends in failure, for the Bible is the work of God and not man (Acts 5:39). Although we may suffer as evildoers for our faith, we will not be silenced by godless forces who futilely fight against God (1 Pet. 3:13-17). “Give me the Bible” continues to be the call of all who fear God and keep His commandments (Acts 10:33-35). 


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