Text: I Timothy 5:17-21   I.         Consider an imaginary congregation             A.        At the beginning, there was much work to be done. The challenges of the demands required many sacrifices.             B.        The members joined in planning and the work. As each was aware of what went on and what was required to do the work, high interest was created.…

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Reading: Matthew 20:20-28   I.         Consider an imaginary congregation             A.        It is a fair-sized group with an abundance of men, but few are actively involved in the work of the church.             B.        There are two active and very visible elders.                         1.         They exclusively teach the adult Bible studies. After all, elder are to be apt to teach.                         2.         They keep…

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Question: I enjoyed and appreciated your article on the work of the evangelist.  I find it quite different from many by what you might consider institutional churches of Christ. I am concerned about the final paragraph on the selection of the minister.  As I understand first-century history,  many preachers were involved in the establishing, building up,…

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Question: I have a “leader” in our church who always explains that he is not arrogant because he does not hold himself in a higher value than others; however, his actions say otherwise. He will take any chance he gets to show off his biblical knowledge, he will constantly tell people they are wrong, he…

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by Brett Hogland God Almighty, in His infinite wisdom, “gave some to be…pastors…for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Thus the Holy Spirit, in His revelation of the mind or will of God through the apostles (I Corinthians 2:10-13; John 16:13-15), sets forth…

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by Carl A. Allen Sometime in 1974 or 1975, while living in Colorado, I was invited to attend a gathering of brethren who believe in the “no Bible Class” arrangement. We met at a prominent restaurant for a noon meal. When I arrived, I noticed the table was filled with two seats empty, one in…

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Question: Our Lord Jesus in John 21 tells the apostle Peter to feed His sheep three times. What role was Peter being told to assume? Is it that of an elder?  Which sheep was our Lord talking about? Is it the other apostles and disciples or the church that was going to be established at Jerusalem?…

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