by Leslie Diestelkamp Two questions have been asked: (1) Why doesn’t the church have more socials? and (2) Why can’t we have parties in the basement of the church building? The New Testament authorizes every act and activity of the church. It provides us with all that pertains to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3).…

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 Text: Psalm 95 I.         A critical danger that happens to most Christians is approaching the worship of God by rote.             A.        We go through the motions of worship, but our minds are not fully engaged.                         1.         With their hearts not involved, worship becomes a drudgery                         2.         We understand intellectually that is not right, but we wonder how do we…

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Question: I am having trouble accepting new ideas within the church. Last Halloween the church sponsored a “trunk or treat” in the parking lot by putting Halloween themes in trunks of cars and giving out candy to kids coming down the street!  Then at Christmas, the preacher called my house and ask if he and…

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Question: Hi, I noticed something through your home page description and the social gospel question answered that makes me have a question for you: What do you do about feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting sick and imprisoned? (Matthew 25:31-46) And what do you do about selling your possessions and giving to the poor (Luke 12:33) and the…

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Question: Is it right for the church to have devotionals, Leadership Training for Christ, retreats, summer camps for the youth, Trick or Treat at Halloween, or New Year Eve parties at the church? Answer: A church’s duty foremost is to provide the opportunity of its members to gather for worship. “… when you come together…

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Question: I just wanted to say I appreciated the article on What Is the Social Gospel on your site. I believe it was by Richard Thetford, so I will send a note to him too. I’m in Texas, so I am not part of your community, but I am a church of Christ member, just for…

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Question: I am helping an elderly lady financially, who has taken on her granddaughter.  Her granddaughter’s dad was killed and her mom lost custody due to drugs. I suppose she is considered an orphan.  I discussed with grandmom the need to become a Christian.  She said she was baptized into the Lord’s church years ago…

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by Greg Gwin via Gospel Power, Vol. 16, No. 23, June 7, 2009. Many religious groups use a variety of carnal appeals to draw people to their assemblies. For instance, there are suppers and ice cream socials, ball games and entertainment events, etc. When asked to justify these activities they will commonly refer to the…

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by Richard Thetford Have you ever asked yourself “what is the social gospel?” Most individuals that have been raised in the Lord’s church have come to know and understand what the social gospel is. There are many, many individuals in churches of Christ around the country today that are actively engaged in a social gospel…

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