Elders and the Unruly

Hits: 16[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] There are three key passages of Scripture that place the responsibility of local church discipline upon the elders. In Acts 20:28–31 Paul tells elders to take heed to the flock,…

Church Discipline—the Real Reason Why It Is Not Practiced

Hits: 9[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] While cases involving the exercise of discipline in the church may vary greatly and may depend on many factors, I believe our failure to practice appropriate discipline may almost invariably…

A Handicapped Body

Hits: 11[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] Sympathetic hearts are instantly and deeply stirred at the sight of a handicapped person. The real root of such sympathy is knowing that he is handicapped. While it is tragic…

Elders—Their Crucial Role

Hits: 16[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles  page.] When the Lord Jesus returned to the Father, He first entrusted the church to the apostles (Mat. 16:18–19; John 14:16–18), who had the responsibility of receiving the revealed Word (John 16:13)…

The “Purpose-Driven” Church Paradigm

Hits: 66[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles  page.] Introduction Churches should have goals and aims. In this sense every congregation of the Lord’s people should be driven by purpose rather than stumbling along haphazardly. However, purpose-driven has taken on…

The Scandal of the Church

Hits: 4[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2  page.] In worship, organization, work, and other features, the faithful churches of Christ in the first century and in the twenty-first century are identical. This is that for which those who…

All He Asks Is All We Have

Hits: 18[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1  page.] Why do so many people fail in living the Christian life? While many answers have been offered, I believe there is one overriding reason that fits every case. People have…

God Rewardeth the Fool and the Transgressors—Proverbs 26

Hits: 128[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction As Solomon concluded his lament over his own vain choices in life, he announced that he had issued warnings to help others avoid his errors: And further, because the Preacher was…

Faithfulness and the Sermon on the Mount

Hits: 100[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction Christ does not require us to be rich, good-looking, multi-talented, socially prominent, or formally educated. There is one thing he requires of every one of his servants: faithfulness. The faith has…

Paul’s Public Rebuke of Cephas—Galatians 2:11–21

Hits: 616[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction Galatians 2:11–21 is a thought bridge. It is obvious from chapter 1:1–2:10 that two factors were at work among the churches of the region: Paul’s apostolic credentials and authority had come…