The Appropriateness of Warnings

Hits: 28[Note: This MS is available in a larger font on our Brief Articles 2 page.] When compared with his letters to the Corinthians, the Galatians, or to Timothy and Titus, Paul’s letter to the Philippians is couched in very mild terms. The Philippian Church was…

Success in the Lord’s Work

Hits: 47[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2  page. The two elements involved in success in the Lord’s work are seen in the following statement from Paul, the apostle: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in…

On Elders and Preachers

Hits: 25[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1  page.] Much could and should be said on what preachers owe elders. Many sad problems have been precipitated by unfaithful, unappreciative, and sometimes unscrupulous preachers. Such men give every faithful and…

Elders and the Unruly

Hits: 15[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,…

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Hits: 10[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] An editorial in the Current-Argus by Ned Cantwell contained some thought-provoking words: Suppose the drafters of the Declaration of Independence had neglected to add this paragraph to their document:      And…

“Is It Worth the Trouble?”

Hits: 6[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] The question of our title is one of dismay, discouragement, frustration and perhaps other negative emotions. It is usually provoked by some unsuccessful, unrewarding, and unpleasant experience. It is the…

Do Elders Have Authority? 

Hits: 7[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] There is a strong element in the church which denies that elders have any authority in a local congregation, except that which inheres in their example (which equals no authority at…

“Who’s the Boss of This Church?”

Hits: 3[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2 page.] One of our little visitors at Vacation Bible School once asked this question. His teacher told him the Lord was. He didn’t agree. He said he thought that man who…

Elders Are Not “Lords Over” the Local Church

Hits: 23[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] Every context in the New Testament having to do with the responsibilities of elders of the church speaks of the authority of the eldership. This is plain enough in the…

“Elders in Every Church”

Hits: 7[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1  page.]             The words of the title above are from a passage in which Luke describes work that Paul and Barnabas did as they made their way back to Antioch…