The Same Subjects, but New Applications

Hits: 8[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles  page.] Introduction Occasionally I review some of the sermon material I preached as a young man several decades ago (and am still preaching). I am often impressed with a striking phenomenon: Several…

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: 65[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…

Whose Shall They Be?

Hits: 10[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2  page.] God pronounced judgment on the foolish farmer who had stockpiled his harvests with only one aim—selfish indulgence. In one breath God told him he would die that night and asked…

The Work of the Church

Hits: 12[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2  page.] The Lord’s church is the spiritual body of Christ (Eph. 1:22–23). It cannot be seriously argued that the work of the spiritual body of Christ should or can be different…

The New Testament Church

Hits: 15[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2  page.] If the church as God planned it and Christ built it is to exist in any age, there are certain principles to which men must be committed. As surely as…

The Church Should Have Failed

Hits: 8[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2  page.] By all human standards the church Jesus established through His apostles should never have “gotten off the ground.” Everything seemed to be against its success and survival. The men charged…

Separation

Hits: 9[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2  page The Bible teaches the doctrine of “separation” throughout. God requires His people to recognize that they distinctly belong to Him and to behave accordingly. God gave Israel His Law through…

On Freckles and Hairs

Hits: 5[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1  page.] The apostle Paul’s most frequently used term in reference to the church is “the body.” In using this expression, he draws on comparative features in our physical bodies. We find…

Oh, How He Loved Her!

Hits: 8[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] In the Ephesian letter, Paul wrote of the most moving love story of all time: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up…