Great Days in History (Part 5): The Day of Pentecost

Great Days in History

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4).

The day of Pentecost – called the Feast of Weeks in the Old Testament (Exodus 34:22; Deuteronomy 16:10) – occurred fifty days after the Passover (Leviticus 23:15-16). This was to be observed every year by the Jews; however, this lesson is not about the annual event, but one specific day – the day of Pentecost following Jesus’ ascension.Continue Reading

Plain Bible Teaching Podcast (Season 9)

Plain Bible Teaching Podcast

This week we wrapped up Season 9 of the Plain Bible Teaching Podcast. The theme of this season was lessons from Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus. You can listen to the audio from all of the episodes on this page. You can also click on the link for each episode to see the show notes and download the audio files if you’d like.
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The Church Must Not Be Burdened (Season 9, Episode 5)

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The Church Must Not Be Burdened (Season 9, Episode 5)

In this season, we’re discussing some lessons from Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus.

Paul told Timothy, “If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed” (1 Timothy 5:16, KJV). This verse comes at the end of a section dealing with the care of certain widows. Paul had given Timothy instructions about which widows were to receive continual, ongoing support from the local church and which ones were not. In the case of widows who had family to care for them, the church was not to be charged with their care.

The idea of the church not being charged with something can certainly extend in application beyond just the care of certain widows.

Article: Let Not the Church Be Charged

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The Pillar and Support of the Truth (Season 9, Episode 3)

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The Pillar and Support of the Truth (Season 9, Episode 3)

In this season, we’re discussing some lessons from Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus.

“Church” has come to mean so many different things to different people. Yet Paul described the church as “the pillar and support of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). Understanding this is critical because everything the church is to be doing is based upon this fact.

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Different Perspectives (Sermon #23)

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Different Perspectives (Sermon #23)

We’re in between season 8 and season 9 which will start on January 23rd. During the break we’re posting audio sermons each week instead of the regular episodes. The sermon for this week was preached on September 24, 2017 at the Eastside church of Christ in Morgantown, KY.

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The Problem with Division

Division

The first of many problems that Paul addressed in his first letter to Corinth was that of division. There were factions that had developed within the church as the brethren became loyal to different teachers (1 Corinthians 1:12). Paul appealed for them to have unity. He did so by explaining what the problem is with division.

Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10).

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The Blessing of Autonomy

Church building in the trees

One characteristic of the Lord’s church that makes it different from most churches of men is autonomy. Autonomous local churches are not linked together in or through some larger organizational structure.

Why did the Lord design the church to be this way? Obviously, we cannot always know every reason behind instructions that have been given in the Scriptures. Our responsibility is simply to follow the Lord’s instructions whether we understand the reason behind them or not. However, we can look to the Bible to see what has been revealed that would indicate certain blessings of autonomy.Continue Reading