The following articles are related to the topic of CHURCH GROWTH

An Analysis of the “Salvation Army”

Street corner bands, trucks collecting repairable items, red kettles, ringing bells at Christmas time, and soup lines are well-known marks of the internationally publicized Salvation Army. This is an organization that is hailed as a paragon of virtue by most religious people. The Salvation Army is widely acclaimed for its charitable thrust. It operates hostels for homeless men and women, ... read more »

Who Is the “Natural” Man in 1 Corinthians 2:14?

"Please explain this passage from First Corinthians.'Now the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged' (2:14)." The passage is a difficult one due to the complexity of the phraseology.Moreover, its obscurity has been further shrouded by considerable theological baggage that ... read more »

The Enigmatic William Barclay

William Barclay (1907-1978), the famous Scottish scholar, was, in some respects, a brilliant writer. But he was an enigma. Barclay taught at the University of Glasgow for 28 years. Though a man of humble background, he became a theological celebrity. He was widely known in Great Britain for his radio and television broadcasts, but his most significant legacy - whether ... read more »

Responding to Critics on the “Instrumental Music” Issue

In several previously-published articles, we have discussed the issue of whether or not the use of mechanical instruments of music is divinely sanctioned for Christian worship. A foundational point that we have sought to emphasize is this: There is no New Testament authority for the use of instrumental accompaniment in Christian worship. We are not at liberty, therefore, to improvise ... read more »

Two “Stewards”—A Study in Contrast

The term "steward" derives from a compound Greek term, oikonomos, signifying "house arranger." Employed ten times by the New Testament writers, it basically has to do with one who has been entrusted with the responsibility of managing a household, i.e., the property belonging to another. It is used of church leaders, "elders" (Titus 1:7), of teachers of the word, e.g., ... read more »

A Survey of Interbiblical History

The apostle Paul wrote: "[B]ut when the fulness of time came, God sent forth his Son" (Galatians 4:4). The phrase "fulness of time" is extraordinary. It reflected the most ideal time in world history for the birth of Christ and the inauguration of Christianity. The commencement of the Christian religion was a turning point in world history (note the common ... read more »

The Doctrine of Open Theism

Perhaps one of the most confusing ideas to intrude into the world of "Christendom" over the past twenty years or so is an ideology commonly known as Open Theism. It also is designated as Free Will Theism, and Neotheism. Advocates of this theory claim that its goal is to rescue a distorted view of God that has resulted from a ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of Ekklesia?

When Jesus met with his disciples near Caesarea-Philippi, he inquired concerning how others were identifying him. Several opinions were proffered. He then pressed for their view. Peter responded, confessing Jesus as "the Christ, the Son of God." The Lord pronounced a blessing upon his apostle and declared that upon this "rock" (the truth of that declaration) he would build his ... read more »

The Value of the Kingdom of Heaven

As the Lord's ministry progressed, the hostility of the Jewish leaders intensified. Accordingly, at a certain point in time, Jesus began to teach in parables. Christ's parables were human stories with a heavenly meaning. Their design was two-fold. First, his parables effectively communicated divine truths to those who were honest of heart. Second, the story form concealed those truths from ... read more »

Choosing a Man

Earl Edwards has served as a professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University (Henderson, Tennessee) for more than twenty years. Not only is he an accomplished Bible scholar, he has long been dedicated to mission work, serving as a missionary in Italy for sixteen years, and having led mission groups to some eight other nations. In this article, he discusses some ... read more »