The following articles are related to the topic of CHURCH

Congregational Autonomy: Not a Shield for Error

In the first century, when churches operated under the ultimate oversight of inspired apostles, congregations were independent. There was no superstructure by which they were tied together. There was neither pope, bishop, nor council to regulate the affairs of local groups. It was an abandonment of this pattern that eventually gave rise to the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic system ... read more »

King and Company Go Transdenominational

In a previous aricle, The Menace Of Radical Preterism , we discussed some of the identifying traits of a heretical movement that subscribes to the notion that (in the words of one of the dogma's advocates) "God accomplished the fulfillment of all [Bible] prophecy culminating in the destruction of the Jewish Temple in A.D. 70." This theory is variously known ... read more »

Some Great Needs: An Interview with Wayne Jackson

Steve Lloyd is a highly-regarded minister who has labored with the Lord's church in Chino, California for many years. He is the author of an excellent volume that addresses how to deal with emotional upheavals. It is titled Coping - A Biblical Approach (SML Publications, 1995, 11940 Telephone Ave., Chino, CA 91710). Steve also edits a periodically published electronic journal ... read more »

Times That Try Our Souls

There may be many things upon which brethren in Christ are at variance, but there is one matter upon which most all agree: we are at a very critical point at this stage of our modern history as the New Testament church. We are on the brink of a major division, if, in fact, such has not occurred already to ... read more »

Some Lessons From Church History

The church of Christ was born in troublesome times. The bold and uncompromising preaching that was characteristic of those early disciples soon plunged them into grievous persecutions. Peter and John were imprisoned and whipped (Acts 4, 5). Shortly thereafter Stephen became the first martyr (Acts 7:60). Apparently his death triggered the "great persecution" (Acts 8:1), which subsequently came upon the ... read more »

Zechariah 6:12,13 – The Royal Priest

The writing of Zechariah probably contains more messianic prophecy per square inch than any other book of the Old Testament. Of the several important points within this context, we select three for notation. Branch (Christ) was to build the temple of Jehovah.He would function as a priest.While serving as priest He would likewise be ruling as a king, thus effecting ... read more »

Hank Hanegraaff and the “Christian Research Institute”

Hank Hanegraaff is president of the Christian Research Institute, an organization located in southern California that specializes in reviewing the major doctrines of various "cults" that profess an identity with "Christianity." Hanegraaff is the host of a radio program, called The Bible Answer Man. The program is broadcast daily throughout the United States and Canada. Currently, however, the "Answer Man" ... read more »

My People Are Destroyed for a Lack of Knowledge

In those days before the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel to the Assyrians (722 B.C.), the prophet Hosea focused upon one of the causes of Israel's impending destruction - ignorance was a fundamental problem (Hos. 4:6). In a similar vein, Isaiah, speaking for the Lord, warned the southern kingdom of Judah of a coming time of punitive devastation: ... read more »

The Acts of the Apostles — from Jerusalem to Rome

Christianity has been the most powerful religious force in the history of Western civilization. Whence its origin? It exploded into existence in Jerusalem twenty centuries ago, and swept across the landscape of antique society like a storm in full fury. By the time of Stephen's death, Jerusalem could boast of 20,000 Christians. As the first century drew to a close, ... read more »

Acts 2:21 — Calling on the Lord’s Name

In his sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter declared: "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). In view of this statement, folks sometimes ask: Why do members of the church of Christ insist that baptism is a requirement for being saved? One should not assume that calling upon the Lord's name, and ... read more »