The following articles are related to the topic of CHURCH

Is the Restoration Plea Valid?

There are two basic attitudes relative to the Christian religion. One disposition affirms that Jehovah, across several millennia of history, meticulously prepared for the advent of Christ and the spiritual system which he would inaugurate. It argues that Christianity, as such existed in the first century under the guidance of inspired teachers, was exactly what God intended it to be. ... read more »

The Weekly Observance of the Lord’s Supper

There is much disagreement in the religious community of "Christendom" as to when the Lord's Supper, commanded by Jesus, should be observed (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20). Several theoretical views may be entertained. Some allege that the communion need not be observed at all; they contend it was a cultural phenomenon of the first century, and thus not binding ... read more »

Are You an Evangelist?

The Great CommissionA former tax-collector, a political activist, and a few fisherman - eleven common Hebrew men. Having no organization and no resources but their faith in the promises of Jesus Christ, these first-century citizens of Palestine were charged by our Lord to do the impossible - go evangelize the world. What an awesome task - what an awesome responsibility! ... read more »

The Ascension of Christ: A Most Significant Event

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the foundation truth of the gospel (1 Cor. 15:13-19). For that reason, occasionally the resurrection narrative has overshadowed the ascension record. But the ascension event is of equal significance, and careful attention should be given to it. Prophetically Announced A thousand years before the Savior's birth, David prophesied the ascension of Jesus ... read more »

A Rose Is a Rose; Or Is It?

A few years back, I was teaching some students in a remedial reading class. I remember working with a young boy named Jacob. As we were sounding out the words on the page, we came to a couple of sentences like these: John rose from the table. John smelled a pink rose. The task was a relatively simple one: Determine ... read more »

Scholastic Subterfuge

Franklin Johnson was a professor at the University of Chicago. His book, The Quotations of the New Testament From The Old - Considered in the Light of General Literature, is a valuable resource in discerning the manner in which the New Testament writers employed texts from the Old Testament in the propagation and defense of the gospel. While reading this ... read more »

Man: From the Beginning

The name of the game is intimidation. It is a tragic but true fact that many views are propagated in today's world simply on the basis of intimidation. The vocal majority frequently bullies the muted minority into an acceptation of their ideas. And this is precisely what has happened in the case of many professed friends of the Bible. Evolutionists, ... read more »

Were John’s Disciples Required To Be Reimmersed?

"Were those who were immersed by John the Baptizer required to be re-immersed on or after the day of Pentecost?" This question has generated much discussion. Some contend that John's disciples were obligated to submit to the baptism of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). This assumption is based almost entirely on Luke's narrative in Acts 19:1-7. ... read more »

The Strange Case of Julian “The Apostate”

According to some historians, the influence of that Roman ruler, known as Julian "the Apostate" (A.D. 361-363), was a critical point in the history of the Christian movement. Let us pick up some background on this matter. The new religion of Jesus Christ was scarcely out of its swaddling clothes when persecution hit it hard. First, as the book of ... read more »

The Explosive Growth of the Kingdom of Christ

In the following parable, the Lord Jesus Christ spoke of the commencement and growth of that kingdom He was planning to establish. "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is less than all seeds; but when it is grown, it is greater than the ... read more »