The following articles are related to the topic of FELLOWSHIP

Should Christians Have All Things in Common?

"Does the New Testament indicate that the early Christians were forced to equally distribute their possessions among one another?" No, rather Luke testifies to the voluntary, loving, and selfless disposition of Christians in Jerusalem: "Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to ... read more »

The Pope Ignites a Controversy

A furor was reignited recently when news outlets reported that "Pope Benedict XVI" made the claim that the Catholic Church is the only true path to salvation. Various "pastors" of non-Catholic persuasions denounced the assertion, while some Catholic officials since have contended that the "pontiff's" message had been "misconstrued." Several observations regarding this confusion are appropriate. If the Roman Catholic ... read more »

A Warning to a Wayward Church

Chapters two and three of the book of Revelation contain a series of seven letters. These issued from the resurrected-ascended Christ himself, and were directed to seven representative congregations of the Roman province of Asia. The sacred record affirms that Jesus Christ "walks" (present tense; constant supervision) in the midst of his churches (2:1; cf. 1:20b). Repeatedly it is stated ... read more »

Was the Fruit of the Vine Fermented?

In our country, it has been the custom to use wine in the Lord's supper. A visitor from America suggests that we ought to use only grape juice. What did Jesus use when he instituted the communion at the Passover? As to the nature of the fruit of the vine, employed during the Passover supper, the New Testament (Matthew 26:26-29, ... read more »

May Christians Observe Holidays?

Is it wrong for Christians to celebrate some of the holidays popular in our society-like giving gifts at Christmas time, allowing children to go trick-or-treating at Halloween, or hunting eggs at Easter? In considering this issue, several things should be kept in view. A practice may have originated under certain circumstances but, eventually, have lost that significance-either in whole or ... read more »

May One “Judge” Other Churches?

"If a Christian teacher says that 'false teaching' is occurring in a congregation of which he is not a member, would this be considered 'judging'? Would it violate a church's 'autonomy'?" There are actually two elements of this question that require consideration. JudgingSomehow, many folks assume that all judging is wrong (yet they are not reticent to judge those whom ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of, “Destruction of the Flesh,” in 1 Corinthians 5:5?

"In his letter to the church at Corinth, Paul commanded those Christians to deliver a sinful brother 'unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh' (1 Cor. 5:5).This sounds like a very severe requirement.Could you comment?" In this section of the apostle's letter, he deals with a gross example of immorality in the Corinthian church.A man had become sexually intimate ... read more »

Is the Holy Spirit Worthy of Worship?

Is the Holy Spirit God in nature? If so, is it appropriate to worship him? There is a controversy that appears to be swirling about the Christian community these days, and it is this: "Is the Holy Spirit a proper object of Christian worship?" Some adamantly claim he is not. They challenge for a passage that specifically commands: "Worship the ... read more »

Be Confident of Your Salvation – Studies in 1 John (Part 2)

"And this is eternal life, that they should know thee the only true God, and him who thou didst send, even Jesus Christ." (John 17:3). Knowing the Father and His Son isfundamental to Christianity.How wonderful it is that we have the living Word of God that teaches us how to know God and live according to His will. John said, ... read more »

The Bible Doesn’t Say, “Don’t Do It,” Does It?

Solomon once wrote that "there is no new thing under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Certainly that saying is true with reference to the arguments that a swelling "progressive" element within the church is employing in defense of the idea that the use of musical instruments is permissible in Christian worship. Or at the very least, they allege, the issue is ... read more »