The following articles are related to the topic of FELLOWSHIP

Denominationalism – Permissible or Reprehensible?

Denominationalism The word "denominate" means "to give a name to, to designate."It is a perfectly respectable term.If one cashes a two hundred dollar bank draft, he may request currency in "denominations" of tens and twenties.In this sense the word merely signifies a separation into various divisions by name.And so the term itself is not "tainted." "Denomination" takes on a less-than-ideal ... read more »

Does 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Constitute a Binding Pattern?

This is an era of turbulent change-both in society, and certainly in the church. Increasingly, points of teaching, long cherished, are coming under critical dispute. One such controversial issue appeared in a recent article titled, "The Collection for The Saints," published on a blog called Voice. The gist of the piece, by a sincere, intelligent young brother, is this. Paul's ... read more »

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 Influence of Modern Trends on the Church

Influence is a powerful thing. Every person both influences and is influenced by others in varying degrees. Jesus stressed the importance of godly influence when he compared his disciples to "salt" (Matt. 5:13), and Paul warned of the power of bad influences when he noted that "evil companionships corrupt good morals" (1 Cor. 15:33 ASV). The Greek word for "companionships" ... read more »

Acts 2:38—Not So Tough

The Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry maintains a website that operates out of southern California. It is under the oversight of author and webmaster, Matthew J. Slick, BA, MDiv. Mr. Slick is also an associate "pastor" and "elder" with the Wellspring Christian Fellowship in Escondido, California. [Note: In the New Testament, the titles "pastor" and "elder" represent the same role ... read more »

Jesus Christ: Church Inspector

In preparation for those grand visions which would constitute the book of Revelation, the apostle John was confronted by the risen Christ on the island of Patmos. Jesus was said to be "in the midst" of the seven golden lampstands that represented seven congregations of the Lord's body in Asia (Rev. 1:13, 20). Later, Christ was characterized as "he who ... read more »

The Gwen Shamblin Controversy

Gwen Shamblin is a weight-loss instructor who operates out of Nashville, Tennessee. In a span of eight years (from 1992 to the present) she has taken her weight-control program from an in-home operation to a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Her book, The Weigh Down Diet, has sold more than a million copies in the last three years. Seemingly at the peak of ... read more »

Reflections on the Pope

Fifty-eight million American Roman Catholics call him "Holy Father" (in violation of Matthew 23:9). He is revered as the head of the church on earth (though Christ possesses all authority in heaven and on earth, and is the exclusive head of the church [Matthew 28:18; Colossians 1:18]). Devotees of the Catholic religion assert that he is the successor of "Saint ... read more »

For the Joy that Lay before Him

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is said to be God's "hall of faith." Thrillingly, it chronicles a variety of marvelous examples of Old Testament faithful obedience, which are intended to encourage us in our Christian lives. With reference to this matter, the author declares: "Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, ... read more »

Harold Camping’s New Revelation: “Leave the Church!”

In 1992, Harold Camping, a syndicated television preacher operating out of Oakland, California, penned the following words: "The results of this study indicate that the month of September of the year 1994 is to be the time for the end of history" (1994?, New York: Vantage Press, p. 531). Some 3,500 years earlier, Moses wrote: "[W]hen a prophet speaks in ... read more »