The following articles are related to the topic of FELLOWSHIP

Are the Dead “Asleep”?

"Why do some teach that the "soul" is conscious after death, when the Bible plainly teaches that the dead are 'asleep'?" There are two significant words in the Greek New Testament for the English term "sleep." Each of these is used both literally and figuratively, that is, for natural sleep, and also as a symbol for death. The term katheudo ... read more »

The Biblical View of Death

When the writer of Psalms exclaimed: "The terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me. And horror has overwhelmed me" (Psa. 55:4-5), he expressed the sentiments of vast multitudes who have faced the prospect of death. Bildad, Job's friend, characterized death as the "king of terrors" (Job 18:14). And the writer of Hebrews spoke ... read more »

Is the Bible Class Arrangement Scriptural?

Is it in harmony with New Testament teaching for churches to separate into Bible classes that accommodate various groups according to each aggregation's special needs? Some years ago some folks developed the idea that when the church comes together to worship God, there must be no dividing of that body into individual Bible classes. These misguided folks refused fellowship with ... 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 »

But Were They Really Saved?

The issue of whether a child of God can ever lose his salvation is one of the truly controversial topics within the community of "Christendom." Frequently when the subject is broached, tempers flare and emotional reactions abound. But the issue is serious, and it calls for calm, serious study. The idea that the believer in Christ is "eternally secure," is ... 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 »

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 »

Apostasy – A Clear and Ever-Present Danger

The sectarian notion that it is impossible for a child of God to so sin as to be lost eternally is widely believed by a host of sincere people. But the idea is fallacious. It was first vocalized in the Garden of Eden by Satan, who lied to Eve by telling her that disobedience to God would not result in ... read more »

Stephen’s Final Prayer

Stephen is widely known as the first Christian martyr. He is mentioned initially as one of the seven servants who ministered to the Grecian widows in the Jerusalem church (Acts 6:1-6). These were Jews born outside of Palestine who frequently returned to the Holy Land in their declining years, to die and there, be buried. Beyond the exercise of his ... read more »

The Indestructible Church of Christ

Have there been members of the true church of Christ since Pentecost? Some answer yes, based upon certain biblical texts; others doubt it since there appears to be no continuous historical record of such. Daniel, in considering the future administration of the Roman Empire (63 B.C. - A.D. 476), declared: And in the days of those kings shall the God ... read more »