Discipline

Wrote an A+ Paper

Wrote an A+ Paper

A Study of

1 Corinthians 5

I used to be thrilled to receive term papers from my fellow students in classes at Brown Trail, Freed-Hardeman, and the MSOP 3rd Year Program.  That is surely one of the things that I miss greatly from no longer being in the classroom.  However, from time to time, I am blessed, through other means, to receive such like documents and be helped by them.  Such was the case when my friend and brother John Gaines sent me a PDF copy of a paper he had written for his Bear Valley studies recently.  John did a super job with the paper.  It is entitled: Exegesis of 1 Corinthians 5 and Application to Church Discipline in the Church Today.  It was submitted to Earl Edwards.  Please do not let the LONG title cause you not to take advantage of reading this paper.  I assure you that you will be able to read the document and benefit from it.  The paper is 28 pages in length and includes 47 works cited (if I have counted them correctly).  Brother Gaines has given me permission to make downloading of the paper available from this forum.  You may reach it by clicking H-E-R-E.

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4D Salvation

Salvation

by Wade Webster

Salvation is the central theme of the Bible from beginning to end.  In the book of Ephesians, Paul reveals that this great subject was an eternal purpose in the mind of God (Ephesians 3:8-11).  Since all men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), this subject holds special importance to us all.  As we examine this Biblical subject, we will notice that salvation involves four basic things.

The Desire of God

Paul wrote, “For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).  God wants all men to be saved.  This desire moved Him to send His only begotten Son into the world so that all men could have the opportunity of salvation (John 3:16).  He remains “longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).  Although God earnestly desires that all men be saved, He knows, and has revealed to us, that many men will not chose the strait and narrow way of salvation (Matthew 7:13-14).

The Death of Christ

You cannot study the Bible without realizing that salvation involves the death of Christ.  Peter explained, “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, [even] by him doth this man stand here before you whole.  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:10-12).  Jesus is directly connected with our salvation.  The Hebrew writer wrote, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9).  It was in His death that Christ shed His precious blood which washes away our sins when we are baptized (Acts 2:38; 22:16).  Although Jesus’ death is directly linked to salvation, it is only when man is baptized into the death of Jesus that he contacts the blood of Jesus and reaps the benefits of His death.

The Direction of the Spirit

Man’s salvation comes about as a result of the direction of the Holy Spirit.  Please understand that I am not talking about some kind of miraculous guidance which the Holy Spirit provides separate and apart from the word.  The Holy Spirit directs us to salvation through the word. It is through the word that we learn that we are sinners in need of the help of God (Romans 3:23).  Furthermore, it is through the word that we come to believe that Christ is God’s Son (Romans 10:17).  Once this faith has been created within us, we are then directed through the word to repent of our sins (Luke 13:3), confess Christ (Romans 10:9-10) and be baptized for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38).  Paul understood that salvation involves the direction of the Holy Spirit through the word and consequently wrote that the gospel was “the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16).

The Decision of Man

Although salvation involves God’s desire, Christ’s death, and the Holy Spirit’s direction, it ultimately involves the decision of man.  Man must make the final decision of whether or not he will be saved.  Being a free-moral agent, man has the ability to make choices (Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15; Psalms 119:30, 173).  While there are rewards to making the right choices (Revelation 2:10; 2 Timothy 4:8; Matthew 25:21), there are punishments which go with making the wrong choice (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Matthew 25:41-46; Revelation 21:8).  The choice that man makes regarding salvation will determine whether he spend an eternity in heaven or in hell.

In our study we have seen that salvation involves the desire of God, the death of Christ, the direction of the Holy Spirit, and the decision of man.  God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit have all done their part in salvation; it is now time for you to examine yourself and determine whether or not you have done your part.

–From, The Searcher, August 24, 2008.

Stonework

Shaped Below to Fit Up Here

Shaped Below to Fit Up Here

Shaped for Glory

During the Great Depression, a good man lost his job, exhausted his savings, and forfeited his home.  His grief was multiplied by the sudden death of his precious wife.  The only thing he had left was his faith, and it was weakening.

One day he was combing the neighborhood looking for work.  He stopped to watch some men who were doing the stonework on a church building.  One of those men was skillfully chiseling a triangular piece of rock.  Not seeing a spot where it would fit, he asked, “Where are you going to put that?”  The man pointed toward the top of the building and said, “See that little opening up there near the spire?  That’s where it goes.  I’m shaping it down here so it will fit up there.”

Tears filled this good man’s eyes as he walked away.  God had spoken to him through those words: “Shaping it down here so it will fit up there.”  He found new meaning in his difficult situation.

Some of you are going through terribly troublesome times.  You may be experiencing some heart-breaking sorrow.  Or perhaps you are enduring some painful physical illness.  Or it may be something else – maybe even too excruciating to talk to anyone about.  The blows of the hammer and chisel hurt.  But when they do, think of the builder’s words: Shaping it down here so it will fit up there.

–From The Friend of Truth, Greensboro Road church of Christ, Jonesboro, AR.

A Serious Threat

Liberals aren’t just trying to silence Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and other conservatives on talk radio in their mad dash to reinstate the so-called Fairness Doctrine…

…It appears they have their sights set on shutting down CONSERVATIVE CONTENT YOU READ ON THE INTERNET AS WELL

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell recently told an audience at the Heritage Foundation:

“Speech limits might not stop at radio. They could even be extended to include the Internet and ‘government dictating content policy.'”

The Liberal media is covering just about every aspect of the Democrat National Convention this week, but you probably won’t see anything in the news like what Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media recently wrote about the Democrat Platform:

“’We will encourage diversity in the ownership of broadcast media, promote the development of new media outlets for expression of diverse viewpoints, and clarify the public interest obligations of broadcasters who occupy the nation’s spectrum,’ the Democratic platform says.”

Read more H-E-R-E.

Role Models

Role Models and Chapter

215

by David Lemmons

There has been a lot of talk and there have been several articles written in recent days regarding role models.  One can barely keep up with the latest scandals that are being publicized about some of the most popular role models chosen by young people of our day.  Some famous people like Charles Barkely may wish to deny that they are role models, but the rich and famous in sports and entertainment are nonetheless SELECTED for that position by millions of young aspiring sports figures and entertainers and admirers.  We could wish that the rich and famous might be more aware of and be more responsible with the influence they wield on the minds of young people.  However, it does not seem that this dream is getting any closer to reality.

For Christian youth, the Bible urges caution and prudence in the selection of persons to look to for guidance in life.  Parents (esp., FATHERS, Eph 6:4) need to be careful in training their charges regarding the selection of role models.  Clearly, the people of God are to imitate God (Lev 11:44-45; 1 Pet 1:16; Eph 5:1).  The only Perfect Role Model for young people today REMAINS, as always, the Lord Jesus Christ (Mt 16:24; Jn 13:15; Mt 11:29; Jn 13:34; Rom 13:14; 1 Cor 11:1; Eph 5:2; Phil 2:5; Col 3:13; 1 Pet 2:21; 4:1).  God’s people are to AVOID imitating the wrong folks (Lev 20:23; Deut 18:9; 2 Kings 17:15; Mt 23:2,3; 1 Cor 15:33; 2 Pet 3:17; 1 Jn 3:11,12; Rev 2:14).

This being said, we are blessed by our God to have revealed to us many magnificent role models in the written Word.  Our New Testaments contain a total of 260 chapters.  Chapter number 215 is an especially helpful one for us to use if we have concern about role models.  Chapter number 215 is Hebrews 11.  Young people ought often to be directed to this great chapter by loving and concerned parents.  Let us briefly notice some of the wonderful lessons taught to us by the faithful ones mentioned in this great chapter…

  • From Abel (Heb 11:4)… Worship in faith.
  • From Enoch (Heb 11:4)… Please God.
  • From Noah (Heb 11:7)… Look toward things not seen; fear God;  and don’t live like the world around you.
  • From Abraham (Heb 11:8)… Have a true pilgrim heart.
  • From Sarah (Heb 11;11)…  Consider God to be a promise-keeper.
  • From Abraham (Heb 11:19)… Leave God’s problems to God and simply obey.
  • From Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph (Heb 11:20-22)… Face death with hope!
  • From the parents of Moses (Heb 11:23; cf., Acts 4:19,20)… Be without the fear of the civil authorities when their pronouncements place you in conflict with the will of God.
  • From Moses (Heb 11:24-27)… Choose wisely; keep looking to the heavenly reward; persevere; be identified with the people of God.
  • From the Israelites at the Red Sea (Heb 11:29)… Submit to GOD’S PLAN!
  • From Rahab (Heb 11:31)… Fear God and DO accordingly.
  • From Gideon (Heb 11:32)… Lead others to glorify God.
  • From Samson (Heb 11:32)… Use your strength to glorify God.
  • From Jephthah (Heb 11:32; Judges 11:27)… Allow the Lord to be the Judge.
  • From David (Heb 11:32; Acts 13:22)… Be a man/woman after God’s own heart.
  • From Samuel (Heb 11:32)… Allow yourself to be committed to the Lord FOR LIFE!!!

Hebrews 12:1-2… “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. {2} Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Speaker Pelosi Rebuked

Statement on Remarks by Speaker Pelosi

August 26, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2008

STATEMENT OF HIS EMINENCE, EDWARD CARDINAL EGAN CONCERNING REMARKS MADE BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Like many other citizens of this nation, I was shocked to learn that the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America would make the kind of statements that were made to Mr. Tom Brokaw of NBC-TV on Sunday, August 24, 2008. What the Speaker had to say about theologians and their positions regarding abortion was not only misinformed; it was also, and especially, utterly incredible in this day and age.

We are blessed in the 21st century with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within their pregnant mothers. No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb. In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the most basic of ethical reasons. They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name.

Edward Cardinal Egan

Archbishop of New York

Archdiocese of New York – Press Releases – Statement on Remarks by Speaker Pelosi.

Abortion Debate

Disputants

Disputants

I recently listened to a 99-minute debate on abortion.  Dr. Kreeft presented an argument which I had not heard before.  It was most interesting and helpful to me.  Perhaps you could benefit from it as well.  The debate format was excellent and there was included about twenty minutes of Q & A which involved the audience.  Interestingly, most of the audience appeared to be pro-life.  You can download the mp3 audio file by RIGHT-CLICKING H-E-R-E, and then click SAVE FILE AS.

Is Abortion Morally Justifiable in a

Free Society?

Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

David Boonin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UC-Boulder

Yale University

12/1/2005

From ISI’s Cicero’s Podium: A Great Issues Debate Series.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute – Lecture Program – Olin Online Lecture Library.