Putting God in Our Knowledge

On July 8 through 13 of 2012 the Maple Hill church of Christ had a wonderful series of Bible studies featuring John T. Polk II, as the speaker. This meeting was well attended. The lessons were helpful to all who were able to attend, and we thoroughly enjoyed each one. The studies were recorded and a large number of CDs of the series have already been distributed. In a desire to spread further these outstanding studies, we place them here for your enjoyment and edification. The Monday through Friday studies centered in Romans 1 as Johnny exposed the text to us and challenged us with the application of great truths from the pen of the inspired Apostle Paul. The applications were timely and I hope you will take the opportunity to listen to each study. To download these mp3 files, please RIGHT-click on the titles. Here is the list of these eight studies from the Scriptures…

  1. Joy to the World
  2. Titanic Lessons
  3. The Missing Books of the Bible
  4. The Approved Prophet
  5. The Proven Bible
  6. The God with Proof
  7. The “PC” Life
  8. The Purpose of Life
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Pressing Onward!

by David Lemmons

I read a bulletin this past week which contained an article with the title listed above.  Actually, I receive quite a few bulletins in the mailbox and by Email, for which I am very grateful.  In this particular article one of my friends and fellow preachers in Georgia was exhorting his brethren to become more involved in evangelism.  Just like any good sermon, this article had three main points, each an area in which the need exists to “Press Onward!”  We will not try to consider the entire article, just the first point of it.

I want to share with you a portion of the article (substituting in our name at the appropriate place) and then proceed to encourage all of us to press onward in the same area of work.  Please notice the suggestion our brother makes and if you can see fit to follow it, I think it would be a great blessing to you, to the church here,  and also to many others.  Here is part of a paragraph from that writing…

The number of visitors is a reflection upon the efforts we put forth at talking up the local church, and hence Christ Himself.  We need to start seeing more visitors in our assemblies that are the direct result of invitations to friends, co-workers, and family to attend the services.  Though we do see some of this taking place, it is the exception and not the general rule.  I think we would all agree that much more can and must be done by all [Bellevue Road] members in the area of personal evangelism.  Why not make a commitment today to bring a visitor with you just one week each month?  That is a starting point.  Choose a specific week for this month, formulate a list of prospects, and start making contacts.  Start calling your list until you get a firm commitment from a prospect to visit with you.  You just might be surprised at the good your efforts will bring forth from that simple effort.

Now that sounds like a very good idea to me.  I think it is a challenge which would not be that difficult to accomplish, but which would definitely make a difference if we would all participate in it.

I suppose the opposite of the charge to PRESS ONWARD would be to SLIP BACKWARD.  If that to which we are pressing onward is our goal of going to heaven and taking as many with us as we possibly can, then there is no question which direction we ought to be interested in heading.

I think about Paul’s statement in Philippians 3:13-14… Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  That same spirit or attitude of the great Apostle Paul is the spirit or attitude needed so desperately in the Lord’s church today!  Who can study the life of Paul and not be impressed by his persistent and consistent demonstration of evangelistic fervor?  When I think about the great work done by Paul in spreading the saving message, I surely get interested in what it might have been that motivated him to work in such a dedicated manner.

Two passages come to mind that tell me about what moved Paul to have such great concern for lost souls.  The first would be 2 Corinthians 5:10-11… For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.  Paul knew about and preached often about the Judgment Day.  He knew that God is a God of justice and that disobedience to Him could not go unpunished.  Paul’s faithful efforts were toward the end of persuading men to obey Christ.

The second passage that helps us to have a clue as to how Paul was so dedicated to the task of evangelism is, Romans 1:14-15… I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.  Please ponder the words: AS MUCH AS IN ME IS!  As much as was within Paul, whatever it was he had available, he was hoping to use that in preaching the gospel to the lost souls at Rome.  WHY?  Because he felt himself to be in debt to do that thing!  That sense of debt would not be a bad attribute for each Christian to carry, in my humble opinion!  We have good news that is needed by our friends, neighbors, and relatives.  How about it?  Will you accept the challenge my friend Barry set forth in the quotation above?

Romans 8:14

Led by the Spirit
by Marvin Rickett
Source: The Gospel Reminder, February 22, 2004

The Scripture says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).  There are a lot of religious folks who claim to be led by the Holy Spirit, but who are not.  They claim to speak in tongues and do miracles.  They continually speak of the Holy Spirit prompting them in their religious life.  Yet it is evident the Holy Spirit has absolutely nothing to do with their brand of religion.  The evidence  is in  the fact that their religious practice is not what the New Testament says.  They do not do the Word of the Lord (Matthew 7:21).  Surely, the Holy Spirit does not tell them one thing in the New Testament, and something entirely different and conflicting in their present-day promptings.  The Bible is the Holy Spirit’s word.  As for these modern-day promptings, they come from another “spirit.”

One of the marks of the Pentecostals or Charismatics is their heavy emphasis on the Holy Spirit.  Their preaching is full of references to the Holy Spirit, almost to the exclusion of emphasis on the Father and the Son.  True Christianity has the opposite effect.  Emphasis is placed by the Spirit on the Son and the Father.  Jesus, when He promised to send the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, said, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” (John 15:26).  He further said, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: For he shall not speak of himself: but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he shall show you things to come.  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you” (John 16:13-14).  True Christianity placed the Holy Spirit in the background and placed the Son in the foreground.  One would not hear much said about the Holy Spirit, even though He is doing a vital work.  He would, rather, hear about the Son, who died for our sins; and the Father, from whom comes every good and perfect gift.

Brethren have complained that we have neglected in our teaching and preaching lessons on the Holy Spirit.  Perhaps.  But when we present the Holy Spirit’s word, the New Testament, we are giving Him exactly the honor that is supposed to be accorded Him.

What are the marks of one who is really being led by the Holy Spirit and is Spirit-filled?  He is one who is obeying all of the Word of the Lord.  He believes on Jesus Christ, has repented of his sins, confessed Christ, and has been baptized into Jesus Christ, for the remission of his sins.  Anyone claiming to be saved by faith alone or at the point of faith has not done the Word of the Lord and therefore is not being led by the Spirit.

One who is led by the Holy Spirit and is Spirit-filled is one doing all the things the Scriptures show a Christian to do.  He has allowed his life to be filled with the Word.  “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom” (Colossians 3:16).  When one walks according to the Word and allows the Word to dwell in him richly, he is being led by the Holy Spirit and is Spirit-filled.

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Not Ashamed

Please consider this mp3 sermon preached last year during our June meeting with Jack Phillips. Jack is a good friend and fellow native of Arkansas. For those of you who do not know Jack, he is legally blind, but he does not let that prevent him from doing that which he loves to do–preach the Word. We enjoyed having him with us to preach. He preached that Sunday morning on the subject, “I Am Not Ashamed,” from Romans 1:16.

Should you desire to listen to this sermon, here is how you may…

  1. Scroll to the RIGHT on this page so that you can see the BOX.net box.
  2. If necessary, scroll down in the box, look for the file marked: 06060402.
  3. Click on the file.

If you prefer to download the mp3 file to your computer, place your cursor on the file and RIGHT-click; then select “download.”

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