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Lord’s Supper Instructions

It was my privilege to speak at the 14th Annual Southeast Georgia Lectureship on October 24, 2009.  The theme of the lectureship was: “Lessons from Paul.”  My assignment was: “Instructions on the Lord’s Supper.”  I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the other speakers: Alan Wright, Randy Vaughn, Stacey Grant, Lee Davis, and Larry Acuff.  A PDF copy of my manuscript is available H-E-R-E.  Copies of the audio and the book are available at:

Richmond Hill church of Christ

11651 Ford AVE

Richmond Hill, GA  31324

Gluttony

DRL Note: By Email, I receive sermon outlines from time to time.  The one below was quite interesting and I sought and received permission from the author to share it here.

Live to Eat or Eat to Live?

(1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

by Bob Bauer

I.          INTRODUCTION

A.        During the first century it was customary among the wealthy Romans to take an emetic immediately before their meals, in order to prepare themselves to eat more; and again soon after to avoid any injury from being very full of food.

1.         It is reported that every day, Maximus the Thracian, first barbarian who wore the imperial purple and the first emperor never to set foot in Rome, drank an amphora full, about 7 gallons of wine and ate 40 or 50 pounds of meat every day.

2.         Clodius Albinus, was a Roman usurper proclaimed emperor by the legions in Britain and Hispania. It was reported that he could eat 500 figs, a basket of peaches, ten melons, 20 pounds of grapes, 100 garden warblers, and 400 oysters at a sitting.

B.        Dinner for Diamond Jim Brady, a 19th century American railroad magnate and industrialist, consisted of 6 lobsters, six crabs, two ducks, a steak, two gallons of orange juice, and two pounds of chocolate. One restaurant owner called Brady, “the best 25 customers I ever had.”

C. Would you call these individuals gluttons? I think most of us would.

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Examination

But Let a Man Examine Himself…

by David Lemmons

The quotation above, you may recognize, comes from 1 Corinthians 11:28 and is in the context of Paul’s instructions to the Corinthian saints regarding proper observance of the Lord’s Supper.  The time we spend in the assembly observing the Lord’s Supper is an important time.  It is a brief time.  As Christians, it can and should be one of the most important parts of our lives, week by week.  Sometimes it is a real challenge for us PROPERLY to observe the Lord’s Supper.  It is to be a time of reflection upon the marvelous love of God and Christ for us.  We should think about the great sacrifice that was made on that cruel cross.  It is a time of COMMUNION with one another and with the Lord (1 Cor 10:16ff).

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Stewards


God’s Stewards

by Allen Webster

God is counting on us.  He has entrusted His children with His valuables because He believes that we can conduct His business successfully.  He respects our abilities and trusts our judgment.  What a privilege!  But one might ask, “Over what has God made us stewards?”

Our Minds. The commercial had it right, “A mind IS a terrible thing to waste.”  But most waste their mental energies on useless pursuits, and leave the Bible out of their curriculum (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3).  Far too many fill their minds with sensual trash, rather than saving treasure (Romans 1:16).  “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

Our Abilities. All of God’s children are gifted (Romans 12:4-8).  He has given us different talents to be used complementarily for the good of all (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).  He expects us to do our part to build up His kingdom (John 9:4).  One day we will be asked if we used them selfishly or sacrificially.

Our Opportunities. Each day God presents us with twenty-four hours in which to let our lights shine (Matthew 5:16; Ephesians 5:16).  He provides opportunities to draw closer to Him and learn more of His will for us (1 Peter 2:2).  He sends needy people our way, so that we might help them (Luke 10:30-37).  He surrounds us with lost souls, so that we might save them (Mark 16:15-16).  He gives us husbands or wives to love and children to train (Ephesians 5:23–6:4).  He gives us friends to invite to worship and neighbors to influence for good.  He expects us to watch for these opportunities because they are often irretrievable (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Our Health. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).  Our bodies do not belong to us, so we must be careful to protect them.

Our Wealth. God loans us enough money to take care of our responsibilities (1 Timothy 5:8), support the work of the church (1 Corinthians 6:1-2), and help the needy (Ephesians 4:28).  We should count Him as a Joint Partner in our bank accounts.  Would this not revolutionize our attitudes?  When we get paychecks, God gets His deserved part first and not the “leftovers.”  He has given us houses in which to entertain the downtrodden (Luke 14:10-14) and fellowship with our brethren (Acts 2:42).  He gave us cars to pick up visitors to services and run missions of mercy (Luke 10:34).  He has given us food to share with the hungry, clothes to give to the needy, and warmth to give the cold and lonely (1 John 3:16-17).

Our Bibles. “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1).  No time in history has enjoyed such free access to the Scriptures, and yet few generations have been so indifferent to it.  We dare not wrest the Scriptures to our own destruction (2 Peter 3:16-17), rationalize so we do not have to obey it (Mark 7:9-12), make it void with our traditions (Mark 7:13), ignore it (Hebrews 2:1), or destroy it (Jeremiah 36:23).  People with dusty Bibles are poor stewards.

Our Congregations. While elders are primarily God’s stewards of the local flock (Hebrews 13:7, 17), all Christians are “brother’s keepers” (James 5:19-20).  Is the preaching I am supporting sound and truthful?  Am I doing my part to see the church grow and the gospel spread?  Am I an encourager to my brethren?  If every member were like me, would this church be what it should?  Each has equal responsibility toward the local church (according to ability), and each will give an account according to how he has dealt with his stewardship (Luke 19:11-27).

God is counting on us!  Let’s not let Him down!  “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).

–From, The Tiplersville Teacher, 20Nov91

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.

Same Mind


Number 0011

Source: The Gospel Reminder, September 20, 1998

BEING OF THE SAME MIND

by Marvin Rickett

The Bible approves of being of the same mind, rather than the prevalent religious division which men strive in vain to justify. The apostle Paul urged the Corinthians to “be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). The Bible compliments being of one mind, rather than “unity in diversity.” True, it tolerates diversity of opinion (Romans 14), and it even encourages diversity in functions (1 Corinthians 12), but it is ever working toward unity in agreement. Paul wanted to hear of the affairs of the Philippian Christians, that they “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).

The one mind that all Christians are to have is the mind of Christ: “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind” (1 Peter 4:1). It does little good for a group of religious people to be of the same mind in embracing a false doctrine or a counterfeit church. For all to have the mind of Christ, all must mind the things of Christ. All must walk by the same rule of Christ: “Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing” (Philippians 3:16).

Think of the pleasantness and thrill of being of the same mind! It would be the end of enmity and strife. There would be no parties or sects. We would be “likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind” (Philippians 2:2). Being of the same mind would solve some personal animosities. Paul wrote to two “feuding women” in Philippi: “I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord” (Philippians 4:2). Where all Christians are of the same mind, there is sweet fellowship.

Knowing that others are of the same mind is of great encouragement to us. It edifies the church. Our treatment of one another is improved. Paul urges, “Be of the same mind one toward another” (Romans 12:16). Peter says, “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous” (1 Peter 3:8).

When we have the same mind, we present a united front to the rest of the world: to the infidels, pagans, sinners. Since division and strife are instigators of unbelief, then having the same mind will contribute greatly toward belief (John 17:21).

Having the same mind will cause folks to work together in harmony for the kingdom of God: “Now the God of Patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Jesus Christ: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 15:5,6).

We can be of the same mind if we will follow the same rule (Philippians 3:16). The rule is the Bible, the word of God.