Verse of the Day

1 John 4:20-21If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

The Book of John

It has been said that the gospel of John is somewhat like a tract. John's aim is to bring his readers to a faith in Jesus Christ and prove, unequivocally, that He is the Son of God (cf. John 20:30-31). The book is, therefore, separated from what are commonly referred to as the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). These are synoptic in the sens...
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Church Organization

  The Local Preacher The church of Jesus Christ is authorized to be organized locally. Within this organizational structure are elements such as elders, deacons, and saints (Philippians 1:1). This article shall examine the authority for the located preacher who is found in the equation of Philippians 1:1 as a saint of God. The preacher does not occu...
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Church Organization - The Deacon

The church of Jesus Christ has organization on a local level (Acts 14:23; 1 Peter 5:2). The word a organization" is defined as a something comprising elements with varied functions that contribute to the whole and to collective functions; organism" (AHD pg. 876). The elements of the Lord's church are the saints, bishops and deacons. Paul addressed t...
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ACTS (3)

Varying Responses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ The book of Acts records various responses to the gospel of Jesus Christ. When the Apostles of Jesus Christ preached the gospel some illustrated a genuine interest (see Acts 2:12-13; 13:42-43). Many heard the gospel and "believed' (see Acts 4:4; 8:12; 13:48; 16:30-33; 17:34 and 18:8). The same gospel that brought joy to some caused others to be sore troubled (Acts 4:2) and jealous (Acts 13:45). When Felix and Drusilla heard the gospel they replied to Paul saying, "Go your way for this time and when I have a convenient season I will call for you" (Acts 24:24-25). Festus, after hearing the gospel message of Christ being resurrected from the dead and man's responsibilities to obey him said that Paul's much learning had driven him mad (Acts 26:24-25). King Agrippa heard Paul's sermon on Christ and said, "Almost you persuade me to...
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ACTS (2)

Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ After the church was established men and women went throughout the world preaching the gospel message. The book of Acts records a uniform message that was preached. Starting on the Day of Pentecost we find a foundation sermon delivered by the Apostle Peter. Peter preached about Jesus Christ and man's sins. Those who believed that Jesus was the Christ and were willing to repent and be baptized for the remission of their sins would be forgiven (see Acts 2:37-38). Every sermon preached after Peter's was a carbon copy of Peter's words. Whether the preacher was Peter, Philip, Paul, or Luke the message was the same. Those who heard the gospel preached, believed the message, confessed that Jesus was the Christ, repented of their sins, baptized for the remission of their sins, and purposed to live faithfully all the days of their lives were added to the...
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