The popular theory in modern religious circles is that the Bible gives no standard of church government. Many modern scholars actually argue that there are various forms of church government taught in the New Testament.
However, scripture, history, prophecy, and reason lead to a singular conclusion: the ancient congregations of Christ each had a plurality of officers called bishops, elders, or pastors. This system provides a number of blessings to the congregation . These themes are explored in detail in this fourth installment in the series: The Road to Scriptural Church Government by Evangelist Clinton De France.
One of the most challenging questions, when considering the biblical pattern for church government, is the proper system of church function in the absense of elders. In this lesson, we explore what the Bible says on that subject. Our conclusion is that the pattern for church function in the absense of elders is itself a plan to develop and prepare for elders. This plan comes through the cultivation of a relationship of respect and responsibility between the members of the congregation - a relationship that we call "The Church Family."
The congregation in Tulsa is in the process of eldership development. Our prayer is to reach the Biblical ideal of scriptural elders as soon as possible. To that end, we are studying through the fundementals of church government and organization. This sermon is the first in the series.
The foundation of any accurate understanding of congregational organization and government begins with an accurate understanding of what the Bible teaches about the congregation. What is a congregation of Christ? Is it necessary for every Christian to be a member of a congregation? What does the Bible mean when it says that Jesus adds people to the church (Acts 2.47)? What does membership in a congregation entail and demand? These and similar questions are addressed in this sermon.
" There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.
So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him." - Luke 1.5-12
Evangelist Clinton De France examines what the Bible says about the work of angels in the past and present. What are angels? In what ways to angels minister for Christians? What do angels never do? Should you expect to see an angel at some point in your life? These and other questions are addressed in this study.
Why did John the Apostle call Jesus: The Word, or literally, the Logos? What does this mysterious title mean? What do Alexander the Great, Plato, and Greek speaking Rabbis have to do with it? How could Jesus be "with God" and be God at the same time? What does John mean when he says, "And of His fullness we have all received and grace for grace"? These questions are all answered in this study through John 1.1-18. Please listen carefully and consider the marvelous truths about Jesus these scriptures reveal!
Tens of millions of Americans gamble. It seems to be a favorite pastime of our nation and an icon of our society. Even the current President of the United States made his fortune through the gambling industry. However, we often hear about lives ruined through gambling. Is gambling a harmless game? Or is it a vicious and destructive evil? Does the Bible teach that it is sinful to gamble? In the latest installment in our series: God's Solution for Moral Pollution, we investigate this important issue: What is Wrong With Gambling?
Who is Jesus? This is the most important question of all. In this powerful lesson, Evangelist Elias Rodriguez shows the scriptural answer and explains the majestic meaning Christ has for the lives of all people in all the world. "Christ is all in all!"
¿Quién el Jesús? Esta es la pregunta más importante de todas. En esta poderosa lección, el evangelista Elîas Rodríguez muestra la respuesta bíblica y explica el gran significad que Cristo tiene para toda la gente en todo el mundo. "Cristo es todo en todo¡"
Why wait until marriage for sex? The unanimous testimony of recent research and polls is that most Americans have no answer for that question and admit that they have not waited. This includes professed Christians. But what does the Bible say? Is it really a sin to have sex outside of marriage? How far is too far? If society no longer judges people for pre-marital sex, then what is the danger? These and many other questions are addressed in this latest installment in our series: "God's Solution for Moral Pollution."
January 22, 2017 marked 44 years of legalized abortion on demand in America. During that span, Americans have had more than 59 million abortions. But what is abortion? Most Americans consider abortion a "minor" thing compared to police corruption, healthcare, climate change, and the financial crisis facing the nation. Is it a moral issue or a medical issue? Should a woman have the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion? What is the Christian response to this issue? In this lesson, Clinton De France explores the truth about abortion using scripture, science, and reason. Please take time to consider this topic.
What happens when a Christian sins? Can a Christian loose his soul? If baptism is essential for salvation, must a person be baptized again and again - each time he or she fails. In this lesson, Clinton De France explains the Bible teaching on "the second law of pardon." We hope you enjoy this presentation and share it with others.
Sermons from the Church of Christ in Tulsa, OK
These sermons have been preached at assemblies of the Church of Christ in Tulsa, Oklahoma
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