"Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand" (Matthew 24:23-25).
Who are "the elect" about whom Jesus speaks in these verses? What does Jesus mean by saying they would be deceived - "if possible"? Join us for this Bible study of Matthew 23:1-36 to find the answers to these and other related questions.
Nearly all followers of Jesus Christ recognize the tremendous importance of the Lord's Supper, which Jesus bound on His disicples until His return with the command: "Do this in remembrance of me."
However, while most believers agree on the importance of attending to this duty, they remain divided over method. What did Jesus have in mind when He said "Do this"? In this lesson, Evangelist Clinton De France analyzes the scriptures in question and provides a concise, biblical answer.
In the days following the establishment of Christ's Church on Pentecost, Luke records that the ancient Christians continued "daily with one accord in the temple" (Acts 2.46).
This scripture raises several questions: "What was the nature and purpose of these gatherings? Were the ancient disciples congregating in the temple for Christian worship? Did they continue to participate in Jewish temple worship?" Evangelist Clinton De France addresses these questions and others in the tenth installment of our study series through Acts: "The Kingdom Is Here!"
"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¡"
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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