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FAQs
  • West Side church of Christ
  • Wednesday Night Study, 2012-13

Original material by J.S.Smith
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AQ 1.pdf
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AQ 2.pdf
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FAQ 1
  • What must I do to be Saved?

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What must I do to be saved?
  • Pauls answer to the Jailor
    (Acts 1631-34)
  • Faith cant be separated from the teaching of the
    gospel (Romans 1017)
  • Faith is not true faith unless one submits to its
    truths (Luke 646-49 James 214-26)
  • There are prerequisites to salvation, that are a
    response of faith (Repentance, Acts 238
    Confession, Romans 109 Baptism, Mark 1616, 1
    Peter 320-21 Galatians 327)
  • We must then live faithfully (Revelation 210)

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What must I do to be saved?
  • Before we can consider what is required to save
    man, we must understand from what he is being
    saved. Consider the following and identify from
    what man is to be saved a. John 316-21 b.
    Romans 620-23 c. Matthew 121

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5
What must I do to be saved?
  • In recent years, a diet product has promised that
    you can lose weight and continue eating anything
    and everything you want. Can one be saved from
    sin the same waycontinuing to live anyway he
    desires (Romans 61-2, First John 34-9, Hebrews
    1035-39)? Explain

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6
What must I do to be saved?
  • Can any person who is guilty of sin be saved
    without believing in Jesus Christ (Acts 1631,
    Acts 49-12)? What must one believe about him
    (Acts 837, First Corinthians 1513-17)?

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7
What must I do to be saved?
  • What Bible character taught believing on Jesus
    was a work? How might belief require effort
    (Hebrews 116, Matthew 77-11, 1032-39, James
    220)?

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8
What must I do to be saved?
  • Is belief alone sufficient to bring salvation,
    according to these passages? a. Luke
    646-49 b. Matthew 721-23 c. James 214-17

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9
What must I do to be saved?
  • How do you know that confession of faith is
    necessary to salvation? What role does repentance
    of sins play in salvation?

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10
What must I do to be saved?
  • In what passage are repentance and baptism joined
    in preceding salvation?

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11
What must I do to be saved?
  • What role do the following passages attribute to
    water immersion a. First Peter 320-22 b.
    Romans 64-5 c. Galatians 327 d. Colossians
    211-13

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12
What must I do to be saved?
  • Has one who has confessed, repented and submitted
    to baptism earned his salvation by these efforts
    (Luke 177-10, James 214-26)?

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FAQ 2
  • Who is Jesus Christ?

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Who is Jesus Christ?
  • Jesus is the Messiah. More than
    just a prophet and teacher. Also our
    High Priest and King. (cf. Matthew 1613-20)
  • Jesus is the answer to the problem of sin. (cf.
    Genesis 315)
  • Jesus was God on earth (Matthew 118-25)
  • Jesus is the way, truth and life (John 146)
  • Jesus is the sole name under which we may be
    saved (Acts 412)
  • Sooner or later, everyone will have to make a
    decision about Jesus

15
Who is Jesus Christ?
  • At what point was Jesus created by God
    (Revelation 314, Colossians 115-17, John
    11-3,14)? Explain.

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Who is Jesus Christ?
  • How is Jesus present in the following Genesis
    passages? a. Genesis 126 b. Genesis 314-15

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Who is Jesus Christ?
  • What was Jesus before incarnation
    (Philippians 25-6, Hebrews 105)?

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18
Who is Jesus Christ?
  • How did Jesus come to Earth? Whose prophecies did
    his birth fulfill?

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19
Who is Jesus Christ?
  • What did Gabriel call Jesus
    (Matthew 123, Colossians 28-10)?

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20
Who is Jesus Christ?
  • What prophecies did Moses make about the Messiah
    (Deuteronomy 1815, 17-18)? Both Malachi and
    Isaiah predicted that a forerunner would precede
    the Messiah (Isaiah 403, Malachi 31). Had the
    forerunner come? Who was he?

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Who is Jesus Christ?
  • Did Jesus show any signs of being someone special
    in between his birth and his brief public
    ministry. If so, what were they (Luke 241-52)?

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22
Who is Jesus Christ?
  • Before his arrest, who did people guess Jesus was
    (Matthew 1613-14)? Who did Peter say he was
    (Matthew 1615-17, John 668-69)?

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Who is Jesus Christ?
  • What is Christ, by his death and resurrection
    (Acts 229-33, Hebrews 59, Galatians 313, First
    John 410)?
  • What is Jesus doing today (John 146, First John
    21, Hebrews 724-28)?

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FAQ 3
  • When was the church of Christ established?

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When was the church of Christ established?
  • First, church of Christ must be
    defined as used in Romans 1616 (Not
    denominational. Phrase indicates ownership)
  • Christ purchased the church with His own blood
    (Acts 2028)
  • Christ built the church (Matthew 1616)
  • So defined, the church was established on the
    Pentecost following Christs death (AD 33) (cf.
    Acts 2)
  • Denominationalism is a false concept, without
    authority (cf. 1 Corinthians 110-ff)

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When was the church of Christ
established?
  • What does the phrase churches of Christ mean?
    When was the phrase first used? What advantage
    does this give the phrase that others do not
    have?

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When was the church of Christ
established?
  • What are some descriptive phrases that enjoy
    divine sanction? a. First Corinthians 12 b.
    First Timothy 315 c. Hebrews 1223 d.
    Ephesians 122-23

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When was the church of Christ
established?
  • When did the assembly of called-out people who
    belong to Christ by his blood and the gospel
    begin? Where was the first congregation?

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When was the church of Christ
established?
  • Which of the following was involved in adding
    people to that church? a. written or oral
    examination b. vote of deacons c. ability to
    speak in tongues d. sprinkling of water on head

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30
When was the church of Christ
established?
  • Two different dates are offered for the
    establishment of the Baptist church. One is
    during the ministry of John and the other is
    through the work of John Smyth in Holland in
    1607. What is wrong with each of these dates?

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31
When was the church of Christ
established?
  • If a man believes on Christ, obeys the gospel,
    but decides to join no denomination, of what
    denomination is he a member? What modern sects
    are listed in the New Testament?

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32
When was the church of Christ
established?
  • What role did Alexander Campbell play in
    establishing the church of Christ? Name some
    creeds for the Methodist churches, Baptist
    churches, Catholic Church and churches of Christ.

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When was the church of Christ
established?
  • Who was the head of the churches of Christ at the
    end of the first century (Ephesians 122-23)? How
    are local congregations governed?

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FAQ 4
  • Is salvation by faith?

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Is Salvation by Faith?
  • Yes, as affirmed by the Holy Spirit
    (Ephesians 28 John 316)
  • Controversy arises when men affirm salvation by
    faith ONLY (James 224)
  • Can faith without works save a man? (James 214)
  • Salvation can not be earned, but God does require
    obedience (James 122)
  • Obedient faith saves (Matt. 721 Gal. 56)

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Is Salvation by Faith?
  • Is salvation through faith? How do you know?

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Is Salvation by Faith?
  • The controversy with Calvinism is not over
    salvation by faith, but salvation by faith
    alone. What bible passage discusses salvation by
    faith alone? What does it say?

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Is Salvation by Faith?
  • Martin Luther imagined disharmony between James 2
    and Romans 4, but those who believe in the
    inerrancy of the bible are compelled to seek a
    harmony between faith and works. How would you
    harmonize James 214-26 and Romans 41-8 (cf.
    Galatians 51-6)?

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39
Is Salvation by Faith?
  • Does faith itself require human effort, or is it
    compelled by the Holy Spirit (John 629, Matthew
    77-8, James 121, Acts 751, Hebrews 116)?
    Consider James 122-27. How does this passage
    urge more than belief?

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40
Is Salvation by Faith?
  • Browse Hebrews 11. Why did these people have
    their faith praised? Was Noahs life preserved by
    faith (Genesis 65-9,22)? Was Naaman saved from
    leprosy by faith (Second Kings 51-14)? Was
    either saved by faith alone? When were they
    saved?

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41
Is Salvation by Faith?
  • How did Jesus preempt salvation by faith only
    (Matthew 713-27)?

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Is Salvation by Faith?
  • The rulers in John 1242-43 believed were they
    saved (Matthew 1032-33, Romans 109)? Explain.
    For whom is Jesus the author of eternal salvation
    (Hebrews 58-9)?

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FAQ 5
  • What is truth?

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What Is Truth?
  • Among the most philosophical, and
    important questions of any time.
  • Truth is the revelation of God found in the
    Bible. (Redemp., from Gen. to Rev.)
  • Truth is pure, but men corrupt it with their
    opinions and additions.
  • Truth has no contradictions.
  • The New Testament (contrasted with the Old Law)
    is the perfect law of liberty.

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What is truth?
  • What Bible character asked the question, What is
    truth? On what occasion? Was he genuinely
    seeking truth?

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What is truth?
  • What is true of those who are of the truth
    (John 1837)? Explain.

2
47
What is truth?
  • In our context, what is truth? Is there room in
    scripture for an alternate truth (John 117,
    146)?

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What is truth?
  • Consider John 1717. Where is truth to be found
    today? How was this location of truth created and
    collected (Second Timothy 316, Second Peter
    121, John 1613)? What power does Jesus
    attribute to truth in John 1717?

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49
What is truth?
  • Consider John 830-32. What potential does Jesus
    attribute to truth here? How is truth often
    communicated (Romans 1014-17 and Ephesians 34)?

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50
What is truth?
  • In John 831, a condition is placed upon the
    hearer who would be set free by truth. What is
    the condition? Explain (First John 21-6, Second
    John 4).

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What is truth?
  • List some impediments to the acceptance of truth.
  • a. Matthew 1319 b. Matthew 1321 c. Matthew
    1322 d. Galatians 16-9

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52
What is truth?
  • What becomes of those who lack a desire for truth
    (Second Thessalonians 29-12, Romans 28-9,
    Second Timothy 43-4)?

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53
What is truth?
  • What power is attributed to truth in First Peter
    122-25? What condition is attached?

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What is truth?
  • What part of the Christians Armor illustrates
    truth? Explain.

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FAQ 6
  • Wheres the organ?

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Wheres the organ?
  • An agreement to do all things in the name
    of the Lord (cf. Col. 317) limits and
    directs.
  • We are limited to Gods oracles (1 Peter 411)
  • We must do what Gods Word orders, and to respect
    its silence as well.
  • Instruments of music are not found in Christian
    worship as revealed in Gods word.
  • Instead, we are told to sing (Eph. 518-19)
  • We must not presume! (cf. Lev. 101-3)
  • We are to worship in truth (John 424)

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Wheres the organ?
  • Questions about music in our worship are really
    practical matters of religious authority. How do
    we go about establishing what is authorized in
    our worship today?

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Wheres the organ?
  • Who has all authority in the church? How would
    you describe the authority exercised by elders
    and evangelists then? How much authority is there
    for creed conventions?

2
59
Wheres the organ?
  • What are the three ways of establishing authority
    in the bible, as well as in all life?

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Wheres the organ?
  • Are sectarian creeds, human tradition and
    personal preference equally viable forms of
    authority (Matthew 151-9)? Explain your answer.

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Wheres the organ?
  • Were mechanical instruments used in Old Testament
    worship? Is there any evidence of them being used
    in worship by first century churches?

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62
Wheres the organ?
  • Why dont the instruments in Old Testament
    worship authorize them for the church today
    (Ephesians 211-16, Colossians 213-14, Matthew
    171-5)?

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Wheres the organ?
  • What does it mean to worship in Spirit and truth
    (John 424)?

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Wheres the organ?
  • Identify three New Testament passages that
    discuss our musical worship.

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Wheres the organ?
  • Why is it presumptuous to add instruments to our
    musical worship? How does this effort parallel
    Gods judgment of Nadab and Abihu?

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66
Wheres the organ?
  • What part of the Christians Armor illustrates
    truth? Explain.

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FAQ 7
  • When will the kingdom come?

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When will the kingdom come?
  • The disciples, even after the crucifixion,
    were not clear on the nature and coming
    of the kingdom (cf. Acts 1).
  • The kingdom of Christ was not intended to be
    physical, but would include peoples of every
    nation (Genesis 123 Acts 1034-35)
  • Promises were made concerning the coming kingdom
    (Mark 91) note, at this time spoken of as yet
    future
  • The kingdom was established on the Pentecost
    following His resurrection (Acts 2)
  • It is now in existence! (Colossians 113)

69
When will the kingdom come?
  • What were the apostles thinking when they asked
    Jesus about restoring the kingdom (Acts 16-8).
    To what event did Jesus direct them instead?

1
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When will the kingdom come?
  • In what ways did Jesus tie his ministry to the
    anticipation of a kingdom?
  • a. Matthew 423 b. Matthew 610 c. Matthew
    1344-50 d. Luke 1616-17

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71
When will the kingdom come?
  • Daniel prophesied that the kingdom would come
    during the reign of the third worldwide empire
    after Nebuchadnezzars Babylonian empire.
    Complete the following chart after reading Daniel
    231-46.
  • EMPIRE ORDER BODY PART EMPIRE
  • 1 Head of
    gold Babylon
  • 2 Chest
    Medo-Persia
  • arms of
    silver
  • 3 Belly thighs of
    bronze Greece
  • 4 Legs of
    iron, Rome
  • feet of
    clay iron

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72
When will the kingdom come?
  • During which empire did Jesus live? What is true
    of Daniel if the kingdom did not come during this
    timeframe (Deuteronomy 1820-22)? What evidence
    shows this kingdom was not meant to be a Hebrew
    state?

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73
When will the kingdom come?
  • Premillennialists suggest that a surprise Jewish
    rejection of Jesus delayed the establishment of
    the kingdom until the second coming. How does
    Matthew 1621-28 destroy the concept that
    Christs death prevented the kingdom from coming?

5
74
When will the kingdom come?
  • Consider Acts 222-36. When and how did the
    kingdom come? What is Christs kingdom
    (Colossians 113, First Peter 29-10, Matthew
    1616-18)?

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75
When will the kingdom come?
  • How close will Jesus get to returning to the dust
    of Earth (1 Thessalonians 413-18)?

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FAQ 8
  • Do you believe in miracles?

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Do you believe in miracles?
  • Nothing short of supernatural, divine
    intervention is described in the Bible as a
    miracle.
  • The Bible clearly reveals that God has intervened
    in the past in miraculous ways (cf. John
    2030-31)
  • The greatest miracle recorded in the Bible is the
    resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (cf. 1
    Corinthians 1512-19)
  • Miracles were never intended to be a permanent
    fixture in the New Testament church (Purpose
    Mark 1620), cf. 1 Cor. 1310

78
Do you believe in miracles?
  • What is the definition of a miracle? Which of
    the following are miracles electric light,
    childbirth, moon landing, narrow escape from
    death?

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79
Do you believe in miracles?
  • What is the first miracle recorded in the Bible?
    What was Christs first miracle? Is it possible
    to believe in God and the Bible, but not believe
    in miracles?

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80
Do you believe in miracles?
  • List the nine miraculous abilities people
    possessed in the first century (First Corinthians
    127-10). a.
    f. b. g.
    c. h. d.
    i. e.

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81
Do you believe in miracles?
  • What was the purpose of such miracles (Mark
    1620, Hebrews 21-4)? How did the apostles
    receive the abilities (Luke 2447, Acts 2)? How
    did others receive them (Acts 8)?

4
82
Do you believe in miracles?
  • When were supernatural gifts to end (1
    Corinthians 138-13)?

5
83
Do you believe in miracles?
  • If miracles are not still occurring today, how do
    you explain the dramatic improvement of very sick
    people for whom we have prayed (James 513-20)?
    How do you explain other unlikely events?

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84
Do you believe in miracles?
  • Two miracles surrounding the deity of Christ are
    sometimes called into question, even by some
    professing Christians. Can we reject the nativity
    and resurrection of Christ and still be his
    disciples (First Corinthians 1512-19)? Why or
    why not?

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85
Do you believe in miracles?
  • Is it a miracle when a person obeys the gospel
    (Romans 1014-17)?

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FAQ 9
  • Should I tithe or not?

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Should I tithe or not?
  • The tithe (an offering of 10 of
    certain animals and produce) was mandated
    under the O.T. (cf. Lev. 2730-34)
  • The O.T. was abolished (Eph. 214-22 Col.
    211-15). To go to the O.T. for justification is
    to fall from Grace (Gal. 54).
  • The Holy Spirit instituted free will offering in
    the N.T. for benevolence, evangelism and
    edification (1 Cor. 161-4 Phi. 415-16 Acts
    432-37).
  • Must be purposeful, sacrificial, liberal and
    cheerful (cf. 1 Cor. 162 2 Cor. 97)

88
Should I tithe or not?
  • Who paid the first tithe, and to whom? What is
    the amount of a tithe?

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89
Should I tithe or not?
  • What things were tithed (Leviticus 2730-33,
    Deuteronomy 1422-23)? Who received benefit from
    the tithes (Numbers 1821-32, Hebrews 75)?

2
90
Should I tithe or not?
  • What was wrong with the tithing
    of the following people? a. Post-Exile Hebrews
    (Malachi 38-10) b. Pharisee (Luke
    189-14) c. Pharisees and scribes (Matt.
    2323-24)

3
91
Should I tithe or not?
  • How did God respond to people who offered their
    tithes, but from only 10 of their hearts (Isaiah
    110-20)?

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92
Should I tithe or not?
  • Because the Law of Moses was fulfilled
    and taken out of effect, tithing joins one of two
    groups. Either it joins animal sacrifice, incense
    burning and instrumental music in worship as
    unauthorized for the church, or it joins singing
    and prohibitions against murder and adultery as
    renewed for the church. To which group does
    tithing belong?

5
93
Should I tithe or not?
  • Instead of tithing, what did Paul command the
    Corinthians to do (First Corinthians 161-4)?

6
94
Should I tithe or not?
  • Examine the giving of the Macedonians (Second
    Corinthians 81-7). How is it characterized?

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95
Should I tithe or not?
  • What further guidelines does Paul add to our
    giving (Second Corinthians 91-14)? Can our
    giving support evangelism, as well as benevolence
    (First Corinthians 914, Second Corinthians 118)?

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96
Should I tithe or not?
  • What kind of investment is our offering (Matthew
    619-24)?

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97
FAQ 10
  • What happened to Christian holidays?

98
What happened to Church holidays?
  • Christian holidays have never
    existed (biblically)
  • Feasts were observed under the Old Law, but we
    live under the New (cf. Jas. 125 Gal. 62)
  • Christians never celebrated Christmas, Easter,
    St. Patricks Day or Halloween
  • Catholicism added these by merging the Catholic
    faith with pagan practices
  • Easter (KJV, Acts 124) is a mistranslation
  • We observe the Lords Supper (Acts 207)
  • Secular observances are harmless

99
What Happened to Church holidays?
  • What two sources of authority did Jesus contrast
    (Matthew 2123-27)? Which is genuinely binding
    today(Matthew 1618, 2818-20, Acts 539)?

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100
What Happened to Church holidays?
  • Are Easter, Christmas, St. Patricks Day and All
    Hallows Eve from God or men? How does Jesus warn
    us against substituting our traditions for his
    doctrine in Matthew 151-9?

2
101
What Happened to Church holidays?
  • How has God proven that he knows how to authorize
    holy days? What would be wrong with the church
    doing the authorizing (First Peter 411)? Why
    cant we use Old Testament authority to mark holy
    days (Matthew 517-20, Ephesians 214-16,
    Colossians 213-17, Matthew 171-8)?

3
102
What Happened to Church holidays?
  • Where is the word Easter found in the Bible?
    What is really intended? Is this authority for a
    church holiday to celebrate the resurrection of
    Christ?

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103
What Happened to Church holidays?
  • What divinely authorized commemoration already
    surrounds the resurrection (Matthew 2626-29,
    First Corinthians 1117-34)?

5
104
What Happened to Church holidays?
  • What makes the matter of church holidays serious
    (Galatians 48-11, John 423-24)? How can some
    holidays be observed by Christians without
    falling into condemnation?

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FAQ 11
  • Are there church of Christ apostles?

106
Are There Church of Christ Apostles?
  • The list of Apostles (cf. Acts 113)
    Peter, James, John, Andrew, Philip, Thomas,
    Bartholomew, Matthew, James (son of Alpheus),
    Simon the Zealot, Judas (son of James) (Note
    Judas Iscariot dead)
  • Matthias chosen in fulfillment of prophecy (cf.
    Psalm 1098) (Acts 115-26)
  • No indication any other apostles were added by
    succession (ex James murdered, Acts 12)
  • No man today can be said to have the
    qualifications to be an apostle (cf. Acts
    121-22, eyewitnesses of Christ
    life/resurrection)

107
Are There Church of Christ Apostles?
  • What is the literal translation of the word
    apostle?

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108
Are There Church of Christ Apostles?
  • Although others are described as apostles in a
    different sense, twelve men are closely
    associated with the office. Identify them,
    harmonizing different names in the lists (Matthew
    102-4, Mark 314-19, Luke 613-16, Acts 113).
    a. Two pairs of fisherman brothers b.
    Middle Four c. Final Four

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109
Are There Church of Christ Apostles?
  • The apostles received two commissions from Jesus.
    Summarize each of them, according to the
    following passages.
  • a. Matthew 101, 5-15
  • b. Matthew 2818-20

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110
Are There Church of Christ Apostles?
  • Whom did Jesus anoint at the Last Supper as the
    head apostle (Luke 2214, 24-30)? What arguments
    are often made in support of the primacy of Peter
    (Matthew 1613-16 and John 2115-19)?

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111
Are There Church of Christ Apostles?
  • Identify some interesting notes about
    the following apostles.
  • a. nickname of James and John (Mark 317)
    b. occupation of Matthew (Matthew 99)
    c. meaning of Zealot, term for Simon d.
    Peters marital status (Matthew 814)? e.
    Thomass post-biblical nickname

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112
Are There Church of Christ Apostles?
  • Which of these 12 offices was
    slated in prophecy for a successor (Acts 220)?
    Which were not? What churches today continue to
    practice apostolic succession? What
    qualifications did Peter list for the office
    (Acts 121-22)?

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113
Are There Church of Christ Apostles?
  • List four other men who are called apostles in
    the New Testament.

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114
Are There Church of Christ Apostles?
  • What authority did the apostles possess,
    according to these passages?
  • a. Matthew 1619, John 1612-15 b.
    Acts 818

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115
Are There Church of Christ Apostles?
  • What evidence suggests the
    apostles were not morally infallible?
    Specifically, how are the apostles part of the
    foundation of the church?

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116
FAQ 12
  • Is Genesis 1 true?

117
Is Genesis 1 true?
  • In our age, science has been deified,
    and become atheistic. Should we
    accept the theories of atheistic scientists over
    Moses account of creation?
  • Either the universe was created in 6 days by
    Gods word, or the earth is billions of years
    older than indicated in the Bible.
  • Both theories require faith.
  • Those of firm faith accept both the reality of,
    and efficacy of divine miracles!
  • Appearance of age necessary in creation for it to
    function for its inhabitants.

118
Is Genesis 1 true?
  • According to Genesis 11-2, what was the
    condition of the Earth as God began his work? Are
    all three persons of the Godhead present? Even
    Jesus (Colossians 116, John 110)?

1
119
Is Genesis 1 true?
  • Read Job 38. In this passage, what is Gods
    point? Think!

2
120
Is Genesis 1 true?
  • Is there anything in this text at all to indicate
    that the days were not literal, consecutive
    24-hour days? Is there anything to lead the
    reader to believe that millions of years could
    have existed in between the days, or that the
    days could have lasted millions of years
    themselves?

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121
Is Genesis 1 true?
  • Consider Matthew 194. When was man created?
    Could this have been billions of years after
    creation commenced? Why or why not?

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122
Is Genesis 1 true?
  • Consider Psalm 191-3. How do the heavens declare
    the glory of God? See also Romans 118-21.

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123
Is Genesis 1 true?
  • Miracles are hard for modern people to accept and
    creation is the broadest miracle of them all.
    List a few other miracles that Christians must
    believe.

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124
Is Genesis 1 true?
  • What is true of those who deny the existence of
    God and his power to create, according to Psalm
    141?

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125
Is Genesis 1 true?
  • What does the Genesis historian mean that man was
    made in Gods image (127)?

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126
FAQ 13
  • What is faith?

127
What is Faith?
  • It is an abstract term that is difficult
    for many to define.
  • The Holy Spirit defines faith (cf. Heb. 111-2).
  • Though we cant see God, evidence of His
    existence is found in creation and inspiration.
  • Miracles provide sufficient evidence for us to
    believe in Jesus the Messiah (John 2030-31).
  • The teleological argument (cf. Rom. 120 Psa.
    191) shows those who deny God to be foolish
    (Psa. 141).
  • The Bible itself (its preservation) is evidence
    of a sovereign and providential God.

128
What is Faith?
  • How does Hebrews 111-2 define faith? Explain
    what this means to you.

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What is Faith?
  • Is faith, then, blind? How do the following
    contribute to the validity of faith in God?
  • Signs of intelligent design in creation
  • Presence of conscience and morality in humans
  • Amazing cohesiveness of Bible, including
    fulfilled prophecies and absence of internal
    contradiction

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130
What is Faith?
  • Must modern men witness miracles in order to have
    faith (John 2029-31)? What should be sufficient,
    in light of the fact that a providential God
    obviously exists?

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131
What is Faith?
  • What is divine providence? Give some Bible
    examples. How does it bolster peoples faith in
    God (Matthew 625-33)?

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132
What is Faith?
  • Modern thinkers contend that religion is foolish
    and that atheistic evolution is the answer to
    mans origins. Which scientist has actually
    observed universe creation or one species
    evolving into another?

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133
What is Faith?
  • What is true of the person who ponders the
    universe and refuses to believe in God (Romans
    118-23, Psalm 141)?

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134
What is Faith?
  • The sacrifices of many people who
    were in a position to know for certain because
    of their convictions is further testimony to the
    validity of the Bible message about faith. What
    did these people sacrifice and what could they
    have done and saved simply by recanting their
    convictions?
  • Mary
  • Saul of Tarsus
  • The apostles

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FAQ 14
  • What is a Gospel Meeting?

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What is a Gospel Meeting?
  • We traditionally have several efforts
    each year where a visiting preacher
    comes and spends a week preaching the gospel,
    during special worship services. We call these
    efforts Gospel Meetings.
  • We call them Gospel Meetings to differentiate
    from the Denominational practices often found in
    Revivals.
  • Both terms are expedient and helpful. It is good
    to hear the gospel preached, and such preaching
    can and should lead us to a revival of zeal and
    effort.

137
What is a Gospel Meeting?
  • Why is the phrase gospel meeting appropriate?
    What benefits or drawbacks could the term have?

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What is a Gospel Meeting?
  • Is the term revival, commonly used among
    denominations, appropriate as well? What benefits
    or drawbacks would it have?

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139
What is a Gospel Meeting?
  • What responsibilities is the church authorized to
    undertake according to these passages a. First
    Corinthians 1126 b. Ephesians 412 c.
    Ephesians 310 d. First Corinthians 161-4

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140
What is a Gospel Meeting?
  • Into which category (or categories) does a gospel
    meeting fit?

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141
What is a Gospel Meeting?
  • Why is the emphasis so much on teaching in gospel
    meeting efforts? a. Romans 116-17 b. Romans
    1017 c. Acts 188 d. Ephesians 617

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142
What is a Gospel Meeting?
  • Many churches today sprinkle in carnal appeals
    when offering the gospel to the lost. Why did
    Jesus refuse to perpetuate such a policy in his
    own ministry (John 64-14, 22-27, 21-66)?

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What is a Gospel Meeting?
  • Some churches are booming today because of
    Wednesday Night Dodge Ball and Video Games. How
    does recreation and entertainment compare to
    sober instruction as force to convert souls
    (1 Timothy 48)?

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What is a Gospel Meeting?
  • Zeal should always describe the faith of the
    redeemed, but we would be lying if we suggested
    that such enthusiasm never lags. How does the
    writer recommend that Christians renew their
    zeal? a. Romans 121-2 b. Hebrews 514 c. 2
    Timothy 16-7

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What is a Gospel Meeting?
  • What did Peter do in an attempt to revive others
    zeal (2 Peter 112-15)? Did he start a church
    softball league, institute a 5 a day attendance
    bribe or hide free cookies under the pews?

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146
What is a Gospel Meeting?
  • How did Christ warn these churches where revival
    was needed? a. Revelation 24-5 b. Revelation
    31-3

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FAQ 15
  • Is the resurrection real?

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Is the resurrection real?
  • Modernists deny the doctrine of the resurrection.
  • The doctrine cant be abandoned without
    destroying the faith.
  • If not, Jesus was a false prophet (Jn. 1017-18
    219-21 cf. Deut. 1822)
  • If not, Jesus is not a King (Mt. 1616 Acts
    224, 31-33 1 Tim. 615)
  • If not, Jesus is not our High Priest (Heb.
    911-15, 1010-13 1 John 21 Heb. 725)
  • If not, our faith is vain (1 Cor. 1512-19)

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Is the resurrection real?
  • When called the firstborn from the dead, Jesus
    is described as the first to rise from the dead,
    never to die again. List a few Bible characters
    who were raised from the dead, but who died
    bodily again later.

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150
Is the resurrection real?
  • How does the Bible define physical death (James
    226)? Where does the body go? Where does the
    spirit go (Luke 1619-23)?

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151
Is the resurrection real?
  • A great fixed gulf separates the two sides of
    Hades. How do Jesus and Peter describe each side
    (Luke 1619-31 and 2 Peter 24-11)?

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152
Is the resurrection real?
  • Where did the spirit of Jesus spend the three
    days that it was separated from his lifeless body
    in Josephs tomb (Luke 2340-43, Acts 225-28)?

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153
Is the resurrection real?
  • How did the prophet Jesus predict his own
    resurrection (John 1017-18, John 219-21)? When
    was it accomplished? How did it fulfill the
    prophecy of Matthew 1618?

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Is the resurrection real?
  • Pauls first Corinthian epistle provides the
    longest discourse on the meaning of the
    resurrection in the New Testament. Read chapter
    15 why is it wrong for one to claim to be a
    Christian while rejecting the resurrection?

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Is the resurrection real?
  • How does our resurrection hope destroy the sting
    of death and strength of sin (1 Corinthians
    1554-57, Hebrews 214-15)?

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156
Is the resurrection real?
  • What is our duty in light of this hope
    (1 Corinthians 1558, 2 Corinthians 51-11?)

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157
Is the resurrection real?
  • Paul discusses the resurrection of the righteous
    in 1 Thessalonians 413-18. How will they be
    summoned from their graves?

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FAQ 16
  • What is our benevolent role?

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What is our benevolent role?
  • Our God is a compassionate God, and so
    it is appropriate that we ask how we are
    to fulfill our obligations regarding
    benevolent work.
  • Scripture makes a distinction between individual
    and collective (congregation) responsibilities in
    benevolent work.
  • The idea that whatever an individual can do the
    church can do is flawed. (1 Cor. 72-3 1
    Timothy 516)
  • The churchs special role in the work of
    benevolence is focused upon needy saints (1 Cor.
    161-4 Acts 1129 Rom. 1525 2 Cor. 84
    91,12)

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What is our benevolent role?
  • How did Jehovah attempt to instill a concern for
    the needy in people through the Old Testament
    (Leviticus 2535, Deuteronomy 1428-29,
    Deuteronomy 157-11)?

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What is our benevolent role?
  • Before the church was established, Jesus taught
    his disciples about their benevolent
    responsibility in almsgiving. What does he urge
    in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 542)? What
    motivation does the Hebrew writer add later
    (1316)?

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What is our benevolent role?
  • What are some bad motivations for turning people
    away who seek our financial aid?

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What is our benevolent role?
  • Romans 123-13 specifies how individual members
    of the body of Christ interact one another and
    touches on situations that require almsgiving. As
    members of one another, how should we give
    (share) and distribute to the needy saints?

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164
What is our benevolent role?
  • What part of a persons pure and undefiled
    religion is germane to this study (James 127)?
    What do you think James means by visit?

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What is our benevolent role?
  • What is true of the Christian who refuses to
    share or extend any benevolence?
  • James 214-17
  • 1 John 316-17

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What is our benevolent role?
  • There were needy people in the Thessalonian
    church, however, whom Paul forbade other brethren
    from assisting (2 Thessalonians 36-12). Why?
    Under what similar circumstances would we find
    sound reasoning for not sharing today?

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What is our benevolent role?
  • New Testament churches were commanded to
    take up a weekly offering for the
    purpose of benevolence (First
    Corinthians 161-4). How does the Holy Spirit
    describe this aspect of the churchs function?
  • 1 Corinthians 161
  • Acts 1129
  • Romans 1525
  • 2 Corinthians 84
  • 2 Corinthians 91
  • 2 Corinthians 912

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FAQ 17
  • Why are there no women preachers?

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Why no women preachers?
  • It seems to be a product of an earlier,
    no longer relevant time. (It is not).
  • It is not cultural, and does not reflect a belief
    that women are in any way inferior to men.
  • There is no scriptural precedent for women
    preachers (in the assembly) or leadership in the
    church.
  • There is clear scriptural teaching that precludes
    women taking a leadership role in the assembly (1
    Timothy 211-12 1 Corinthians 113 2
    Corinthians 1434-35).
  • Christian women serve God in ways He has
    authorized.

170
Why no women preachers?
  • Consider First Timothy 28-15.
    How do verses 8-10 establish a distinction in
    roles between men and women?

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Why no women preachers?
  • Two things are forbidden women in the
    church in verse 12 what are they? Women are
    not permitted to _______. Women are not
    permitted to _______.

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172
Why no women preachers?
  • What is Pauls reasoning behind this
    decree (verses 13-14)?

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173
Why no women preachers?
  • It is suggested that this policy
    results from Pauls misogyny (hatred for women)
    or an unnaturally patriarchal society that
    demeaned women. How must the Christian answer
    such complaints (2 Timothy 316-17, 2
    Peter 121)?

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Why no women preachers?
  • Based on 1 Timothy 2, which
    would be allowable or prohibited? a. Woman
    preaching to mixed audience?
  • b. Woman teaching mixed-gender adult Bible
    class? c. Woman teaching class of toddlers? d.
    Woman teaching her own children at home? e. Woman
    teaching photography class at college?

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Why no women preachers?
  • Consider 1 Corinthians 1426-40. The
    first century not only had worship services like
    ours, but the presence of gifts of the Holy
    Spirit also made tongues speaking and prophecy
    services possible. Did women sometimes possess
    such gifts (Acts 218-9)?

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Why no women preachers?
  • Were such gifted women permitted
    to exercise their gifts in these
    assemblies? How could they control themselves
    when the Spirit moved them?

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177
Why no women preachers?
  • Can women serve as elders or deacons?
    Why or why not?

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Why no women preachers?
  • How did these women play important
    roles in the early church while remaining in
    submission to God and the male leadership of the
    church?

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FAQ 18
  • What about abortion, euthanasia, and capital
    punishment?

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Abortion, Euthanasia Capital Pun.
  • Abortion disruption of the
    development of an unborn human being, resulting
    in the termination of life.
  • Euthanasia the intentional termination of life
    to eliminate suffering.
  • Capital punishment intentional termination of
    human life by government decree, for one
    convicted of a serious criminal offense.
  • Of the three, only Capital punishment is approved
    of in scripture. (cf. Romans 131-7)
  • The distinction is between innocent life, which
    must be protected - and duly penalizing the
    guilty, by civil authorities, authorized by God.

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What about abortion, euthanasia and
capital punishment?
  • Define the following terms
  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Capital punishment ?

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What about abortion, euthanasia and
capital punishment?
  • Although each of these issues is a controversial
    one politically in America, the life and death
    ramifications suggest that the Bible may speak to
    them. When Scripture conflicts with human law,
    how should the Christian handle the conflict
    (Acts 418-22, 526-32)?

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183
What about abortion, euthanasia and
capital punishment?
  • American law allows parents and doctors to
    terminate the lives of unborn children between
    conception and birth, but not after. The
    righteousness of such action revolves around the
    question of just when life commences, that is,
    when God invests a human body with an eternal
    soul. How do we know that this occurs prior to
    birth (Psalm 13913-16)?

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184
What about abortion, euthanasia and
capital punishment?
  • What was Gods attitude toward unborn life in the
    Law of Moses (Exodus 2122-24)?

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185
What about abortion, euthanasia and
capital punishment?
  • Because euthanasia removes God from the equation,
    it becomes either murder or suicide, depending
    upon who is involved. Is murder ever justifiable
    in such cases (Galatians 519-21)?

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What about abortion, euthanasia and
capital punishment?
  • Is suicide ever encouraged or approved in
    Scripture? What harm would have resulted from the
    Philippian jailers contemplated suicide (Acts
    1625-34)?

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What about abortion, euthanasia and
capital punishment?
  • Both of these subjectsabortion and
    euthanasiaare regularly defended as within the
    rights of the individual regarding his own body.
    What is wrong with that argument? Think!

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What about abortion, euthanasia and
capital punishment?
  • Why does not the sixth commandment of Moses apply
    to this subject (Exodus 2013)?

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FAQ 19
  • Do you believe in the Old Testament?

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Do you believe in the Old Testament?
  • Part of rightly dividing the word is
    distinguishing between Old New Test.
  • Just because we believe that the Old Testament is
    not authoritative to Christians does not mean
    that we do not believe it to be inspired of God
    (cf. 2 Timothy 316-17)
  • Jesus purpose in coming to earth was to fulfill
    and replace the Old Covenant (Matthew 517
    Hebrews 911-21 813 Ephesians 215 Hebrews
    712)
  • 9 of the 10 commandments still apply today
  • The Old Testament still contains much of value to
    Christians (Romans 154 1 Corinthians 101-13)

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Do you believe in the Old Testament?
  • Specifically, what does Paul have in mind when he
    praises Timothy for having been raised to know
    the Holy Scriptures (2 Timothy 314-15
    cf. 1
    Corinthians 153-4)?

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Do you believe in the Old Testament?
  • How did man receive the Old Testament (Second
    Peter 119-21)?

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193
Do you believe in the Old Testament?
  • Did Jesus come to destroy the Law or the Prophets
    or the Psalms (Matthew 517-18)? Why did he come
    (Luke 2444-49)? What is the difference?

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194
Do you believe in the Old Testament?
  • What did the Old Testament system lack that is
    present only in the New (Hebrews 101-10)? What
    made this possible?

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195
Do you believe in the Old Testament?
  • As the book of Hebrews is written, the majority
    of Jews were continuing to worship as their
    parents had done before Christ came by burning
    incense, observing the Sabbath and slaughtering
    animals. What does the writer say about the old
    covenant, or law, in that era (Hebrews 813)?

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Do you believe in the Old Testament?
  • What became of the Law of Moses according to
    Ephesians 214-16? According to Colossians
    213-14? When did this occur?

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Do you believe in the Old Testament?
  • Does this include the abolition of the 10
    commandments (2 Corinthians 37-11)? If so, does
    this mean that murder and adultery are not
    forbidden? If not, how are they forbidden?

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Do you believe in the Old Testament?
  • How does each passage prove the abolition of the
    old law? Acts 109-23 Hebrews 711-13

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FAQ 20
  • Why not call him Reverend?

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Why not call him Reverend?
  • Gospel preachers do not deserve the
    title Reverend, or Father, and do not
    want it, either!
  • The term Reverend rightly applies only to God
    (cf. Psalm 1119). It is too much to associate
    any mans name to the level of Jehovah God.
  • No one should accept the name Father as an
    indication of spiritual heritage (Matthew
    238-9).
  • Other signs of a clergy/laity distinction
    (vestments, titles, privileges) are likewise
    condemned by the same passage (1-8).
  • Such titles obviously foment and tempt to pride.

201
Why not call him Reverend?
  • What are the three most common titles
    in America, according to these systems?
    Roman Catholicism
  • Protestantism
  • Judaism

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Why not call him Reverend?
  • List as many other religious titles as
    you can think of.

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203
Why not call him Reverend?
  • In the Bible, to whom do these
    titles refer when used scripturally?
  • Reverend (Psalm 1119)
  • Father (Matthew 239)
  • Rabbi or Teacher (Matthew 2310)

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204
Why not call him Reverend?
  • According to Psalm 1119,
    specifically what is reverend? What is the
    implication when a man attaches that title to his
    own name?

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205
Why not call him Reverend?
  • The most famous Father in the religious realm
    lives in Rome, Italy. What do these passages
    suggest about his claim of spiritual superiority?
  • Ephesians 122-23
  • Second Thessalonians 21-4

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206
Why not call him Reverend?
  • Before the church was established,
    Jesus instructed his disciples about the dangers
    of a clergy system by pointing out the failures
    of the Pharisees before him. Consider Matthew
    231-12. What is the theme of this warning?
    Besides religious titles, list two other improper
    distinctions afforded those in this clergy system
    (verses 5-6).

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Why not call him Reverend?
  • In this passage, Jesus prevents the
    use of titles like Teacher and Father and yet
    the apostles used those words to describe
    themselves and others (1 Timothy 27, Titus 23,
    Hebrews 512, 1 Corinthians 415, 1 Corinthians
    51). Is there a contradiction? Explain.

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Why not call him Reverend?
  • Can you think of ways in which modern
    churches of Christ sometimes have struggles with
    titles?

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FAQ 21
  • What is the difference between a pastor and a
    preacher?

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What is the difference - pastor preacher?
  • Work of pastor overseeing a local congregation
  • Work of preacher proclaiming the gospel
  • Pastor english word that means simply
    shepherd (cf. Ephesians 411) (noun)
  • Shepherd (verb) Acts 2017-28, esp. vs. 20.
    Note the term is used interchangeably with
    overseer, and elder
  • Qualifications of pastors (elders) contained in
    Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3. A plurality of men
    appointed to office (Acts 1423, Titus 15).
    Note, both Timothy and Titus were preachers, but
    neither is referred to as a pastor.
  • 3 Gk. Terms poimen (shepherd, pastor),
    presbuteros (elder), episkopos (bishop, overseer)

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What is the difference - pastor preacher?
  • List the roles numbered in Ephesians
    411.

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What is the difference - pastor preacher?
  • What does the word pastor mean? Is it a noun or
    a verb? Is it used anywhere else in the New
    Testament?

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What is the difference - pastor preacher?
  • Although the word pastor is quite common today,
    its New Testament usage is limited. Fortunately,
    the translators render forms of the Greek word
    poimenin other passages that will tell us about
    the identity of this office. Paul used a form of
    poimenin a conversation recorded in Acts
    2017-28. Whom does he tell to shepherd the flock
    in the midst of ravenous wolves?

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What is the difference - pastor preacher?
  • In this one passage (Acts 2017-28) what two
    synonyms for pastor are described?

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What is the difference - pastor preacher?
  • A form of poimenis also used by Peter in his
    first epistle. To whom did Peter attribute the
    work of shepherding, or pastoring (1 Peter
    51-4)? What particular expertise did Peter add
    to the subject.

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What is the difference - pastor preacher?
  • We learn then that elder is synonymous in
    Scripture with pastor and that preacher or
    evangelist are not. Three Greek words are
    actually used interchangeably throughout the New
    Testament to describe this office (poimen,
    presbuterous, and episkopon). List the five
    Biblical synonyms for this one office
  • a. Ephesians 411 b. 1 Peter
    51 c. 1 Peter 52
    d. 1 Timothy 31 e. 1 Timothy 414 (KJV)

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What is the difference - pastor preacher?
  • Why dont Mormon elders qualify for the office (1
    Timothy 31-7, Titus 15-7)? Why dont most
    Protestant pastors fit the bill?

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What is the difference - pastor preacher?
  • What is involved in pastoring a flock of Gods
    people (Acts 2017-31, 1 Peter 51-4)?

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219
What is the difference - pastor preacher?
  • How does Scripture limit pastors authority (Acts
    1423, Titus 15, 1 Peter 52)?

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FAQ 22
  • Protestant, Catholic or Jew?

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Protestant, Catholic or Jew?
  • The best answer is none of the above
  • There is another option, simply Christian
  • We are Jews inwardly (Romans 225-29), but the
    Jewish religion rejects Jesus as Christ
  • We protest the Catholic church, but Protestants
    generally embrace the doctrines of men (Calvin,
    Luther, Zwingli).
  • We make no objection to the universal catholic
    church, (Matthew 2818-20), but object to that
    man-made institution which has rejected
    scriptures in favor of mans traditions.
  • So, Christian is the best choice, given by the
    Holy Spirit (Acts 1126 2628 1 Peter 416)

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Protestant, Catholic or Jew?
  • Using an English dictionary, if necessary, define
    the following terms
  • Protestant
  • Roman Catholic
  • Jew

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Protestant, Catholic or Jew?
  • Now using your New Testament, find at least one
    reference for these
  • Protestant Roman Catholic Christian

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Protestant, Catholic or Jew?
  • Of these three, which has scriptural authority?
    Does it matter which one characterizes us? Why or
    why not (1 Peter 411, Matthew 2818-20,
    Colossians 317)?

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Protestant, Catholic or Jew?
  • How is the state of being a Jew recognized
    within Christianity, even by early Jewish
    Christian writers like Paul of Tarsus (Romans
    225-29, Galatians 326-29)?

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Protestant, Catholic or Jew?
  • Using a dictionary definition of Roman
    Catholicism, determine whether each of the
    following is scripturally sound or not
  • worldwide hierarchy of priests under the pope
  • a liturgy entered in the Mass
  • veneration of the Virgin Mary and saints
  • clerical celibacy
  • catechism with creeds of tradition and papal
    edict

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Protestant, Catholic or Jew?
  • Protestantism and Roman Catholicism share one
    fundamental doctrine, called by the former,
    total hereditary depravity and by the latter,
    original sin. Are men born covered in the guilt
    of Adam or are they accountable only for their
    own choices (Ezekiel 1818-20, 2
    Corinthians 59-10)?

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FAQ 23
  • Why do the righteous suffer?

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Why do the righteous suffer?
  • A generalization. Many righteous prosper
    while the wicked often suffer.
  • Some believe that the righteous should physically
    prosper. The exact opposite of the rich man and
    Lazarus, while on earth (Luke 1619-31)
  • In reality, not relevant, because accounts are
    not settled in the here and now (2 Thessalonians
    11-10)
  • The righteous will suffer the same fate as all
    men (1 Peter 313-17 James 12-3 2 Timothy
    312)
  • Shows a discontentment with the promise of
    eternity (Romans 85-11)
  • God is not the author of misery. That onus falls
    upon Satan and man himself (James 116-17)

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Why do the righteous suffer?
  • One three letter word will answer the question
    why do the righteous suffer? Does this mean that
    all suffering is the direct result of personal
    transgression (James 51-6)?

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Why do the righteous suffer?
  • Consider Job 1-2. Who inflicts hardships and pain
    upon humanity (cf. James 113-15, Ephesians
    616)? What is Gods role in human suffering (2
    Corinthians 127-10, 1 Peter 16-7)?

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Why do the righteous suffer?
  • What does James say about the concept of a dark
    side to God that compels him to inflict misery on
    men for his own amusement (116-17)?

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Why do the righteous suffer?
  • Paul suffered much for his righteousness and once
    pleaded with God to remove one aspect of his
    anguish (2 Corinthians 127-10). How did God
    answer? What should this teach us about the
    suffering of the righteous?

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Why do the righteous suffer?
  • Job questioned why God permitted him to suffer so
    terribly. How does God respond to him and to us
    when we question why the righteous should suffer
    (Job 381-11)?

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Why do the righteous suffer?
  • The most difficult aspect of
    understanding why the righteous suffer is coming
    to grips with our incapacity to understand the
    mind of an eternal God. As a parent has much
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