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Our annual Summer Gospel Meeting is taking place this week! This article is authored by our guest speaker Russ Bowman, of Beaumont, TX. We’d be delighted to have you come join us this week for any of our services (Sunday 9:30a, 10:30a, 5p; Monday-Thursday 7p). For more information, please visit our splash page

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True Bible Preaching (Part 1)

In this lesson, we took a look at what is true Bible preaching.  This is part 1 of the lesson. 

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Can We See the Bible Alike?

It has always amazed me that there are so many different religions today.  How can there be so many different interpretations to the Bible?  The question of whether or not we can all see the Bible alike is often asked and the answer is yes we can if we see it at all.  

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Is It Possible To Stand In The Way of Sinners?

The question is one that all Christians must ask ourselves.  Are we as elders, deacons, preachers, and members of the church shutting up the kingdom of heaven against men?  The following scriptures suggest that it is possible.

“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful.”—Ps. 

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“I Will Build My Church”

It is Jesus Christ who said:

“I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18)

The church Jesus said He would build had its beginning nearly two thousand years ago on the day of Pentecost, fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Acts chapter two records that as people obeyed the commands to believe in Jesus, repent and be baptized that “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:36-47). 

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What Is Your View of the Church?

We live in a time when many have a negative view of the church. People claim they follow Jesus, but they see no need to be a member of the church, or at least see little need to sacrifice their time and efforts in regular support of the church. This is often due to the fact that some have little understanding of the church you can read about in the Bible, and others have misconceived ideas about the church. 

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The Church is God’s Holy Temple

In Paul’s letter to the church of God at Corinth, he wrote:

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

In this context, Paul was cautioning against building God’s temple with inferior materials (wood, hay, straw–vs.12-15), and he was issuing a warning to the Corinthians

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The Body of Christ

One of the concerns of the apostle Paul when he wrote to the church at Corinth was their need to work together in utilizing the spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit had given to them. It was in this context that Paul used the illustration of the church being like a body:

“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 

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“We Are Members of One Another” (Part 2)

This is a two part article. You may want to read Part 1 first. Read it now

Last week we began, and this week we continue,  looking at some of the benefits we enjoy and some responsibilities that we have in the local church due to the fact that “we are members of one another” (Ephesians 4:25; Romans 12:4-5). 

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“We Are Members of One Another” (Part 1)

The New Testament writers exhorted saints to engage in specific activities that would enable the body of Christ to function effectively and to grow spiritually. Frequently they used a unique phrase to describe this mutual and interacting process—“one another.” Paul said: “Do no lie to one another…” (Colossians 3:9), and in the parallel passage he explains why: “for we are members of one another” (Ephesians 4:25). 

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