October 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (The Need for Strong Churches)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • The Need for Strong Churches (Mike Vestal)
  • Strength Through Adversity (Cody Westbrook)
  • Through Fellowship (Kevin Rhodes)
  • Through Worship (Wayne Jones)
  • Through Preaching (Clay Bond)
  • Through Love (Ross Haffner)
  • Through Service (Johnie Scaggs, Jr)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

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"Going to Church"

“Going to church” is not a matter of going to the building as some sort of check off list. It is not a matter of “works religion.” Gathering together with the saints is much more than that. The saints in the 1st century did so (Acts 20:7), and Paul exhorted the saints in Corinth to do the same (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 4:17). Those who love the Lord won’t be any place but where the Lord desires, and for the reasons the Lord desires.

Here are some points for your consideration:

  1. Matthew 16:13-19. Jesus “built” (established) His church.
  2. Ephesians 1:22-23. Jesus is the head of His church, His body.
  3. Ephesians 4:4. There is one body (church).
  4. Ephesians 5:23-32. The church is the saved. Paul wrote to the local body (in Ephesus); he did not delineate between the local, visible, invisible, and/or universal church.
  5. Hebrews 10:19-31. After a lengthy discussion on the differences between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit gives a number of exhortations in this section: a) the saints are to draw near with a true heart (10:22), b) the saints are to hold fast their confession (10:23; cf. Romans 10:9-10), c) the saints are to consider one another (10:24), d) the saints are not to forsake (abandon) the assembling together (10:25); this is your “go to church” if you will. With this in mind: e) to sin willfully is to crucify the Son of God afresh (10:26), f) it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (10:31).

With these things in mind – what’s hard to understand? For one who doesn’t want to understand, maybe it’s the heart that is hard.

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Going to church today will do you no good

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Yes, you read the title correctly. Going to church today will do you no good,

  • if you do not go in order to seek the Lord’s presence, Hb 11.6;
  • if you do not worship him in spirit and in truth, Jo 4.24;
  • if you go looking only to receive rather than give, Ac 20.35;
  • if you go to perform and get attention, rather than to edify, 1Co 14;
  • if you go merely out of a sense of obligation, and not spurred by a sense of gratitude, Psa 28.7; 2Co 9.7. Continue reading

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