Which NT church do you want your congregation to be like?

The New Testament is the model for God’s people. Its teachings are normative for all people everywhere, in all times. First-century congregations were not perfect, by any means, but by visits and letters they were urged to conform to the divine standard then being taught and now found in the New Testament. Their imperfections are our opportunity to be mature, stable, growing congregations that glorify God and carry forward the mission of Christ in the world.

What follows is an invitation to self-analysis, not an attempt to undermine New Testament authority: If you had to think of a congregation in the New Testament for the congregation where you meet to emulate, which one would it be?

#churches #maturity #reflection

Anyone near Dyersburg this morning?

I’ll be speaking this morning near Dyersburg TN, specifically Newbern, at the Lemalsamac congregation. If you’re nearby, come and be with us. The meeting begins at 10 am. My sermon topic will be, “How to have the love of God in your life.” During the study hour, I’ll share recent news about the GoSpeak effort.

The church website is not appearing anywhere, but they do have a Facebook page. The building is located on Highway 77 toward Dyer.

#missions #churches #tennessee


4-15-2016 What Is The Church of Christ #5

Before Jerusalem was destroyed, Jesus warned, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:5 NKJV).  Bible miracles, however, “are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31 NKJV).  After Jerusalem fell in A.D. 70, many have come establishing churches “in His name,” and also have deceived many.  But God said of false prophets of old: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:16 NKJV.  “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 17 NKJV).  Only the Bible speaks the truth.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#churches, #in-his-name, #miracles, #truth

Three great stories yesterday and today on BNc…

Three great stories yesterday and today on BNc, and I didn’t write any of them. 🙂



#churches, #conversions, #news

The site at the link below replaces the…

The site at the link below replaces the previous one on our fastmail account.


With the move, it has also been updated rather extensively to reflect the new work in Urbanova January, 2014.


Six Things Young Preachers Need to Know


When young men go into the ministry, they are ambitious and hopeful. They dream of saving countless souls and inspiring brethren immediately to become passionate and obedient.

However, reality soon sets in, and they learn that working with humans is more complicated than they realized. These aspiring preachers learn some harsh lessons in the meantime and struggle until they gain some experience.

When we embark into a new career, we need copious amounts of guidance, patience and grace until we know what we are doing. With that in mind, here are six lessons that young preachers may not be told in school or when they are in training.

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#churches, #congregation, #lessons, #ministry, #preachers, #preaching

Churches are sprouting up faster than rabbits can…

Churches are sprouting up faster than rabbits can multiply. That is the message from religious pollster George Barna according to the latest surveys. Americans have decided to remove God from the heart and store him in the closet. They are determined to believe what they choose and practice what they want. For every new public hankering there is some enterprising preacher who starts a new church custom-tailored to please their wants and soothe their guilt. If the Bible happens to agree with them, so much the better; but if not, then throw the Bible in the closet too. Becoming a Christian is no longer about conversion and transformation, but how closely can one walk with the devil and still retain respectability. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#barna, #churches, #just-a-minute, #poll

Restlessness of Youth

My article today discusses the restless nature of youth and how it can ruin their lives. We also need to consider what it can mean to our congregations.

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#churches, #forthright, #youth


What is it that we mean by pattern? When Moses was told by the Lord to build the tabernacle in accordance with the pattern he saw on the mount (Exodus 25:40), did he have questions in his mind about the meaning of the word pattern? Evidently, some think that he should have; he should have critically reflected and asked the question, “What do we (you, Lord) mean by pattern?”

If a question needs to be asked about what is in mind when the word pattern is used by a person, then that question (or questions) needs to be asked. If clarity is desired, there is warrant in seeking clarification. However, since the word has a common definition (“a form or model proposed for imitation”), generally the problem won’t be in the meaning of the word, but in the mind of the one asking the question or contemplating on the word. If you make a garment from a “pattern” your intentions are to make that garment after the form or model of that pattern, is it not? Surely it is. Perhaps, within the garment pattern there are “built-in” options that allow for alternative products. The pattern, however, is purchased and used in order to get a desired result, for there is no other reason to use a pattern, is there?

When the Lord gave direction to Moses on the mountain, He wanted a “cookie cutter” pattern to be followed. To Moses, He gave no option concerning what he was to make. If, to Moses, He gave options, it was the prerogative of the “pattern maker” to give that option; that fact that He did not, however, is important to note.

How should we use the “pattern” concept with respect to churches today? To begin, we must have a starting point, and that starting point is the New Testament. In the New Testament we can see that churches were established in various communities and those churches were made up in a certain way. Is that a pattern for us to follow? It is if the apostles set the churches up, and they did so by the authority of the Holy Spirit. If there were incidental related to the setting up of the church they are….well, incidentals. I suggest to you that spiritually discerning people can make a distinction.

A pattern, then, is a form or a model of a desired product. In today’s environment, those who desire to pattern themselves after the New Testament will not only pattern their individual lives after the model of Jesus, but they will desire to be part of a church patterned after the model of the church in the New Testament, the Lord’s pattern.

#churches, #moses, #pattern

I’d like to do a “Church of the Week….

I’d like to do a “Church of the Week.” Posting a link and a sliver of info on congregations once weekly. Anybody up to taking this on?


What makes a good community? – JAM

According to a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Boulder, Colorado, Holland, Michigan and Honolulu ranked first, second and third in the country as the happiest places to live. Boulder has fresh mountain air and we know what Honolulu offers, but what does Holland, Michigan have besides bitter cold and a struggling economy? Ask the 35,000 citizens and they will reply churches. One resident answered, “Our churches have a lot of good, caring folks in them that are like family to us.” It is a place where faith is at a high and crime is at a low. It is a place where people reach out to help each other and where faith is genuine and applied in everyday life. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#churches, #just-a-minute

Daily Nudge and news

Today’s Nudge: What stands out about your congregation? It’s always interesting to hear about positive qualities of the community of saints.

Our hearts go out to the Chileans, in this moment of grief, shock and tragedy. A Brazilian on business in Chile, according to a newspaper here, said, “It was a giant monster that was going to swallow us, that was the sensation.” We continue to seek news and channels for sending aid.

Have a blessed First Day today, wherever you are, and may our God protect and preserve you for his purposes.

#chile, #churches


I like the Bishop Street’s description of this part of their worship:

Singing: This just might take your breath away. We’re pretty enthusiastic about the privilege of worship in song. If you feel comfortable, please join right in; there are no professionals here, just everybody pouring out hearts to God together. (And don’t worry if you think your voice isn’t quite up to par. If your heart is, that’s what matters.) You might hear quite a variety of song tempos and lyrics and styles, but they all have the intent of praising Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and also of teaching and encouraging each other. This is what we read about, and are commanded to do, in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. (By the way, many people are surprised by the absence of musical instruments. That’s simply because the New Testament only speaks of singing and making melody in the heart, so that’s the pattern we try to follow.)

The whole page is nicely done.

#churches, #congregations, #singing