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5-12-2015 Who Is A “Christian?” #1

Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:25-26 NKJV). Jesus had said “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV). Only “disciples” can be called “Christians,” and no “disciples” were saved before they were baptized, according to Jesus Christ. Are you a “Christian?”

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

#baptizing, #christians, #disciples, #saved-before-baptism

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5-15-2015 Who Is A “Christian?” #4

So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:25-26 NKJV).

What “kind” of Christians were they? Jesus Christ said to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV). “Disciples” have been baptized with God’s authority and follow only the authority of Jesus Christ, not man’s. Who has “authorized” your “salvation:” God or man? “Disciples” of Jesus Christ are “Christians” with “one baptism” and “one faith” (Ephesians 4:4-6). Are you a “Christian?”

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

#christians, #disciples, #kind-of-christian, #one-baptism, #one-faith

Leaving the Tomb…It’s Time to Go

An empty tomb welcomes tourists and pilgrims in Jerusalem. Located at the foot of a rocky knoll that looks so much like a “place of the skull,” if it is not the place of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and subsequent resurrection, it certainly evokes thoughts of those events. While it inspires interest in the events around the death of Jesus, it does not preach the word by itself (One stills needs a preacher, or at least a friend, for that). It does not feed the poor or heal the hurting. It does not visit those in prison or give water to the thirsty. This place does not baptize or sing or pray. Only people who believe that God loved the world enough to send his Son to die for us can perform those acts. Sadly, sometimes we do as much as the empty tomb. We may do less, since the tomb does teach by symbolizing the place where world-changing events occurred. After the resurrection, Jesus instructed followers to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV84). We need to leave the empty tomb and direct a spiritually starving world to the Risen Messiah, Jesus. It is time to obey; it is time to go.

#baptism, #crucifixion, #disciples, #evangelism, #gordons-calvary

Send them away

While preparing for Sunday evening’s lesson, a study of Mark 6, something I read moved me to sadness.

The apostles, who had just returned from preaching a message of repentance and helping the sick and demon-possessed, said something. While I know there is much more here, I was drawn to this something they said as the day grew late.

“Send them away,” they said of the crowd who had sought out Jesus (Mark 6:36). Perhaps in the weakness of fatigue and hunger themselves, they forgot what their work was all about.

It breaks my heart to think there are brethren, who for weakness or lack of vision, say this same kind of thing to those who are teaching the gospel, and thereby say this to those who are lost. How can we send them away? They wanted to be with the Master!

We can’t send them away. We must feed them.

Jesus couldn’t send them away. We mustn’t either.

#disciples, #jesus-christ, #teach

"Fear Ye Not" – Matthew 10:31

In the context of Matthew 10, Jesus is telling his twelve disciples what to expect when they go from city to city, preaching the gospel. He explains to them that the world will hate them because of the message they preach – including those of their own household (Matthew 10:16-22). He then tells them to preach the whole gospel without fear (Matthew 10:26-27), the only person to fear is the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell (Matthew 10:28).

In Matthew 10:31, He then goes to to say that the disciples are of far more value than that of mere sparrows, therefore, they are not to “fear” what man can do to them – God will take care of them, even in death (Matthew 10:29-31; cf. Romans 8:28-39; cf. Psalm 116:15; Revelation 14:12-13).

When Jesus rides in our boat, there is absolutely nothing to fear: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2010/02/05/when-jesus-rides-in-our-boat-2/

#care, #context, #death, #disciples, #explain, #fear, #gospel, #hate, #household, #jesus, #preach, #twelve, #world