“The one who speaks in a tongue builds himself up, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.”
1 Corinthians 14.4
In context Paul addresses the use of the gift of speaking in tongues without an interpreter. His statement is a criticism of selfish use of miraculous gifts. The goal is edification of all. That is the key word of the chapter.
Pentecostals take this phrase out of context as permission for their practice, which has nothing in common with the miraculous gift of the first century. How sad to turn it on its head!
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The Fellowship Room is a website for Christians. It receives several posts a day from a wide variety of people. Here are a few of the contributions made to the site:
Other Fellows, such as John Henson and Richard Mansel, post as they are able.
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“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” Ephesians 2:22.
With love over everything that we do, one of the prime directives of the church is edification. Most believe that edification is just teaching & preaching. After all, the members are “edified” when solid, biblical, Christ-centered teaching & preaching is fed to the flock.
But it is so much more than this. Edification gets to the shepherding of the sheep and so involves nourishing each of the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individual members. Continue reading
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Everyone has an opinion about the “gospel meeting,” or “revival,” as they are sometimes called.
Some say they should be all about evangelism. Others say they should just focus on edifying the saints. Some like a theme. Some like random lessons. None of these is right or wrong. Every congregation is different.
To have a revival is acceptable. To not have one is acceptable. We are not bound by God in any specific terms to do it. What’s not acceptable is to bother to hold a gospel meeting and not support it. In that instance, it would be better not to have it at all!
What’s not acceptable is to have it for the edifying of the saints, and then not have saints participate. What’s not acceptable is to make it about evangelism, and then make no effort to invite others.
Our elders desire that our revivals/gospel meetings serve both purposes: edification and evangelism. They desire that we both make efforts to invite others, and to participate for our own spiritual up-building.
Now we know; it’s up to us to make it successful!
—Rick Kelley, Prestonsburg KY church bulletin
It has been said time and again that the mission of the church is three-fold: the proclamation of the gospel (Luke 19:10), the edification of the saints (2 Timothy 2:2), and benevolence (Galatians 6:10). I would like to develop in brief these three points.
The church consists of only those who are saved by the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28); there are no unsaved people in the Lord’s church (2 Timothy 2:19). When one embraces salvation there is a change in life that is really remarkable. The saved one wants to assist in the Lord’s cause in any way that there is opportunity, and one of the best ways is in living and sharing the gospel of Christ. If all Christians did as much, the first mission statement of the church would continue to be fulfilled with each generation.
Second, as one lives the life of Christ there will always be opportunities to share the gospel of Christ with the unsaved. Some of those who are not saved are attending the Bible classes. Our Bible classes are an important work of the church. In the Bible class the prepared teacher has taken time to not only learn from the Lord, but also desires to teach those present the same things the teacher has learned. It is a disservice to the Lord, to the teacher, to the parent, and to the child (children) when there is little interest or support for the work.
Third, James said that pure and undefiled religions is to assist those who are in need (James 1:27). There will always be people who are poor in our community. Those who are in the Lord’s church have a special obligation to render assistance to Christians in need (not want). When the elders fail to take an active role in that they not only fail the one (or ones) in need, but the Lord also!
The Lord’s church has an obligation in the community in which it resides and to the saints. Let us do what we can to promote the Lord’s way in this regard. RT
For the last three days I have been attending the FHU lectures. Well, perhaps not the lectures, but I have been present at the University and have attended some of the lectures. The lectures I have attended were Winford Clairborne. He sat in a wheelchair, but still delivered an powerful lesson on Joshua 1:9-10. It is a shame that he had to bring to our attention the progression that some have pursued, but I am grateful to the Lord he was willing and able to do so. I attended a lecture by Curtis Graves on the Cities of Refuge. An exceptional lesson. Curtis shared with us his studies and some musings. Unfortunately, a brother must have been on medication because he snored loudly (I would hate to think it was other than this). The only other lecture I attended was David Pharr’s. David spoke on Gideon and gave some very practical applications. It was interesting when Brother Sewell asked David’s nephew to lead in Song, his son to lead in Prayer, his grandson to lead in Scripture Reading, and his brother to lead in Closing Prayer.
That I could have attended more is in no doubt. That I planned on not doing so is the likely scenario each year I come down. No disappointment, however. When I attend my “3 day journey,” I attend for the benefit of catching up with brothers I have not seen in a while. Whatever a good lecture would do for me in edification, spending time with the brethren surely accomplished.
During the Civil War a small Mississippi steamer was crowded with Union troops. In its laborious attempt to push its way up the river it got fastened on a sandbar, and there it bogged down. The crew had become worried in seeking to free it. The soldiers were impatient, almost mutinous, at the delay and the heat.
While this unhappy condition was at its worst, one of the larger, magnificent steamers came sweeping down the river, its great prow cutting the stream into waves which rolled to either side of it. It swept on past the stranded steamer without stopping to help. But one of the great waves it sent out came billowing toward the vessel and lifted it off the bar. The little steamer started churning, and singing on its way.
So the fullness of spiritual nourishment can put into our lives a spiritual swell which, as we sweep down through the years, will get under the sorrow, the burden, and the disabilities of others, and help them to go on.
I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble. Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life (Prov. 4:11-13).
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“Thoughts For Today To Brighten Your Day”
From: Glenn, Mercedes & Lauren Hitchcock
Today brings pratically an open subject for the Nudge, something that has encouraged you lately in your faith, topic as broad as the Atlantic, as deep as space, to let your mind roam among all those positive and edifying words, people, and events, to choose but one to share with us here.
And, of course, only so many ways to ask: ya got some news for us about the churches?
Unfortunately, more often than not, I’ve found that many brethren simply do not want to receive any kind of edification that requires changing what they are doing. I’ve been bitten by brethren more often than I can count. Even gently approaching issues from a standpoint of “have you considered what the Bible says here”, rather that being blunt has yielded poor reactions, which as Randal has pointed out, result in the messenger being attacked. I know full well it is my duty as a Christian to help my brethren, but I fear many suffer from heart disease. We all need to be of the heart of David, willing to honestly self-examine and change at the drop of a hat because we want to please our God. Being one who abhors confrontation to the point I get physically ill from it, the reaction of brethren in such cases has caused me to dread obeying this command.
One of the Fellows asked me if a certain type of post was allowed on TFR. I thought to myself that I needed to define further for them what types of posts are good to post and what types I don’t like to see.
But on the heels of that thought came another: I trust each of the Fellows implicitly and think they have good judgment on what will contribute to the site.
If I gave them guidelines, it might inhibit them from using their creativity and good judgment.
The only guidelines they’re going to get, then, are these:
- Does it edify the readers?
- Does it add something to the readers’ knowledge, motivation or sense of fellowship?
- Does it provide a challenge, a perspective, a nugget of truth to be savored and cherished?
- Does it point the readers to Christ and his sacrifice?
- Does it explain, illustrate or illuminate something of the nature or character of God?
How about if the readers chime in about those posts they’ve found most helpful or encouraging or stimulating? Or the type of posts they’d like to see or see more of? What say you, dear reader?
The Shamrock church of Christ faithfully adheres to the scriptures. There are two outstanding strengths that would be noted if you visited our congregation. They are love and fellowship. This was not always the case and it hurt the congregation. These values have been taught by the elders from the pulpit and in Bible Classes. Their teaching has definitely made a difference.