February 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Heroes of Faith)

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

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Noah: Obedient Faith in a Wicked World! (Mike Bonner)
  • Abraham: He Who Staggered Not in Unbelief (Cody Westbrook)
  • Barnabas: He Who Met the Need (Don Walker)
  • John the Baptizer: The Most Humble Disciple (Carl McCann)
  • Peter: From a Pebble To a Rock (Clay Bond)
  • Joshua: The Courageous Leader (Bill Burk)

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

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#abraham, #barnabas, #christian-worker, #faith, #john-the-baptist, #joshua, #noah, #peter

2-2-2017 Shame In Denial

“And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ So Peter went out and wept bitterly. Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him” (Luke 22:61-63 NKJV). Why did Peter cry? Peter had boasted he would never fail Jesus, but then denied knowing Jesus. Jesus’ prediction showed He knew Peter better than Peter himself! Have you denied knowing Jesus in your life when around others: family? friends? fellow-workers? “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work” (Titus 1:16 NKJV).  It is shameful, either to live right but deny Jesus, or confess Jesus but deny Him in their lives.  “He who has the Son has life” (1 John 5:12 NKJV).

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

#deny-jesus, #peter, #shameful

11-23-2016 Reasons For Doubt

In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus walked across the water to His disciples in the boat.  Peter said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Jesus said, “Come,” and Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus.  However, he became aware of the boisterous wind, and began to sink, he cried, “Lord, save me!” “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’” (Matthew 14:23-31 NKJV).   Do you doubt because: 1) Jesus cannot save? 2) The Bible is not clearly God’s Word? 3) Scoffers have ridiculed this passage? 4) You haven’t taken the time to search these Scriptures thoroughly? This passage disproves all these “reasons” for doubt! Sinners aren’t asked to walk on water, but be baptized in water (Mark 16:16 NKJV)!

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

#doubt, #jesus, #peter, #walk-on-water

12-1-2015 Fulfilled Prophecies

Peter’s second sermon to the Jews in his day said: “Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days. You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities” (Acts 3:24-26 NKJV). Jesus came and fulfilled what the Old Testament prophets had spoken and written, after they spoke and wrote it. Otherwise, there is no such thing as fulfilled prophecies. It is important to notice that the prophecies came first, then the fulfillment in “these days” of Jesus Christ. Notice, also, that the Gospel was preached to the Jews first, then to us.

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

#fulfilled, #jesus-christ, #old-testament-prophets, #peter

9-28-2015 Peter or Jesus Christ

The Holy Spirit-inspired Apostle Paul referred to the Israelites in their wilderness wandering when he said they: “they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4 NKJV). The New Testament Greek word here for “Rock” is “petra.” Peter had confessed that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God,” and Jesus replied, “I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:16, 18 NKJV). “Peter” is “petros,” and “rock” is “petra.” Jesus had named Peter “petros” (John 1:42 NKJV) which avoids confusion. The church of Christ is built upon Jesus, NOT Peter! There is NO “successor” of Peter who heads the church of Christ!

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

#jesus-christ, #peter, #petra, #petros, #rock, #successor

9-23-2015 The Head of The Church

The Holy Spirit-inspired Apostle Paul wrote of Jesus Christ: “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18 NKJV). There is only one spiritual head of the spiritual body of Jesus Christ: Jesus Himself. All others who claim to be are wrong! No Apostle, not even Peter, took Jesus’ place as the head of the church of Christ. Peter even called Jesus “the Chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4 NKJV), and Paul condemned as divisive anyone who claimed “I am of Cephas(1 Corinthians 1:12 NKJV). Any church with a different “head” is not the church of Christ over which Jesus Christ is the head! Millions of misguided members and a media blitz does not make truth out of a lie!

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

#church-of-christ, #head-of-the-body, #jesus-christ, #peter

When Jesus taught Peter how to count

Then Peter came and said to him, Lord, what number of times may my brother do wrong against me, and I give him forgiveness? till seven times? Jesus says to him, I say not to you, Till seven times; but, Till seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)

If I had to guess, I’d say the only time that Peter was normally interested in doing math was when the fish were getting tallied at the end of the day. But regardless of how Peter felt about math, in Matthew 18 we find Jesus giving Peter a math lesson followed by a story so the point of his formula would not go over his head.

The formula is easy to quote. Most average Bible students are familiar with the 70 x 7 setup. It’s the answer that causes the frustration. I mean can the answer really be forgiveness as long as forgiveness is needed???

Do you think Peter ever wished Jesus would have left out the math lesson and stuck to teaching him how to be a fisher of men? Maybe. But if he ever did, he soon realized that the math lesson was doing just that (1 Peter 2:17-25).

So how did Peter get over the frustration that the 70 x 7 formula (which is much, much, much, much more than only 490) may have caused him? He did so by understanding where he stood in the follow-up formula that Jesus shared with him…and with us. By the time the math is finished, the story ends with the following:

Then his lord sent for him and said, You evil servant; I made you free of all that debt, because of your request to me: Was it not right for you to have mercy on the other servant, even as I had mercy on you? And his lord was very angry, and put him in the hands of those who would give him punishment till he made payment of all the debt. So will my Father in heaven do to you, if you do not everyone, from your hearts, give forgiveness to his brother.” (Matthew 18:32-35)

#forgiving-others, #jesus, #math, #peter