4-12-2016 What Is The Church of Christ #2

When divisions began over allegiance to men other than Jesus Christ, Paul asked: “Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” (1 Corinthians 1:13 NKJV).  There are religions that ignore or reject Jesus as the Christ.  Apollos “vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 18:28 NKJV).  It is ignorance of the Scriptures, not the Scriptures themselves, that has let people follow other religious leaders than Jesus Christ.  The Scriptures reveal only One who had died “for our sins.”  The Scriptures reveal only one “name” for people to be baptized into.  Confusion has occurred over those who reject the Bible to uphold their own choices.  God is not to be blamed, nor the Bible branded as causing religious division.

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

#divisions, #jesus-christ, #religions, #scriptures

American religious changes

This was in 21st Century Christians e-Teacher Digest for February. I’ve noted the truth of the very last sentence.

Things That Are Changing in the Church

1. Larger churches are thinking multi-site (minister’s message by video to other worship sites).

2. Ministers used to wonder how they could be less accessible to the congregation; now they want more access through social media (texting, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

3. On-line giving for churches is coming because the younger generation doesn’t carry cash or checkbooks.

4. Americans are now more reluctant to relocate. This could spell trouble for churches that depend on turnover for their growth.

5. There are fewer funerals and more cremations. Funerals are becoming more community-led and less minister-led.

Leadership Journal
January 2010

#denominationalism, #religions