Tagged: sincerity Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Eugene Adkins 6:23 am on 2015-07-15 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , sincerity   

    Out of the mouth of babes 

    Last night, as we were taxiing home some kids from VBS, I asked about the topics that were studied since each kid had gone to a different class.

    The oldest said that they had studied how God cleanses us through the blood of Jesus, which was illustrated with a dirty cup and some cleanser.

    The middle-aged girl of the three, and the sister to the oldest girl who came along for the ride, said that they had studied how God was the Creator of the Earth.

    The youngest girl, who happened to be my three-year-old daughter, didn’t say anything after the other two had finished talking, so my wife decided to prod her a little and asked what she had learned, to which, in the simplest but obvious implication that her mother must had not listened very well in class, she replied, “You were there.”

     
  • TFRStaff 5:49 am on 2013-12-10 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , sincerity   

    Hugh’s News & Views (Good, Sincere People, Pt. 2) 

    HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

    WHY DO GOOD, SINCERE PEOPLE NOT “UNDERSTAND” THE BIBLE ALIKE?

    (Part 2)

    Can good, sincere people understand the Bible alike? Or does the Bible (and therefore, God) communicate a mixed, inconsistent, and confusing message to mankind? If people would lay aside the psychological lenses of their denominational beliefs and practices, their church creeds and catechisms, their religious traditions handed down from their parents and grandparents, what they have “always believed” or how they have “always felt” about a particular religious matter, would they see the Bible alike? Let’s do a little experiment and see what the results might be. (You are encouraged to read the Bible passages cited below.)

    Based on Luke 1:26-35, I understand that Jesus was born of a virgin by the name of Mary, that He was conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit, not by a man. What do you understand the passage to teach?

    Based on John 3:16 and Romans 5:8, I understand that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to die for sinners. What do you understand these passages to teach?

    Based on John 14:6, I understand that the only way anyone may come to God is through Jesus Christ. What do you understand the passage to teach?

    Based on John 8:24, I understand that in order to not die in one’s sins, one must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. What do you understand the verse to teach?

    Based on Luke 13:3,5 and Acts 17:30, I understand that everyone must repent of his or her sins in order to be saved. What do you understand these passages to teach?

    Based on Mark 16:16, I understand that one must both believe and be baptized in order to be saved. What do you understand the verse to teach?

    Based on Acts 2:38, I understand that people must both repent and be baptized in order to have the remission of their sins. What do you understand the verse to teach?

    Based on Acts 22:16, I understand that in the act of baptism one’s sins are washed away. What do you understand the passage to teach?

    Based on Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12, I understand that baptism is a burial (immersion). What do you understand these passages to teach?

    Based on Acts 8:38, I understand that baptism is in water. What do you understand the verse to teach?

    Based on Matthew 26:26-28 and I Corinthians 11:23-26, I understand that the followers of Christ are to eat the bread and drink the cup (the fruit of the vine) in memory of the body and blood of Christ. What do you understand these passages to teach?

    Based on Acts 20:7 and the example of the first century church, I understand that the breaking of bread took place on the first day of the week. What do you understand this verse to teach?

    Based on Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16, I understand that Christians are to sing and make melody in their hearts to the Lord. What do you understand these verses to teach?

    Based on Ephesians 1:22-23, I understand that the church is the body of Christ. What do you understand the passage to teach?

    Based on Ephesians 4:4-6, I understand that there is only one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God. What do you understand the passage to teach?

    Based on John 17:20-21, I understand that Christ wants all believers in Him to be one (united). What do you understand the passage to teach?

    Based on I Corinthians 1:10-13, I understand that Christians are to have no divisions among themselves and are not to wear religious names that honor men rather than Christ. What do you understand the passage to teach?

    The above illustrates the unity of understanding we can have concerning what the Bible actually says when we leave off our opinions and “what we have always thought or believed” about a matter.

    We conclude with three observations: 1) We do not differ in our understanding of what the Bible actually says; our differences arise over what the Bible does NOT say. 2) We do not differ in our understanding of what the Bible actually says; our differences arise when some choose to add to what the Bible actually says or to subtract from what the Bible actually says or to modify what the Bible actually says. 3) We do not differ in our understanding of what the Bible actually says; our differences arise when some believe and do what the Bible actually says, while others choose NOT to believe and do what it actually says.

    Hugh Fulford

    December 10, 2013

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:18 am on 2013-06-14 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , is being good enough to make it to heaven, , , , sincerity   

    Good Article About “Good People in all Churches?” 

    Here’s a short article that’s well put when it comes to the topic of distinguishing between “good people” and being saved. It could ruffle some feathers but if it’s used to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15)…well, I guess it’d still ruffle some feathers. The article came from the church in Wise, Virginia.

    “Good People in all Churches?”

    The statement that “there are good people in all churches” is usually made as a defense of the existence of the many different conflicting denominations. Certainly there are good people in all the churches. There are good people OUT of churches. There are good people who are infidels. But the question is not are they good, but are they saved people?

    It is good to be good but it is not good enough. One cannot save himself by just being good. He must obey the gospel of Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) to be saved. Cornelius was a good man but he was a lost man! (Acts 10:1-6; 11:14). The good people in human churches are lost people, not because they are not good moral people, but because they have not obeyed the gospel of God. This is why we appeal to good people to leave their human churches and obey the gospel. There is no other hope for these good people. – Earl Fly

    Related Article:

     
    • Loy Pressley 6:57 am on 2013-06-14 Permalink | Reply

      Good article!!! If the Lord is willing, it will be in our bulletin this coming Lord’s Day. Thank you!!!

      • Eugene Adkins 7:15 am on 2013-06-14 Permalink | Reply

        Glad you found it useful, Loy. It’s in our bulletin for this coming week too.

    • Scott Shifferd Jr. 1:40 pm on 2013-06-14 Permalink | Reply

      Good words. He is right.

      People who are truly good and are seeking Christ will find Him (Acts 17:26-27, Matt. 7:7). That is the pattern throughout the New Testament.

    • J. Randal Matheny 5:31 pm on 2013-06-14 Permalink | Reply

      Well put and succinctly.

    • Joseph Richardson 3:43 pm on 2013-06-22 Permalink | Reply

      I concur that “being a good person” is not the same as being saved. There are “good people” everywhere, among churched and unchurched alike. I do believe also that there are “saved people” (who believe and follow the Gospel) in many different churches.

  • J. Randal Matheny 3:33 pm on 2013-04-18 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: celebrity, , , sincerity   

    What sincerity isn’t, &c. 

    After uncountable moons, I added another One-Liner Dictionary entry on my blog. Which prompted this thought: Sincerity is not blabbing everything that pops into your head, but it is rather freedom from hypocrisy and purity of motive. Instead of giving permission to speak ill of others, or to others, sincerity allows one to consider their needs and speak and act in their interest. Sincerity does not oblige one to say all one thinks, but induces one to choose carefully and in a timely manner how to be honest and frank and to avoid duplicity and hypocrisy.

    • The owners of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant are Christians. Several homes of saints were destroyed, including the preacher’s. For more, see the BNc story by Mark Teske. As in any disaster, they need help, and fast. Brethren are responding.

    • After learning on April 7 that we’d be losing some major support in August, we’ve renewed the invitation for congregations and individuals to share in the GoSpeak effort. This effort includes TFR, BrotherhoodNews.com, Forthright Magazine, and a host of other services, virtual and real.

    The American economic crisis is taking its toll on the worldwide missionary effort. Our loss is just one small piece of it. We do well responding to material needs and meeting physical crises. Not so well, perhaps, in feeling the urgency of the gospel message.

    • The Firstborn has fired up his blog. Do read and follow him. I think he’s the only one at the moment who, among our progeny, is doing some writing.

    • Here’s another evangelistic effort, an e-book, that I’ve heard good things about, but I’m not sure sure what the “generic version” tries to do that the other can’t. I’m in the middle of reading.

    • Working on an article, inspired from using Psalm 14 last night in our reading group: “Why Does the Bible Repeat Itself?” Got any ideas on how to answer that question? I’ve thought of four, so far. Not sure where I’ll use it. My first thought is Biblical Notes, since I’m long past overdue for an article there.

    • With the Boston explosions and now the West, Tex., incident, the sermon outlines about why bad stuff happens are getting dusted off, with reason. (Lately, they’ve had lots of use.) Let us be sure we preach the right perspective, however.

    When people of Jesus’ day shared with him the newspaper’s latest headlines about disasters, he preached repentance, Lk 13.1ff. He did not vary from his message, Mk 1.14-15. He corrected their wrong interpretations of events and urged them to make sure that their lives were in order before God. Let us make sure we do the same as our Lord. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 9:03 am on 2012-03-26 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , J.D. Tant, sincerity   

    Story about J.D. Tant 

    Be sure to read on the second page of “The Southwesterner” an interesting story about J.D. Tant.

    SW 3-25-12.pdf

     
c
compose new post
j
next post/next comment
k
previous post/previous comment
r
reply
e
edit
o
show/hide comments
t
go to top
l
go to login
h
show/hide help
shift + esc
cancel