Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
December 2010 Questions / Answers
The following questions are taken from emails and are printed below exactly as I received them. Names and contact information has been removed. The answers are in note form (sorry for any of my grammar errors) to be studied through. You’ll have to examine each Scripture below to see the points.
1. “In Romans 12:6 Paul said; ‘let us prophesy’. Is 1 Cor 14:3-4 teaching that during the days of the early church one form of prophesying was not in a ‘miraculous’ sense but rather a ‘natural’ ability?”
Š Prophesying is one of the spiritual gifts that WERE given by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:3-11).
Š The gift of the Spirit came through the laying on of an Apostles hands (Acts 8:17-20) and prophesying followed (Acts 19:1-6).
Š People then could not pick up the book of Acts and study as you and I do. They had to have divine help (I John 2:27) until the Scriptures were completely revealed (II Timothy 3:16-17).
2. “The church is supposed to have elders. When there are none and some nit pick about qualifications shouldnt we install those closest to the qualifications? In corporate America there are often leadership jobs filled by those who will train on the job. This works. Why doesnt the church do it?”
Š For one, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness” (I Corinthians 3:19).
Š I wonder if you would allow your logic to be applied to a heart surgeon operating on you? Hey, young kids fly fighter jets on video game consoles, why not let them pilot a plane and “learn on the job”? - See: Proverbs 10:14 and Proverbs 19:3!
Š The Lord gave qualifications one “MUST” (His word; I Timothy 3:2; 7, and Titus 1:7) meet (I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9).
Š To violate anything God says is to sin (I John 3:4).
Š Whether it is “Corporate America”, the boy scouts, or any other person or group; these are not the standard for what pleases God (Galatians 1:10-12, II Timothy 1:13, and II John 9).
Š Finally, we should applaud those who are “nit pickers” (James 2:10-12).
3. “Why do you call communion the Lord’s supper?”
Š “Communion” (I Corinthians 10:16) and the “Lord’s Supper” (I Corinthians 11:20-26) are both Scriptural terms.
Š Thus, I use both (I Peter 4:11).
4. “I have read an article in your site about the prohibition of divorcing and getting married again. What about this case: a christian couple married for ten years, half of them the husband lived and is still living in adultery. he has had not only occasional intimate encounters with several women, but also has had an official girlfriend (introduced as such to his mother and father) for the last two years. Can the woman divorce him? Sincerely.”
Š Not knowing the whole story (Proverbs 18:13), I suggest you read: Matthew 5:31-32, Matthew 19:3-9, Romans 7:1-3, and I Corinthians 7:1-11.
5. “Sir, with 1 Pet. 1:22 telling us to love the brethren should any Christian call another a liar?”
Š If that so-called “Christian” has lied, the word of God shows us that we are to call them liars (John 8:52-55, Acts 5:1-10, I John 1:6, I John 2:4, and I John 4:20; cf. Revelation 3:19).
Š It is certainly right to publically call out sinners for what they are (I Timothy 5:20; cf. Matthew 23:13-33 and James 4:4).
Š Identifying sinners for what they are can even be done concerning entire congregations (Galatians 3:1).
6. “Brother Yeager, should we really adhere to the words of the Apostles if Jesus did not speak those things also? They are just men and they did sin from time to time. I am looking forward to any verses you can give here.”
Š What the Apostles taught was the words of Christ (John 14:26, John 16:13, Acts 2:4, and I Corinthians 2:12-13).
Š The Apostles did not just say whatever they wanted to say (Luke 12:11-12, I Thessalonians 2:13, and I Peter 1:12).
Š Christians continue in the teaching of the Apostles (Acts 2:41-42).
Š To reject the Apostles is to ignore the will of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20) and to reject the foundation of His body, the church (Ephesians 2:20).
Š The Lord entrusted is word to the Apostles (I Thessalonians 2:4) as they taught on his behalf (II Corinthians 5:20).
7. “Dear Brother Is there any specific things to be like we have to do like this only while in Communion?. During serving bread usually we wont sing songs. but in so many church of christ worship I saw that they sing while serving bread, during collection time etc., According to Bible in what ways we have to worship.”
Š During the Lord's Supper we are expected to remember the Lord's death (I Corinthians 11:24-26) while examining ourselves (I Corinthians 11:28-29).
Š There is no instruction for us to sing or anything else during this time. They sung a hymn after Jesus instituted His supper (Matthew 26:30 and Mark 14:26), but not during the partaking of.
Š Thus, to do sing a hymn during the Lord’s Supper is to do something the Lord has not instructed, which is wrong (Deuteronomy 4:2, Deuteronomy 12:32, II Samuel 7:1-7, Proverbs 30:5-6, Galatians 1:6-12, Ephesians 5:10, Colossians 3:17, I Thessalonians 5:21, and Revelation 22:18-19).
Š These traditions that “churches of Christ” follow are after men, not God, and that makes them wrong (Mark 7:7-9, Colossians 2:8, and Colossians 2:18-23).
8. “Brian, antism that you teach says the church cannot use anything but the bible to reach out to people. If a potluck that is not paid for from the treasury funds brings someone to Jesus how can you say it is wrong?”
Š What Scripture says it’s right (II Timothy 3:16-17)? We have to consult God’s will rather than our own (Numbers 9:6-8, Luke 4:4, and Luke 11:28).
Š Jesus clearly shows that He does not want followers to come because of carnal things like food (John 6:26-27; cf. Romans 14:17).
Š Even if Jesus did not discard the salvation by potluck doctrine, we do not have a Scripture that teaches this to be a “good work” (Colossians 1:10; cf. Luke 6:46).
Š The following Scriptures will convince any honest Bible student that the word of God alone is to be used to convert the lost: Psalms 19:7, Psalms 51:13, Romans 1:16, Romans 10:17, I Corinthians 15:1-2, and Hebrews 4:12. – If this is “anti-ism”, I am guilty!
9. “Why was Jesus baptized? Also please answer why people are looked upon as weak or in sinfulness if they don’t come to bible study regularly?”
Š Since baptism was commanded, He did so to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:13-17).
Š For your second question, consider these Scriptures: Matthew 6:33, Luke 10:38-42, Acts 17:10-11, Colossians 3:1-4, II Thessalonians 2:10, and Hebrews 10:23-25.
© 2010 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager