Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
February 2011 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. “To those who believe that heaven will have all things in it that earth has, what do we say and how can we explain what heaven will be like?”
Š We show them Matthew 22:23-33 to show that things in Heaven and things on this earth are different.
Š As far as explaining what heaven will be like, we know very little. We have to be careful not to take figurative language and teach error with it. For example, many believe Revelation 21 is talking about Heaven. However, if you consider the context you know it is not Heaven (Revelation 21:2; 10; cf. Hebrews 12:22-23).
Š We KNOW that Heaven is where our Father dwells (Acts 7:49). Some other things we know for sure about Heaven can be found here: John 14:1-3, I Corinthians 15:35-58, II Corinthians 4:16-5:11, I John 5:7, and Revelation 4:1-11.
2. “I am fully convinced that it is sinful for a woman to work outside of the home. I have taught this to my daughters. One of my daughters now disagrees with me. What Scriptures could I show her to prove that she should not be working because God wants her to get married and let her husband make the income to take care of the family?”
Š For one, I am amazed at how you can be “fully convinced” of something without knowing a Scripture that teaches what you believe (Romans 14:23; 10:17, Ephesians 5:10, Colossians 3:17, and I Thessalonians 5:21).
Š YOUR position is false (Proverbs 31:10-31).
Š That being said, a woman must also recognize that she does have a role, in a marriage, that *MAY* require her to be at home (I Timothy 5:11-14 and Titus 2:3-5).
Š Additionally, it is not a command of God that all women get married (I Corinthians 7:8-9).
3. “Was Jesus a vegetarian?”
Š NO (Luke 22:7-15 [included lamb Exodus 12:21] and Luke 24:41-43).
Š A word of caution… Many times the word “meat” in the N.T. simply means “a meal” or “food”, not animal flesh (Matthew 9:10, Mark 2:15, Luke 7:37, and Romans 14:17).
Š Let’s also understand that there are no Scriptures that command us to be vegetarians. In fact, we find just the opposite (Genesis 9:2-3 and I Timothy 4:1-5).
4. “Dear Sir, Every Church I have visited has obvious hypocrites in there. Why would I want to join the Church if I can see that those Christians are hypocrites?”
Š Let’s begin by understanding that one does not “join” the Lord’s church (Acts 2:47). What one can do is seek to be part of the local church of Christ in working with them (Acts 11:25-26). If you are seeking to be in fellowship with true Christians, you have to first be sure they are in fellowship with God (I John 1:3-7).
Š It is in making sure that a group of people is in fellowship with God that the importance of your questions comes. You are right in not being part of the local church that has hypocrisy therein (Psalms 26:4-5, Ephesians 5:11, I Timothy 5:22, and II John 9-11).
Š There are few congregations that really belong to the Lord (I do not know them all, but know there are few; cf. Luke 13:23-24 and Romans 11:1-5).
Š The real body of Christ does not contain hypocrisy (Ephesians 5:25-27).
Š On another note… If you have visited the local church of Christ and you have found hypocrisy, you are bound by God to point that out to the one(s) you have found to be in error (Matthew 5:23-24, Matthew 18:15-17, Luke 17:3-4, Revelation 3:19, etc.). If they are honest, they will repent and the problem will be resolved! DON’T, just assume that they know they’re in error and DON’T assume they won’t change (no, I am not ignorant to the fact that this rarely works out, but you have to try – James 5:19-20).
5. “Hi. What Scriptures show that there should not be different classes of people in the church? What I mean is that there should not be a higher respect for wealthy people or poor people or even different races.”
Š Proverbs 28:21, John 17:20-21, Romans 12:10, I Corinthians 12:12, Galatians 3:26-29, Colossians 3:10-11, and James 2:1-9.
6. “Brian: what happens if I hate a fellow Christian and to be honest I don’t even know why?”
Š For one, you cannot have a problem with your brethren without cause (Matthew 5:22). If there is a cause, as addressed at the end of question #4, you need to address it.
Š If you hate your brethren you’re lost (I John 2:9-11, I John 3:11-15, and I John 4:19-21).
Š We are commanded to love our brethren (John 13:34-35, John 15:12-13, Hebrews 13:1, and I Peter 1:22).
7. “Brethren, I am aware that the time for supernatural events being done by Christians is over. What I am wondering has to do with what is called black magic. Was there ever a time when black magic like witchcraft was real?”
Š Miracles did occur, through the power of darkness, by evil people (Exodus 7:8-12, Exodus 7:19-22, I Samuel 28:3-25, and II Chronicles 33:1-6) and devils (Matthew 8:28-29, Luke 8:27-29, and Acts 16:16-18).
8. “Does the bible teach us about sex before marriage?”
Š Yes! Premarital sex is sinful (I Corinthians 6:18-7:5 and Hebrews 13:4).
9. “Did Jesus baptize anyone?”
Š No, (John 4:1-2).
10. “Is Jesus called the truth or the word in the Bible or has that just been said by teachers about him?”
Š He is called the truth (John 14:6 and I John 5:20) and the word (John 1:1-5, John 1:14, I John 1:1, and I John 5:7), which both mean the same thing (Colossians 1:5 and James 1:18).
11. “Mister, where does the Bible say it is a sin to marry a nonbeliever?”
Š Under the Law of Moses, it was wrong to intermingle (Deuteronomy 7:3-7 and Judges 3:6-7).
Š Under the Law of Christ, it is not wise to marry and unbeliever (I Corinthians 15:33).
Š That being said, there is authority for a Christian to be lawfully married to one who has not obeyed the Gospel of Christ (I Corinthians 7:12-16 and I Peter 3:1-4).
© 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