Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager


March 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. “Genesis 3:19 from dust thou came and unto dust thou shall return. man returns to the dust from which he came,and the spirit (the breath) returns to god who gave it. the spirit of god is in our nostrils job talks extensively about the spirirt in mans nostrils the breath of life.  show me where in the bible the terms immortal soul can be found ,I cannot find them anywhere?  I do however find mortal man etc.. says nothing about man being undying christ only hath immortality timothy 6:16.”


Š     Everyone has a soul [spirit] (Genesis 2:7 and Job 32:8).

Š     When the soul and the body are separated, the physical body is dead (Genesis 25:8, Genesis 35:18, Genesis 35:29, I Samuel 17:21-22, Luke 23:46, and James 2:26). 

Š     The Lord clearly states there is a difference between one’s soul and one’s flesh (Matthew 10:28).

Š     When the body is dead the soul, prior to the Judgment Day, is either in torment or paradise (Luke 16:19-31 and Luke 23:39-43; cf. I Corinthians 15:45). 

Š     In the resurrection we find either eternal life or everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:31-46). 

Š     The evidence of an immortal soul is clear in the Scriptures (Matthew 22:31-32, Romans 2:6-7, I Corinthians 15:42-57, and II Corinthians 4:16-5:1). 

Š     Salvation is not for the flesh of man, but for the soul of man (James 1:21 and I Peter 1:9).

Š     Often folks twist Scriptures, like the book of Job (i.e. Job 10:21-22).  Be cautious when studying the book of Job.  Job, when he was speaking from chapters 3-31, erred in much of what he said throughout the book (Job 38:1-2 and Job 42:1-6).

Š     In regard to your referencing I Timothy 6:16…  Jesus is the only one, who was in the form of a man, that is from everlasting to everlasting (Isaiah 9:6 and Revelation 1:8; 17-18).  In Him is the only source eternal life (Romans 5:21 and I John 5:11).


2. “Did Jesus have any brothers or sisters that came from Mary and Joseph?”

Š     Yes, He had both physical brothers and sisters (Mark 3:31-35, Mark 6:3, Acts 1:14, and Galatians 1:19).


3. “If God Says Civil Government is Oppressive, Haughty, and Abusive; Why Do Religious Institutions Promote It Anyway?”

Š     I am not sure what “religious institutions” you are talking about nor what that is supposed to mean.  The church of Christ, purchased/established by Christ (Matthew 16:18 and Acts 20:28), is the pillar and ground of truth that is authorized to teach (I Timothy 3:15).

Š     True Christians understand that some civil governments are corrupt and that God says such is true (cf. Luke 21:12, etc.). 

Š     God's true people never trust those who are in civil authority (Psalms 146:3).

Š     However, that same God instructs Christians to obey civil government (Romans 13:1-7 and I Peter 2:13-16) in every area of law that does not conflict with His word (Acts 5:17-42).


4. “Dear brother in Christ.  In many of your writing and preaching you make points about obeying everything in the Testament of Christ.  Almost without failing you use Jam. 2:10 to make your point.  I have studied this and found that you are misusing these scriptures.  Jam. 2:10 says that you can not keep part of the ‘law’.  That is talking about Moses law not Jesus gospel.  You should be careful about using this because it is not right.  Please teach this to people in your assembly with your questions so that it is corrected.”

Š     Sir, please include in your studies the context of James 2:1-13.  In particular, notice verses 12-13 which SURELY conclude the Law under consideration in this context is the perfect law of liberty, i.e. the Law of Christ (James 1:18-25).  Yes, I said the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2 and Romans 8:2).

Š     It has been God’s will that the law (whether of Christ or Moses) be completely obeyed.  This was true of the Old Law (Deuteronomy 27:26, Numbers 15:37-41, Matthew 5:18-19, and Galatians 3:10) and it is true of the New Law (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 20:26-27, Colossians 3:17, I Thessalonians 5:21, I John 2:3-6, and II John 9).


5. “Brian, I have some questions about elders.  1. Can a preacher become an elder?  2. In the case that a preacher is not the elder can an elder be paid by the church?  3. Can elders be paid a retirement when they retire?  Thank you in advance for the answers.”

Š     Whether or not a preacher can be an elder is really a question of whether or not it is expedient.  The Scriptures show that Peter [an Apostle and evangelist] was and elder, thereby giving authority for a preacher to be an elder (I Peter 5:1-4).  However, something being lawful does not necessarily mean it is expedient. 

Š     Elders may be supported by the local church (I Timothy 5:17-18).

Š     I am not aware of any Scriptures that authorize a retirement plan for anyone through the local church (cf. Colossians 3:17).  That being said, if an elder ceases to be an elder because he can no longer function and at the same time he needs benevolent care, that is a different subject matter.  Individual Christians (Acts 4:34 and Acts 11:27-30) and the local church need to step up there (I Corinthians 16:1-4).


6. “I have been reading a discussion you’ve had about benevolence.  I have preached against helping non christians for years.  You have made some wonderful points that I have not considered or used in teaching before.  When you opened up I Corinthians 7:1-5 to show that the church cannot do everything a christian may do I had never considered that example.  My question is this, can you give some more examples that show that the church cannot do everything that individual Christians can do even that the church and the individual are not always acting at the same time?  Liberals think that when a Christian does something that the church is working through them and the other way too.  What I am looking for is how to show the church can’t do anything a Christian can do.”

Š     An individual Christian and even multiple individuals can approach a brother in sin before the church can be involved (Matthew 18:15-17).  Any honest person should see the difference between the individual, multiple individuals [concurrent action], and the local church in that context.

Š     An individual Christian is instructed to aid a widow (even a faithful Christian widow) in ways that the local church cannot (I Timothy 5:3-16).  Any honest person should see the difference between the individual and the local church in that context.

Š     The individual and the local church being separate, can be seen in that a woman may speak at home in ways she cannot in the worship assembly of the local church (I Corinthians 14:34-35 and Titus 2:3).

Š     Those who claim that the local church is acting through individuals would have to conclude then that when an individual Christian [erring obviously] commits fornication the whole church is a fornicator.  Yet, the Scriptures show that when there is fornication individually practiced the whole local church is not charged with fornication (I Corinthians 5:1).

Š     For that matter, to say the church is active through the actions of an individual Christian you’d have to say that the local church is sinning any time that a Christian has sinned.  Yet, we know sin cannot be transferred from one person to another or even to a group of others (I John 3:4, II Chronicles 25:4, and Ezekiel 18:20).

Š     When an individual Christian, or even several Christians, is working a secular job; that does not mean the local church is working that secular job (Acts 18:1-3).

Š     The following two Scriptures show separation of an individual or group of individuals from a congregation (Galatians 6:1-2 and James 1:26-27).

Š     The work done in the home shows the separation of the individual from the local church (Ephesians 5:22-6:4, Titus 2:3-5, and Hebrews 13:4).

Š     The individual Christian is to show hospitality (I Peter 4:9), while the Scriptures show that such things that fall into hospitality are not the work of the local church (Romans 14:17).

Š     When the Lord’s Supper was abused and turned into a common meal, Christians were told to eat at home rather than assembling as the local church for a common meal (I Corinthians 11:18-34).  This shows the separation of the local church from the work of even a Christian family.

Š     The Lord’s Supper instruction shows the collective action of the church assembling together to partake is something that an individual cannot accomplish alone (Acts 20:7).

Š     The individual Christian can aid someone he or she sees lying by the side of a road that is not a Christian (Luke 10:30-37).  The local church is limited to aiding needy saints (Romans 15:25-27, I Corinthians 16:1-4, and II Corinthians 8-9).

Š     A husband and a wife have oversight of their money and how it is spent (Acts 5:1-10), while the Lord is head over all things to His body the church (Ephesians 1:22-23).

Š     When an individual Christian studies the Scriptures, they show themselves approved unto God (II Timothy 2:15).  However, when I study the Scriptures at home the whole congregation is not learning what I am learning (duh!).

Š     While there are other things that can be said, I’ll conclude with this very clear Scripture: “But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another” (Galatians 6:4).


7. “I am almost 21 years old, and a relatively new Christian. I haven’t read the Old Testament yet, but I have read the New Testament. I am confused on whether or not as a Christian you have to be circumcised, because I am not. The New Testament confused me though, I can’t figure out if I need to be physically circumcised… I guess the question short and sweet is: Do I need to get circumcised to get into heaven?”

Š     No, you do not need to be circumcised under the Law of Christ (Galatians 5:2-4, Galatians 5:6, and Galatians 6:15).


8. “Dear brother in Christ, What does it mean to be covetous?”

Š     Looking up Strong’s # 4123 (I Corinthians 6:10) you find this: “holding (desiring) more, i.e. eager for gain” (Strong’s Greek Dictionary).  Also: “1) one eager to have more, esp. what belongs to others, 2) greedy of gain, covetous” (Thayer).

Š     We can never just trust what a Dictionary defines a term as.  Thus, we have to verify or deny these things with the word of God (John 5:39 and Acts 17:10-11). 

Š     The word of God does confirm the definitions above (Luke 12:13-21, Acts 20:33-35, I Timothy 6:6-10, Ephesians 5:5, and Hebrews 13:5-6).

Š     It must be noted that there is more than one Greek word that is used in the N.T. for covetousness, etc.  Additionally, coveting is not always a bad thing.  In the context of spiritual gifts (which has passed – I Corinthians 13:8-10), they were instructed to covet the best gifts (I Corinthians 12:31).


9. “How do you know that David had good intentions to build God a house of cedar?  You’ve added to the word of God when you say that in your teachings.”

Š     “And the LORD said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart…  Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.  But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart: Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name” (I Kings 8:18 and II Chronicles 6:7-9).





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