Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
May 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. “what about building colleges, universities and schools that promote the right teaching of the bible and provide a place for worship every sunday?”
Š If you are a servant of God, you look to the Scriptures for authority (Matthew 4:4 and Luke 11:28).
Š If forming colleges were something God wants us to do, He would say so. Every good work is in the Scriptures (II Timothy 3:16-17).
o When David had a good, honest (I Kings 8:8) idea to build a house [temple] of cedar for God, he was wrong because God did not authorize it (II Samuel 7:1-7).
o We are supposed to do everything by the authority of the Lord (Colossians 3:17 and I Peter 4:11).
o Jesus told the disciples to go and teach all that He commanded (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus never instructed anyone to form a college. To do something one is not instructed to do by God is to err (Jeremiah 7:30-31 and Revelation 22:18-19).
Š When one begins doing things because it sounds like a good idea, that person shows ignorance of the truth (Proverbs 14:12 and Romans 10:1-3).
Š Jesus established the church of Christ (Matthew 16:18).
Š This is the only "organization" that is authorized by Him to teach the Gospel (I Timothy 3:15).
Š Disciples come together every Sunday for worship as the local church, not a college (Acts 20:7-11 and I Corinthians 16:1-2). Colleges do not assemble for worship with God’s authority. It's that simple.
Š A college cannot teach the truth because it’s formation itself is a stand for error (cf. Galatians 5:7-9).
2. “Dear Brother My son is looking for his job choices. He is thinking of being a fireman. He knows this would mean he will miss Sunday services a lot. He says he can have the Lord's Supper with other firemen from other denominations, but I don't think that's scriptural. Is it scriptural?”
Š The Lord's Supper must be partaken of when the saints assemble together for that purpose (Acts 20:7ff.). There is no authority to partake of the Lord's Supper in other settings.
Š On top of that, partaking of the Lord's Supper is communion [fellowship] (I Corinthians 10:16). No one should ever partake with denominational people or any others in error (II Corinthians 6:14-18 and Ephesians 5:11).
Š I would encourage your son to count the cost of any job he will take (Luke 14:25-33).
o If the Lord will be first in his life, he has to take a job that will allow him to focus more on spiritual things than on carnal things (Colossians 3:1-4).
o Not only must he be capable of assembling with brethren (Hebrews 10:23-25), but will his job allow him to work with the brethren at other times during the week? Each member of the local church is necessary to function properly (Ephesians 4:16).
o This is like cutting one arm off of your body for six months and then putting it back for temporary periods of time (I Corinthians 12:14-27).
Š His career choice should also consider whether or not he is going to have a family.
o Will he be around his children enough to bring them up aright (Ephesians 6:4)?
o He needs to make sure that his job choice will allow him to fulfill his marital obligations as well. Consider this Old Testament principle (knowing we’re not under this law, but the principle applies – I Corinthians 7:1-5): “When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken” (Deuteronomy 24:5).
Š These and other Scriptural things need to be considered when choosing a career.
3. “Can we pray to Jesus?”
Š No, we are to pray to God the Father (Matthew 6:9, Colossians 1:3, and II Timothy 1:3).
Š We are to pray through Christ (Ephesians 5:20, Colossians 3:17, and I Timothy 2:5).
4. “does 1 tim. 2:5 prove that jesus Christ is man and not God?”
Š No. The Scriptures show that Jesus was God, in human flesh (Philippians 2:5-11 and I Timothy 3:16).
Š Those who deny that Jesus is, was, and always will be deity have ignored the Scriptures (Matthew 1:23, John 1:1-5, Romans 9:5, and Titus 2:13).
5. “1 Cor 5:11 is this teaching that we should not associate with Christians who are in sin?”
Š Yes, it does mean we are not to associate with erring Christians (Matthew 18:15-17, Romans 16:17, II Thessalonians 3:6, II Thessalonians 3:14-15, and II John 9-11).
Š The whole verse of I Corinthians 5:11 says: “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”
6. “I would like to know of what 1 Cor 6:3 means ‘...that we shall judge angels’, (thank you)?”
Š To answer this question I am going to stay within the framework of what I know and not steer into areas of speculation (Proverbs 30:5-6 and I Corinthians 4:6)..
Š We [faithful Christians] are God's children (II Corinthians 6:18 and I John 3:8-10; cf. Matthew 12:46-50).
Š If heaven is your home, you will reign with Christ (Romans 8:17, II Timothy 2:12, and Revelation 3:21).
Š That is the only application, which I know of for sure, that I could make to our being even in a position to literally judge angels. The only other consideration would be that our conduct, in Christ, could stand as a form of judgment (i.e. Ephesians 5:8).
7. “How do you reconcile Acts 2:21, Rom.10:13 with your view of baptism?”
Š For one, I do not have a “view of baptism” or anything else. It’s God’s word that matters. The word of God commands people, who have sinned, to be baptized (Acts 2:38, Mark 16:15-16, etc.).
Š Calling on the name of the Lord includes baptism (Acts 22:16).
Š Baptism is only one part of the things we must do to be saved. When one finds one verse that says something saves them, that does not mean that one thing provides salvation alone. There are many things that work together in our being saved (Matthew 10:22, Mark 8:35, Luke 8:12, John 10:9, Acts 2:40, Acts 15:11, Romans 8:24, I Corinthians 1:21, I Corinthians 15:2, I Timothy 4:16, James 1:21-25, I Peter 3:20-21, etc.).
8. “I had a brother ask me about repenting from stealing something. He asked about if he stole money from a person what should he do to repent. Would he have to pay back the money he stole? What would you advise him?”
Š Wherein repentance is possible, it is necessary (Luke 13:3; 5).
Š I would advice him to read Ezekiel 33:14-16 and Luke 19:1-10.
Š Repentance involves action (Matthew 3:8 and Acts 26:20).
9. “We recently had a picture taken of the Church. There were a few younger women who were dressed inappropriately and some immodestly. I am embarrassed that this picture is going to be on the Church webpages. What Scriptures can I bring to the elders?”
Š Being immodest in dress is simply wrong (Genesis 3:21, Exodus 28:42, I Timothy 2:9-10, Titus 2:3-5, and I Peter 3:1-4; cf. Proverbs 7:10).
Š That being said, it should not only be a concern if a “church photo” is taken. Christians are always supposed to be living aright (Philippians 2:15-16 and I Timothy 2:8).
Š If there truly is immodesty going on in the congregation, the individuals sinning are the first one’s that need approached (Galatians 6:1). * Also see question #5 for more Scriptural points along this line.
Š The elders should only be approached either to take them with you as witnesses (Matthew 18:15-17) or to approach them for allowing sin to occur in the open (I Timothy 5:19-20; cf. Acts 20:28 and I Peter 5:1-4).
10. “Brian, where is paradise that is discussed in Luke 23:43?”
Š In Luke 23:43 Jesus told the penitent thief on the cross that they (Jesus and the “thief”) would be in Paradise, that day. So, where did Jesus go when He died?
Š When Jesus died He spent three days in hades [incorrectly translated as “hell” in the KJV; see Strong’s #86] (Acts 2:25-32).
Š By combining all of these Scriptures with Luke 16:19-31, we learn that hades is a place with two compartments (Paradise and Torment).
Š For a little more thought along this line, when Jesus said the gates of hell [hades] would not prevent the establishment of His church (Matthew 16:18), He was pointing to the fact He would be resurrected rather than stuck in hades.
11. “Brother, Is it right to say that the gospel and the word are the same things?”
Š Yes, they are one in the same (Ephesians 1:13, Colossians 1:5, Hebrews 4:1-2, and I Peter 1:25).
12. “was there any priest before Aaron was a priest for Israel?”
Š Yes, Melchizedek was a priest (Genesis 14:18-19).
Š The priesthood of Melchizedek is the order in which Jesus is our priest (Hebrews 5:5-10 and Hebrews 7:11-28).
© 2011 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