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Cast Your Cares Upon God for He Cares for You

I normally don’t post much personal information on here other than what you can glean from the about page.  My goal from the beginning of this website has been that it be a resource for people. However, I’m going to stray some from that today.

This week has been a difficult week in ministry.   A major tragedy effected the church that I serve.  A young person, just 16, died in an automobile accident.  This meant that a family lost a son, girlfriend lost a boyfriend, classmates lost a classmate, friends lost a friend, teammates lost a teammate, and the family of God here lost someone they loved.

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Do Elders Have Authority?

Before we jump directly into the topic let me define my terms.  First, by elders I’m referring to men who have been recognized by a certain congregation, because of their blameless character (1 Timothy 3:2), as leaders of the congregation.  Second, by authority I’m referring to the right elders have to make a choice.  Specifically the right to choose in matters of which the Bible does not give clear instructions.  We call these “matters of opinion.”  They span from the times the congregation will meet for corporate worship, to determining which missionaries the congregation will support. Thus the question addressed put in another way is: Do the elders (as the recognized shepherds of the congregation) have the ability to make choices in “matters of opinion?”

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1 Peter and the Health and Wealth Gospel.

There is a stream of modern day “Christianity” that promotes a prosperity gospel.  The prosperity gospel teaches that God’s will for your life is that you be healthy, wealthy, and prosper in all that you do.  It goes by such names as Health and Wealth, prosperity, word faith, and name-it-and-claim-it.  It is a popular teaching and many of the largest churches in America hold to it.

The Influence of the Prosperity Gospel

These teachers gather crowds in services, are seen on television, heard on the radio, and their books sell in large amounts. They obviously are teaching and selling a message people want to hear.  People want to hear that God wants them to be wealthy . They want to hear that not only does God want them to be wealthy, but that they can be wealthy if they simply have the right type of faith and unleash God in their lives.  Each of these teachers has a different way this might be done.  It could be through giving to their ministry.  It could be through a certain type of prayer.  The point is with the right kind of faith you can prosper.

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Hardest Thing to Do in Preaching: Preaching the Word

In 1 Peter 4, Peter lays out specific actions that Christians need to take as they prepare for the end (read more here).  In the list he urges Christians to use their talents to bring glory to God.   Peter divides talents into two categories: Speaking and Serving. He states that talents of service should be used to their full potential.  Those who speak should speak “as the Oracles of God.”

We do not use the phrase “oracles of God” very often.  Actually, I have never heard the phrase used in conversation. The only time in my life I’ve witnessed the phrase used is when reading Scripture or hearing a message that references this Scripture (and the few others that use the words).  But this simple modifier has a huge impact on the nature of preaching.  It is just as important of a text on preaching as is the more famous 2 Timothy 4.  It explains to those with the gift of speaking how that gift is to be administered.

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Baptism Saves or Jesus Saves: Is that really the issue?

When one holds to the truth that baptism is necessary for salvation, you quickly realize that this is not the common view of many professed Christians.  Not only do you realize this, but you also quickly realize that many people accuse you of holding all sorts of doctrines, which you do not hold.

You might hear someone say, “You don’t believe in the blood of Jesus.”  Or “You want to be saved by your works.” Or “You don’t believe the true gospel.”  One argument against it that I heard yesterday, as a response to this post, was “I believe Jesus saves, you can believe baptism saves.”

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