Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

How Do We Define Church?

March 27th, 2019 Viewed 816 times, 2 so far today
Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors and see all the people?

For many of us, the rhyme was a cute way to picture a church with people in it– until someone came along and told us that the church is the people, so we open the doors to see the church– and 4 year olds everywhere became very confused!

It turns out, however, that how we define “the church” makes a difference on how we interpret various passages of the Bible and how to apply it to ourselves today.

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Our Sunday Best – 1 Corinthians 14:26-40, 1 Timothy 2:8-15

June 25th, 2018 Viewed 526 times, 1 so far today

Where Does Paul Derive His Instruction about the Men/Women in the Church?

First, Paul appeals to the fact that God is not the author of confusion. Next, he takes on the idea that the man is the spiritual leader in the home (Deut 6). Adam and Eve get another mention in 1 Tim 2.

What are the commands in these passages?

  • All done in church is for edification and needs to be done in order.
  • Those that are not speaking should weigh what has been said.
  • Women are to keep silent and submissive in church.
  • A woman is to ask of her husband if there is something she wishes to learn.
  • Women should be adorned modestly, showing her good works.
  • Women are not to exercise authority over a man.

Is the Pastor/Teacher/Leader Always Right?

This passage would imply that the answer is no—even if it’s someone that’s prophesying, there were to be those that judged what was said to determine whether it was so. Paul indicated that we should be aware of false teachers and false teaching, as well as the Bereans were commended for searching out the Scriptures after hearing teaching. We are not to be passive learners. This underscores the power of the home as spiritual center (Deut 6) as the woman was to seek her “head” to learn, and not just learn from that which was taught because she could be more easily deceived.

What Is a Church?

If these are rules for a gathering of the church, what is a meeting of the church? Does that include Bible Studies? Sunday School? Just Worship Services? Are we violating these teachings by how we allow for questions from anyone from any sex? In the early days, they met in homes and had more like home Bible Studies, so the idea that it’s just for in the church does not seem to fit. And yet, what would this look like?

Is the Command Cultural?

Perhaps this command was only for them, as the women might have been less educated in spiritual things, and maybe men were less tolerant and considered it high disrespect for his wife to be holding forth on the word over him. And yet what man wants another man telling his wife what is right or wrong in the Lord if that’s his duty? Perhaps the problem that we have is that men have become passive in their responsibility both to their wives and to the Scripture. They have allowed the Pastor to take the position of Spiritual authority for his home, which the Bible never gives him. While the Pastor is to care for the flock, he is never given that place of Spiritual Authority of someone else’s home any more than any other believer pointing out sin.

The Divine Order On Display – 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 – An outward display of authority

June 18th, 2018 Viewed 483 times, 1 so far today

Where Does Paul Derive His Instruction about the topic of head coverings?

First, Adam and Eve. Paul states that woman was created for the man, and not man for the woman. Second, he references that the angels are witnesses. Third, natural order. Lastly, that all the churches of the time had wives that covered their heads and the husbands that did not. There is also a reference in here to Deut 21:13 talking about how a woman is dishonored if her head is shaven. Proverbs 12:4 talks about how the woman is the crowning glory of her husband.

What are the commands in this passage?

  • The Divine Order of Christ, Husband, Wife.
  • Every man that prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head.
  • Every woman that prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head.

What is Being Illustrated Through Whether or Not Something Is On The Head?

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Motivations for Church Growth

June 5th, 2018 Viewed 381 times

There’s no question that the trajectory that God expects from the people that he has left on this Earth is for growth. It is literally the last thing that he told His disciples to do, and while growth doesn’t always mean numerical growth for a local body of believers, it does mean that every believer should be growing in godliness. Jesus’ allusion to being the true vine shows that God empowers the believer to bring forth fruit, but if there is no fruit then there is a serious issue.

The first thing that we need to analyze before even beginning to think through how to grow the local body of Christ is the question of why we are doing it. There are many poor reasons for pursuing church growth:

  • Remembering the glory days
  • Looking to continue to do the things we used to do
  • Feeling of loss

There are also many others . The pure motives for church growth fit along the line of wanting to see disciples grow in their faith, wanting to see lives changed, victory over sin, and the Word of God proclaimed.

If these things are the destination, then everything that we do—every program, every outreach, every endeavor must be evaluated based on these criteria.

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What Type of Church Do You Have?

April 18th, 2018 Viewed 574 times

Christ and the Church

April 3rd, 2018 Viewed 934 times

On a hill, nearly 2,000 years ago, God incarnate, recently resurrected, ascended into Heaven leaving the church here on Earth to carry His message of redemption and reconciliation to the four corners of the world.  In that time, it would seem that Christ has been silent, to the point that some in the first century believed that He would return soon and others continually wonder about the reality of what happened.

And yet God is not finished with His people, and He has not gone silent.  He provided revelation to the first century church, and He continues to bring all things to our remembrance through the Holy Spirit.

So, just what is Christ doing with His church today?  How do they interact?

Over the next couple of days we’re going to review the outcome of the events we celebrated this past Sunday with an eye to what we need to do with it today.


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Sardis or Laodecia?

November 24th, 2016 Viewed 1970 times

Prayer-is-the-language-by-Leland-Francisco.jpgIn my recent Bible reading I found myself in Revelation 3 considering the churches that are presented there.  I believe that I’ve only ever heard of this present age being Laodecia for a couple of reasons.

First, many in the circles I travel are pre-tribulation1 , pre-millenialists2 , and these people hold to the idea that the ordering of the churches in the book of Revelation has significance to the time periods before Christ’s return.  Therefore, to be in Laodecia– the last of the churches mentioned– means that the Lord’s return is not just imminent but soon.

  1. The Rapture of the saints will come before the 7 year tribulation of the Earth. []
  2. There is a real tribulation before a literal 1,000 year rule of Christ on the Earth before the final judgment []

What Would Happen if Christians Took Over a State and Tried to Create a State Church?

December 19th, 2012 Viewed 2799 times

churchSo I got to thinking the other day… Since after the ratification of the U.S. Constitution there were multiple states that still had established churches (and some current constitutions still mention God and have qualifications for people holding office—which are mostly not observed), what would happen if Christians of a certain denomination (pick one) all moved to a certain state (again, pick one) enough that they could pass a law or State Constitutional Amendment to establish a state church of their denomination.

Would they be allowed to do it?  If not, what reason could opponents use to justify not letting a bunch of people from establishing whatever they wanted, since this is what the state of the States were after the Constitution?

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Batman and Robin are Going to be Late!

September 30th, 2012 Viewed 1693 times


The Lego Church

May 14th, 2011 Viewed 1938 times, 1 so far today

I got this in an e-mail from my dad, and thought I’d share it with you!


Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.