How do you measure a church? Does a young, large crowd filling a beautiful sanctuary and complex indicate a strong church? Does the modernity and progressiveness of a congregation speak to its strength and vitality? Or is possible that God measures the church differently than men do? In his epistles, Paul uses five metaphors to describe the church and each one can be used as a measure of a healthy congregation. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we look at Paul’s Measure of a Strong Church.
As churches change and in some cases, drift away from the truth in doctrine and practice, what are faithful Christians to do? Can they remain faithful to God in the midst of digression and apostasy? Is there a point where such an one needs to leave and find another congregation to be part of? The goal of any true believer should be to correct and reform those who have lost their way. But what if repentance and reformation do not occur? These questions often involve not only truth but also emotions and strong ties to other people. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we consider principles that may help us answer the question: When should I leave a church?
The winds of change are sweeping across the religious community almost as fast as they are reshaping the world at large. Long-standing beliefs and scriptural traditions are being abandoned in a pragmatic effort to make the church more adaptable and palatable to the secular world and particularly, the millennial generation. Many churches of Christ are adopting practices and approaches to scripture that were long avoided by congregations associated with restoration of primitive Christianity. This change has left many behind and confused. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak we look at why churches change, when change is good and when it is not.
Is there a pattern for how the Lord’s Supper is to be observed? Where did the practice of using “individual loaves and cups” originate? With the Lord? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we sit down with Bro. Ronny F. Wade for a discussion of these historical and scriptural questions.
Throughout the history of God’s people, we have been fickle and undependable in our service to the Lord. After times of deliverance, the people would rejoice but then quickly relapse into idolatry. Every effective leader of ancient Israel and the early church knew this and thus, in one form or another, the warning is echoed time and again — don’t forget God. Times of prosperity, security and ease often create the climate for apostasy. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak we are reminded of this timeless admonition and we see some of the many ways we are prone to forget our heavenly Father.