Friday, May 17, 2013

What are the duties of an elder in the church?

The Bible spells out at least five duties and obligations of an elder:

1) The elders help to settle disputes in the church. “While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the Christians 'unless you keep the ancient Jewish custom of circumcision taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.' Paul and Barnabas, disagreeing with them, argued forcefully and at length. Finally, Paul and Barnabas were sent to Jerusalem, accompanied by some local believers, to talk to the apostles and elders about this question” (Acts 15:1-2, NLT). The question was raised and forcefully argued, then taken to the apostles and elders for a decision. This passage teaches that elders are decision makers.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Nice People Go To Hell

(Written by Grant Phillips)
The title of this article is a tragedy of all tragedies, because it is true. Apostate ministers, ignorance of God’s Word and a “warm, fuzzy, make me feel good” society is providing information that is completely antithetical to the Truth.                 

I cannot begin to count the times that I have heard someone make a statement that basically states their deceased loved one was with God because …….. (You fill in the blank.) I would keep waiting for, “Because …….. They believed in Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and asked Him to save them, but that isn’t what is said.” Sad, Sad, Sad!

The Bible says.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

“8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)