Troubled Church

“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth,
to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus,
called to be saints, with all that in every place
call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,
both theirs and ours.”           I Corinthians 1:2.

In the United States we call a collective group of believers a congregation, however there is another name used. It is a church. This may be used in a different sense by referencing it to a building only.

It should never be forgotten that the first Christians did not have a church building to worship God in.    CHURCH_1555_IN_ROME   The meeting places consisted of homes, caves and the open fields. It was not until maybe centuries later the church building began to be constructed.

In no way is this remark to be construed that church buildings are evil. They are not! The problem arises when the Christians’life and evangelization are lost and set aside. There is one group who sold sin in order to build a building and create beauty of the inside. The Roman Catholic Church encouraged indulgences to do just this. We know for a fact that for centuries the meeting place of the church was a house, a cave or out of doors.

These early Christians were meeting not in the Jewish Synagogue but they came together in a home or outside. In Acts 18: 1, 4,6,7:

“After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth:
“And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the
Jews and the Greeks.”
“And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment,
and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from
henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.”
“And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man’s house, named
Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.”

JESUS WAS CENTRAL

It is my observation that most people wander through life never realizing who they are and what their work in life is to be. These people wander from one place to another.

This could not be Paul for he said in I Corinthians 1:1.

“Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ, through the will of God and
Sosthenes our brother.”

In I Corinthians 15: 1-4 he wrote what the Gospel was:

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto
you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;”
“By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you,
unless ye have believed in vain.”
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that
Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;”
“And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to
the scriptures.”

One must understand that what the early church stood for was about Jesus. It told who he was.

This is a far cry what it was then and what it is now. The body of Christ today is silly. Look at what it promotes:

  • Wine tasting parties

  • Trips to look at the serenity of nature

  • Birthday parties

  • Bowling parties

  • Drawing pictures

  • Praying for a politician (Ha!)

  • Formation of various committees

The list could go farther but the idea can be enlarged. The ??, the seeds and the endless conjecture could easily be observed by members and non believers alike.

The Christian does not have time for such foolishness. In our life the major thrust must always be to extol, raise up and speak for Christ. The church has lost sight of its goal.
Mark 16:15-16:

“And he said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature.”
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not
shall be damned.”

WHAT CHRIST BRINGS

There are two gifts which are bestowed upon all Christians. Both are superior to living well in this life. Neither one of these are given by Satan and thus even the secular world.

The gifts given to Christians are grace and peace. 

Paul brought this message in I Corinthians 1:3:

“Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the
Lord Jesus Christ.”

He also said the same thing in Romans 1:7;

“To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you
and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

For a concise discussion of these two gifts we should not pass over them quickly. The first is grace. This is the special gift that we did not deserve. Grace given to us is unmerited. It cannot be found any place but from God. What many do recognize is that grace must first be proceeded by repentance. In scripture it is never grace given then repentance but repentance comes then God gives the special life. Acts 2:38 brings this to our attention:

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, an d be baptized every one of you in the
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift
of the Holy Ghost.”

The second surprise is: Peace in our life. Even though around us is turmoil, war and disturbance – still with us tranquility prevails. My Father often would say that peace is like a bird’s nest built near Niagara Falls. The noise is deafening, the water is spraying all around and danger is nearby. Still the young can be protected. It was Jesus who told us what was given in John 16:33:

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome
the world.”

Paul addressed this in Ephesians 2:14:

“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down
the middle wall of partition between us.”

There can be no peace without Jesus Christ.

There has been for 50 years a meeting of the rich and powerful. Their name is the Bilderberg group. This is a secret gathering of men and a few women to set the agenda for world domination. I certainly doubt the gathering starts with prayer.

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There are people who believe that war is beneficial to the economic welfare of this nation: In the United States, the propaganda suggests an armed conflict would be good if it were against Russia or China. There is a name for them – neocons.

It is not a fluke that the following never went off to war:

  • Bill Clinton
  • Hillary Clinton
  • George W. Bush (went to Army in Alabama)
  • Hussein Obama
  • Dick Cheney
  • Joe Biden
  • Al Gore

These names are people who seemingly do not care about peace. War is for others to off to.

SOME THOUGHTS

Paul was a knowledgeable person. He knew that there would come divisions and strife among these believers. He could see the events starting to commence. A pundit would remark, “a blind man could see it.” Paul tried to stop this in I Corinthians 1:10:

“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among
you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the
same judgment.”

When there is solidarity then peace is present. Jesus prayed that the followers of His would be one. There is a prayer where Christ prayed for the oneness of his followers
in John 17:20,21:

“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on
me through their word.”
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father are in me, and I in thee, that
they also may be one in us: that the world my believe that thou has sent me.”

It was not to be though. Paul was very concerned. Some people from a house close said that trouble had started. The division was commencing. The fact was certain names appeared which were like political candidates who were jockeying for position. This was wrong then – and it is wrong now.

What Paul was telling these Corinthians was that separation in class (religious) warfare would not be right. Evidently, there were certain men who stood out that people were rallying around. Paul said to stop this.

Their names are given in I Corinthians 1:12:

“Now this I say, that everyone of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos;
and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.”

There was only one Christ.

BAPTISM

Seemingly there had arisen a problem about the power if you were immersed by a certain person. To us this would be absurd but to these people it was a point of contention.

The same action is taking place today. No person will deny that baptism is accepted if the total body is put under water as in an Immersion Baptism. The problem arises when sprinkling and pouring are used and called baptism.

Not one time is sprinkling or pouring water of the person used to suggest that this is a form acceptable to God. Sprinkling and pouring is not a substitute for immersion of the convert in the New Testament.

There is one issue that people should realize and that is that whatever God creates, then man makes a counterfeit.

Instead of following what the Bible tells us to do in order to be followers of Christ; then man has said I will do it my way. Again & again. The New Testament is implicit in its direction.

CONCLUSION

There is a specific form for entrance into the kingdom. Here are the simple instructions:

  • Hear the Gospel

  • Believe the Gospel

  • Repent of sin in your life

  • Confess who Christ is

  • Be immersed

  • Continue to live under the words of Christ

The Gospel must be taught. Paul gave this instruction in I Corinthians 1:17

“If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the
temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”

As we will learn in the coming week this was a troubled church. The people had some glaring sin that would cause future problems. One should read the book of I Corinthians.

HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION

“How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you, who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
To you, who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
When thro’ fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient shall be thy supply,
The flames shall not hurt thee: I only design.

Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine,
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”

* Attributed Variously to: JOHN KEENE, KIRKHAM & JOHN KEITH

Gerald Fugit

June 5, 2015

 

TROUBLED CHURCH

I I Corinthians
A.Church
1. Building
2. Members

B.Acts 18: 1,4,6.7
II. Jesus Was In Control
A. I Corinthians 1:1
B. Silly ways of church
C.Mark 16: 15, 16
III Bring Some Thoughts
A. Acts 2:38
B. John 16:33
C. Ephesians 2: 14
D.Going to war

IV Some Thoughts
A.I Corinthians 1:10
B.John 17: 20,21

V Baptism
A.Division
B.Immersion

VI Conclusion

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