Thursday, October 19, 2017

To be pleasing to God, one must have perfect obedience and maintain it to be saved?  Fact or Fiction?

The congregation that one is a member of must be perfect in teaching and practice to go to heaven, just like Jerusalem, Ephesus, Sardis, Corinth, and Laodicea?  Fact or Fiction?

Our righteous obedience is 50% of our sin payment and Jesus death on the cross is the other 50%?  Fact or Fiction?

Because God focuses on the external more than the internal, Jesus wore a suit, tie, shirt, socks, and shined shoes to show his respect and reverence to Him when he presided over the communion!  Fact or Fiction?

God changed the practice of contributors laying their collection at the feet of the preacher because it was too embarrassing to do it that way?  Fact or Fiction?

Instruction is given in the New Testament showing the collection was used to build a meeting place, so rules could later be created making it sinful to eat a “fellowship meal,” put up basketball goals, or to limit the use of it for anything not worship related?  Fact or Fiction?

In one day, the first century church grew from 120 believers to about 3,000 due to their magnificent building, their Sunday School program, a prestigious preacher, their handout literature, their door to door work, VBS, influential members, their evangelistic budget, their “feel good” lessons, and due to the support of the governor and the high court of their city?  Fact or Fiction?

The word “Amen” is found 51 times in the New Testament.  In every case where it is located, the prayer ends with the same dialogue we use in our private and public petitions?  Fact or Fiction?

Priscilla scripturally taught a preacher the word of God without violating 1 Timothy 2:11-12 or 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, because she did it outside the Sunday morning church assembly.  But the Bible shows she would have violated those passages if she had taught Apollos the Bible in the church’s Bible class room, if such had existed in her day?  Fact or Fiction?

All first century congregations in their work and worship practiced the same regardless of their cultural or biblical background?  Fact or Fiction?

New Testament congregations began their “worship service” with an opening prayer, and ended the “worship service with a closing prayer?  Fact or Fiction?

Only one New Testament assembly is described having worship performed in it.  Paul describes all five acts of worship?  Fact or Fiction?

In Acts 2:42 the expression “breaking of bread” is mentioned, as well as the expression, “break bread” in Acts 2:46.  Luke tells us the first one is the Lord’s supper, but the second one is just a common meal the church ate together?  Luke does the same thing in Acts 20:7 and in verse 11.  Fact or Fiction?

Luke tells us the eunuch in Acts 8 was baptized to be obedient, but it was not essential?  Fact or Fiction?

There are many things which are believed and practiced today which aren’t described in the New Testament.  Most originated with man, but often are looked upon as required by God!  Some believe they are more spiritual if they follow these traditions?  Fact or Fiction?

Perhaps a study of God’s word is needed to see what it states!

You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!”  (John 5:39).

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.  It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work(2 Timothy 3:16-17).

  “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”  (2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV).