My Thoughts. . .
1. You can run from God, but you cannot hide? (Psalm 139:7-12): True or False?
2. You do not GO to worship God; He dwells within you. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
3. The church building is not “The House of God.” You are! What “kind” of “house” is up to you (Hebrews 3:6)!
4. God has purchased each person which He has added to the saved. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
5. Every Christian is a sinner. The difference is, He has been bought with the blood of Jesus. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
6. Jesus’ blood is the continual cleansing kind. (1 John 1:7)
7. God’s sanctuary is not inside the church building, it is you! (Romans 8:9) You are a “living sacrifice” seven days a week, twenty-four hours each day!
8. You do not disrespect God because you eat in the church’s auditorium. The first meeting places of the church was from house to house (Acts 2:46). If we were meeting in homes today, would anyone believe it was sinful to eat in that person’s house? The auditorium (sanctuary) is only a room in a man constructed building. (1 Corinthians 9:3-5; 10:31) To eat or not eat there is a manmade rule, not a scriptural one.
10. If you really respect God, you will dress properly all seven days of the week, not just on Sunday for a couple of hours. (Ephesians 6:11-17)
11. If what you wear on Sunday illustrates your respect for God, but you do not wear it the rest of the week, is that because you leave your “respect” hanging in the closet? You may also have an incorrect view of “respect.”
12. If a member of the Jerusalem church disagreed with the apostles and elders and decided to place membership with another congregation, how far did he have to walk each Sunday to meet with that other assembly?
13. The Jerusalem church grew from 120 to about 3,000. Shortly thereafter it grew another 5,000. With members meeting in small house groups throughout the city, how many elders were needed to provide proper oversight?
14. Were Gentile congregations invited to Jerusalem to settle the Jewish/Gentile problem? (Acts 15:1-34) If “church-wide” problems are not solved as they solved the one in Acts 5, is our pattern different from theirs?
15. May one congregation today, with its elders, decide something for all the other congregations, then inform those churches of their responsibility according to that decision? (Acts 15:22-32)
16. Since the church in Corinth was divided and teaching and practicing false doctrine, did God tell Paul to inform them that He had withdrawn from the entire congregation until they repented and vocally confessed their sins? (1 Corinthians 5:1-11).
17. Since today’s church uses bits and pieces from 1st and 2nd Corinthians as binding patterns, why would their discipline program not be the pattern for who should or should not be withdrawn from by today’s church? (1 Corinthians 5)
18. Despite the numerous errors of the Corinthian church, God continued to inspire their prophets, tongue speakers, and translators. If today’s church would not fellowship a congregation like that, would that not put them at odds with God who continued to indwell the Corinthian assembly?
19. How unfaithful must a congregation be and still remain in fellowship with God?
20. Are we guilty of “restoring” what we like, but ignoring the rest of what the first century church practiced, yet we believe we continue to remain in fellowship with God? Will God continue His fellowship with us, even though we never reach perfection?
21. How imperfect may a congregation be and yet remain in fellowship with God, even though other congregations withhold their fellowship?
22. How ignorant may a Christian be and still be in fellowship with God?
23. If a person “hopes” he is saved, but does not possess confidence in the cleansing blood of Jesus, is his lack of assurance due to an insufficient faith?
24. Since Gentile congregations were released from practices which Jewish assemblies continued to engage in, how would your worship as a Gentile be different from the worship assembly of the Jewish congregation in Jeruusalem? (Acts 15)
25. If a Jewish assembly today continued to practice what first century Jewish congregations did, would you condemn or condone their actions? (Acts 15).
The problems the first century church was involved in are still being practiced by twenty-first century congregations. If the New Testament is our pattern, should we not solve our problems in the same way that first century congregation was instructed to solve theirs?