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  1. 1. Volume 7 Issue 7 February 28, 2010 “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.” (John 1:4) Determining the Will of God A s the gospel began to spread from not have to keep the Law of Moses Jerusalem and was preached to in order to be saved. He related how Gentiles (Acts 10:24-48, 11:20) God had chosen that by his mouth the Judaizing Christians from Jerusalem, went Gentiles would hear the gospel and about teaching that Gentiles could not believe (15:7). In this passage Peter be saved unless they were circumcised and keep the Law of Moses (15:1, 5, 24). is lumping together a series of events These false teachers were “troubling” the that ultimately lead him to believe that Gentiles (15:24) who had put their faith “God shows no partiality. But in every in Jesus Christ in order to be justified, nation whoever fears Him and works not in the works of the law (Gal 2:16). righteousness is accepted by Him” (Act 10:34-35). These events were: After Paul and Barnabas “had no his vision of the sheet with clean/ small dissension and dispute” with unclean animals (10:9-16), the voice these false teachers, the church at of the Spirit saying that He had sent Antioch determined to send them, and men to take him to Cornelius (Act Please fill out a card certain others, to Jerusalem to resolve 10:19-23), and the fact that Cornelius located in the seat in why these men were teaching the false had been visited by an angel (10:30- front of you so we doctrine that Gentiles had to keep 33). As further proof that God makes can get to know the law of Moses in order to be saved no distinction between circumcised you by name. (15:2). Jew and uncircumcised Gentile, Peter In Jerusalem, the apostles, the el- tells reminds the group that God gave ders came together to discuss whether Cornelius and the other Gentiles the or not Gentiles had to be circumcised Holy Spirit just has he had done to the and keep the Law of Moses in order apostles on the Day of Pentecost (Act to be saved. What is presented for us 15:8-9, 10:44-48, 2:1-4). in Acts 15:6-21 is text book case on With this evidence, Peter concludes establishing Bible authority for how we that since Gentiles can be saved are to make decisions regarding mat- apart from circumcision and the Law ters of the faith. of Moses then the burden of keep- ing it should not be forced upon the Inescapable Conclusions Gentiles. This was the only conclusion First, Peter used necessary conclu- that could be drawn from his experi- sion to establish that Gentiles did c o n t i n u e d o n pa g e 2 LifeLine Page 1 January 4, 2009
  2. 2. CheCk Your Spiritual heart rate! c o n t i n u e d f r o m pa g e 1 ence. He then goes on to say that Jews ity of elders. As mentioned above the who would be saved would be saved Lord’s Supper be taken only on Sunday in the same manner as the Gentiles, would be an approved example of Acts “through the grace of the Lord Jesus 20:7. Christ” (Act 15:11). Direct Command Inescapable conclusion is one way to Following Barnabas and Paul, James establish Bible authority for the things takes what he has heard from Peter we do as churches and Christians. and the rest and aligns in the direct Take for example the Lord’s Supper, command of scripture that “the rest Jesus commanded that the His supper of mankind may seek the Lord, even would be taken as a remembrance of all the Gentiles who are called by [His] Him (Mat 26:26-30). But when and name” (Acts 15:17). James quotes with what? These are all good ques- portions of Amo 9:11-12 as scriptural Audio tions and can only be answered with commands that Gentiles were be inescapable conclusion. We take the included in the community of believers recordings of Lord’s Supper every Sunday because since they are called by God. James all sermons are that’s the inescapable conclusion from Acts 20:7. We use unleavened bread then concluded, based on this com- mand, that the Gentiles should not be available. and “fruit of the vine” (grape juice) be- troubled by keeping the Law of Moses, cause that is what Jesus used when He and that a letter should be sent to the instituted His supper (Luk 22:14-23). Gentiles explaining that the church in Jerusalem gave no command for these Just ask Approved Example things to be taught. As the discussion in Acts 15 contin- Clayton Gordon ued, Barnabas and Paul used ap- Direct command is another way of proved example to show that Gentiles establishing Bible authority. Direct or Jr. Sullivan for did not have to keep the Law of Moses commands are the simplest way to in order to be saved (15:12). They establish something as being autho- a CD or related to the group how God worked rized or not authorized. For example, cassette! many miracles and wonders through them while preaching among the “repent and be baptized” (Act 2:38) is a straightforward command that all be- Gentiles. These would have possible lievers are to repent and be baptized. occurred at Antioch and on their first “Abstain from sexual immorality” (1 missionary journey. Barnabas and Thess. 4:3) is another direct command Paul were appealing to the example of for the believer to abstain from illicit God’s blessing among the Gentiles as sexual conduct. approval that they were accepted by Him without keeping the Law of Moses. To recap, we must have Bible author- ity for all that we teach and practice as Approved Example is another way to churches and Christians. We establish establish Bible authority for the things that authority the same way the author- that we do as churches and as Chris- ity, to not subject the Gentiles to the tians. For example, churches are to Law of Moses, was established in Acts have a plurality of elders, never a single 15 through: inescapable conclusions, elder (Tit 1:5 et. al). When referencing approved conclusions, and direct com- the elders of the local church it is al- mands. & ways plural. The approved example for church leadership is to have a plural- -Clay Gentry LifeLine LifeLine 2 Page 2 February 28, 2009 January 4, 2009
  3. 3. neW hope FamilY neWS VISIT Our SHuT-InS... Frankie Howell Ida Hudgins Brownie Pruitt & Annie Knalls Buddy Harrison remains in Baptist Our HEArTS rEJOICE... Hospital following his back surgery. ...because Shelby Hafley was He has had some fever, his oxygen baptized into Christ this past Thursday level has been down and he is quite evening. Encourage all new Christians. weak. Pray for him! Please check with Serving Brenda before visiting to make sure VISITATIOn GrOuP 4... the previous night they got some rest. ...will meet this evening after our wor- in March... Buddy has been quite restless. ship service. Group 4 includes: Oscar Shepard heals from surgery. Roger Davidson Phyllis Jones as she recovers from Communion Brian Williams hip replacement surgery. Lori Davidson Preparation Liz Binkley who is having some Kaysie, Luke Glenda Mullens health issues. Laney & Bobbie Frizzell & Dana Shaffer Gilbert Anderson with some heart Dina Gordon issues. He may have a pace maker Jan Hughes inserted. Calvin Kennedy Organize Meals for Sick: Roger Davidson’s mother Barbara Sandra Lampley Dana Shaffer has some health issues. Jean Sullivan Mr. & Mrs. Starc friends of Marsha Pauline Welch Hudgins have been hospitalized. Norrie Williams Building Cleaning in February: 7th - Paulette Green Week 9 • Hebrews 11 14th - D. Gordon/ T. Shortt • Hebrews 9 • Hebrews 12 21st - Ross Hudgins • Hebrews 10 • Hebrews 13 28th - Brad Hudson Serving in WorShip todaY WedneSdaY Announce: Sunday AM Sunday PM Jr. Sullivan Announcements: Jr. Sullivan Announcements: Jr. Sullivan Reader: Song Leader: Nathan Varden Curtis Hafley Song Leader: Jerry McCarty Scripture: First Prayer: Cecil Varden First Prayer: TBA 1 John 2:15-17 Reader: Jerry McCarty Reader: Gary Barnes Song Leader: Scripture: H Scripture: Hebrews 1 Scott Shaffer Lord’s Table: Curtis Hafley Lord’s Table: Tim Anderson Invitation: Brian Williams Seth Shaffer Nathan Varden Tim Anderson Closing Prayer: Closing Prayer: Cecil Varden Seth Shaffer Gary Barnes Closing Prayer: Clayton Gordon LifeLine Page 3 February 28, 2009
  4. 4. editor’S Corner Judgment Day Excuses That Won’t Work We can imagine that on “the judgment of Remember, something is not right in God’s the great day” (Jude 6), there will be many sight just because a lot of people are doing excuses. Let’s consider some. it. “But, Lord, what about all of the good “But, Lord, I was always so busy with that I have done?” This sounds like Mat- work and everything that I didn’t have thew 7:22: “Many will say to me in that day, time for church.” A more truthful state- evangeliSt & editor Lord, Lord, have we not . . . done many ment is that one does not make time. Shannon Shaffer wonderful works?” But what will Jesus say? Jesus warned: “And the cares of this world, Cell: (615) 289-1721 “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that and the deceitfulness of riches, and the work iniquity” (7:23). What was their short- lusts of other things entering in, choke the coming? They failed to do the Father’s will word” (Mark 4:19). Free oFFerS For You! (7:21). The Lord wants us to be “zealous of “Lord, I am sorry for the way that I • Bible Course by Mail good works” (Titus 2:14), but all the good lived. If I had a chance to do it again, I • Tracts & Booklets works in the world cannot cover sin. would do better.” None gets a second • Personal or Small Group “But, Lord, I was just doing what other chance. “It is appointed unto men once to Bible Studies folks were doing.” Christ taught that this die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews • Biblical Counseling course of action leads to destruction: 9:27). Our life on earth is a one-shot deal Schedule of Services: “Enter ye in at the strait [narrow] gate: for (Titus 2:12). Sunday: wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that Let us all be certain that we are pre- Bible study for all ages............9:00 AM leadeth to destruction, and many there pared for that day, so we won’t need any Praise, Prayer & Preaching...10:00 AM be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). excuses. —Selected & 6:00 PM Wednesday: viSit uS online @ WWW . neWhopeCoC . Com Bible study for all ages............7:00 PM Mail this issue to a friend! 7500 Jingo Road • Fairview, TN 37062 Address Correction Requested
  5. 5. LifeLine Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Buillding Cleaning: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - Paulette Green 14 - Gordon & Shortt 21 - Ross Hudgins 28 - Brad Hudson BD: Austin Hafley 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 BD: Mickey Varden & Mabry Williams Page 7 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Daylight Savings Time Ann: Buddy & Brenda Begins Harrison BD: Kaysie Cummings BD: Marsha Hudgins First Day of Spring Waterford 2 PM 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 BD: Amanda Gordon BD: Scott Shaffer BD: Angie Varden April 2010 S M T W T F S 28 29 30 31 Communion Prep: 1 2 3 Mullens & Shaffer 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Meal List: 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 January 4, 2009 Dana Shaffer 25 26 27 28 29 30