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LIBERALISM• We want to study today on church  Fellowship Halls and Entertainment.  – Is this scriptural (approved by God)?...
Definitions• Liberal  – “not restricted; not restricted to the literal    meaning: as, a liberal interpretation of the    ...
Definitions• Institutional  – “having the nature of an institution; in    advertising – intended primarily to gain    pres...
Definitions• Fellowship  – (Social) “a mutual sharing, as of activity,    etc.” (meals, sports)  – (Spiritual) “Walking in...
Liberal• Not adhering to sound principles, for  changes, not bound by established forms• Trying to justify something or an...
Conservative• Bible believing people who understand  the scriptures have a different attitude  toward divine authority  – ...
LiberalismFellowship Halls and EntertainmentInvitations to come hear the gospel are beingreplaced today with invitations t...
Liberalism    Fellowship Halls and Entertainment• Where is Bible authority to build, and or  maintain a “fellowship hall” ...
Liberalism    Fellowship Halls and Entertainment• Many argue that it is a “good work”  – Galatians 6:1-10 Is for the indiv...
Liberalism Fellowship Halls and Entertainment• We cannot find anywhere in the Bible for  the church to sponsor parties and...
Liberalism    Fellowship Halls and Entertainment               • Entertainment focuses                 upon what is agreea...
Liberalism   Fellowship Halls and Entertainment              • True conversion is  Key           when man is drawn to Poin...
Liberalism Fellowship Halls and Entertainment • Jesus’ blood was shed to purchase   the church, a spiritual house with a  ...
Liberalism  Fellowship Halls and Entertainment• God made a distinction between the  responsibility of the home and the  re...
Fellowship Halls &         Entertainment• We have seen that church fellowship halls  and entertainment are not authorized ...
Jesus’ Plan of SalvationHear and Believe the Gospel Rom. 1:16-17;1 Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 10:9Turn (Repent) from sinful living....
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Liberalism fellowshiphallsandentertainment

Adapted from a lesson by R. Thetford

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Liberalism fellowshiphallsandentertainment

  1. 1. LIBERALISM• We want to study today on church Fellowship Halls and Entertainment. – Is this scriptural (approved by God)? – Is the church responsible for any or every social want of man? – Does Jesus really want unity in His church? John 17:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:10, 2
  2. 2. Definitions• Liberal – “not restricted; not restricted to the literal meaning: as, a liberal interpretation of the law; broad-minded; favoring reform or progress, as in religion; not conservative”• Conservative – “tending to preserve established institutions and methods and to resist or oppose any changes in these; prudent, safe”
  3. 3. Definitions• Institutional – “having the nature of an institution; in advertising – intended primarily to gain prestige rather than to increase immediate sales” • Social get-togethers by “the church” seem to take precedence over souls• Anti – “a person opposed to some policy, proposal, etc.; opposed; against”
  4. 4. Definitions• Fellowship – (Social) “a mutual sharing, as of activity, etc.” (meals, sports) – (Spiritual) “Walking in the light of God”• Entertainment – “interesting, diverting, or amusing thing, as a show or performance”
  5. 5. Liberal• Not adhering to sound principles, for changes, not bound by established forms• Trying to justify something or anything without an appeal to the Bible• End justifies the means – If it gets people here – it’s a “good work” – It will help keep the young people off the street – Community will look up to the church – The denominations will do it if we don’t
  6. 6. Conservative• Bible believing people who understand the scriptures have a different attitude toward divine authority – Revelation 22:18-19; Galatians 1:6-8; 2 John 9; 1 Corinthians 4:6; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 8:32• Book, chapter, verse required for all that is done in the name of religion. 2 Tim. 2:15; Eph. 5:17; Mt. 7:21
  7. 7. LiberalismFellowship Halls and EntertainmentInvitations to come hear the gospel are beingreplaced today with invitations to “come help eat theworld’s largest hot dog.”When we leave the BIBLEthen all things are possible!• Some churches of Christ have gone to extremes to accommodate the social needs of their members.• Jesus said to do the opposite! John 6:25-27• The focus is to be that spiritual food! Mt. 4:3-4
  8. 8. Liberalism Fellowship Halls and Entertainment• Where is Bible authority to build, and or maintain a “fellowship hall” or to have church sponsored entertainment?• Spiritual worship is the key thing; performance, not entertainment. Jn. 4:23-24 “We often have occasions such as fellowship dinners here in our Fellowship Hall. Its a nice place to get together with members of our congregation and converse with one another, and just generally have a good time.” (Lake Mount Church of Christ)
  9. 9. Liberalism Fellowship Halls and Entertainment• Many argue that it is a “good work” – Galatians 6:1-10 Is for the individual, not a church (notice all the personal pronouns)• Remember – for something to be expedient it must first be shown to be lawful• “Good works” must be something we do based on Bible authority – Must “seek and save the lost” (Rom 1:16-17)
  10. 10. Liberalism Fellowship Halls and Entertainment• We cannot find anywhere in the Bible for the church to sponsor parties and banquets! – We cannot exercise an expedient if we don’t have a command or example in the first place. Col. 3:17; Prov. 30:6
  11. 11. Liberalism Fellowship Halls and Entertainment • Entertainment focuses upon what is agreeable to Key the person, while worship channels one’s attention to Points what is deserving of God. 1 Peter 2:5, 9 to • In entertainment man is absorbed with his “likes.”Consider In true worship, man is absorbed with his “God.” Hebrews 12:28; 2 Tim. 2:4-5; Prov. 14:12
  12. 12. Liberalism Fellowship Halls and Entertainment • True conversion is Key when man is drawn to Points Christ by the Father, not drawn by food or to gamesConsider – John 6:44-45; 12:32
  13. 13. Liberalism Fellowship Halls and Entertainment • Jesus’ blood was shed to purchase the church, a spiritual house with a spiritual mission – Ephesians 5:25-27 – 1 Peter 2:5 – 1 Timothy 3:15
  14. 14. Liberalism Fellowship Halls and Entertainment• God made a distinction between the responsibility of the home and the responsibility of the church… “What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.” (1 Corinthians 11:22) “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17)
  15. 15. Fellowship Halls & Entertainment• We have seen that church fellowship halls and entertainment are not authorized by God in the Bible but condemned.• We learned that the church’s focus is not social, but spiritual. (A Soul Center rather than a social center!)• We’ve also seen that Christ does not want His people to be divided but unified in His truth! John 17:17
  16. 16. Jesus’ Plan of SalvationHear and Believe the Gospel Rom. 1:16-17;1 Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 10:9Turn (Repent) from sinful living. Acts 3:19Confess Christ. Acts 8:37Be Baptized into Christ. Romans 6:3-6Be faithful to Christ. Revelation 2:10;Matthew 28:20

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