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  1. I would like to hear thoughts on this topic. I understand that the early church meet in houses, is this a principle we should still be following today?
  2. The Beginning of the Church "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone." Ephesians 2:19 & 20 The foundation, the chief corner stone of the church, is the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus founded His church during His earthly ministry. The Lord Jesus started, while He was on the earth, the church. “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18 The Lord is the foundation, the corner stone of the church and the prophets and the apostles are stones set above the foundation. The foundation of the church was set at the ministry of the Lord Jesus and the apostles and prophets continued the building of the church. Concerning the 'head' of the church, Paul the Apostle was given this doctrine, “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all thins to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all things.” Ephesians 1:22 & 23 The Lord Jesus is the 'head' of the church. The Prophet and Messenger of the Messiah John the Baptist is a messenger from God. Those who reject his message, and his baptism, are not following the messenger of God. “And what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet. This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.” Luke 7:26 & 27 The individuals in the 'Christian' realm who reject the message, and the mode of baptism, is rejecting the words of the messenger and prophet of God to the church. The Apostle Paul stated, "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondly prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gift of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?" 1 Corinthians 12:28 & 29 The baptism of John the Baptist, as a messenger and prophet from God, is the baptism for all those who trust in the Lord Jesus and is the only mode of baptism acceptable in the New Testament. The term, 'Baptist,' is a title; it is not the last name of John. Concerning those who reject the baptism of John If a person rejects the baptism of John the Baptist, or his followers, than that person is not not scripturally baptized, and, according to the scriptures, he is like the Pharisees and hypocrites. “And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.” Luke 7:29 and 30 The different denominations in the 'Christian' realm, sprinkling, pouring, infant baptism, baptism for the dead (Mormons), who reject the immersion method of John the Baptist are in serious error. The Apostles were baptized by John the Baptist All of the apostles of the Lord Jesus were baptized by John the Baptist. Whether or not the term, or title, 'Baptist' is after their name, is immaterial an adding of the requirements of a belief in the scriptures, a 'straw man,' and a non-issue. “Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.” Acts 1:22 God only has to give the man of God the term, or office, or calling, or title, 'once,' to make that term, title, office, doctrine, mode of service, scriptural and binding to the saints. The Giving of the Holy Spirit The Lord Jesus is the giver of the Holy Spirit to those who are saved. The apostles, as part of the foundation of the church, are the examples of the church. “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” John 20:21-23 The apostles, as part of the foundation of the church, are an example on how the Lord Jesus is guiding the saints in the New Testament church. For example. As the Lord Jesus sent the apostles around the world as a witness; so is every saint, every church, to be a witness. Matthew 29:1-20 As the Lord Jesus gave the Holy Spirit to the Apostles; so He gives every one who trusts in Him the Holy Spirit at the moment of conversion. Ephesians 4:30 There is is no 'tarrying,' or 'waiting,' for the Holy Spirit,' for any saint in the New Testament Church. The Baptism at Pentecost The filling of the Holy Spirit was given at Pentecost for empowerment to witness; not to start the church. The Lord Jesus said, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 The Lord Jesus had previously, in John 20:21-23, given the apostles the Holy Ghost. Now, the Lord Jesus is stating for them to remain in Jerusalem to tarry for the 'power' of the Holy Ghost for witnesses, soul-winning, the gift of tongues, to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth. The Lord Jesus clearly states they were to receive 'power;' they were not to receive the Holy Spirit, but 'power.'
  3. I Timothy 3 states that one of the qualifications of a, "bishop," is to be," the husband of one wife." In 2016, does that relate sole to the pastor of a local church or does that apply to those on the pastoral staff such as, "youth pastors/ directors?" Second question I would have, as Baptists , what does the Bible have to say on the process of finding a wife. What would you say to a marriage minded young man who believes he's called to ministry on this topic of finding a wife. I also would ask because, as someone who is a first generation Christian, this is not something I have really been able to gain solid Biblical counsel on, so few are willing to touch it as its controversial, dating/ courtship, etc.If you were a youth pastor, college/ singles ministry director working with someone who didn't exactly come up in the Christian school/ Bible college/ Baptist church to pursue what I have heard preached many times as, "the second greatest blessing after salvation?" I ask this because, in the evangelical world, such as boundless.org (Focus on the Family) and other sites, men are being shamed for not dating, etc extended adulthood, I believe Cary Schmidt wrote a book on this topic of extended adolescence. And with the trends of co-habitating, homosexual "marriage," fornication, divorce, single parenthood on the rise, etc. Census showed a while back that singles are now a majority of this country, how can we as the church, not only defend the institution of marriage, the family, and the home for those who already have it, but help young people who desire those things to get ready for those thing and provide them opportunities to meet, mingle, and serve and serve others with one another? Not trying to cause controversy, but these are things that, as a young man having a burden to work with young people, how could I be a help to them in this area, and also some practical principles in godly communication, etc. that would benefit my own life as well. I appreciate all the wisdom I've found on this site, that's why I've been asking these complex questions like I have. Thank you brothers and sisters.
  4. Many modern bible versions were made by individuals, foundations, bible societies, para church organizations etc. but how many of these or which ones were directly commissioned and overseen by the authority of an actual "church"?
  5. My wife and I are moving to the Northwest in August and I am praying about starting or pastoring a church. Does anyone have any advice or leads that they can give about an area or church? Ideally I'm looking for something within a few hundred miles of Spokane, WA.
  6. I've read some of the fourms and it seems like lots of people are running into the same thing. I feel the same way right now myself. I have this utter feeling of being the only one that believes what I do. I hunger for others to know and to learn and most of all to STAND UP and proclaim Jesus Christ. "Is any one else out there" is a question that often crosses my mind. Surely I'm not the only one that has ever felt this way?!?! Well, I'm not. And you're not!!! When you get a chance read 1 Kings 19:1-21. What a blessing to know that God is there when the winds come and the earth shakes and your world is crumbling all around you. In these times LISTEN for that still small voice and KNOW that God doesn't need your help but rather desires for you to want to work for Him. There are others out there. God knows it because he put them there. WE ARE NOT ALONE!!!!! Thank you for the ones that keep this website up and running. It is very much needed in this day and age!!
  7. What do you do when the church you're at decides to split? How long do you stand up and fight if any at all? How is fighting for what you believe in not the same as the people who were wrong that caused the division in the first place? Do you graciously turn the other cheek or fight to have them removed as well? If it's Christ's to begin with, then what are you actually fighting for? the building, grounds, principle, Christ? 2 Timothy 4:2 or Romans 12:19 Please pick one or address them all but most importantly pray for me. One minute I want to crawl into a corner and just lay there and 2 minutes later I'm driven with fire to stand up for Christ!! I have never experienced such a rollercoaster of emotions and thoughts. Please help!!!
  8. HUNTERSVILLE, NC (CBS Charlotte) – A hip-hop church opened Saturday night in Huntersville, N.C. Pastor Quinn Rodgers of Generation One says his church is targeting a younger audience. “We’re trying to reach the un-churched, the de-churched, the folks who have given up on church and are looking for something different, “Rodgers told WBTV. Traditional religions hymns will not be sung, instead the congregation will hear a DJ scratching hip-hop beats. “We’ve taken the hip-hop culture and we’ve extracted all the negative connotations out of it and we’ve deposited solid Christian doctrine in there,” Rodgers told WBTV. Americans between 18 and 29 are less religious than the older generation, according to a study by the Pew Research. Some parishioners who worshiped at Generation One on Saturday said they showed up a little skeptic but left feeling refreshed. Generation One meets every Saturday evening at 5. http://charlotte.cbslocal.com/2014/06/03/hip-hop-church-opens-in-north-carolina/
  9. The Lord showed me a scripture in his holy word one Sunday evening as I was listening to my pastor preach. I hope its a blessing to you. Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. All comments and thoughts welcome. God bless you and I love everyone in the holy name of Jesus.
  10. I was thinking about something today and maybe everyone can help me figure this out because this has been on my heart for some time now. Where is the zeal and vision of the Church anymore? We look at the seven Churches, which one are we. I haven't done allot of study on them like I should but a brother in Christ taught on the seven Churches in Revelations. We need to be revived again and ever so often reminded that there are living souls out there in this wicked world that are dying everyday. Some are going to Heaven if they have been born again by the blood of Jesus but others are lifting their eyes in hell like that rich man did and begging for peace of mind. We need to think about all this today. In other words, there is cancer in the Church!
  11. I thought I would share it with you. BTW: This was not my church, and that is not our own PastorJ going into the baptistry. :)

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