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ISBN #: 978-1-59387-229-8
Encouraging Broader Participation in the Lord’s Supper
Have you ever wished that more of the men in your assembly would participate in the Lord’s Supper, leading the congregation in spontaneous worship of our Lord Jesus?
Well, this book may be of help. Within the context of passing on the same simple and practical guidelines that he used to encourage and equip some of the men in his home assembly, Mike Stephenson emphasizes the privilege men have in carrying out this particular aspect of New Testament priesthood.
Our Lord is looking for (and deserves!) our heartfelt love, adoration, and gratitude. It is the author’s firm conviction that any believing man who truly desires to please the Lord and is willing to express his worship audibly can learn to share in this wonderful time of remembrance and worship of our God and Savior.
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ISBN #: 978-1-59387-124-6
There can surely be no question as to the tremendous importance and paramount need for the prayerful preparation and effective presentation of the gospel message. This is a matter of concern, not only to the Church of God in general, but to each Christian in particular.
To each believer comes the unmistakably clear command of his Lord and Master: “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). With the object of aiding young Christians to fulfill this divinely given task, this book has been written.
This books brings A. P. Gibb’s encyclopedic knowledge of preaching within our reach. His seriousness, thoroughness, energy, and urgency are evident throughout this book. As is the case with all of Mr. Gibbs’ books, much material is packed into this book, and each chapter contains a wealth of helpful suggestions. The illustrations of the various types of sermons are especially helpful.View full product details
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ISBN #: 978-1-59387-220-5
Every time we meet Andrew in the New Testament he is pointing someone to Christ. The first time we see him as a personal worker, bringing his own brother Simon to the Savior (John 1:40-41). What a great day that was in the annals of heaven! The second time we see him he is doing children's evangelism and is bringing a boy to the Lord Jesus (John 6:8-9). The third time he is engaged in foreign missionary work and is introducing certain Greeks to the Master (John 12:20-23). On each occasion, Andrew is engaged in personal evangelism. Andrew seems to have been a firm believer in the maxim "hand-picked fruit is best."
Personal Evangelism is designed to help you equip yourself for the greatest of all ministries, that of bringing men and women, boys and girls to Christ. To help you understand the task, many Scripture references are given. Be sure to look them all up in your Bible. In each chapter there are eight verses to memorize. If you are serious about becoming a soul winner, you will not only memorize these verses but many more as well. Another good idea would be to underline these verses in your Bible. You will find scores of verses in the book worth adding to your list of verses to memorize. The more Scripture you have at your fingertips, the more confidence you will have in speaking to men and women about their spiritual needs.
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ISBN #: 978-0-9719405-8-1
Will Our Generation Speak? A Call to be Bold with the Gospel is filled with stories and dialog—recounting witnessing conversations and giving practical ideas for beginning conversations with unbelievers about the Lord. It teaches how to ask good questions and answer objections, while illustrating points with humorous cartoons and stories. From a young person to other young people, the book addresses the fears we face and excuses we make about sharing the gospel. It communicates the excitement of working alongside the God of the Universe in the mission of saving souls.
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ISBN #: 978-1-59387-112-3
Here is a collection of creative, workable ideas to wake up your assembly, small group, Sunday School class, or family to the needs beyond their immediate world. Written with assemblies in mind, this book promotes praying for, supporting, and going out as missionaries who follow the principles found in the New Testament.
The book includes a list of recommended resources and numerous addresses to help facilitate gathering information on assembly missionaries.
As you work to raise missions interest, you will want to consult the pages of this book over and over for its suggestions which will in turn help you come up with your own ideas for raising ministry interest in your group.View full product details
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ISBN #: 978-1-59387-117-8
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This book is a collection of letters missionaries do not write—and are not expected to write. As Christians we expect missionaries to write about thrilling opportunities and amazing conversions—and yet leave unsaid their own personal feelings and struggles.
The letters included here will help you see missionaries as real people who face real problems, frustrations, and challenges . . . all while serving cross-culturally. Start reading and then start praying more effectively for these men and women serving the Lord.View full product details
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ISBN #: 978-1-59387-116-1
The premise of this book is that the activities recorded in Acts 2:42—the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayers—comprised the foundation on which the church was built in the 1st century, and that these foundational principles still work in any generation, culture, or country.
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’
doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking
of bread, and in prayers.”
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ISBN #: 0-937396-95-8
It is significant that we actually posses the original church growth documents. They are inspired by the Holy Spirit and profitable for our instruction and guidance. The sources for our examination of church in the first century are the New Testament documents themselves. In the rapidly expanding literature being produced on this subject, the major emphasis is on contemporary models of successful churches. Where principles are enunciated, they are sometimes based more on sociology than on theology. There is a scarcity of study material, which uses these God-given documents as a database. This book attempts to fill that gap.
The original documents are bulging with insights on how and why the early churches grew. Growth patterns emerge for us, which are directly applicable and at the same time thoroughly Biblical. Both church planters and students of church growth will want to become familiar with the original documents and the apostolic practice described in them. As we study the New Testament in this light it takes on the character of a practical handbook for growing churches, rather than a theoretical textbook on ecclesiology.
For us who may be involved in assisting the growth of a local church, this book will provide Biblical principles which are just as valid today as they were in New Testament times when they were first use and taught.View full product details
This book deals with truths about the local church, as seen in they symbols which were ordained by God for use within the church. It gives insight into “Brethren” thinking in some of the areas of church practice, where the beliefs, which they hold, are particularly distinctive. It has been written, among other purposes, with a view to informing Christians outside the assemblies who are interested in seeing what is believed amongst them.View full product details
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ISBN #: 1-59387-016-7
This insightful resource explains in detail how a church can be truly biblical in its governance and leadership, while simultaneously fulfilling the Great Commission.
The focus is on the elders' collective responsibilities as well as practical aspects of putting biblical structures and methods to work. Also explored are implementation techniques: from the small church, to the church plant, to the large church with many members and ministries.
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ISBN #: 1-884838-00-6
The need for ministry concerning the basic teachings in the Word of God on the subject of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ was never more evident than it is in our day. News media use such terms and phrases as, “the church without God,” or “the death of God,” with equanimity and without any apparent concern for the effect of the implication of these terms on the spiritual welfare of the youth of the rising generation.
This volume is an attempt to direct attention to the purposes and principles related to the church: its form, features, and functions as these are revealed in the New Testament. A perusal of each chapter and attention to each suggested biblical reference will be found rewarding.
The devout prayer of the author and his published is that unto God be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.View full product details
ISBN #: 0-937396-82-6
The leadership of the church has been the subject of much discussion in recent years, and rightly so. In order for the church to succeed in fulfilling its mission, it must have the proper type of strong leadership to guide it on its course. The common practice for churches today is to invest a great deal of their leadership in the hands of one man, the pastor. But this practice has been called into question by many recently. A number of scholars are insisting that, according to the New Testament pattern, the church is to be led by a plurality of elder and deacons.
Chapter 2 discusses the question of a normative form of church government. It surveys the debate between the flexible form position and the normative pattern position. No solid conclusion is formed, but an understanding of the issues necessary to prepare a solution is gained.
Chapter 3 presents the evidence for a consistent pattern. It will be demonstrated that the New Testament reveals a consistent organizational structure. The influence that the local situation had on the development of this structure is examined, concluding that the pattern is more a result of divine intention than situational influence. The prescriptive nature of its presentation to us is also noted.
Chapter 4 describes what the pattern was in the New Testament. It explains the roles of the elders and deacons, and relates their function to the nature of the church. The flexibility of the pattern demonstrates its versatility throughout the centuries.
Chapter 5 documents the two most common pollutions of the pattern as it has been misapplied throughout history. The damage that has been done to the proper functioning of the body by the corruptions of clericalism and autocracy is noted.
Chapter 6 lists the advantages of the pattern if it is followed in the manner intended. Both the benefits of adopting the pattern and the dangers of abandoning it are expounded.
Chapter 7 discusses the attainment of the pattern. Supposing a pastor would want to encourage his church to move more in line with the Scriptural blueprint, this chapter suggests specific steps that can be taken to achieve the goal.
Chapter 8 summarizes the study and draws appropriate conclusions it is hoped that the Scripture will speak for itself, drawing us to the point where we can visualize the tremendous importance of proper church government structure.View full product details
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This book is the culmination of several years of vital interest on the part of the author in the subject of local church government. The writing of it has been a means of better organizing and coordinating his thinking with regard to this most interesting topic.
Several years ago, while a licensed preacher in one of the larger denominations of Christendom, he felt unable to reconcile certain practices of his church with various Scriptures. Feeling that the Scripture must be the Christian’s norm for church polity as well as for the salvation and moral conduct, he then began study of pertinent New Testament passages relating to local church government. The result of his study led him to leave his denomination and to seek fellowship with those who were insistent upon conformity with the New Testament pattern as inaugurated by the Apostles.
This is an age when even in Christendom there is little vital concern over obedience to Scripture in such matters as these. The lukewarm attitude of the Laodicean Church has infiltrated even into conservative Christianity. It is an age when one is labeled as narrow and is condemned as being contentious and irascible if he is dogmatic concerning the teaching of Scripture. Christians are often told they should have less doctrine and more love. Various amalgamation and councils are seeking to do away with doctrinal differences and achieve organizational unity. These are dangerous days for the Christian
It is the sincere hope of the writer that this work may be used to reveal to some the organization of the Apostolic Church and then to show them the necessity for obedience to this pattern.View full product details
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ISBN #: 0-937396-84-2
Why the course on the church?
Because of the importance given to this subject by the Lord Jesus, out God and Savior.
Because of its divinely assigned role as the pillar and ground of the truth in the world (1 Tim. 3:15).
Because its lack (where the church is not established) is a disaster, or its weaknesses and failures are crippling disabilities to the work of God.
Because the lack of understanding or appreciation in many quarters undermines its proper support and function.
Because its Biblical principle of function have been confused and obscured by centuries of distortion, disobedience, neglect, compromise, expediency, and indifference to divine order. Modern churches often claim to follow the Bible alone, but do not seem to model what we read in its pages. The argument that something was merely cultural or local and not binding is freely used to excuse the contradiction.
This course cannot perfectly cover all issues or please every point of view. Its purpose is to review major principles relating to a Biblical church, and consider the question, "What says the Scriptures?" That is not the same thing as saying, “What is the view of Luther, Calvin, or some other leader?” Nor, “What do the creeds and councils say?” Nor, “What helps increase numerical growth as proven by surveys?”
Quotations from Scripture will be used to establish points—as well as possible in a limited space. The New Testament records the beginning of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ with instruction or examples needed to regulate it.
Please read each lesson thoughtfully. In sections where it may seem wrong to you, please be patient and do not let this deter you from considering the remainder or the material. Where it is evidently right, ask yourself if you are following its principles faithfully, true to Christ the Head.
The Lord of the church will soon return to evaluate what we have done in the church in His Name. Maranatha!View full product details
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ISBN #: 0-87213-901-8
The Biblical Ideal for the 21st Century
What did the Lord mean when He said, "I will build my church"? What is "the church"? What were His purposes for forming it? With what resources did He endow it? Did He provide guidelines for its structure and operation? Did He intend that its function be connected essentially with its mature and purpose?
This book attempts to answer these questions by first establishing the primacy of Scripture in all matters pertaining to the church, then moving on to explore the nature of the church, the character and life of local churches, and the autonomy and interdependence that govern interaction between them. In the process Understanding the Church gives us a clear picture of what the church can and should be in the twenty-first century.
The essays presented in this volume were originally delivered at a colloquium sponsored by Grace Bible Chapel in St. Louis, Missouri. They were subsequently published in The Emmaus Journal, the theological organ of Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, Iowa. Various other essays were compiled into another book, Understanding the Trinity.
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ISBN #: 978-1-940293-01-6
Although this study corresponds to the chapters in Will Our Generation Speak?, it was not designed to merely produce discussion about the book, but also to provide a “trail to discovery” of what Scripture teaches about evangelism.
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