Receiving

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Ye yourselves know that these hands ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring ye ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:34-35).

Christians do well to exemplify a giving attitude in feeling and practice. Yet if a Christian would give, another must receive; if we are to give to one another, we must also prove willing to receive from one another. We must be on guard against covetousness; nevertheless, pride and American mythology often influence us away from receiving from others as we ought.

Receiving

Receiving
Giving and Receiving

 
 
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What Is the Church?

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“Church” hasn’t enjoyed the best public relations recently. Many think they can do better without it. But what is the church, and what is its place in God’s purposes?

What Is the Church?
The Fundamentals

 
 
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The Nature of the Church: Collective Responsibilities

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Jesus built His church, His body (Matthew 16:18, Colossians 1:18). Great! What is the church supposed to do? What are the collective responsibilities of the churches of Christ?

The Nature of the Church: Collective Responsibilities

The Nature of the Church: Collective Responsibilities
The Nature of the Church

 
 
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The Nature of the Church: Perceiving the Church of Christ

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Jesus was to establish His church, and the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). And yet there is so much confusion in the world today about the church. Can we still perceive the Church of Christ? The Scriptures provide a way.

The Nature of the Church: Perceiving the Church of Christ

The Nature of the Church: Perceiving the Church of Christ
The Nature of the Church

 
 
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The Power of Influence

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We like to imagine we stand above the fray. In reality, we are strongly influenced by those around us…for evil or for good.

The Power of Influence

The Power of Influence
Example and Influence

 
 
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Our Race and Our Discipline

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We may get weary and fainthearted at times in our faith in Christ. The Hebrew Christians did as well. The author the Hebrew letter did well to encourage them to maintain their race and their discipline.

Our Race and Our Discipline

Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that hath endured such gainsaying of sinners against himself, that ye wax not weary, fainting in your souls. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin: and ye have forgotten the exhortation which reasoneth with you as with sons,
“My son, regard not lightly the chastening of the Lord, Nor faint when thou art reproved of him; For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, And scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
It is for chastening that ye endure; God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father chasteneth not? But if ye are without chastening, whereof all have been made partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore, we had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness. All chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been exercised thereby, even the fruit of righteousness. Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the palsied knees; and make straight paths for your feet, that that which is lame be not turned out of the way, but rather be healed. Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:1-14).

Our Race and Our Discipline
Encouragement in Hebrews

 
 
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Barnabas

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Joseph called Barnabas was an apostle and an important early Christian. How did he prove to be a “son of encouragement,” and what can we know of him?

Barnabas

St-barnabé-veronese-rouen

Barnabas
The Apostles

 
 
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