A great many people get faith and faithfulness mixed up. It’s not that they transpose the two terms in the way they use them. Rather, they use the terms as though they have exactly the same meaning. They do not! While related, faith and faithfulness nonetheless describe different concepts. Faith is not faithfulness. Many people have faith in God but live a life that exhibits anything but faithfulness to Him.
Does a congregation have to have elders? If yes, why? The answers to these questions are more important than many congregations might realize. Many congregations of the Lord’s church do not have elders. Some of these congregations have been established fairly recently, others have existed for many years. Our focus in answering these questions should be to make sure that we conform to the image of the church portrayed in the Bible.
Whenever a congregation is studying what the Bible teaches about elders, they need to strive to come to a good understanding as to just what an elder is. First, to develop a proper image of what an elder is, we can look to the meanings of the words used in scripture that refer to the position of an elder in the Lord’s church.
Information overload! That’s what we experience on a daily basis. The world is connected as has never before been the case. Satellite television beams current events around the world instantaneously. No need to go to a theater to see a movie anymore; just pull up the latest releases on Pay-Per-View or On-Demand. If you like to read, download an e-book on your tablet.
Information is power! But only if the information is listened to and heeded. Many people receive valuable information that can help them in a variety of ways, but instead of paying attention to it and implementing it into their lives, they ignore it. As a result, they do not benefit from its value at all. Endless examples could be cited.
The word “gospel” means “good news.” It is a generic word but has come to be used, nearly exclusively, in reference to the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus brought the message of salvation from Heaven to man on earth. The message is universal in that it is meant for all mankind. At the same time, it is very personal; every human being must ultimately learn and accept it on an individual basis, one person at a time.
Rounded off, there is one divorce granted for every two marriages performed in our nation today, and it has been that way for decades. Following is a list of what could be called Rules Of Thumb for A Good Marriage And A Happy Home. While not fool-proof, if followed consistently they will provide a much greater likelihood that a couple will maintain a good, happy, fulfilling marriage. The scripture references cited are usually not in a context that discusses marriage in particular, but the principles brought out in those texts can be properly applied to the marriage relationship.
God hates divorce! "For the LORD God of Israel says That He hates divorce…” (Mal. 2:16). That is an emphatic statement. Yet statistics state that there is almost one divorce granted for every two marriages joined in our country today, and it has been pretty much that way for decades. Why would so many people do something that God hates?
What is the definition of love? Ask three different people, and you’ll likely get three different definitions. For most people love is largely subjective, based on their personal feelings and experiences. As such love is almost impossible to define objectively. Indeed, it may be easier to describe it than to define it. The most comprehensive definition is found in scripture: “…God is love.” (1 Jn. 4:8).
Somebody recently expressed to me their observation on the attitude of a lot of people pertaining to getting married: “It’s about like buying a pair of shoes. If this pair doesn’t work out, they’ll go buy another pair. If this marriage doesn’t work out, they’ll go get another husband or wife.” While it might not be quite that flippant, I’d say that’s a pretty accurate depiction of the careless attitude of many folks pertaining to marriage.
Gary L. Hutchens