Focus on Jesus Christ 

​A youth went to the pastor and said “Pastor, I won’t be going to church anymore.”

The pastor responded “But why?”

The youth said “Ah! I saw a sister speaking bad of another sister; a brother that can’t read well; the worship team living wrong; people looking at their phone during service;among so many other things wrong in the church.”

The pastor replied “OK. But before you go, do me a favor: take a full glass of water and walk three times around the church without spilling a drop on the floor. Afterwards, leave the church if you desire.”

The youth thought : too easy!

And he walked three times around as the pastor had asked. When he finished he told the pastor he was ready.

And the pastor asked “When you were walking around the church, did you see a sister speaking bad about another sister?”

The youth replied “no.”

“did you see anyone looking at their phone?”

“No”

“You know why?”

“No”

“You were focused on the glass, to make sure you didn’t tip it and spill any water. It’s the same with our life. When our focus is on our Lord Jesus Christ, we don’t have time to see the mistakes of others.”

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Error of Jesus Only Doctrine

Here again we have a body of believers who are good, upstanding, well- motivated people.  It might well be asked, “If they are Christians and want to do what’s right, how can they go so far wrong in their doctrine?”  The answer, of course, is that even the best motivated of hearts can stumble when the head leads it down an errant path.  I believe their motivation is right, while their performance is in error. Should we chance divisiveness by discussing the doctrinal misconceptions they promote?  While I shun argument for the sake of argument, I feel in this case we should.  This is not a simple matter of “to each his own.”  The Word of God is given to us to be our staff against the world, our strength, and our guide to proper doctrine.  The Word tells us to rightly divide the Word (II Timothy 3:16). 


    God gave us His Word so we could, through study and application, develop sound doctrine.  Admittedly, all fall short of complete knowledge of God’s intent for us in this day.  I believe God deliberately left some fine points obscured so we would\have\to study His Word as an ongoing and perpetual component of our Christian life.  I do feel, however, that there is a difference between freedom to search out God’s meaning from His Word, and license to promote doctrines which are barely suggested within the Word. 

                                ORIGIN 

    The “New Issue” erupted within the Pentecostal movement about 1914.  While it started as a friendly debate over the question of the correct method for water baptism, it quickly developed into a fierce controversy over the nature of the Godhead.  The argument in those early days was basically over the effort to reconcile the words of the Lord in Matthew 28:19 and Peter’s words in Acts 2:38.  Suddenly the thing exploded.  Those who practiced baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (Jesus Only) claimed a special revelation from the Lord which would result in the correct manner of water baptism.  And, you might ask, what was this tremendous, tradition-defying revelation? 

    In effect it was this:  Peter introduced the new baptismal method at Pentecost because, supposedly, the Holy Ghost had revealed unto him that the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is Jesus Christ.  In other words, their “revelation” was that there is only one person in the Godhead and that is Jesus Christ.  They also vehemently opposed the doctrine of the Trinity, claiming it was of human origin. 

    The argument became more heated, the controversy more explosive, and the split grew wider. 

1. THREE GODS OR ONE? 

    We teach there is one God manifest in three persons:  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.  The Jesus Only people teach that Christ is the Father, He is the Son and He is the Holy Ghost.  Hence the name, Jesus Only.  I believe we can provide proper evidence from the Word of God that this is not the case and that the teaching advanced by these people is erroneous and does not accord proper due and honor to the Godhead. 

    The Scripture does state there is one God.  But the word “one” relates to unity as well as number.  I John 5:7 clearly means one in unity, as does St. John 17:11-21.  And yet there are three distinct persons:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.  The three are spoken of as one in number and yet treated individually in Scripture.  There is one God the Father, one Lord Jesus Christ, and one Holy Ghost (I Corinthians 8:6; Ehpesians 4:3-6).  Thus there are three separate persons in divine individuality and divine plurality.  The Father is called God (I Corinthians 8:6), the Son is called God (Isaiah 9:6-7; Hebrews 1:8; John 1:1-2) and the Holy Spirit is called God (Acts 5:3- 4).  Individually, each is called God; collectively, they can be spoken of as one God because of their perfect unity.  The word “God” can be used either in the singular or in the plural, like sheep.  Everything that could pertain to God collectively could also apply equally to each member of the Godhead as individuals. However, there are some particulars which relate to each individual person of the deity as to position, office, and work that could not be attributed to either of the other members of the Godhead.  For instance, the Father is the head of Christ (I Corinthians 11:3).  The Son is the only begotten of the Father (II John 1:3).  The Holy Ghost proceeds from both the Father and the Son (John 14:16; Acts 2:3-4). 

                                ELOHIM 

    The names of God prove plurality of persons.  The Hebrew word Elohim, translated “God” in Genesis 1:1 and also in more than 2,700 other places in the Old Testament, is a uniplural noun which means “more than one.”  Had the sacred writer been led to use the singular El, then there would have been no indication of a divine plurality.  But in this initial reference to God, he was led of the Holy Ghost to pen the Word Elohim (Genesis 1:1).  Also when one considers that the word Elohim is used about ten to one over the word El, we would have to conclude that this preference for the plural over the singular indicates a definite sign of plurality in the Godhead. 

                        PLURALITY IN SCRIPTURES 

    Genesis 3:22, where it says, “the man has become as one of us,” proves plurality of persons by the use of the pronoun “us.”  Two Lords are mentioned in Genesis 19:24–one on earth and one in heaven.  Two Lords sit side by side in Psalms 110:1-5, in Matthew 22:44, and in Acts 2:33-34, 36.  Two and three Persons are mentioned in the introductions to many New Testament books:  Romans, James, I Corinthians, I Peter, to name a few. 

                        JESUS IS NOT THE FATHER 

    Only one Scripture in the Word of God states that Jesus is the Father.  This is found in Isaiah, chapter 9, and it is a Hebrew idiom concerning the terminology of the Jews.  And we know from the Word of God that while Jesus was on earth the Father was in heaven (Matthew 5:16-48).  We also know (from Scripture) that Christ now sits at the right hand of the Father.  Jesus said He would confess men before His Father which was in heaven, proving He (Jesus) is not Himself the Father (Matthew 10:32; Revelation 3:5).  Jesus always prayed to the Father as a separate person (Matthew 11:25).  Both Jesus and Satan refer to God apart from Jesus (Matthew 4:6-10).  Jesus was the only begotten Son of the Father.  Hence, Jesus could not be the Father, nor could He beget Himself (John 1:14).  Over 80 times in the Word f God Jesus affirmed that He was not the Father, nor was He the only person in the Godhead.    

    Admittedly, we do not understand everything about the Trinity.  However, it does become somewhat less confusing and mysterious if we don’t try to force two or more separate Persons into becoming only one Person, simply because we choose not to recognize that the true meaning of the word “one” actually refers to unity.  So what we have is, only one Scripture (easily explained) in the Old Testament stating that Jesus is the Father, and so very, very many confirming that He is not the Father. 

              THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT JESUS OR THE FATHER 

    The Holy Spirit is another and He is from both the Father and the Son (John 5:32).  So that the Holy Spirit could come, it was necessary that Jesus go away (John 16:5-15).  Even then, though, He could not be sent from God until Christ was glorified.  But at that time He would be sent from both the Father and the Son (John 7:37-39).  The Holy Spirit was sent from the Father to endue Jesus with power.  This clearly requires three persons–the One who sent Him, and the One being sent, and the One who received Him! 

    A clear distinction is made between the Son who prays, the Father to whom He prays, and the Holy Spirit for whom (which) He prays (John 14:16). 

    The descent of the Holy Spirit acknowledged the arrival of Jesus in heaven to sit at the right hand of God, thus proving three separate and distinct persons (Acts 2:33-34; John 7:39). 

    So, what do we have?  Jesus is God; the Holy Ghost is God; the Father is God.  But Jesus is not the Holy Spirit; Jesus is not the Father.  And neither is the Father the Lord Jesus Christ; nor is the Father the Holy Spirit. 

    The scriptural passages which provide the basis for the Trinitarian doctrine cannot be reconciled to the Jesus Only position without totally disregarding the meaning of language and without totally ignoring many contrary Scriptures.  On the other hand, the favorite Jesus Only passages can be reconciled without strain or contradiction to the Trinitarian position.

2.  THE FORMULA FOR WATER BAPTISM (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38) 

    The Trinitarians baptize according to Matthew 28:19, using the words of the Lord Jesus Christ where He said that we should baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  We do this for many reasons, and I will go into many of the details concerning the differences between the two baptismal formulas. 

    The Jesus Only people affirm that the Matthew 28:19 method is not once found in the book of Acts and was unknown in the early church, but was introduced centuries later by apostates in total disregard of apostolic practice.  Trinitarians are, therefore, admonished to conform to the scriptural pattern and to follow the example of those who had the true “revelation” of the name.    

    The Jesus Only people claim that the words Father and Son do not constitute names.  We maintain they do.  We believe that Matthew 28:19 definitely confirms that “Father” is a name, that “Son” is a name, that “Holy Ghost” is a name, simply because we are not generalizing just any father or just any son.  We are talking about God the Father, and God the Son; and most anyone in Christendom today would readily recognize and know Who is being spoken of. 

    In Isaiah 9:6 the Bible says His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.  Each one of these appellations would be labeled a title by Jesus Only interpreters, but Isaiah’s text calls each one a name.  This is also the one verse of Scripture in the entirety of God’s Word where Jesus Christ is called the Father; and still, somehow, these people are blinded to the fact that the verse actually disproves their theory concerning titles and names, simply because it gives the name of “Father” to Jesus. 

    So I simply ask a question.  According to Isaiah, isn’t “Wonderful” a name?  Isn’t “Prince of Peace” a name?  Isaiah uses five different names here and yet, under divine inspiration, he specifically chose the singular when he said, “And His name shall be called….”  So what more needs to be said in answer to this strange insistence that if “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” are names (plural), then Matthew 28:19 should read in the names of?  The writers, under divine inspiraton, used the singular instead of the plural.  They did it for a divine reason. 

              THE BOOK OF ACTS AND THE BAPTISMAL FORMULA 

    There is not a single incident in the book of Acts where any particular baptismal method is given.  There is no record of the dialogue of the baptizer while standing in the water with the convert.  You can look in vain for any Scripture which would state, “I baptize thee in the name of Jesus Christ” (or any other variation of the precious name of our Lord).  If one could produce such an explicit procedure, I would be thrilled to admit that we have a scriptural right to baptize thus, but it cannot be produced.  It doesn’t exist. 

    This immeasurably weakens the Jesus Only position. They have read into the record that which is not there.  They have taken the words of Peter, assumed that they were the properly expressed formula, and placed them onto the lips of those who baptized in water–without a shred of evidence to support their action.  The Jesus Only proponents claim that Acts 2:38 is the baptismal formula.  And yet Acts 8:16 and Acts 19:5 simply state they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  And if you will notice, in these two latter verses the word “Christ” was omitted altogther. 

    If Peter, on the day of Pentecost, received a baptism “revelation” which the Jesus Only proponents claim is “in the name of Jesus Christ,” why, we ask, is this later variation produced?  You see, there is no fixed wording to follow, and there is no regular or prescribed usage of certain words.  So the question has to be asked, should we baptize in the name of Jesus Christ, or in Christ Jesus, or in the Lord, or in the Lord Jesus, or in the Lord Jesus Christ?  Which would be correct?  Was Peter right?  Or Philip?  Or Paul? 

    Jesus Only exponents say they are sticklers (fanatics) for the exact words of Scripture, and that they use the identical words of the apostles; yet their demands are not accompanied by quotations from God’s Word of the words themselves.  Even in those passages where their purported words are found, their full formula is lacking.  One of their chief proponents some years ago stated that the following formula should be used:  “I baptize you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”  When this particular brother was asked to cite chapter and verse for this formula, he was speechless.  Apparently it had not ever occurred to him that the formula he had conjured up had no scriptural connotation whatsoever. 

    So the question still must be asked.  Which is the right way to baptize and what was the meaning of Peter’s or Paul’s words in the book of Acts? 

    There is no way one can take the passages in the book of Acts to be intended as a baptismal formula.  The words should be regarded as a compendious description of the entire rite.  In Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, and 19:15, the details of the baptismal ceremony are not set forth.  What is set forth is a condensed, brief, abridged reference to the sacred experience.  The words describe the sphere, the foundation or ground of baptism, rather than the prescribed words of the formula. 

    Every Trinitarian using the Matthew 28:19 formula refers to water baptism as “Christian baptism” and this is as it should be, for Christ is assuredly the central figure in water baptism.  Jesus Christ is the One who died and rose again; not the Father and not the Holy Ghost.  It is into His death that we are symbolically buried, and in the likeness of His resurrection we are raised to walk in newness of life; therefore, belief in, and confession of, the Lord Jesus Christ, is a central part of our baptismal ceremony. 

    THIS IS THE REASON WE ACCEPT THE MATTHEW 28:19 BAPTISMAL FORMULA 

    A.  Both the minister and the believer render obedience to the Master’s own explicit command whenever the words are used, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” 

    B.  Matthew 28:19 fits the definition of a formula.  It is an orderly statement of faith or doctrine.  It is the prescribed words of a ceremony or rite.  The words of the Lord Himself are all contained in one concise declaration.  It is not necessary, as in the Jesus Only formula, to combine it with other Scriptures in order to get the complete name.  It is complete within itself.

    C.  Matthew 28:19 incorporates an orderly statement of faith.  It summarizes the scattered and unsystemized thought and language of the entire New Testament concerning the nature of the Godhead.  He who spoke these words desired their use as the formula, for they were purposely designed to set forth the doctrine of the Trinity in this initiatory Christian rite.  The Master’s own baptism by John was a vivid precedent for associating the Trinity with baptism.  Jesus was there in person.  God spoke from heaven and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove upon Him. 

    D.  Matthew 28:19 is the only command in the entire Bible given specifically to those performing the rite of baptism.  If you will examine all the passages in Acts dealing with baptism, you will discover that the commands there are to the believers themselves and not to the baptizer, or the minister.  Matthew 28:19 is a direct order to those who administer the ordinance informing them to baptize “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” 

    E.  It is unthinkable that the disciples disobeyed the express command of their Lord.  The only logical and scriptural conclusion is that the apostles and other leaders not only obeyed His command to baptize but also obeyed His command to “baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” 

    F.  The Matthew 28:19 baptismal formula is abundantly confirmed by the earliest Christian writings while the Jesus Only formula has no historical support at all.  Justin’s first apology was written in A.D. 153 about ninety years after the death of Peter and Paul.  It was about sixty years after the death of John the apostle.  Justin was a contemporary of Polycarp, who was a disciple of John himself, and he stated that Matthew 28:19 was the correct formula. 

    There is another book called The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles and it is the oldest book outside the New Testament.  It is also known as the Didache and is dated by most authorities between the years A.D. 70 and 100.  Although the author of the book is unknown, it is a compilation of the teachings of the apostles which he had apparently learned either by personal instruction, oral tradition, or through their (the apostles’) own writings or other New Testament writings then in circulation.  While it does not possess the inspiration of the Scriptures, the Didache is an authentic record of primitive Christianity.  It includes as instructions for baptizing that we ought to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and also that we ought to baptize in running or living water.  There again, the Matthew 28:19 formula is used.  And, lest we forget, I would remind you that there is not a single recorded incident in the Bible or any other genuine first-century book where any other formula was ever used in the first one hundred years of the Christian era. 

    G.  Matthew 28:19 can be used as the formula and the baptism still be in the name of Jesus Christ because the Son is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the sphere, the foundation, and the ground for Trinitarian baptism.  Belief in, and confession of, Christ is the very heart of our baptism.  Consequently, the words spoken by most ministers of the Gospel, baptizing according th Matthew 28:19, follow this pattern:  “On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” 



​Who Can Tell Me?

“Who can tell me where I came from?”
  The little boy would ask.

  His question was a good one

  Yet he faced a trying task.
  Each man had different answers

  As he was soon to learn.

  This brought him great confusion

  And it caused a deep concern.
  He first went to his schoolmates

  And they spoke with one another.

  Then the smartest of the bunch said,

  “You came from your mother.”
  Now this had satisfied him,

  Yet only for a time.

  For as he grew in years of age

  His thoughts began to climb.
  He then looked all around him

  At all that he could see.

  And his mind began to wonder

  How it all had come to be.
  He thought about the cosmos,

  The infinitude of space;

  And every star and planet

  That exists in every place.
  He thought about the rounded earth,

  Spinning in rotation.

  And all four seasons that occur

  In yearly circulation.
  He thought about the darkness

  And he thought about the light.

  He thought about the sun and moon

  That help the day and night.
  He thought of all the creatures

  Of the land and sea and skies

  Of all the different species

  And their variance in size.
  He thought of all the plants and trees

  And all that each provides,

  Each growing from a tiny seed

  With roots the soil hides.
  He then looked at humanity

  With all the different faces.

  Different tongues and characters

  And all the different races.
  He thought of mortal bodies

  With features so profound;

  All the senses: taste, and touch,

  And smell, and sight, and sound.
  He thought of reproduction

  And the miracle of birth.

  He thought of human life itself

  And all that it is worth.
  He then considered human will:

  Weak and also strong.

  He thought about the conscience

  That discerns the right from wrong.
  He thought about emotions

  And feelings that arise.

  He thought about the love and hate

  And tears that flow from eyes.
  He thought about the anger

  And the joy that does abound.

  He thought about the happiness

  And sadness that is found.
  And filled with curiosity,

  This boy would daily strive.

  In hopeful expectation

  That his answer would arrive.
  He spoke with scientific men

  Who claimed his question solved.

  They told him of a real big bang

  And that all things evolved.
  He then spoke with philosophers

  And many did insist,

  That there is no reality

  And nothing does exist.
  He spoke with many people

  From various groups and sects.

  And heard the vast opinions

  Of various intellects.
  Now baffled by confusion,

  A very troubled youth;

  Unable to discern

  What is error, what is truth.
  He almost gave up looking,

  But he took a second look.

  And very unexpectedly,

  He found a special Book.
  As he opened up the first page,

  The mystery came undone.

  His questions all were answered

  In Genesis, chapter one.
  With a nod of understanding,

  He smiled, so elated.

  For now he surely knew—

  “In the Beginning, God created …”

                                                 –  Emeal Zwayne

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2nd Missionary Journey of Paul (simplified)

1. Starts from Antioch (Acts 15:35-18:22)
Paul and Barnabas seperate(Acts 15:25-40)Timothy and Luke joined

2. Lystra (Acts 16:1-5)

3. Troas (Acts 16:6-10)
Macedonian call

4. Philippi (Acts 16:11)
Macedonian city

5. Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-9)
Capital of Macedonia

6. Berea (Acts 17:10-15)

7. Athens (Acts 17:16-34)
City of Achaia world famous in Philosophy

8. Corinth (Acts 18:1-17)
Famous for Trade & Commerce.

After spending one and half year in Corinth,

9. Ephesus (Acts 18:18-21)

10. Caesarea (Acts 18:21,22)

11. Jerusalem  (Acts 18:22)

​KEEP YOUR HUSBAND

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD READ THESE 30 RULES FOR GODLY WOMEN———–
1). Never raise your voice for any reason to your husband. Its a sign of disrespect.(Prov 15v1)
2). Don’t expose your husband’s weaknesses toyour family and friends. It will bounce back at you.You are each other’s keeper.(Eph 5v12)
3). Never use attitudes and moods to communicate to your husband, you never know how your husband will interpret them. Defensive women don’t have a happy home.(Prov 15v13)
4). Never compare your husband to other men, you’ve no idea what their life is all about. If you attack his Ego, his Love for you will diminish.
5). Never ill treat your husband’s friends because you don’t like them, the person who’s supposed to get rid of them is your husband.(Prov 11v22)
6). Never forget that your husband married you, not your maid or anyone else. Do your duties.(Gen 2v24)
7). Never assign anyone to give attention to your husband, people may do everything else but your husband is your own responsibility.(Eph 5v33)
8). Never blame your husband if he comes back home empty handed. Rather encourage him.(Deut 3v28)
9). Never be a wasteful wife, your husband’s sweat is too precious to be wasted.
10). Never pretend to be sick for the purpose of denying your husband sex. You must give it to him how he wants it. Sex is very important to Men, if you keep denying him, it is a matter of time before another woman takes over theat duty. No man can withstand sex starvation for too long(even the anointed ones) (SS 7v12)
11). Never compare your husband to your one time sex mate in bedroom, or an Ex-lover. Your home may Never recover from it if you do.(SS 5v9)
12). Never answer for your husband in public opinion polls, let him handle what is directed to him although he may answer for you in public opinion polls.(Prov 31v23)
13). Never shout or challenge your husband in front of children. Wise Women don’t do that.(Eph 4v31)
14). Don’t forget to check the smartness of your husband before he checks out.(Prov 12v4)
15). Never allow your friends to be too close to your husband.
16). Never be in a hurry in the bathroom and on the dressing table. Out there your husband is always surrounded by women who took their time on their looks.( 1 Sam25v3)
17). Your parents or family or friends do not have the final say in your marriage. Don’t waste your time looking up to them for a final word. You must Leave if you want to Cleave.(Luke 21v16)
18). Never base your love on monetary things. Will you still submit to him even if you earn more money than him?
19). Don’t forget that husbands want attention and good listeners, never be too busy for him. Good communication is the bed rock of every happy home. (Gal 6v9)
20). If your idea worked better than his, never compare yourself to him. Its always teamwork.(Gal 6v10)
21). Don’t be too judgemental to your husband. No man wants a Nagging wife.(Eph 4v29)
22). A lazy wife is a careless wife. She doesn’t even know that her body needs a bath.(Prov 24v27)(Prov 20v13)
23). Does your husband like a kind of cooked food?, try to change your cooking. No man jokes with food. (Prov 31v14)
24). Never be too demanding to your husband,enjoy every moment, resource as it comes.(Luke 11v3)
25). Make a glass of water the very first welcome to your husband and everyone entering your home. Sweetness of attitude is true beauty. (Prov 31v11)
26). Don’t associate with women who have a wrong mental attitude about marriage.(Prov 22v14)
27). Your marriage is as valuable to you as the value that you give it. Recklessness is unacceptable.(Heb 13v4)
28). Fruit of the womb is a blessing from the Lord, love your children and teach them well.(Prov 22v6)
29). You are never too old to influence your home. Never reduce your care for your family for any reason. (Prov 31v28)
30). A prayerful wife is a better equipped wife, pray always for your husband and family(1 Thess 5v17)

Have a lovely day….. God bless u all.

Paul’s First Missionary Journey (AD 47-49) simplified

 

  1. Starts from Antioch (Acts 13:1-3)

Paul, Berneba & Mark started from here

  1. Salamis (Acts 13:4)

Eastern Port of Cyprus

  1. Paphos (Acts 13:6)

Roman Captial of Cyprus – Western Port)

  1. Pera in Pamphylia (Acts 13:13)

From  here John, Mark returns to Jerusalem

  1. Pisidian Antioch (Acts 13:14)
  2. Iconium (Acts 13:51)
  3. Lystra (Acts 14:8)

Paul was stoned here.

  1. Derbe (Acts 14:21)

From here returns to Antioch in Syriah.

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