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Biblical Eldership: Restoring the Eldership to Its Rightful Place in Church by Alexander Strauch - Free EBook
Because many people do not have the time or interest to read a large technical book like Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership, this booklet is a condensed edition of the full book. The doctrine of biblical eldership is very important for all church members to understand. Therefore, this small, 48-page abridgment of the full text was written to put the doctrine of biblical eldership within reach of every member of your church body.
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The following article is a chapter excerpt from Roy Cogdill's book "Walking by Faith" (this material is not copyrighted). I wanted to share this particular chapter because I believe it does an excellent job addressing an important topic many are confused about today. Please read, consider, and share with others.
The term "Anti" is used in the religious world to label an individual or a group that is opposed to a certain teaching or practice. It has long been a practice of digressive brethren to label those who disagree with them as “Antis” in an attempt to discredit a certain position without having to meet the issue. For example, it is easier to write someone off as an “Anti-cups” or “Anti-class” brother than it is to meet the issue and find Scriptural authority for either the use of multiple cups in the Lord’s supper or the use of Bible classes as an alternative to the single assembly of the church. The use of the “Anti” term is not only used to discredit a certain group of individuals, but is also used to place the cause of division over a certain issue on the individual or group who are “anti” a certain practice or innovation.
In recent years there has been a growing trend for young people in the Lord's church to attend "Christian" universities when they go off to college. It is the feeling of many that such "Christian" universities are "safer" than sectarian schools and will help promote Bible principles. It is out of deep concern for the welfare of many souls and the future of the Church that I urge people to consider the following quotes from men such as N. B. Hardeman, W. W. Otey, G. H. P. Showalter, and J. N. Armstrong concerning the "Christian" colleges in the 1930's-1950's. These preachers believed Bible colleges were Scriptural in nature (I disagree; the Scriptures neither imply, mention, nor approve of such innovations) yet they had great concerns about "Church of Christ Colleges" such as David Lipscomb University, Harding University, Abilene Christian College, and others. The concerns these preachers had about "Christian" colleges paled in comparison to the reality of what is now being taught in each of these universities.
The following article was written by an unknown author yet makes and raises several points worthy of our consideration. Topics addressed include the purpose of the church, the mission of the church, the organization of the church, missionary societies, benevolent societies, and much more.
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Preaching Publicly on Facebook and in Other Public Settings: Men's and Women's ROles by Nathan Battey
The apostle Paul wrote the following words regarding men's and women's roles:
1 Timothy 2:8-12
I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; 9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. 11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.
A few weeks ago I sat down with Brother Richard Degough while I was in California did a few recordings. I asked Brother Richard to tell some stories about the early days of the church in California, the preachers who had an influence on it, and how he and his family came out of digression.
I hope some of our younger followers will listen to these recordings and gain a greater appreciation for the history of our brotherhood. I appreciate brethren like Brother Richard for all the work they have done in the kingdom and the trials they have faced. A brotherhood does not come about by chance; it is the result of hard working brethren who love the truth and one another. May we learn to appreciate our heritage and the labors of faithful brethren. May God bless the church and may she shine brightly for His glory.
A Tract on the "Order of Worship" Controversy
is an evangelist of the Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.