Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (1 John 3:4-10 ESV)
If you call yourself a Christian and you use foul language in your daily speech, or go as far as to write out dirty words on your Facebook page and online, then you need to know what God says about foul language. I’m speaking of the God of the Bible, the same God that you claim to love and obey as a proclaimed Christian.
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:4 ESV)
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. (Colossians 3:8 ESV)
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29 ESV)
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:6 ESV)
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. (Matthew 12:37 ESV)
Robert A. Rice
If your not living to serve God, honor God and truly striving to obey God’s Word to the letter, than you are not living in God’s will. So, if you are not living in God’s will.
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. (1 John 5:14 ESV)
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 ESV)
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.(John 9:31 ESV)
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14:15 ESV)
…..The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16 ESV)
Robert A. Rice
Jesus said, “But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:8-12 ESV)
Jesus’ disciples should not try to gain authority over one another as teachers or masters, since Jesus is ultimately each disciple’s teacher and master (you have one teacher … one instructor), to whom the disciple is accountable.
Many people, including myself, consider Charles Spurgeon to be one of the greatest preachers and theologians of all time.
Many of today’s modern traditional churches feel the same way. But do they know what Charles Spurgeon had to say about House Churches? The following is an excerpt from “Additions to the Church“, which Spurgeon gave concerning concerning Acts 2 on April 5, 1874.
Charles Spurgeon said the following:
Many people are under the impression that House Church is something new. The fact is, it cannot be disputed that House church is the original and Biblical practice of the early Christians, as demonstrated throughout the New Testament.
House church practice started after Jesus’ resurrection and was set up by the apostles, who where taught by Jesus.
Yet what modern churches practice today, did not start till the 4th century, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine I.
by Mark M. Mattison
House churches worldwide are growing as never before. Ironically, this movement is the antithesis of the mega-church dream pursued in an age when “bigger is better.” What is the house church ideal, and why do some Christians pursue it?
What is a House Church?
A house church is a group of Christians who meet regularly in the intimacy of homes rather than in formal church buildings. No one denies that the earliest Christians met in houses. The book of Acts regularly describes Christian assemblies in peoples’ homes (Acts 2:42; 5:42; 20:20). Church meetings are recorded in the homes of John’s mother (Acts 12:12), Lydia (Acts 16:40), Aquilla and Priscilla (Rom. 16:3-5; 1 Cor. 16:19), Gaius (Rom. 16:23), Nympha (Col. 4:15), and Philemon (Philem. 2).
By Barry Steinman
Hebrews 10:25 NIV “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” How does sitting in rows, listening to a monalogue help us encourage one another. The only chance we get to interact is before the official meeting or after it. I would contend that the offical “church meeting” doesn’t allow us to encourage one another. Yes the preacher is allowed to encourage us. But there is no “one anothering” taking place.
1 Cor 14:26 NIV “What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” A new testament church meeting should allow everyone to participate. God has placed in everyone of our hearts something to share with others. That is how we encourage each other. That is how the body of Christ edifies itself and grows in love.