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The Christian & Tithing

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THE CHRISTIAN AND TITHING Mike Johnson Should Christians tithe today? This is a very good question and one that is important. Tithing involves giving one-tenth to God. Many speak of tithing today, but is it binding upon Christians? Tithing was a part of the Law of Moses, and there are very strict regulations concerning tithing […]

These Names

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THESE NAMES Mike Johnson     A few years ago, while traveling, I took particular note of signs in front of church buildings.  After a period of time, I started making a list of the various names which groups called themselves.      At the end of the trip, my list was quite long and also interesting.  […]

The Kingdom & Colossians 1:13

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THE KINGDOM AND COLOSSIANS 1:13 Mike Johnson “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son.” (Col. 1:13) The above passage reveals what God did for the Colossian Christians as well as for those who are Christians today and contains some very important information […]

The Authority of Elders

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THE AUTHORITY OF ELDERS Mike Johnson Elders have a very important function in the Lord’s church.  They are to oversee the flock; they are to feed or shepherd the local congregation of which they are a part of (Acts 20:17, 28; I Pet. 5:1-2).  Elders are to watch for grievous wolves (or false teachers) who […]

What? No Gym?

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What?  No Gym? Mike Johnson  A lot of people would be surprised if they visited a large church and found out that the church did not have a gymnasium or something called a “fellowship hall.”  People expect churches to be involved in social functions.  What does the Bible say about recreation as a function of […]

Elders

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Elders Mike Johnson The Bible clearly teaches that a local congregation is to have certain men ruling over them who are called “elders.”  Acts 14:23 speaks of elders being ordained in every church.  It says, “And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the […]

The Role of Women in the Church

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THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE CHURCH Mike Johnson The role of women in society has changed greatly in recent years. It seems that many are even pushing for an almost “gender neutral” society. Some changes that have taken place have been good but many have not been. The changes in society tend to eventually […]

I’m All Shook Up

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“I’m All Shook Up…” Mike Johnson  These words perhaps echoed from the facilities of a local congregation in Huntsville, Alabama  as they presented “A Tribute to the King of Rock & Roll.”  Pictured in the newspaper advertisement for the show was an Elvis impersonator.  I don’t know if “Elvis” sang this song, “I’m All Shook […]

The Church & The Individual

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THE CHURCH & THE INDIVIDUAL Mike Johnson  Sadly, there has been much division in the Lord’s church over the course of the last 30 to 40 years.  This division has centered on such issues as church-sponsored recreation and church support of human institutions (orphan homes, colleges, rest homes, homes for unwed mothers, etc.).  One argument […]

Who Are These People?

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Who Are These People? Mike Johnson  Perhaps you are a member of the church of Christ, and you look at yourself as “mainstream” as it is sometimes worded.  You know that there are also people meeting in town who are supposed to be members of the Lord’s church, but you really don’t know much about […]

Was Peter the First Pope?

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WAS PETER THE FIRST POPE? Mike Johnson The above question is certainly a good question and needs to be considered.  There are many who think that Peter was the first pope.  However, the Bible does not even teach that there should be the position of a pope, much less that Peter was the first one.  […]

Church Growth 11 – Why Churches Die (4)

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CHURCH GROWTH (XI) Why Churches Die (4) Lukewarmness/Unfaithfulness Mike Johnson  There are a number of factors which may exist in a congregation which pertains to the spirituality of its members.  Over time, these factors will cause the congregation to die.  For example, a congregation may die because it does not receive sound preaching and teaching.  […]

Church Growth 10 – Why Churches Die (3)

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CHURCH GROWTH (X) Why Churches Die (3) A Failure to Evangelize Mike Johnson There are a number of external factors which can contribute to a congregation’s demise.  Such factors as the location of the building, the wicked times in which we are living, an inability to attract Christians who move into the area, and a […]

Church Growth 09 – Why Churches Die (2)

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CHURCH GROWTH (IX) Why Churches Die (2) Not Having Needed Leadership Mike Johnson There are a number of  external factors which can contribute to a congregation’s demise.  Such factors as the location of the building, the wicked times in which we are living, an inability to attract Christians who move into the area, and a […]

Church Growth 08 – Why Churches Die (1)

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CHURCH GROWTH (VIII) Why Churches Die (1) Lack of Proper Teaching Mike Johnson There are a number of external factors which can contribute to a congregation’s demise.  Such factors as the location of a building, the “wicked times in which we are living,” an inability to attract Christians who move into the area, and a […]

Church Growth 07 – Factors in Church Growth (4)

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CHURCH GROWTH (VII) Factors in Church Growth (4) Young People Mike Johnson There are many congregations today which have very few young people.  When a congregation starts to dwindle, often it is left with very few children.  Some young people grow up, get married, and move to another area.  Others remain in the area but […]

Church Growth 06 – Factors in Church Growth (3)

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CHURCH GROWTH (VI) Factors in Church Growth (3) Christians Who Move into the Area Mike Johnson A church may grow for various reasons.  Some churches grow because they are located in a city or in an area where many people are moving to.  Some of these people may be members of the Lord’s church, so […]

Church Growth 05 – Factors in Church Growth (2)

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CHURCH GROWTH (V) Factors in Church Growth (2) “The Times We Are Living In” Mike Johnson There are a number of factors which can affect church growth.  Sometimes, the lack of growth in a congregation is explained by the “times we are living in.”  The moral and religious climate of today can have a negative […]

The Purpose of the Church?

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THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH Mike Johnson  The Bible clearly teaches that Christ came and built His church.  In Matthew 16:16-18 he said that he would build His church, and in Acts 2 we can read of its establishment. Does the church have a particular purpose for being in existence?  If no purpose for the […]

Church Growth 04 – Factors in Church Growth (1)

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CHURCH GROWTH (IV) Factors in Church Growth (1) Location of the Building Mike Johnson When a church does not grow, or even declines in its membership, questions are often raised as to why this occurred.  Why do some churches grow while others decline in numbers?  A number of factors can come into play. One factor […]

Church Growth 03 -Improper Methods of Growth

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CHURCH GROWTH (III) Improper Methods of Growth Mike Johnson For some congregations, numerical growth is the most important issue.  They will do almost anything to obtain new members or to retain those whom they already have.  They take great pride in the size of their congregation, showing little concern about whether their methods of growth […]

Church Growth 02 -Concepts of Growth

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CHURCH GROWTH (II) Concepts of Growth Mike Johnson There are actually two ways a church can grow.  Generally, when people speak of the growth of a church, they are talking about numerical growth.  The reason for this is that numerical growth can be easily observed, and this type of growth is usually looked upon as […]

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

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The Parable of the Mustard Seed Mike Johnson  Matthew 13:31-32 is one of the accounts where “The Parable of the Mustard Seed” is found, and it tells us about the growth of the kingdom. The passage says:  “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of […]

Church Growth 01 -Introduction-

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CHURCH GROWTH (I) Introduction to Church Growth Mike Johnson What can we do to make our congregation grow?  Brethren often ask this question. It is very important for a church to grow.  First, to even continue to exist, a church must grow.  A church not growing over a period of time is a dying church.  […]