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They Were Simply Christians

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THEY WERE SIMPLY CHRISTIANS Mike Johnson If someone asked me what I am religiously, I would say, “I am a Christian.” The person might look at me in a puzzled way and ask, “But what kind of Christian are you?” Many religious groups today wear names to refer to themselves other than a name, which […]

The Christian & Tithing

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THE CHRISTIAN AND TITHING Mike Johnson Should Christians tithe today?  This question is important.  Many people today speak about tithing, which involves giving one-tenth to God. However, is this practice binding on Christians today? Tithing was a part of the Law of Moses, and there are stringent regulations concerning it found in such passages as […]

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   “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love….” (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 essential […]

Following Elders into Error

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FOLLOWING ELDERS INTO ERROR Mike Johnson Elders have a vital 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 threaten […]

Where is the Gym?

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Where is the Gym? Mike Johnson Many 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 the […]

The Office of an Elder

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The Office of an Elder Mike Johnson The Bible teaches that a local congregation is to have certain men overseeing them called “elders.”  Acts 14:23 speaks of the appointment of elders 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 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 “IThese words perhaps echoed from the facilities of a local congregation in Huntsville, Alabama, as they presented “A Tribute to the King of Rock & Roll.”  A newspaper ad for the event pictures an Elvis impersonator.  I don’t know if “Elvis” sang this song, “I’m All Shook Up,”  but […]

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 throughout the years.  One area of division involves the church-sponsored recreation and church support of human institutions (orphan homes, colleges, rest homes, homes for unwed mothers, etc.).  One argument used to justify church support and involvement in such […]

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 said.  You know that there are also people meeting in town who are supposed to be members of the Lord’s church, but you do not know much about them. […]

Was Peter the First Pope?

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WAS PETER THE FIRST POPE? Mike Johnson The above question is undoubtedly a good question and needs examination. Many think Peter was the first pope. However, the Bible does not even teach that there should be the position of a pope, much less Peter being the first one. Consider just some of the reasons why […]

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 […]

The “Come as You Are” Method of Church Growth

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The “Come as You Are” Method of Church Growth Mike Johnson        Churches want to grow in number, but, sadly, there are many improper methods used by churches today to increase their membership.  One of these is the “Come as You Are” method. This method of growth is prevalent today in denominationalism. Slogans […]

The “Have Fun” Method of Church Growth

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  THE “HAVE FUN” METHOD OF CHURCH GROWTH Mike Johnson         Churches want to grow numerically, and there are many ways they try to accomplish this. Any method chosen must not conflict with the Scriptures. One approach, which is contrary to God’s Word, is the “Have Fun Method.”  The concept of the […]

The “Believe as You Please” Method Of Church Growth

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The “Believe as You Please” Method Of Church Growth Mike Johnson          Most congregations want to grow, but often churches today use methods to do so, which are contrary to Biblical principles.  One approach is the “Believe as You Please Method.”        This method of growth does not require any […]