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The distinctiveness of Christianity

Distinctive in its Power: Romans 1:16-17 Distinctive in its Message: Galatians 1:11-12; 2 Peter 1:20-21 Distinctive in its Importance: Matthew 16:26; 1 Timothy 1:15-16 John Henson Dibrell Church of Christ 95 Gills Rd. McMinnville, TN 37110-4456  

The benefits of love

1 Cor 16.14 The purpose of love brings fulfillment. Even menial and unpleasant tasks become meaningful when done in love. The worst job is redeemed by love. Every activity holds the potential as a channel to express love. The work of… Continue Reading →

God’s model for the church’s prayers

Content — Jesus gave what we rightly call the “model prayer” Mt 6; Lk 11, as a guide for what should be included in our prayers, as Paul did in 1 Tim 2.1-7; Candidate — We talk about the right… Continue Reading →

Same is good, when it’s Jesus

This earthly life changes constantly. Many like variety. But in Christ sameness is a wonderful quality. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! Heb 13.8 Here are four comforting truths that arise from this affirmation: Jesus is… Continue Reading →

What can keep us from God

By John Henson, Dibrell congregation, McMinnville TN Psalm 70:5 Pride keeps us from God (Psalm 10:4; Proverbs 16:18). Possessions can keep us from God (Luke 18:18ff). Arrogance can keep us from God (James 4:13-16). What can bring us closer to… Continue Reading →

The effects of sin and of holiness

Sin wastes time. Holiness redeems the time, Eph 5.7-15; 1 Pet 1.14-17; 4.1-2, 7. Sin ruins relationships. Holiness establishes loving relationships, Col 3.12-13; 1 Pet 1.22; Jude 19-21. Sin leads to a frustrated life. Holiness leads to a life of… Continue Reading →

Things that don’t make sense

Zeal without knowledge, Prov 19.2; Rom 10.2. Riches without wisdom, Eccl 4.13; Mark 10.17-27. Sex without commitment, Gen 2.24; Heb 13.4. Hope without reason, Prov 10.28; 1 Pet 3.15. Faith without obedience, Acts 6.7; Rom 1.5; Jas 2.14-26. What points… Continue Reading →

8 things that won’t change on November 9

By Bobby Cloyd, Smithville TN God is still in control, Job 42:2, Isa 55:8-9. We stll have a duty to respect the office, Rom 13:1-3. We have a duty to obey God rather than man, Acts 5:9. We still have… Continue Reading →

What God does not want you to know

God doesn’t want you to know the hurt and pain of sin. God doesn’t want you to know the loneliness of selfishness. God doesn’t want you to know the suffering of eternity.

Christ and the church

By J. Randal Matheny. Translated from the Portuguese, published originally on TFR. Christ established the church, Mt 16.18. “My church:” He’s the founder, the church belongs to him. We always ought to build on his name. Christ leads the church,… Continue Reading →

Jesus suffered

Jesus suffered for us, the just for the injust, to bring us to God, 1 Pet 3.18. Jesus suffered for us, as an example, 1 Pet 2.21. Jesus suffered before us, in persecution, Jn 15.18. Jesus suffers with us, as… Continue Reading →

Serving God’s purpose

By John Henson, Dibrell congregation, McMinnville TN ACTS 13:36 I. DAVID SERVED GOD’S PURPOSE By becoming king. By writing inspired scripture. By being the one through whom the Christ would come. By prophesying the coming King — Jesus. II. WHAT… Continue Reading →

Outline of Christianity in 10 Ws

If you like alliteration, this is the outline for you. Ten — count ’em — ten Ws to form upon your lips and wave your hands over. You can supply a ton of Bible texts for each point. This is… Continue Reading →

A lion’s courage

The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion, Prov 28.1, ESV. As God’s righteous saints, let us be bold and courageous: When it comes to prayer, 1 Chr 17.25; Heb 4.14-16. When it… Continue Reading →

The Heart-Knower

By John Henson, Dibrill congregation, McMinnville TN God knows your heart, Luke 16:15. The great heart-knower consulted, Acts 1:24. The one who searches the heart cares, Romans 8:26-28. What does he know about your heart?

The work of a preacher

By Ron Thomas, Highway congregation, Sullivan IL 1. The message of the preacher, 2 Timothy 4.1-5 2. The purpose of his preaching, Colossians 1.24-29 3. The exemplar of the preacher, Acts 18.1-6

How to make every effort to enter through the narrow door

A short sermon or class outline on the necessary effort to enter the kingdom of God.

12 facts you need to know about Jesus

Here are 12 facts or truths about Jesus Christ that you may not know, but you should know, because they are important to your future.

The essence of the gospel

This topical lessons lists five essential points of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The perfect Bible

By perfect Bible is not meant the perfect version, but Bible as the word of God. Holy Scripture is perfect because it gives us the following.

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