Christian Living


Spiritual Gifts  
What is a spiritual gift? It is a special ability, or talent we do not naturally have, that God gives us through the Holy Spirit to serve the Church. This article will examine what spiritual gifts are, and how to use them. 


Having Jesus' Compassion 

Jesus showed compassion for people by His actions. As Jesus' disciples we also must compassionately service others. In the Gospel of Matthew we find several examples of Christ's compassion. By looking at these examples we will learn how to be compassionate followers of Christ.


How Not To Be A Killer 

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches us that we can  be a killer even if we don't physically kill someone. But, more importantly Jesus shows us how not to be a killer.


Loving Our Enemies The Way Jesus Did 

Jesus shows us how to love our enemies the way He loved His enemies.


Scriptural Evidence for House Churches

An increasing number of members from the Sabbatarian Church of God community are meeting in private homes each Sabbath for worship.  This practice is  criticized by some of the leaders, and members of their community’s more traditional churches as being unbiblical.    What does the Bible say? Is the modern practice of assembling in private homes for worship unbiblical? This study will examine the scriptural evidence showing that it was the normal New Testament practice for Christians to assemble in private homes for worship. 


Authority to Assemble

As Christians abandon the Sabbath services sponsored by their tradition’s official churches.  They are taking the initiative to gather with fellow believers to worship on the Sabbath.  On whose authority are they doing this? This  study will examine the Biblical evidence regarding assembling on the Sabbath, and by whose authority these assemblies take place.


Sabbath Meetings

God instructs us to assemble on the Sabbath with fellow believers (Leviticus 23:1-3; Hebrews 10:24-25). But what are we to do once we assemble on the Sabbath? Historically the Sabbatarian Church of God has followed a non-biblical format for services copied from traditionally Protestantism and Catholicism. This study will examine the practices of the Jerusalem and Corinthian churches to see what they did in their assemblies. We will then take these principles and see how we can apply then in our modern Sabbath assembles.


Loving One Another in Our Assemblies

Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-350. This love for one another is an important sign identifying who Jesus’ disciples are. If someone were to visit our congregation would they see our love for one another? Would they see a gathering of Jesus’ disciples? This article will look at what 1 Corinthians 13 can teach us about  loving one another during our assemblies.


The Great Commission

Jesus told His disciples to preach the gospel to the world.  We often call this charge to proclaim the gospel the “Great Commission.” Frequently, people turn to Matthew 28:18-20 to define the Great Commission. But there are four other places in the New Testament dealing with the Great Commission.   This study will examine all of these verses to gain a fuller picture of what Christ commissioned His church to do.


Loving Our Enemies: A Christian Response to War (HTML version)

Loving Our Enemies: A Christian Response to War (PDF version)

For 2000 years, Christians have lived in a warlike world, having to decide whether to participate in these conflicts, or not.  Sadly, most Christians have decided to take part in these wars. This study will show that Christians must not involve themselves in human warfare. Instead they must love their enemies and not kill them. This study will also examine the major cause for war, and when confronted by war, what Christians should do. As well as some of the major arguments used to justify Christian participation in military conflicts.  

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