In the history of Christianity the term ‘Son of God’ has been the subject of some controversy. For example, when did Jesus become the Son of God? Was He always the Son of God? Is there a point in time when He became the Son of God, and if so, how did He become the Son of God? What does it mean for Jesus to be the ‘begotten’ Son of God?
Evangelist Mike Criswell discusses these issues in this week’s post from the 2015 Mid Missouri Bible Study. We hope you listen!
Restorationism vs. Successionism Q&A MP3 Link
Today we post the question and answer session that followed evangelist Clint De France’s presentation. We hope you enjoy!
The church is a vitally essential part of God’s plan in providing redemption for believers in Christ. Jesus promised His apostles He would build His church (Matthew 16:18) and to accomplish this, the Lord of Glory shed His blood on the cross (Acts 20:28). Christian are a part of Christ’s body, which is the church (Colossians 1:24), and Christ is the Savior of His church (Ephesians 5:23).
However, a problem facing those who desire to be a part of Christ’s body today are the thousands and thousands of groups which claim to be the true Church. The question becomes: how is the modern church identified to its historic, apostolic roots? How does a church in the 21st century align itself with the ancient church of the Bible? These are the issues Clint De France considers in this highly informative and worthwhile presentation.
In the modern world, few evils raise the ire of society like slavery. The most carnal secularist finds the idea of merchandising human beings utterly repugnant. From the brutal horrors of slavery in 19th century America, to the modern epidemic of sex trafficking, everyone agrees that slavery is evil.
So what do we do with Bible stories and scriptures that seem to condone or even support slavery? These are often used to disqualify the Bible as an authoritative voice on moral issues. Many Christians bashfully admit that the Bible does not condemn slavery: if society practices it – the Bible simply regulates it.
But is this viewpoint correct? Shahe Gergian masterfully tackles this extremely important apologetic topic and defends the unimpeachable goodness of the Word of God. You can’t afford to miss this!
Today we post a sermon from evangelist Roger Boone that considers the status that baptism should have in the Christian doctrinal system.
The New Testament scripture undeniably affirms the role of baptism in our salvation. Just Noah and seven others were carried by the water away from the corrupt into a new world of fresh innocence, so we too are washed clean in the waters of baptism as we move from defilement into redemption with Christ (1 Pet. 3:21).
But is baptism a sacrament, an ordinance, or simply an act of obedience to a command of God? We hope you consider Roger’s well studied sermon carefully!
Today we post the question and answer session that followed Smith Biben’s presentation on the harmonization of the post resurrection appearance accounts.
The harmonization of the synoptic gospels and the timeline of the resurrection has been a challenge to believers for many generations. In today’s post evangelist Smith Biben takes a well studied look at the subject and has introductory remarks which will further your investigational inquiries into the scripture.
One of the most rewarding techniques for comparing the synoptic gospels is to highlight the scripture using various colors to demonstrate where the text is parallel word for word, partially, not at all, or where there are unique passages. Smith has provided an illuminating chart to help the Bible student and you can download it below:
Genealogies of Jesus MP3 Link
Many may be inclined to think that genealogies in the Bible are unimportant. However, these lists of difficult-to-pronounce names served several important purposes, the greatest being to prove the Messianic lineage. In this sermon, Jimmy Cating looks at the genealogies of Jesus as recorded in the gospels to show how the son of Joseph and Mary was indeed the great King of Israel.
Today we post the follow-up question and answer session which followed Bart’s presentation on the persecution of the early church. We hope you enjoy!
We are excited today to begin a multi-week series of sermons from the 2015 Mid-MO Study hosted by the Rice Road Church of Christ in Columbia, MO. This first presentation is a response from Bart Shaw to the book “The Myth of Persecution” by professor Candida Moss. Dr. Shaw gives a synopsis of the book, and presents a whole litany of historical information determining which parts of the book are true and accurate, and which are fallacious. This sermon is thoroughly researched and clearly presented in a way every Christian can and will benefit. On Friday, we will post the question and answer session which followed the presentation.
Over the next few weeks Christianlandmark will be posting the videos from the 2015 Mid-Missouri Bible Study. We hope you enjoy this video preview of the exciting studies soon to come!
On March 14th, 2015, nearly three hundred people gathered together in Seminole, OK to hear presentations on divorce and remarriage. The participants, Malcomb Kniffen of Waco, TX, and George Battey of Seminole, OK, were given thirty minutes each to present their views, followed by two thirty minute question and answer sessions. Brother Kniffen affirmed the position that there is no exception for divorce and remarriage while brother Battey asserted there is an exception for divorce and remarriage, the exception of fornication as taught by Jesus in Matthew 5:32; 19:9.
Please enjoy, listen carefully to these men, study, and seek after the truth of God’s word in all things.
Sermon #1 Malcomb Kniffen: “There is no exception for divorce and remarriage.”
“There is no exception” Kniffen sermon MP3 Link
Sermon #2 George Battey: “There is an exception for divorce and remarriage (Matt. 5:32, 19:9)”
“There is an exception” Battey sermon MP3 Link
Question and Answer #1: Malcomb Kniffen
Malcolm Kniffen Question and Answer MP3 Link
Question and Answer #2: George Battey
George Battey Question and Answer MP3 Link
Words matter, don’t they? Did you know that even that little obscure word ‘amen’ that we say at the end of a prayer has deep significance and meaning? Sometimes we say ‘amen’ in a flippant and casual worldly manner but evangelist Billy Dickinson teaches in this fascinating study that we should be cautious and deliberate when pronouncing such a sacred and meaningful word.
In this week’s sermon, evangelist Billy Dickinson takes his thoughts from this text in Matthew 27:51-53:
Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
Who were these resurrected saints and to whom did they appear? Listen to this very interesting sermon for some answers from Billy!
Can the church where you attend trace its origin back to original institution that was established by Jesus Christ in the first century AD? That original Church had Jesus Christ as its head and the doctrine of the Apostles as its guide and law. In today’s sermon evangelist Clint De France takes a look at just how 21st century Christians can be sure they are attending the true church of Christ.
Today’s post is an article by evangelist Shahe Gergian about singing. He writes: “The opportunity to offer worship unto the Lord God is one of the most powerful blessings Christians have in Christ. To know that the praise, adoration, and honor given reaches the halls of Heaven inspires believers to draw nearer to the Creator. The Psalm says ‘As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God’ (Psalm 42:1 NKJV)”
We hope you read and consider the blessings we have to sing to our God.
If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27-28)
In today’s sermon evangelist Ronny Wade asks: ‘Has your religion changed you, challenged you, and comforted you?’ If not, then you need to draw closer to the Lord Jesus Christ and His precious blood bought church!
Some today hold to the theological position that the Gospels of the New Testament actually belong under the rubric of the Mosaic covenant and hold no authoritative sway over members of the Lord’s church.
Is this position heresy or truth? Evangelist Clint De France addresses this subject in this weekend’s post:
We hope you will read and carefully consider God’s word!
Has Satan blinded your eyes to the truth of God’s word? In today’s sermon evangelist Ronny Wade cautions us to not to let the Devil blind our mind about what the scriptures plainly teach but rather to accept with humility and meekness God’s precious Bible.
Sometimes we go through times of deep darkness such as financial disaster, sickness, or broken relationships. Does the Bible provide an answer for those in despair? In Isaiah 50:11-12 we read:
Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant?
Who walks in darkness And has no light?
Let him trust in the name of the Lord And rely upon his God.
Look, all you who kindle a fire, Who encircle yourselves with sparks:
Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled—
This you shall have from My hand: You shall lie down in torment.
In a sermon given at the 2014-2015 Dothan, Alabama New Year’s Meeting, evangelist Kevin Presley considers the deliverance that God offers to those who fear and obey Him.
In today’s sermon evangelist Clint De France preaches from Matthew and Luke and demonstrates how God’s providence extends even to the worthless ‘fifth’ sparrow. His living and powerful word reassures us that His incomparable, matchless, and indescribable love encompasses all humanity.
“And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7)
During the final week of the Lord’s life, Jesus implored the children of Israel to be gathered together under His wings. In this sermon, Shahe Gergian discusses ways in which Jesus desires to gather all people unto Himself.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ” Matthew 23:37-39
With all the religions in the world, why should Christianity hold any more of your attention than any of the others? In this sermon evangelist Brad Shockley presents an explanation of the merits of Christianity and why you should become a disciple of Jesus.
Being a part of the family of God is a wonderful blessing found in Christ Jesus. However, the fractured religious landscape of the world makes many wonder who exactly is a part of that family. Is it possible to identify someone as a brother or sister in Christ? Nathan Battey considers these questions and the motives behind them in today’s sermon, “Are you my brother?”
The analogy of Jesus Christ as the foundation and cornerstone of the Church and the Christian Faith is one of the most beautiful pictures in the Bible. Understanding it will help one to know why Christianity is the only hope for salvation and success in life, and why the Church that we read about in the Bible is the only Church that will stand and succeed in its divine purpose. We hope that this lesson will encourage and edify you.
Today we post an audio sermon from evangelist Kevin Presley about the marvelous grace of God exemplified in the life of Mephibosheth, a castaway who was allowed to sit at the King’s table. God gives that same grace to each submissive servant who is obedient to the faith. God be thanked for His mercy!
This sermon is the first installment in a new series entitled: Why the Church of Christ?
We live in an era of individualism and personalization. Even religion has not escaped the compulsion to customize everything. Because of this, people often give little thought to which church they attend.
This series is designed to show that the Church is a part of God’s plan to save mankind from sin, death and hell; also, that Jesus built one Church and purchased that Church with His own blood. It is our conviction that the only true church is the Church identified in the Bible.
It is our hope that after studying all will plainly see that we need to be in His Church. Today’s sermon by evangelist Clint De France examines the question: Who Established the Church of Christ? Let us look to the Bible for an answer to this question. We will consider the implications of an “established church” and also look through history at some facts concerning the origin of various human denominations. Please listen!
Today’s post is an enlightening chapter study given by evangelist Don King on First Corinthians Chapter Four. Don labors in this sermon to ‘get inside the head’ of the Apostle Paul, that great lover of the brethren everywhere and especially of the Gentile church. How much we owe the Apostle for his tireless exertions to spread the gospel to the undeserving prodigals that were our ancestors.
For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. (1 Co 4:9).