Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. …. Woe is to me if I preach not the gospel
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; that it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”-- Matthew 5:14-16
V.D.M. QUESTIONS FOR ADVANCED BIBLE STUDENTS ( ( 1) What was the first creative act of God? (2) What is the meaning of the word "Logos," as associated with the Son of God? and what is signified by the words Father and Son? (3) When and how did sin enter the world? (4) What is the Divine penalty for sin upon the sinners? and who are the sinners? (5) Why was it necessary for the "Logos" to be made flesh? and was He "incarnated"? (6) Of what nature was the Man Christ Jesus from infancy to death? (7) Of what nature is Jesus since the resurrection; and what is His official relation to Jehovah? (8) What is the work of Jesus during this Gospel Age-- during the time from Pentecost until now? (9) What has thus far been done for the world of mankind by Jehovah God? and what by Jesus? (10) What is the Divine purpose in respect to the Church when completed? (11) What is the Divine purpose in respect to the world of mankind? (12) What will be the fate of the finally incorrigible? (13) What will be the reward or blessings which will come to the world of mankind through obedience to Messiah's Kingdom? (14) By what steps may a sinner come into vital relationship with Christ and with the Heavenly Father? (15) After a Christian has been begotten of the Holy Spirit, what is his course, as directed in the Word of God?
(16) Have you turned from sin to serve the living God? (17) Have you made a full consecration of your life and all your powers and talents to the Lord and His service? (18) Have you symbolized this consecration by water immersion? (19) Have you taken the I.B.S.A. Vow of holiness of life? (20) Have you read thoroughly and carefully the six volumes of STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES? (21) Have you derived much enlightenment and benefit there from? (22) Do you believe you have a substantial and permanent knowledge of the Bible which will render you more efficient as a servant of the Lord throughout the remainder of your life? V.D.M. QUESTIONS FOR ADVANCED BIBLE STUDENTS
V.D.M. QUESTIONS FOR ADVANCED BIBLE STUDENTS Latin title, Verbi Dei Minister (V.D.M.), and stated that this expresses exactly the Bible thought that every representative of Christ who preaches in public is a Minister of the Divine Word--not a minister of human creeds or of self.
Your Most Important Meetings? "A word in due season, how good it is!"-- how much more helpful, often, than a whole discourse under other conditions. Prov. 15:23 … we consider one of the most important of all: the one meeting most helpful in spiritual growth. Vol.6: Study VI
Your Most Important Meetings? But the most important (study) meeting in our judgment, the most helpful, next to the devotional meeting first described, is one in which the whole company of believers take part….. ….We know of no better kind of meeting than this for a thorough study of the divine Word. We consider it much more advantageous usually than regular preaching for the majority of gatherings of the Lord's people. Vol.6: Study VI
ALLEGHENY CHURCH MEETINGS. Preaching and divine worship every Sunday afternoon in Bible House chapel, No. 610 Arch street, at 3 P.M. Cottage meetings for Prayer and Testimony on Wednesday evenings; and Dawn Circles for Bible Study on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings--various localities,Pittsburg and vicinity.
All God’s Children = Messengers As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1Pet.4:10 Let a man so account of us, as of ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Here, moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 1 Cor. 4:1-2
Special Messengers 12 Apostles of the Lamb …and that which was a temptation to you in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but ye received me as an angel of God, [even] as Christ Jesus. Galatians 4:14 7 Messengers to the churches And he had in his right hand seven stars…the mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand…. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: Revelation 1:16-20
Let no man rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and worshipping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he hath seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, Colossians 2:18 Now these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes; that in us ye might learn not [to go] beyond the things which are written; that no one of you be puffed up for the one against the other. For who maketh thee to differ? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? but if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory as if thou hadst not received it? 1 Corinthians 4:6,7
….and not holding fast the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and bands, increasing with the increase of God. Colossians 2:19
…from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the working in [due] measure of each several part, maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love. Ephesians 4:16 ….and not holding fast the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and bands, increasing with the increase of God. ….and not holding fast the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and bands, increasing with the increase of God. Colossians 2:19
Let the elders that well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching. 1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching. 1 Timothy 5:17 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and in the Lord and give you instruction, But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. 1 Thess. 5:11-13
Revelation 19:10 And I fell down before his feet to worship him. And he saith unto me, See thou do it not: I am a fellow-servant with thee and with thy brethren that hold the testimony of Jesus: Worship God; for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Diaglott…(The for testimony of the Jesus, is the spirit of the prophecy.)
And I John am he that heard and saw these things. And when that showed me these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel that showed me these things. And he saith unto me, See thou do it not: I am a fellow-servant with thee and with thy brethren the prophets, and with them that keep the words of this book: worship God. And he saith unto me, Seal not up the words of the prophecy of this book; for the time is at hand. And he saith unto me, Seal not up the words of the prophecy of this book; for the time is at hand. Revelation 22:8-10
“See thou do it not” “See thou do it not” [Worship] for the time is at hand.” “Seal not up the words of the prophecy of this book; for the time is at hand.”
R3572"...The revelation being complete, John fell down before the angel who had given him the revelation to offer him worship. This might signify that in the end of this Gospel age as the whole Church, the John class comes to see the unfolding of the divine plan there might be a spirit or disposition among them to do too much honor to the one used of the Lord in communicating to them the divine light now due."
The general facts are much more valuable and important than merely the day or the year respecting these facts. "Let brotherly love continue!" Suffer not any dispute over a day or a year to break the most precious bond of love which binds us to the Lord and to all who are truly His. Be specially careful on this point when the subject of discussion is one respecting which we have no positive knowledge. The rupture of fellowship may sometimes be necessary, when we "contend earnestly for the faith once delivered unto the saints"--faith in the Divine Plan, in the Redeemer, in the efficacy of His death, etc. These matters are positively stated in the Bible--not left to deduction, as in the case of chronology and all matters based upon chronology. R5348
Where is our boasting? Thus saith Jehovah, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he hath understanding, and knoweth me, that I am Jehovah who exerciseth lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith Jehovah. Jeremiah 9:23, 24
… no flesh should boast before God… But of him are you in Christ Jesus… that according as it is written, He that boasts, let him boast in the Lord. 1 Cor. 1:28-31
Is Christ Divided? 1Cor:1.....was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void.
…are ye not men? For when one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not men? What then is Apollos? and what is Paul? Ministers through whom ye believed; and each as the Lord gave to him. 1 Cor. 3:4-5
…We speak God's wisdom in a mystery For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, even the wisdom that hath been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our glory: 1 Cor. 2:2-7
Therefore let no one boast about his human teachers. Weymouth Wherefore let no one glory in men. For all things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's. 1 Cor. 3:21-23
…..that ye may learn in us the lesson of not letting your thoughts go above what is written My brothers, it is because of you that I have taken Apollos and myself as examples of these things, so that in us you might see that it is not wise to go farther than what is in the holy Writings, so that no one of you may be lifted up against his brother. For who made you better than your brother? or what have you that has not been given to you? but if it has been given to you, what cause have you for pride, as if it had not been given to you? 1 Cor. 4:6-7
The first danger against which the Apostle warned the Church was sectarianism; and he was evidently heeded at the time at least, for no great sects of Paulites or Apollosites developed. But, as usual, the great enemy, thwarted in one direction, moved to the opposite extreme, and attempted to insist upon a oneness very different from what our Lord or the apostles ever taught. This attempt was to have every recognized member of the Church think exactly alike, on every minutia of Christian doctrine. This attempt finally developed into Papacy, where every matter of doctrine. was decided by the popes and councils; and every man who desired to be considered a church member was obliged to accept such decisions fully, and to profess that such decisions were his belief, his faith; whereas they were not his in any sense but that of adoption. They were generally either blindly received or hypocritically professed with mental reservations.
This was not at all the oneness urged by Paul. He urged a oneness of heart and mind, and not a thoughtless, heartless or hypocritical profession. He urged a oneness such as naturally results from the proper exercise of the liberty which we have in Christ --to search and believe the Scriptures, and to grow in grace and in knowledge, every man being thus fully persuaded in his own mind, and firmly rooted and grounded in the one faith as set forth in the Scriptures. The oneness of faith which Paul urged was not that elaborate faith which touches and embraces all subjects, heavenly and earthly, divine and human, revealed and unrevealed. Quite the contrary: Paul's letters, weighty with logical reasoning, do not even mention the subjects upon which sectarians do most insist, and which are by them generally made tests of fellowship. R4163
I remind you that sectarianism is an attempt on the part of many companies or classes to control each other in matters of doctrine and practice.
John 21:11 Simon Peter therefore went up, and drew the net to land, full of great (large) fishes, a hundred and fifty and three: and for all therewere so many, the net was not rent.
John 4:32-36 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not. The disciples therefore said one to another, Hath any man brought him to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to accomplish his work.
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and [then] cometh the harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white already unto harvest. He that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal; that he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
1. Reasons and Objectives for Afternoon Semi-Public Meetings 2. Follow the model Br. Russell established 3. Ability to invite new ones to an open meeting in person or online 4. Allow internet brethren to participate and also invite new ones 5. Serve isolated brethren with a Sunday meeting 6. Archive meetings for future private study 7. Establish a forum for research to answer any reasonable Biblical question 8. Entertain Elders and their families 9. Not compete with any other local church (including Bible Students) 10. Help elders communicate God’s word more effectively and equip the Lord’s people for the “work of service” Eph. 4 11. Make use of of “leading” brethren in your class to partiscipate 12. Older brethren will have an easier time attending the Sunday meeting 13. More focused meeting to prepare for each week “this one thing I do”
R4076 - The Apostle intimates that, as ‘the Day” draws near there will be the more need for the observance of this instruction respecting the fellowship and communion of the Lord’s people with each other. And experience proves this: the great Messianic Day which has already begun, has brought with it new activities in mind and body, a greater pressure of business and rush to keep abreast of the times, and a correspondingly greater danger to the Lord’s people of being choked with the cares of this life, or with the deceitfulness of riches, or the seeking of riches. We need a counteracting influence to off-set this increasing influence of the world and its affairs upon us; and this counteracting influence is to be sought and to be found by the Lord’s people among themselves, communing one with the other and with the Lord, and exhorting and encouraging one another to steadfastness along the lines of instruction laid down in his Word.
"But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, "You are my God. My times are in Your hand..." Psalm 31:14-15