I Corinthians 9:11-14; Acts 11:27-30
The New Testament authorizes preachers to be supported financially so that they may
preach the gospel.
Did churches in the first century send money to aid other Christians who were in need?
Do these verses provide authority for churches to fund recreational or social
activities for people today?
Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
Does the Bible teach that you are to sing and make melody “in your heart to the Lord”?
What three things am I to do as I sing to others?
Can a mechanical instrument of music accomplish any of the things that God wants me to
do when I sing?
The New Testament does not authorize Christians to use mechanical instruments of
music in worship to God.
II Timothy 4:1-5; II John 9-11
Preachers are charged with the responsibility of preaching the word of God.
What three things are to be done “with all longsuffering and doctrine”?
Did Paul warn Timothy that some would not want to hear his preaching, but would turn
from the truth unto “fables”?
A man who does not abide in the “doctrine (teaching) of Christ” loses his fellowship with
If I help or support a man who is not teaching the “doctrine of Christ”, do I become a
participant in his evil work?
II Timothy 2:15-18; Titus 2:1
Part of a preacher’s work includes “shunning (avoiding) profane and vain babblings.”
Is it right for a preacher to specifically identify the name of a false teacher as well as the
doctrine that he preaches?
Titus 1:4-5; Acts 14:23
According to the New Testament, a plurality of elders were to be appointed in every
Acts 20:17, 28-31; I Peter 5:1-3
Were the elders of each congregation given the responsibility to “feed” (pastor) and
“oversee” that congregation?
The oversight of elders is limited to that local “flock,” or church, which is among them.
Would God be pleased if we changed the organization of the church from that which He
Will it please God if we add a Pope to the organization of the church, or if the elders of
one church try to oversee the work of another church?
I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-11
In order to be an elder (or, pastor) , one must meet the qualifications that God has
According to the Bible, can a woman be a pastor (elder)?
An elder must be able to teach the word of God as well as rebuke those who teach false
Do the words “preacher” and “pastor” refer to the same office? (cf. Eph. 4:11)
Philippians 1:1; I Timothy 3:8-13
Is there another office in the local church known as a deacon?
Like elders, deacons must also meet certain qualifications as revealed by God.
The word “deacon” means
I Corinthians 16:1-2; II Corinthians 9:6-7
Were the Christians in Corinth commanded to take up a collection upon the first day of
the week, the same day that Christians in Troas had met to observe the Lord’s Supper?
God loves a giver.
The New Testament commands that Christians give a “tithe”, or ten percent, of their
income to the Lord.
Was Paul pleased that the Corinthians had turned the Lord’s Supper into a common
Paul said that if I am hungry, I should eat at ______.
Paul said I should proclaim (or show) the Lord’s death, through the Lord’s Supper,
until He comes.
The man who does not observe the Lord’s Supper properly eats and drinks
God expects me to remember Christ’s death on the cross by eating the Lord’s Supper
on the first day of every week. (drunken: to have drunk much, not necessarily
I Corinthians 10:16-17; Acts 20:7
Is the idea of “breaking bread” ever used to refer to the Lord’s Supper or Communion?
Did the Christians at Troas meet upon the First Day of the Week to observe the Lord’s
Supper or “break bread”?
Would it please God if we used potato chips and Coke for the Lord’s Supper, or
observed it on a different day (ex.-Thursday)?
Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:19-20
Did Jesus use both “bread” and “fruit of the vine” for the Lord’s Supper?
Jesus taught that the “bread” was a symbol of His body and the “fruit of the vine” a symbol
of His blood.
I Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:6-7
A Christian is to pray to God on a regular and continual basis.
Our requests to God in prayer are to be accompanied with
Is it God’s will that I assemble together with other Christians?
Will I be pleasing God if I choose to forsake the assembling together of the saints?
Assembling together with other saints is one way to provoke or stir each other to love and
Titus 2:11-14; Galatians 6:7-9
As a Christian, are you permitted to live in an ungodly manner or as you choose?
I must live a godly, spiritual life in order to reap eternal life in the end.
I Peter 2:1-2; II Timothy 2:15
As a Christian, must you continue to study God’s word that you may grow?
All who study the Bible must be sure to “rightly divide” or “handle accurately” (NASV) the word of God.
Acts 2:41-42; Romans 12:1-2
Did the Christians in Acts 2 serve God by continuing in the “apostles’ doctrine
Am I as a Christian permitted to live as I choose or to serve God as I want?
We should follow the example of the Christians in the Bible as to how we are to serve and worship God today. (cf. Phil. 4:9) (reasonable: rational, logical)
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Lesson 6 IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH