O.J. Gibson

Lesson 6 The Priesthood Of The Church

“You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 2:5) “…you are a royal Priesthood” (1 Pet. 2:9). The very word priest suggests someone who is functioning at the heart of spiritual activity, engaging in rituals or prayers that mediate between God and man. From the most ancient of times, priestly activity has always been evident, both in false religion and...

Lesson 13 Missions And The Church

“The field is the world…” (Matt. 13:38). Missionary vision is an integral part of the Christian faith. Ours is a missionary faith, an evangelizing faith. God has not called us to be only a gathering of people who practice certain ethical, cultural and religious forms. Our Master has told us, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). If that vision grows dim, or disappears, we have lost a view of a central imperative in the teaching of the Lord Jesus...

Lesson 12 The Discipling Of The Church

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). If the whole world repented of sins, believed in the Lord Jesus, was baptized and even added to the church, but then stopped with this, the full commission of Christ would still be unmet. How could such a statement be made? Because we would have halted short of the Lord’s command to make them a...

Lesson 11 Evangelism And The Church

“And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). The central purpose of the Lord Jesus was to reach the lost. That is why He came to earth (Luke 19:10). He explained His association with sinners in the triple parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son (Luke 15) to show that His mission was to save sinners. In His initial call to the first followers He invited them to come so that He might make them fishers of men (Mark 1:17). Hi...

Lesson 10 The Discipline Of The Church

“Do you not judge those who are within the church?” (1 Cor. 5:12) The honest answer to this question by most churches today would have to be, “No, we don’t.” There has been a wholesale decline in clear action by local churches in judging or disciplining the conduct of its members. The temper of the times is against it. Family discipline has also declined. Permissiveness reigns. Society wants tougher measures taken against people it defines as criminals, but it is very tolerant of im...

Lesson 9 The Meetings Of The Church

“And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the Church, which is His body the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Eph. 1:22,23) The gathering of the Lord’s people, especially on the Lord’s Day, is the focus of church fellowship. Fellowship and ministry certainly should go beyond only one day per week. However, stimulating meetings often determine either progress or failure for the local church. Assembly believers, like family members...

Introduction

As a child I wondered about God. What did God expect of me? For what purpose was I put here on earth? Where could I find the answers? Those questions may seem surprising from a child who was baptized and confirmed, a church member and regular Sunday school attender. I learned Bible stories, Bible verses and statements from church creeds. Somehow this material never came together in my mind in an understandable way. Perhaps that was my fault. I suspect, however, that my teachers lacked the abil...

Lesson 1 Are There Few That Be Saved?

Will only a few people go to Heaven when they die? The Scriptural answer to that profound question is “yes.” Despite the loving intentions of our God (John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4) most souls will not go there. When the disciples asked the Lord, “Are there few that be saved?” (Luke 13:23), He answered their question plainly. “Strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leads to life and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). Most people either do not know this or...

Lesson 2 Is False Profession Possible?

The title of this chapter inherently has its own answer. The subject spells great danger, that of self-delusion to the soul, eternal in its consequences. The Biblical teaching of false profession is not frequently taught in churches. Why is it ignored or neglected? There are several possible reasons that churchgoers and others are not alerted: 1. The subject of making a false profession seems negative, alarming and unwelcome. It is like the doctrine of Hell. If people don’t want to hear it,...

Lesson 3 What Must I Do To Be Saved?

The title of this chapter asks a good question. It was originally asked by a jailer at Philippi (Acts 16:30). Every professing Christian ought to be able to answer it clearly and concisely, but many cannot; and it raises doubts as to whether they will be in Heaven. Some respond by saying, “We must believe in God”; but even the demons do that (James 2:19). Some say, “Believe in Jesus,” but what are we to believe about Jesus? Some say, “Ask Jesus into your heart and you will be saved,
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