Robert Gessner

NT Church - There is no division between clergy and laity.

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God (1 Pet. 4:10). So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another (Rom. 12:5). But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ (1 Cor. 12:11...

NT Church - Open sin within the congregation is judged.

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are (1Cor. 3:16,17). But now I have written unto you not to keep company with any man that is called a brother, who is a fornicator (guilty of immorality), or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler (slanderer), or a drunkard, or an extortioner (a swindler); not even to eat with such a person (1 Cor. ...

What is Truth?

Apparently in the days of ancient Rome, truth was determined by the philosophy of relativism. This was based on the theory that all truth is relative to the individual and to the time or place in which he acts. Evidently Pilate was greatly influenced by this philosophy and when the Lord Jesus spoke to him about truth during His “mock trial,” Pilate asked the question, “What is truth?” (Jn. 18:37,38) He assumed that truth to the Roman was very different than truth to...

Where is the Enemy?

In the early days of the church it was not difficult to recognize where the enemy was. He was all around them, but he was outside the church. The religious authorities of Judaism did not pretend to be Christians. In fact, they considered Christianity to be their enemy and they sought to stamp it out. Saul of Tarsus, a sworn enemy of the Christians, was described as one who was "breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord" (Acts 9:1). When Ananias was asked to put hands o...

Wanted: Dependable Workers

As they began a new job that would take one year to complete, the foreman of the construction crew said to them: "Men, we are starting with fifty workers. Only twenty of you will stay long enough to complete the job. Of those twenty who finish, only ten will really do their job well. These are the statistics I deal with on every job. Under which category do you fit? (1) You start the job, but never finish (2) You stay to the end, but you tend to get sloppy as time goes by (3) You finish th...

The Silences of the Bible

Although the Bible sometimes explains some events in great detail, most of the time it explains events with an amazing small number of words, compared to the volumes that human authors have written in portraying human history. There are some events in the Bible that human authors would have explained in minute detail; yet the Bible has remained silent. The silence is most significant. God has clearly indicated in the contents of the Bible that there is "a time to keep silence and a time to...

NT Church - Its gatherings are surrounded by prayer.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together.........(Acts 4:31). Peter therefore was kept in prison; but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him......Peter came to the house of Mary the mother of John, where many were gathered together praying (Acts 12:5,12). Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). If prayer indicates our dependency on God, the Father, as His children, and if the church is depen...

NT Church - The church is financed by free will offerings.

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:6,7). This is another area of the church that is very important in meeting New Testament specifications, yet it is seldom addressed. It is a sensitive area because many churches have v...

NT Church - There is liberty for the exercise of gifts by the Holy Spirit.

And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:11,12). Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exho...

NT Church - Evangelism and Missionary Outreach Is Emphasized

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8). And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ (Acts 5:42). Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word (Acts 8:4). The early church began witnessing immediately after the coming o...
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