The Restoration Movement

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No name but Christian. We who associate ourselves withrepparttar Restoration Movement wish to be known only as a Christian. We wish to wear onlyrepparttar 141128 name of Christ. The name Christian is a Biblical name, "Andrepparttar 141129 disciples were first called Christians in Antioch." (Acts 11:26b) Also we read inrepparttar 141130 New Testament thatrepparttar 141131 church was referred to as eitherrepparttar 141132 church,repparttar 141133 church of Christ, orrepparttar 141134 church of God. Many people seem to consider themselves a Baptist first and a Christian second, or a Methodist first and a Christian second, or any other man-made name first and a Christian second. We believe that Christian is not justrepparttar 141135 first, butrepparttar 141136 only name we want to wear.

Whererepparttar 141137 Scriptures speak, we speak. Whererepparttar 141138 Scriptures are silent, we are silent. It seems that many Christians are ever ready to argue about Scripture. I would like to point out that it is not really necessary to argue about Scripture. The Bible is quite plain in what it says. There are some principles of interpretation which we must follow, but once we do,repparttar 141139 truths inrepparttar 141140 Bible are clear. So therefore we believe that ifrepparttar 141141 Bible addresses a particular subject and a command is given, we should obey that command. We will stand up and defend whatrepparttar 141142 Bible says about how we are to conduct ourselves as Christians. Onrepparttar 141143 other hand, if a subject is not covered inrepparttar 141144 Scriptures (ifrepparttar 141145 Bible is silent on a subject) then it is not necessary to debate or defendrepparttar 141146 issue.

The plan of salvation. By reading and studyingrepparttar 141147 New Testament teachings we see that there is a plan of salvation. We are told byrepparttar 141148 New Testament writers what we must do to be saved. It is not difficult to understand. However, there are many who either try to make it more complicated than it is, or simplify it more than it is, or even to interject man-made rules into what needs to be done. We need to consider all that is inrepparttar 141149 Scriptures concerning salvation, and then not add any additional requirements. Here isrepparttar 141150 plan: Faith or Belief (Romans 10:17, John 3:16); Repentance (Luke 13:3); Confession (Matthew 10:32); Baptism [immersion] (Mark 16:16 & Acts 2:38); and Faithful Living (James 1:12).

I hope and pray that what I have given you in this article is enough to show that there is a difference between those churches who associate themselves withrepparttar 141151 Restoration Movement and those churches we usual call denominational as well asrepparttar 141152 Catholic church. It is vitally important that we continue steadfastly inrepparttar 141153 apostles' doctrine. The Scriptures give us ample warning about following false teaching. If you need or want to know more aboutrepparttar 141154 Restoration Movement or want to study more aboutrepparttar 141155 principles ofrepparttar 141156 movement, there are many good Restoration writers to choose from. Ask your minister to help you locate this information, he will be glad to help you. Or, write to us. We have several excellent books available by different authors to help you in your study.

All scriptures quoted are fromrepparttar 141157 New King James Version unless otherwise noted

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The Fruit of the Spirit

Written by Stephen Kingery

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We are called upon to exhibit patience in many ways. When sharing Christ with a non-believer many times patience is required. They will try to twist what you say to mean something else. Or, in most cases, they will just not allow you to penetraterepparttar wall of indifference they have erected around themselves. Be patient. Keep trying to reach them for Christ. Your efforts will pay off.


"Therefore, asrepparttar 141103 elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do." (Colossians 3:12,13)

Kindness shown to a brother or sister in Christ and those outside of Christ is perhapsrepparttar 141104 most beautiful part of being a Christian. As an elder in my local congregation, I haverepparttar 141105 good fortune to be able to go out intorepparttar 141106 community onrepparttar 141107 Lord's Day and serve communion torepparttar 141108 folks that are home-bound or in nursing homes. To be able to share Christ with these lovely people and to show kindness to them by visiting with them and holding their hand is a true blessing for me. They always ask for prayer and are so appreciative ofrepparttar 141109 kindness we are able to show them.


We are "ambassadors for Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:20) while we are on this earth. As such, it is our desire to do goodness as we seerepparttar 141110 need. To do good deeds - to help others in need, to serverepparttar 141111 local congregation, to help a neighbor, visitrepparttar 141112 sick, etc. - is to dorepparttar 141113 work of Christ. And we should not keep our goodness to ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus said, "Do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you." (Matthew 5:44) Spreadrepparttar 141114 goodness around. You may be surprised when you do something good to help someone whom you think (and perhaps they really do) hate you. Goodness and kindness has a way of softening evenrepparttar 141115 hardest heart.


How could we even begin to think about being a true Christian and not be faithful. I know there are those who sit in church every Sunday morning thinking that being there is all they must do to show their faithfulness. They are deceived! Let us not be deceived. Faithfulness is much more than occupying a seat in a pew on Sunday morning.

For sure, faithfulness is "being there" to worship God; not only on Sunday morning, but as often as we can. Faithfulness is also being faithful in our giving to furtherrepparttar 141116 Lord's kingdom in our communities and aroundrepparttar 141117 world. It is being faithful to meet aroundrepparttar 141118 Lord's Table each and every Lord's Day as didrepparttar 141119 early church. It is being faithful to studyrepparttar 141120 Word of God daily, and to pray each day. It is being there to help those in need and to share Christ with those who have not made Him their Lord and Savior.

But still, faithfulness is more. In John 14:15 Jesus said it all concerning faithfulness, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." Faithfulness is loving Christ. Loving Christ is keeping His commandments. Keeping His commandments is following His word torepparttar 141121 best of our abilities - torepparttar 141122 BEST of our abilities!


It always amazes me how someone who claims Christ asrepparttar 141123 Lord of their life can be so cold and matter of fact in dealing with others. Some people have a way of being brutally truthful and thinking that it is a virtue. "I tell it justrepparttar 141124 way it is!" I had someone tell me that one day. I gently responded, "You tell itrepparttar 141125 way you think it is, but that does not make it true." Being gentle in our words to others is very important if we are to letrepparttar 141126 Spirit bear fruit in our lives.

Cutting words, no matter how truthful, is not of God. Gentleness is caring about others' feelings. Don't lie. But don't be cold, hard, and brutal either.


Self-control is not merely keeping our tongue under control. It is making wise choices about our lives. It is avoidingrepparttar 141127 pit-falls of smoking, drinking, and riotous living. It is being disciplined enough to be faithful and using our talents for God. It is keeping our personal finances under control. It is rearing our children to be Christians and to love God.

The fruit ofrepparttar 141128 Spirit is what being a Christian is all about. We have just touched on these. Study them and have them in your life.

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