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Bible is not the final authority –it is the only authority.

Illustration: Last night at Sherbourne and Queen: men had a woman pastor. “Well it’s good that God is not as picky as us” –no He is more picky. 1Cor. 14:34 –I had one woman say, “Well, I don’t believe that!”

The Bible is also the only authority on standards, separation, salvation and sanctification. How to live!!!

For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed. Luke 9:26a

Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. Luke 21:33

A Authority of the church. Sending authority, authority to baptize and preach the gospel are the responsibility of the New Testament Church –not a board or denomination. The church did not begin at Pentecost. The church is always local. 1 Cor. 12:13, 27 and Eph. 4. The great commission was given to churches.

The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. Luke 16:16

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Priesthood of believers. All have responsibility and are answerable to God.

It is not the pastor’s responsibility to live the Christian life for you. “Sunday Christians” are found no where in the Bible.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9
T Truth is supreme. Preaching of the Word is vital to church growth. Programs, promotions and people are secondary at best. Teaching has replaced preaching.

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. John 17:17

I Immersion is the only method for Scriptural baptism. But there is more than just the method that is important when it comes to baptism. Acts 19 with the preaching of John the Baptist on the Holy Ghost and the Triune God in the great commission. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. Acts 8:38
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Soulwinning is the duty of all Baptists.

Make sure you have the gospel. The first word out of John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus Christ was, “repent”. By the way, I believe John the Baptist was a Baptist. (Luke 16:16)

And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. Luke 14:23
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Tithes, as well as offerings, are God’s plan for meeting the needs of the church, missionaries and for ensuring you have financial well being.

If you are not tithing 10% of the first fruits of all your increase; you are robbing God and yourself.

…ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Matt. 23:23
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Saviour. We serve the God that is alive! We do not serve the moon god of Islam. We are not in a cult like the Moonies, Mormons or JW’s. We can be thankful that the Lord found us before the cults did.

Do you know what a JW will do for the Watchtower?

How about a Mormon or a Moonie.

But we serve the true and living God.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:17

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Colossians 3:23

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17