Welcome to the Tiftonia church of Christ
ServicesPlease join us! ALL are invited
Directions and Location
Bible Study 10:00 am
Worship 11:00 am
Bible Study: 7:00pm
A.M. The Sacrifice of Christ—Acts 17:1-3
P.M. Singing Night—Colossians 3:16
BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINAR
Our spring gospel meeting this year will be a Bible Prophecy Seminar with selected speakers May 17-22nd. Please, mark your calendar. This is your opportunity to invite your friends and family who are confused about the return of Christ and what the future holds for the residents of earth.
BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINAR
Sunday through Friday
THE TIFTONIA CHURCH OF CHRIST
159 Brown’s Ferry Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419
CONGREGATIONAL SINGING LED BY STEVE GRUBB
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 11 a.m.
Fundamentals of Bible Prophecy with Jason McDade
Jason McDade preaches for the Lake Hills Church of Christ
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 7 p.m.
Bible Prophecy and the Second Coming with Gary Massey
Gary Massey preaches for the Mountain Creek Church of Christ
Monday, May 18, 2015, 7 p.m.
Bible Prophecy or “The Rapture” with Charles Cochran
Charles Cochran preaches for the East Ridge Church of Christ
Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 7 p.m.
Bible Prophecy or “The Tribulation” with Bill Greer
Bill Greer preaches for the Soddy Church of Christ
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7 p.m.
Bible Prophecy or “The Battle of Armageddon” with Gary McDade
Gary McDade preaches for the Tiftonia Church of Christ
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7 p.m.
Bible Prophecy or “The Millennium” with Elmer Bell
Elmer Bell preaches for the Pikeville Church of Christ
Friday, May 22, 2015, 7 p.m.
Bible Prophecy and the End of Time with Jeff Archey
Jeff Archey preaches for the East Side Church of Christ
The BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINAR is a free seminar which everyone is cordially invited to attend. Every speaker on the program has distinguished himself as a faithful student and preacher of the Word of God. Each session will be approximately one hour in length. Questions on Bible Prophecy collected from those in attendance during the seminar will be answered the following Sunday night, May 24th, at 6 p.m. by Gary McDade at the Tiftonia Church of Christ.
THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL
This week’s program airing at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and 3 p.m. on Thursdays over Channel 7, Trenton, Georgia (for a list of how to get the program see the back page) will present “Christ’s Prayer for Unity” and shows how the creeds of men actually block the Word of God from the adherents of denominations. Help us get the word out about our new program by inviting your family and friends to watch and hear the program.
“THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION”
The apostle Paul mentions the power of the resurrection of Christ in the following sentence within the book of Philippians, and we can be strengthened in our faith by spending a moment with this thought in mind. Paul wrote,
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead (Philippians 3:8-11, emphasis added).
Our faith rests on the resurrection of Christ. After years of careful scrutiny the famed lawyer Sir Lionel Luckhoo, who is in The Guinness Book of World Records for winning a record 245 straight murder acquittals and was twice knighted by Queen Elizabeth, concluded, “I say unequivocally that the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels acceptance by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt.”1
“The power of His resurrection” about which the apostle Paul wrote is, among many things, the power to transform lives. Only the resurrection of Christ can account for the dramatic change in the lives of James, the Lord’s brother, and of Saul of Tarsus, known to us as the beloved apostle Paul. Readers of John’s gospel will recall his statement which included James when he said, “For neither did his brethren believe in him” (John 7:5, cf. Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3). But, after the resurrection of Christ, James is in the upper room waiting “with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren”… (the number of the names together were about an hundred and twenty)” (Acts 1:14-15). James, now convinced of the deity and resurrection of Jesus, weighs heavily into the furtherance of the early church (Acts 15:13-21; Galatians 2:9). Bible students are even more familiar with the changed life of Saul of Tarsus, as he says, “Beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it” (Galatians 1:13). Yet, after his meeting with the resurrected Lord he became one of the most arduous workers in the kingdom of Christ. These two men bear witness to “the power of His resurrection.”
We have every confidence that “the power of His resurrection” can have the same transforming effect in our lives today. How may we be as favorably impacted by the resurrection of Christ as were James and Saul? Within the text above Paul told us. He speaks of “the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” and “that I may know Him” showing us the importance and first place a diligent study of the Bible must have in our lives. The point at which Paul was made “conformable unto His death” was at his own baptism (Acts 22:16). When we obey the gospel and seriously read and study the Bible we truly can know “the power of His resurrection” in our own lives.
1Donald McFarland, ed., The Guinness Book of World Records (New York: Bantam, 1991), 547; Ross Clifford, The Case for the Empty Tomb (Claremont, Calif.: Albatross, 1991), 112; Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998), 255.
DAILY BIBLE READING SCHEDULES
If we published the list of daily Bible readers in the bulletin, would your name be on the list? Why not use our schedule right here in the bulletin and systematically read through the Bible with us? You’ll be glad you did.
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RESTORING THE ERRING
In our worship last week we studied “restoring the erring” as “Our Greatest Challenge.” We noted two reasons why. One, the awful condition of the erring (2 Peter 2:20-22). Two, the alarming number of those who are erring members (1 Peter 4:17-18).
Jesus Christ presents “restoring the erring” from three vantage points in Luke 15. A minute thinking about each will help us deepen our desire to be “restoring the erring.”
First, Jesus spoke of a man with 100 sheep who lost 1 and left the 99 in the wilderness to “go after that which is lost, until he find it” (Luke 15:4). As you know, the man found the lost sheep and gathered his friends and neighbors to rejoice with him over his success. The Lord concluded His observations at these developments by saying, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance” (v. 7).
Two prominent lessons emerge from Luke 15:4-7: (1) the sheep that lost its way was helpless and dependent on others to be found, if found at all. The lesson here points out why “restoring the erring” is our Christian duty (Galatians 6:1-2). Even Cain found out that God expected him to be his “brother’s keeper” (Genesis 4:9-15). (2) the restoration of the erring brings joy in heaven. People in our society seem so fixated on what they want and what pleases them that a far higher and much greater satisfaction living in this world may be experienced by consistently doing what brings joy in heaven.
Second, Jesus spoke of a woman who owned 10 pieces of silver and lost 1 who shined a light into every dark corner where it might have fallen and got out the broom to aid her in sweeping it out of its hiding place and was determined to “seek diligently till she find it” (Luke 15:8). Her joyous reaction mirrors the first case. Again, the angels, who desire to look into these things (1 Peter 1:12), rejoice in heaven like this woman did when that which was lost is found.
One prominent lesson emerges from Luke 15:8-10: the ones who are lost retain an inherent value to God like the silver coin. Nothing in this world is more valuable than one soul (Matthew 16:26) and when that one soul is an erring Christian we are reminded that he/she was “bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20) and, therefore, is in even greater danger (2 Peter 2:20-22).
Third, Jesus spoke of a lost son whose relationship to his loving and faithful father was jeopardized by his love of the world. He soon learned the deceptive glamor of the world will strip you of your dignity and leave you destitute. His change of heart that was brought out into a change of his life gives advantage to the reader with one of the best examples of repentance to be found in the Bible. Unlike the sheep and the coin, the lost son as an intelligent human being had to “come to himself” (Luke 15:17) or realize his error and determine within himself to change his life in order to regain his relationship with his father. This is the objective to be reached in “restoring the erring.”
HOW TO RESTORE THE ERRING
The greatest challenge the church faces today, when the consequences of their actions are considered, is restoring the erring members. It is a Christian duty according to Galatians 6:1, which says, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” In this article we will present practical and helpful ways to restore the erring.
The first place to start is in remaining faithful ourselves. What Paul required of the young men will benefit everyone when practiced, “In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you” (Titus 2:7-8). Obviously, it is not only hard but unreasonable to ask someone to do something we are not doing and, worse yet, are unwilling to do. Christianity requires a commitment from the members and nowhere is that commitment better stated than in Galatians 2:20 where Paul wrote, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
The erring may know a lot about the Bible, but it is very likely that since they are not in the services of the church for Bible study and worship their knowledge has faded. So, in order to restore the erring we are going to have to teach them again. Please, consider what Hebrews 5:11-14 has to say in this subject, “Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” The fact that they are erring evidences the observation that their spiritual senses have been dulled through inactivity. Of these Paul says, “Ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God.” Regarding the erring a common statement we hear is “Well, they know better.” And, very probably at one point in the past they certainly did, but now they stand in need of being taught again. Ask the erring about whom you are concerned to have a Bible study with you on the first principles or basics of the Bible. For example, what it means that we have confessed Christ from Matthew 10:32-33.
Finally, pray for them. They are in immense danger according to Peter in 2 Peter 2:20-22. Not only does “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16), but our prayers for the erring keeps them on our minds and keeps us looking for ways to restore them to faithfulness to God.
". . and upon this rock I will build my church . ." -- Matthew 16:18.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.