Imagine, for a moment, asking God what He wants from you. Not sarcastically or angrily. I mean genuinely seeking what the Master and Creator of the universe expects from you. This is a healthy exercise that can produce fruitful results if you are honest with yourself. Now imagine that, not only were you asking God what he wanted from you, but He was in the flesh, right in front of you. One man had this opportunity. Throughout the three gospel accounts of this interaction, (Matthew 19: 16-30, Mark 10:17-31 and Luke 18:18-30) we understand that this man was young, wealthy and a ruler of some sort. This, of course, leading to the unavoidable coining of “The Rich Young Ruler”. His exact question was “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”. Jesus told the man that he already knew the answer to that (Luke 18:20). They both knew the law of Moses. The young ruler knew he shouldn’t steal or murder. He even knew that he must love his neighbor as he loved himself. The young ruler confirmed this by assuring Jesus that not only did he know these things, he practiced as such. At this point, the common observer may be quite impressed with this young man. After all, he sure did seem to have life figured out. Not only was he uncommonly wealthy and of a high status, he was a faithful man of God. He was a man who managed to obey the commands of God. Jesus, however, was not so swept away. Scripture teaches us that Jesus doesn’t need men to tell Him what they have done. Jesus is a discerner of hearts (John 2: 24-25). Jesus’ answer cuts to the root of the problem. “You still lack one thing.” What a sobering…
Charles Barkley once said “Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.” We have all experienced times when we have felt hopeful. We have all felt helpless. I can remember a few situations in my life where I have felt hopeless. People commonly pick on teenagers for acting like every negative thing that happens is the end of the world. In reality, the reason children worry so intensely is because they lack perspective. Parents don’t worry about the same things as their children because they have a perspective that comes…
Within four days our nation has been plunged into an unbelievable fear. People are selling little masks for your face. People are talking about what if it comes to this country, and preachers on Tuesday are saying, "It's the scourge of God." The day is over, you are driving home. You tune in your radio.You hear a story about a little village in India where some villagers have died suddenly, strangely, of a flu that has never been seen before. It's not influenza, but three or four fellows are dead, and it's kind of interesting. They're sending some doctors…
Have you ever taken a quick glance through the churches section of the Yellow Pages? Doing so reveals a host of groups, some who honor God, some who honor nature, even some who honor Satan. All these churches exist because men have founded them upon their own beliefs and values. We at the Southwest Church of Christ invite you to escape the religious confusion by worshipping with saints who honor God by rejecting tradition and opinion by making the Bible, God's word, the only standard.
First of all, you will find no exclusive pews for any person. All are greeted with equal courtesy and kindness (Acts 10:34-35; Galatians 3:28).
You will find no tendency toward entertainment with beautiful organ or piano music. Like the first century Christians, we will engage in the singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19). The words used in our songs will be easy to understand (1 Corinthians 14:15). God has commanded the sincere praise of His people to come from the heart (Colossians 3:16).
You will not be confused by many people speaking or praying at the same time. Good order will prevail at every service (1 Corinthians 14:33). You will observe one of the brethren leading the congregation reverently and quietly in prayer (1 Timothy 2:1-5).
If you are present on Sunday, the Lord's Day, you will observe the congregation eating bread and drinking the fruit of the vine in memory of the death of Christ (Matthew 26:26-29). We do this on the first day of every week, like the Christians in the first century (Acts 20:7).
You will not find special collections taken at every service. A collection is taken only on the Lord's Day (1 Corinthians 16:1-3). This congregation is supported by the free will offerings of its members. We do not ask non-members to financially support our work, nor do we engage in fund raising activities like rummage sales and bingo games. We specialize in being a church, and do not compete with places of amusement.
You will observe that the Bible is the textbook to which reference is repeatedly made in our classes and sermons. Special emphasis is placed on that part of the Bible known as the New Testament (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 1:16). You will never be asked to accept what some man says about the Bible; we want you to read the Bible for yourself to see "whether those things are so" (Acts 17:11).
The audience will not be embarrassed or singled out for any sort of demonstration or testimony. You can quietly observe and study that which you see and hear (1 Corinthians 14:40).