Bob Hentrich    November 12, 2017

    Acts 11:25-26 Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.

    (Thanks to Dr. Jack Cottrell for suggesting the outline points for this message)

    Desire to RESTORE the NT Standard of Biblical authority alone.

    (the Bible alone, not any man-made or human creeds, is the authority for the church)

    1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.

    2 timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.


    (local autonomy, congregations governed by a plurality of elders who serve with the approval of the congregation)

    Titus 1:5 (The apostle Paul talking to Titus) The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.

    1 Timothy 5:17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.

    Acts 11:30--elders at the church of Antioch

    Acts 14:23--Paul and Barnabas appoint "elders in every church"

    Acts 15:2, 4, 6, 22, 23; 16:4--elders at the church in Jerusalem

    Phil 1:1--the church at Philippi has elders

    Jas 5:14--"the elders of the church"

    1 Pet 5:1-2--"the elders among you"

    Desire to RESTORE the NT plan of salvation (by grace, through faith, in baptism, for good works -- Eph. 2:8-10 & Col. 2:12.)

    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

    Col 2:12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

    By grace, through faith, in baptism, for good works.

    Acts 8:34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

    36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot.

    Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.


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