Central Baptist Church - F.A.Q.

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What were the characteristics of the church at
Antioch and how true are they of your own
Evangelism, God's grace, teaching, prophecy, giving,
worship, mission, prayer, discipleship, testimony.

What evils cripple faith? 
Envy, pride, slander, boasting, materialism,
self-determination, prayerlessness.

In what way are Aquilla and Priscilla role
models for us today?
They combined hospitality and discipleship with
Apollos (Acts 18.26). 

Why was the Jerusalem council so important?
It enabled Gentiles to accept the Jewish Messiah
without adopting Jewish customs.

How does Paul use the Old Testament to
illustrate New Testament truth?
Our need for holiness shown in the Wilderness
judgments and God's presence in the temple/in us. 

What is vital when we take communion?
Self-examination, confession of sin, consideration of
others, remembrance of Christ's death and return. 

What are the characteristics of the resurrection body?
Different from our earthly body; spiritual, glorious,
immortal, "like Christ" but still recognizable as "us". 

What are the New Testament principles of giving? 
Voluntary, Proportionate to income, Regular, Generous. 

Where do you fit in the Body of Christ?

Which gifts do you currently use and which do you desire? 

How should disagreements between Christians be resolved? 

What is your own definition of love? 

What "lasting principles" can you identify in this week's readings? 

What is the purpose and the failure of the Law?
It leads us to Christ but slavishly followed can lead us
into spiritual bondage and empty ritual. 

What was the nature of Paul's conflict and how was it to be resolved?
The "natural man" trying to act spiritually instead of allowing God's Spirit to work through him.

How are we to be like an Old Testament burnt offering? 
We are to present ourselves to God without reservation and pure from any selfish motivation.

In what way is what we do inadequate for salvation and yet an essential part of it?
Human endeavor can never expiate sin, but the act of confession and trust in Jesus' sacrifice results in salvation (Rom.9.16, 10.9). 

How does Paul liken marriage to sin? 
When one partner dies, the other is released from the laws of marriage and is free to marry again. In Christ,
we die to partnership with sin to embrace His life of righteousness as our new partner.

Are you currently experiencing trials that are deepening your faith and reliance on God? 

How can you/your church fulfill the instruction to bear each other's burdens? 

How easy do you find it to avoid disputes with other Christians who are weaker in their faith?

What "lasting principles" can you identify in this week's readings? 

In what way does Philemon reflect part of the Lord's Prayer? 
Forgiveness flowing from God to us and from us to each other.

How does Paul in Philemon reflect the sacrifice of Jesus on behalf of Onesimus?
Paul undertakes Onesimus' unpayable debt (verse 18).

What does Paul teach about "works" in Ephesians?
We are saved by faith not works. God has planned works for us to do. (Eph.2.8-10).

What is the relationship between personal attitudes and spiritual power?
God empowers those who humble themselves and serve others.

How is the believer portrayed in Colossians? 
Risen with Christ, with a new life resulting in holiness in actions and relationships.

How is Christ portrayed in Ephesians and Colossians?
Creator, Sustainer, Lord, King and Husband of the Bride of the Church. 

How can your own trials and difficulties further the gospel? 

What "works" do you think God has planned for you to do?

What "lasting principles" can you identify in this week's readings? 

WEEK 50 
Why do many people suffer according to Timothy? 
People "pierce themselves with many griefs" in their headlong pursuit for wealth and possessions.

What requirements does Hebrews give us to obtain God's promises? 
Faith, patience, persistence, obedience, holiness.

How does Peter compare Christians and Israelites?
They are both chosen people belonging to God, a holy nation and priests to represent Him to others.

In what way should we not be content that we have experienced salvation through the new birth?
We need to grow and develop from spiritual babes to mature believers who can disciple others.

What key attitudes does Jude highlight towards sinners?
Mercy to the sinner, hatred of the sin (verses 22 to 23).

Did Paul approve of slavery? What was his point in Titus 2.9-10 and 1 Pet.2.18-25? 

What points of comparison and contrast can you find in Hebrews and your previous Old Testament readings?

Should Christians wear jewelry and expensive clothes?

What "lasting principles" can you identify in this week's readings? 


About 1st Amendment


Opinion: Turns Out, O'Donnell Is Right About 1st Amendment

M. Stanton Evans

Special to AOL News
(Oct. 27) -- Newspaper and TV pundits bashing Delaware's Christine O'Donnell with respect to the religion clauses of the First Amendment need to do some homework on the topic, as they obviously don't know anything about it.

A good way to start might be to read the actual wording of the amendment, which O'Donnell's critics self-evidently haven't done, judging from the way they misstate its contents while neglecting to quote specific language. She is quite correct in suggesting that "separation of church and state" doesn't appear there, nor is such a construction justified by the well-documented history of the amendment.

What the First Amendment does say is that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" -- the "respecting" part being important -- a phrase that had a definite meaning for the nation's founders. 

This stemmed from the fact that various states at that time had "established" churches (like the Anglican church in Britain), which signified an official church supported by tax money and exercising certain legal privileges, while other states had no such establishments and didn't want them.

When the First Amendment was drafted, Massachusetts and Connecticut both had established (Congregational) churches. These continued long after the Bill of Rights was adopted -- the Connecticut establishment lasting until 1818, that in Massachusetts until 1833. As the dates suggest, the existence of these churches was in no way affected by passage of the First Amendment.

In other states, meanwhile, there was a patchwork of religious provisos, typically requirements that one had to be a professing Christian to hold public office. The Constitution of Delaware, on the books in 1789 when the First Amendment was adopted by the Congress, required Delaware officeholders to swear as follows:
"I do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be given by divine inspiration."
In still other states -- most notably Virginia -- there were no such restrictive provisos at the era of the Constitution. 

Because of this great diversity in religious practice, there arose concerns that the new federal government might try to impose a "national" religion, overriding the customs of the several states. It was in response to this that James Madison in the First Congress (June 1789) proposed what would become the First Amendment. This said, among other things, that no one's rights under the new government would be abridged for reasons of religion, "nor shall any national religion be established."

This wording would be refined in conference committee among members of the House and Senate, which included Roger Sherman and Oliver Ellsworth, both from Connecticut, a state with an established church. This produced still more sweeping language, saying Congress shall make no law "respecting an establishment of religion," meaning Congress couldn't adopt any law whatever pertaining to the subject. It couldn't, that is, impose a national establishment, but it also couldn't interfere with the established churches in the states that had them.

So the "wall of separation" then erected wasn't between government and religion, but between the federal government and the states. This was the point Thomas Jefferson would make in 1802 in hisletter to the Danbury Baptists, saying that via the First Amendment the American people had prevented "their legislature" -- Congress -- from interfering in matters of religion. 


He re-emphasized it in his second inaugural, saying he had left religion "to the discipline of state" or religious societies, and in 1808, asserting that as no power over religion had been given the "general government," it "must thus rest with the states" as far as any human authority could wield it.

It's also worth noting that, even at the federal level, there was then no strict separation between government and religion as modern secularists define it -- witness the existence in Congress of tax-supported prayers, chaplains and Thanksgiving proclamations, practices that of course continue to this day.

In sum, liberal teachings on this subject are a farrago of ignorance, bias and disinformation. Christine O'Donnell knows whereof she speaks about it, as her opponents all too clearly don't.

M. Stanton Evans is the author of "The Theme is Freedom: Religion, Politics, and the American Tradition" (Regnery) and a longtime contributor to Human Events, where a longer version of this piece originally appeared.

Filed under: Opinion





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