Posts by University Church of Christ

Posts by University Church of Christ

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“Why Did God Have to be so Graphic?”

(Eze. 16:1-43; 23:1-35) The book of Ezekiel is personally one of my favorite books of the Bible. God through Ezekiel paints descriptive and often strange pictures through Ezekiel as He condemns the “rebellious house” of Israel (2:5). However, oftentimes this book that spans 48 chapters goes overlooked and unnoticed by the Lord’s Church. So, because that is true, you perhaps might not know that there are sections within the book of Ezekiel that some folks may not be comfortable repeating.…
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Did Jude Endorse a Non-Inspired Book?

If you tuned in to last week’s short mid-week study, you know that we looked at two of the three allusions that Jude references that have particularly caught people’s attention. We looked at Jude 6 and 9 and concluded that these are things that we are not sure about, but that Jude used to compare the false teachers (4) to help equip these brethren to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (3).…
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“A Christian Cannot Sin?” (1 Jn. 3:6)

There are some very peculiar passages within the epistles of the apostle John. Many have questions about who the Antichrist is (1 Jn. 2:18; 4:3) or what a “sin that does not lead to death” (1 Jn. 5:16) is. However, there are a few verses particularly in 1 John that seem to suggest that a Christian is unable to sin. 1 John 3:6 says, “Whoever abides in Him [Christ] does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known…

Did Paul Depreciate Baptism? (1 Cor. 1:14-17)

In 1 Corinthians 1, the apostle Paul is in the midst of condemning the pride which resulted from division that he had heard existed among the Corinthian brethren (1:10-11). It appears that this pride is connected to certain preachers of the gospel and which of them baptized them (1:12-16). In the midst of this talk about their pride, Paul says in 1:17, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words,…
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Hard Work in the Proverbs

The Bible addresses many topics that are applicable to today’s society. Something that is common in every society is laziness. Therefore, in the pages of Scripture, hard work is elevated, and laziness is condemned. This is seen frequently among the Biblical Proverbs. So, we will briefly and inadequately consider where this is seen in the book of Proverbs. Take, for instance, Proverbs 13:4. Everyone wants something in life. However, not all are willing to put the effort in to attain…
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Delayed Justice

“Because the sentence of an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ec. 8:11). In these holy words of wisdom, Solomon deals with a problem that has plagued mankind since sin entered the world: the wickedness of their hearts (Mk. 7:21). As a result of the wickedness of men’s hearts, they set their faces to commit sin, and they do so because the sin that…
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Striving for Wisdom

A central theme that runs through the whole book of Proverbs is capturing the elusive attribute that is wisdom. Once one is at some level thought to be wise, that wisdom will be seen in every part of their life. One of those aspects is how they use their words. Consider the words of the man who was considered to be the wisest of all men in his day, King Solomon. He says, “A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who…