The Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

The Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary report, on the status of Global Mission (Christianity) 2013, states that there are approximately 45,000 denomination of the Christian religion scattered all over the world. More than 33% of the world’s population, approximately 7.2 billion people, profess to be Christians or affiliated with the Christian religion. There are six major philosophies that set Christian thinking and trends, : Roman Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, the Protestants, Independents, and Marginal Christians. Christ is the focus of these trends, but they teach different doctrines. Christ started only one Church which He heads, and governs today. What do the Scriptures say about the Church Christ founded and presided over? Is it divided? What do the Scriptures say about the denomination you practice?

  • The Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary report, on the status of Global Mission (Christianity) 2013
  • A word From The Editor

    A state of Imperceptibility

    Definition: Something very slight, gradual, or subtle:the imperceptible slope of the road. not perceptible; not perceived by or affecting the senses.something not capable of being perceived by the senses

    During the past Presidential election a spirit was unveiled that was beyond imagination. A mean spirit! A spirit that has confused the World’s leaders challenged with the volatile environment that threaten the stability of their Governments, and World peace. The peoples of the world are uneasy, angry, and feeling victimized by their leaders and are powerless to do anything accept violently protest. We live in a world of uncertainty and unrest; a condition of imperceptibility. This condition occurs when leaders of the people have not retained God in their knowledge, and over time, became trapped in a World of Deception.

    In Romans 1:20-32 Paul describes this gradual slid into the chaos we see happen in the world today. In verse 28 Paul writes: “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper;” verse 32 “and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

    The book of Revelations is a message to the leaders of the people who are called by His Name, the Church of God (John 17:6-10). In Rev 12:9 Jesus revealed through John, a disciple and apostle of Jesus the Christ, that Satan has deceived the whole World. “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him”

    Every one of us was born into a World of religious and governmental systems devised under the influence of Satan. We live in a state of imperceptibility. This started back in the Garden of Eden, with Adam and Eve. The world suffers today because of the influence of Satan on them and their descendents; the human race. We are destined to die in this state unless we submit ourselves to God and accept the grace He has provided in Jesus the Christ, His own Son. In Him God has healed the breach caused by Satan between Him and man. God established Jesus as the way, as the truth and the life, and no one can come to the Father but through Him; John 6:45.

    Over the years since Jesus the Christ died on the cross, Satan has sent out many who claimed to have accepted Jesus, but deceiving the people by preaching a Jesus that is in rebellion against His Father. Paul, the apostle sent to the Gentiles described them; 2 Con 11:13 “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.” There are now more than 45,000 different denominations or versions of the Way Jesus taught, yet He only taught one Way that led to life. Jesus prophesied it would happen; Matt 24:5

    Jesus Christ prophesied that only those who do the will of His Father (keep the Commandments) would enter the Kingdom; John 5:10 “The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.” He is now the High Priest, King of King, Lord of Lords, and our Savior. He is the way, the Truth, and the Life! No one will enter the Kingdom of God except by Him, walking as He walked.

    Jesus testified in Matt 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Notice what Matthew records in the last verse of this same chapter; Verse 29 “for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes (mainline Christian ministers of the today).”

    The message of salvation that Jesus and His apostles preached is a far cry from the gospel men today preach in His name. If you claim to follow Jesus, are you sure you are not deceived (Matt 5:17)? Paul urges us to prove what the will of God is! Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

    America and the world are in a state of imperceptibility, and just like all the other world powers recorded in history that rejected or did not retain God in their knowledge. No matter how great and dynamic the leader not one was able to resolve the dilemma they faced. Nor are the leaders of our day. Our only hope is the return of Jesus as King of Kings to overthrow all the rulers of the earth and will begin to rule and there will be no end to His Government, Isa 6:9; Rev 1:1-7

    There is this favorite saying among the Christian communities, and it is actually from the Scriptures recorded in Acts 5:29 “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. .Are you sure you are truly obeying God rather than man? Do you want to be sure?

    Join us for a study of God’s word to see what it says about the true Christian Way every Sabbath (sunset Friday to sunset Saturday) beginning at 8 P.m. Friday for Bible Study and 1 P.M. Saturday at 4161 Rainbow Dr Decatur, GA. You may join us by phone conference to attend Bible Study and Sabbath Service by dialing 1-605-475-3200 ext 694474#.

    Unity of the Spirit/Fellowship Conference

    The Biblical Research Association
    Will Host
    The Unity of the Spirit/Fellowship Conference

    Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of Bible

    Dear Brethren

    This is an invitation requesting you or a representative from your congregation be sent as an emissary to a conference regarding our beliefs as Christians worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth by the in-dwelling power of the Holy Spirit. We all share common beliefs --- like receiving salvation by faith in Christ Jesus, and worshiping God on the Sabbath --- and we can be stronger by reinforcing our common bond. We have significantly more spiritual potential for serving Jesus together, rather than separately. Mark 16:15 tells us, "Go ye into the entire world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

    When looking back at the history of the Church of God we see the Gospel was preached in the whole known world at that time, started by Jesus the Christ, spreading from individual assemblies working within their local communities, and taken to the world by the apostles (Acts 8:4; Col 1:23; Jude 17). Now the mantel has fallen upon us to continue the work started by Jesus the Christ and preached by His apostles and disciples. Are you ready to take the Gospel with ever-increasing power to today’s sinister world? By doing so you will be joining the ranks of those listed in Hebrews 11.

    We are Ambassadors of Christ, and priests of the Most High God. Therefore, we can never let the divisive attitude of Satan be labeled among us (John 15:10, 17:17; James 3:15).

    Isaiah 1:18 says, "Come now, let us reason together..." So let us come and reason together for the sole purpose of building unity. We have a perfect example left us, recorded in Acts 15, to use as a model for reconciliation and making disciples. Brethren we would be remiss if we failed to follow the instruction of Jesus the Christ. After all, we have been granted the Gospel of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18-19).

    Let me make it very clear that this is not an attempt to create a super corporate organization, nor discount the many fine individual ministries that are now within the Church, but rather to support them. We are all one, washed in the same blood, and brethren of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. Each congregation represented at this meeting will retain its own identity and individuality. Again, let me emphasize that the goal here is unity and working together to address our mission as soldiers in the ranks of the Lord’s Army. This endeavor is not to proselytize, evangelize, or to convert one another to certain concepts, nor to debate non-doctrinal issues that aren’t relevant to Salvation.

    Isa 6:8 says, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” It’s our watch now brethren. Let us have the heart and desire of Isaiah. Let us try prayerfully to visualize the greater strength and action that comes from the unity of The Holy Spirit, in the bond of peace and love. We can be an example and the light of truth in our communities, and ultimately the whole world by working synergistically together.

    The next Unity of the Spirit and Fellowship Conference is April 30th. We have a guest Speaker for the morning session, and after the fellowship meal the evening session will be spent addressing events and programs designed to strengthen the presence of the Church in each community or area represented.

    All interested brethren are welcomed to attend, and can register or make comments by email at l_b_m,cgarity@att.net or by phone at 770-894-9829.

    In Christ’s Service

    Lemie B. McGarity
    Director
    www: biblicalresearchassociation.org
    fofr

    Unity of the Spirit & Fellowship Conference Schedule

    Date: April 29, 2017
    Time: 11 A.M. until 4 P.M.
    Featured Speaker: Wynn Skelton, Regional Pastor Church of God International, Tyler, TX
    Place: Church of God International
    200 N Alexander St
    Buford, GA

    II Timothy 3:16-17

    “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work”