What If?

What If?

Jonnie Hutchison

by Jonnie Hutchison

  • What if God does exist? (Psalm 19.1)
  • What if Heaven is an actual place which God’s faithful servants will inhabit for eternity? (Philippians 3.20; 1 Peter 1.4)
  • What if Hell exists and the wicked will suffer never-ending punishment there? (Matthew 25.46; 2 Peter 2.9)
  • What if the church of Christ is the one true church we read about in the New Testament (Matthew 16.18; Acts 2.47: Romans 16.16: Ephesians 4.4; Ephesians 1.22-23)
  • What if fornication, adultery, and homosexuality are sins which will cause one to be lost eternally? (Galatians 5.19-21)
  • What if envy, strife, and division does result in eternal loss? (Romans 13.13; Galatians 5.19-21)
  • What if there is such a thing as religious error after all? (2 Peter 2.1-2)
  • What if you can know the truth? (John 8.32)
  • What if Jesus Christ is the only one who can save you? (Acts 4.12)
  • What if the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God? (2 Timothy 3.16-17)
  • What if this material universe will be completely and utterly destroyed? (2 Peter 3.10-12)
  • What if this life is the only time of preparation for what comes afterward? (2 Corinthians 6.2)
  • What if this was the day that Jesus Christ came to judge you? (2 Corinthians 5.10; Matthew 24.44; 1 Thessalonians 5.2)

What if you are wrong in rejecting God? What then? Yes, you can ignore the plea of our loving God for your salvation. You can live your life neglecting your soul’s salvation and indulging in the pleasures of sin. You can do what YOU want to do! Or, you can accept the Word of God as the truth it is, turn away from your sins, submitting to the Lord in obedience and live the rest of your life in service to Him enjoying the hope of eternal life and the peace that passes all understanding. God gives you the choice. But what if YOU make the wrong choice? What then? “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25.46).

The TRUTH about the Sinner’s Prayer

by David Lemmons

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This past Sunday morning was a very unusual one at Maple Hill. The roads were slick and the hill was slick, and the parking lot was covered. It was decided to cancel the morning worship assembly. A BIG THANKS to Anthony for clearing our parking lot and making it possible to get up the hill and assemble for the regular PM service.

Our sermon at that hour was: “The TRUTH about the Sinner’s Prayer.” We sought to answer three questions in the message:

  1. When and how did it develop?
  2. What verses are used to defend it?
  3. Which accounts of conversion in the New Testament make reference to it?

We have uploaded the audio file from that meeting and you can listen to it below…

The TRUTH about the Sinner’s Prayer

Study Guide for Acts 16

by David Lemmons

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Acts 16 is one of the places where we hear the GREATEST QUESTION EVER ASKED presented to Paul and Silas, as they were imprisoned (Acts 16.30). What a great chapter in God’s Word! Please check out this excellent audio/video study of that conversion by clicking…         H-E-R-E.

Chapter 15 ends with two missionaries going out into the mission field their separate ways because of a difference of opinion about whether or not to take John Mark along.  Luke, the inspired historian, follows the work done by Paul and Silas in this, Paul’s 2nd Missionary Journey.  They went about confirming the churches (15:41), or we might say STRENGTHENING the churches.  A couple of remarkable things to notice in chapter 16 are to be found in verse 5.  Here we see the churches: (1) being established in THE FAITH; and (2) increasing in number DAILY!  How wonderful!  What if the same could be said of this particular congregation?  Then there is also that “Macedonian Call,” received by Paul: Come over into Macedonia and help us.  Though not by an inspired vision, that is a call that is repeated many times today, only with a changed place name, BUT, sadly, it goes unanswered in so many instances.  We read also about the remarkable conversions of Lydia and of the Philippian Jailer.

We have uploaded the audio file which will be used in this Sunday’s radio broadcast: WALKING IN TRUTH. You can listen or download that file below. Also, we have prepared a study guide for the chapter which can also be found below. Please tell others about this material and help this site to grow in effectiveness. Thanks!

Study Guide on Acts 16

WALKING IN TRUTH: Acts 16

What Shall We Do?

by J. Walker Whittle

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DRL Note:   Among my collection of books I have some old three-ring binders with the logo of the Brown Trail School of Preaching. Some of these binders contain notes taken in classes at Brown Trail. Some of them contain journals. One of them contains each issue of the Gospel Advocate for 1976. Actually I have several binders filled with that publication and others. I use Evernote to remind me about helpful articles that are stored away in these binders. One hit came up in Evernote as I searched for “Acts 2 that was in that binder containing the 1976 Advocates. I have keyboarded that old article written by J. Walker Whittle into Evernote and made a link to it. It is an outstanding presentation of God’s plan for saving man. How I wish everyone would read this simple presentation and ponder it carefully, and obey the gospel. I am thankful that the gospel is simple. I am saddened that men have perverted it. Please read this wonderful article and tell others about it.

My Source: Gospel Advocate, December 23, 1976, p. 820-822

This is a Bible question (Acts 2.37). “What shall we do?” suggests concern. The consideration in the latter part of Acts 2 is about the resurrected Lord. Those who had asked the question had participated in the crucifixion of the Lord, and they were very much concerned about what they had done, especially after the Apostle Peter had declared “that God had made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom ye crucified” (Acts 2.36).

What prompted the question–“What shall we do?” Peter was preaching the first gospel sermon–the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ–when interrupted by the question. Peter had forcefully declared that God had raised Christ from the dead, the greatest of all triumphs. The Jews thought they had silenced Jesus Christ for all time, but what they had done was to work the will of God through putting him to death. Thus man’s weakness, to physically destroy the Man, Jesus Christ, became God’s opportunity to present him as Lord (one with authority), as the Christ (the anointed of God, and as Jesus (the savior of man). The people, realizing they had killed the Son of God and the savior of mankind, were prompted to ask, “What shall we do?” Their attitude was now different. “They were pricked in their heart,” (Acts 2.37). They were affected by the sermon preached by the Apostle Peter.

Read the rest (only 1324 total words) by clicking H-E-R-E.

Calling on the Name of the Lord

by David Lemmons

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I have uploaded the audio file which will be used on Sunday’s edition of WALKING IN TRUTH. This will be a study of part of Acts 2. Particularly, we study Acts 2.21, and the statement: whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. The concept of CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD is greatly misunderstood by many folks. I am hopeful that this message might help some of our neighbors in Marshall County and any who find it on this site. I made use of James D. Bales’ book, The Hub of the Bible in presenting this message. If you think it is helpful, please, share the link to this post with others, or use one of the SHARE WITH opportunities below this post to tell others about it. You can either listen to the message streaming from the player below, or download it by clicking the arrow.

Thanks!

http://lemmonsaid.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/130707witacts2.mp3