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Feasting During Famine

AmmarHolistic and healthy growth is the key to any successful organization, especially the church. The church is described as an organism, specifically named the body of Christ. In an illustration of the church, Paul said: “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:16). Biologically and based upon bodily composition, the human frame and scheme is not about replication, but continued development. The hands are not seeking to grow a third hand, their purpose is to develop and act in their highest capacity. Although it can happen as a collective, the first form of growth that should be present within any church congregation is individual spiritual maturity and development. Regardless of surrounding formations of numerical growth, or a lack thereof, internal growth/development should be in constant motion. Read the rest of this entry

Is Baptism Really Essential?

The concept of baptism essentiality has been a heatedly debated concept in the world of Christendom, but primarily is a case of Western thought and critique. Based upon early church epochs and New Testament theology, conflict with baptism as part of the atoning or remission-of-sins process, appears to be absent from the discourse of Holy writ. During our current discussion of conversion and baptism, it appears that people have the ability to view the coin or process from opposing sides, failing to harmonize the powerful Word of God on the subject. Why is the essentiality of baptism a debate or issue of division (Matthew 3:16-17). Read the rest of this entry