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June 14, 2019

Friday Evening Bible Study

Tom Pricskett taught the second session on doctrines from the Highlighting Our Heritage series. This section included the doctrines of marriage, water baptism, the Lord’s Supper and foot washing. Beginning with Titus 2:1 he read, “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine,” and explained what doctrine is: not just any person’s teachings, but teachings from the Word of God. Doctrine outlines the steps necessary to follow Jesus and gives guidance to Christians.

Marriage. Using Mark 10:6-12 as a reference, Brother Tom quoted the description of marriage that is printed in the doctrines section of the Apostolic Faith magazine: “Marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman that is binding before God for life. Neither person has a right to marry again while the first companion lives.” Brother Tom reminded his listeners that God first instituted marriage when He created Adam and Eve, and later, Jesus’ first miracle was performed at a wedding. The Bible is the best place to look for directions on this (and any other) subject.

Water BaptismJesus set the perfect example of water baptism and God blessed that action. Matthew 28:19 gives very simple instruction, saying, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Brother Tom clarified that water baptism itself is not what saves a person, but it is what a saved individual does in obedience to the Word of God.

The Lord’s Supper. As described in Matthew 26:26-29, Christians take this opportunity to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for sin. Brother Tom pointed out that remembering often requires repetition, and this observance helps believers to remember something of utmost value–their deliverance from sin. 

Foot Washing. Brother Tom stated that when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, it must have seemed peculiar and different, but He was teaching them. Following His example in this brings unity and blessing. John 13:17 says, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” There is joy in obedience–we are happy when we obey the Word of God.

In his final thoughts, Brother Tom admonished Christians to be obedient to the Word of God. Christians are His disciples, and it is important to follow the instructions He has laid out in His Word. This includes not only receiving instruction and following it, but also giving instruction in righteousness by sharing with others when an opportunity arises.

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