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Welcome To Our Assembly This Evening November 21, 2010 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth" (Jesus of Nazareth from John 4: 24) This evening's Scripture reading is. . . Acts 2: 41 -47
The Laws of Authority Chain of Command Direct Command Approved Example Logical Conclusion Law of Exclusion Consistent Application Expediency , Expedients
Topic of Authority Studied in Class Forsaking the assembling of ourselves together Women speaking in the assembly Women Teachers of Baptized Male Children Sunday evening assembly The Lord's Supper at Sunday evening assembly
Topics of Authority for Tonight: Social Halls
What Is A Social Hall? A place of & for social assemblies/gatherings wedding, graduation, retirement, holiday, barmitzva, birthday, political events, seminar How is it used by religious groups? "fellowship" meals, activities Fellowship Hall many rent out for private gatherings Original Uses of Fellowship Halls "fellowship" meals for members & visitors evangelism now a catch-all gymnasium style facility
What Is A Social Hall? Why would a church want/need such a facility? convenience edification, hospitality (Ac. 2: 46, Ro. 12: 13) no over-crowded house (Jesus feeds 5000) charity, catastrophe (Ac. 11: 27 -30) outreach/evangelism (Lk. 14: 12 -14) Are these things, of themselves, unscriptural?
Is It The Church's Role To Pay for or Provide Anyone With Social Activities or Facilities? Acts 2: 41 -47 fellowship English: modern usage 1. companionship, company 2. community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience the state of being a fellow or associate 3. a company of equals or friends : association 4. the quality or state of being comradely
Is It The Church's Role To Pay for or Provide Anyone With Social Activities or Facilities? Acts 2: 41 -47 fellowship English: etymology fellow: partner; from O. N. felagi, from fe "money" (fee) + verbal base denoting "lay down" Sense is of "one who puts down money with another in a joint venture. " ship: "state, condition of being, "
Is It The Church's Role To Pay for or Provide Anyone With Social Activities or Facilities? Acts 2: 41 -47 fellowship NT Greek: koinonia (from koinos: common) partnership, that is, (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse (Strong's) fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation, intercourse 1). . . , participation 1 b) intercourse, fellowship, intimacy (Thayer's)
The Great Commission "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. " (HCSB) "And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. " (ESV)