Churches in Transition (Plain Bible Teaching)

Plain Bible Teaching: The First Ten Years

The following is an excerpt from the book, Plain Bible Teaching: The First Ten Years.

As local churches work to build themselves up, they are in a constant state of transition. Paul told Timothy of the importance of training others to help in this transition: “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).

Local churches do not remain static. The New Testament records a very concise history of the church in Ephesus. It went from infancy (Acts 19:1-7) to maturity with elders overseeing the congregation (Acts 20:17). Afterward the church went through turmoil (Acts 20:29-30) and eventually apostasy (Revelation 2:4). Even if change is slow, every congregation is in transition. Every member will someday be a former member – they will either pass away (2 Timothy 4:6), move away (Acts 18:1-2; 1 Corinthians 16:19), or fall away (2 Timothy 4:10). But that does not mean that every congregation will be in a state of decline. Churches can grow in spite of this and must work toward doing so.

However, it is important that we understand that the future of our local churches is not completely in our control. Man has free will (cf. Joshua 24:15; 2 Corinthians 5:11). We cannot force people to convert or remain faithful. But we must do what we can. Paul said, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6). We must do the work God has given us to do.

You can read more in Plain Bible Teaching: The First Ten Years. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

“The Root of the Problem” – Official Release

The Root of the Problem (book cover)The first title from Gospel Armory is being officially released today – The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome. Most of the ones who pre-ordered this book have already received their copy. If you ordered already and haven’t received it yet, your copy is on its way and you can expect to see it any day. After you have a chance to read it, we would welcome any comments you have about the book.

If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, click on the link above where you can read more about this book and place your order. This would also make a good gift. So pick up a copy for yourself, and while you’re at it, get a couple extra copies to give to others.

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“The Root of the Problem” – Now Available for Pre-order

You can now pre-order your copy of The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome by Andy Sochor. More information is available by clicking on the link.

What Is This Book About?

This book deals with the universal problem of sin. In particular, it is about how Christians can overcome sin as we have been called to do. Whenever we sin, it is because we have made the choice to do so.

Why do we make that choice to sin? There are many reasons why we sin. If we hope to overcome sin, we must recognize the reasons we choose to sin and learn how to overcome and choose to do what is right. This book contains chapters dealing with various reasons why we sin:

  • Failing to see sin for what it is
  • Ignorance
  • Deception
  • Rebellion
  • Arrogance
  • Peer Pressure
  • Impatience
  • Materialism
  • Curiosity
  • Not filling our lives with good things
  • Failure to prioritize
  • Difficult circumstances
  • Making sin a habit
  • Lack of self-control
  • Lack of urgency
  • Lack of love for man
  • Lack of love for God
  • No fear of God

All of these can be reasons why we sin, but they are not excuses for sin. So these chapters not only discuss the reasons for sin, but also what we can do combat them so that we can remove sin from our lives.

Why Should You Read It?

Do you find that you struggle with certain sins? Do you face temptations that are, at times, difficult to overcome? Do you want to be better equipped to encourage others in their battles against sin? Do you want to grow to become more like Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then pick up a copy of The Root of the Problem, read it, and learn how to identify the causes of sin and how to root out those causes from your life.