Absolutely. The old testament is God's word, just as much as the new testament. But there are differences between them. For example, the old testament, revealed to Israel, was never given to save souls from sin (Romans 3:20ff). It was given to one nation, Israel, for a limited period of time, until the Christ came (Galatians 3:19-29). Christ's gospel, revealed in the new testament, was given to, and for, all nations until he returns. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16) In the end, we will be judged by Christ's words, not Moses' (John 12:48). There are many other differences, but no knowledgable new testament Christian dismisses old testament revelation (Luke 24:27; Acts 10:43; 26:6; Romans 1:2; 3:21; 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:16; ).
Do you believe the Old Testament?
International Gospel Hour isn't owned by any one congregation. It is a work of the churches of Christ, presently overseen by the elders of the West Fayetteville Church of Christ in Fayetteville, TN. Because it is supported by hundreds of churches of Christ and individual Christians around the country, it belongs to Christians everywhere.
International Gospel Hour exists for this singular purpose: to proclaim the good news of Christ and His kingdom to the world.
What church owns IGH? Why does it exist?
Quick question: Where would you go to find out? While some churches have official manuals, disciplines and confessions that list and explain their beliefs and practices, there exists no official manual for churches of Christ. Put simply, all Christians, members of Christ's church, should believe what God wants them to believe as revealed in the Bible. We are not free, individually as Christians or collectively as Christ's church, to believe or practice whatever we want. If we love God and His Son, we will follow them and nothing else.
What do churches of Christ believe?
How can I learn more about God's word?
First, read God's word. Today. Tomorrow. Every day. Second, make sure that you have the attitude the Psalmist did in 119:18 – "Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law." Third, learn to read in context, never just one verse at a time, but reading the surrounding passage, the chapter, even the book under consideration. Make sure that you are always comparing God's will in the passage you are studying with every other biblical text.
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Certainly. But, note that grace, like faith, can mean different things to different people. Can we, for example, continue sinning so that God's grace abounds? Paul said no (Romans 6:1ff). Can we absolutely refuse to do everything (or anything) God asks and still be saved and blessed by God? The faith that accesses God's grace is always obedient (Romans 1:5ff; 5:1ff; 16:25ff; Hebrews 11). Can we be saved by Christ without surrendering to His will? Hebrews 5:1-10 says no. Yes, we are saved by grace, but not without our willful, conscious surrender to Christ in faith as the means of accessing that grace (Romans 5:1-2).
Do you believe in grace?
Of course. The issue is not whether or not we believe in music in worship, but rather what kind of music God desires. As one Christian speaker recently noted: "Worship is not a 'blank canvas for self expression.'" What does that mean? It means that worship, as canvas, is to be painted using God's colors and styles. If God lovingly instructs us concerning how he wants to be worshiped, then that should be how we honor him. Ephesians 5:19 portrays the human heart as the instrument of God's choice.