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The Restoration Movement (2) The Cane Ridge Revival

The Cane Ridge Revival In 1801, the Cane Ridge Revival in Kentucky planted the seed for a movement in Kentucky and the Ohio River valley to disassociate from denominationalism. In 1803 Stone and others withdrew from the Kentucky Presbytery and formed the Springfield Presbytery. The defining event of the Stone wing of the movement was the publication of Last Will and Testament of The Springfield Presbytery, at Cane Ridge, Kentucky, in 1804. The Last Will is a brief document in…

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The American Restoration Movement (1)

During the late Middle Ages, dissenters such as John Wycliff and Johann Huss called for a restoration of a primitive form of Christianity, but they were driven underground. As a result, it is difficult to find any direct links between such early dissenters and the restoration movement. From the Renaissance, intellectual roots become easier to discern. At the heart of the Reformation was an emphasis on the principle of "Scripture alone" (Latin: sola scriptura). This, along with the related insistence…

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One of Many Digressions (Close)

You and I must be baptized/immersed into Christ (Acts 2:38, Gal. 2:27, Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16, etc. etc.). We must “put on Christ.” Once that is accomplished, Christ promised that all will receive “the gift of the Holy Spirit” (which is what was promised to ALL disciples), but that has nothing to do with what many think is a baptism, an envelopment, an overwhelming, an immersion or any other gifts or some internal personal possession of the Holy Spirit. It…

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One of Many Digressions (Pt 4)

The examination of the events in Acts 18 should serve to undermine the teaching or notions that the baptism of John was somehow different from baptism into Christ. All scriptural immersions were to the same end: Looking to Christ as “baptism into Christ” and as a “baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” The difference being that one looked toward the cross and was to prepare believing Jews for the coming of the Messiah, while the other looked through…

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One of Many Digressions (Pt 3)

Based on the previous examinations, without dentifying another detail, we should have drawn some conclusions. With what we know of this situation, the scriptures teach us: 1) These men had never heard of either Christ’s coming or the Holy Spirit, as they had said. Then they stated that they had been baptized “into Johns’ baptism.” Due to this response to Paul's question: 2) We know they had not been taught by John, nor by any true disciple. As is apparent…

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One of Many Digressions (Pt2)

There are some who have put forward the notion that there was a difference between what John had baptized for and what Jesus’ disciples later baptized for. Then some extract from that: those who were baptized by John must have needed to be baptized again to be baptized “into Christ.” Such notions move in and out of a shadowy scriptural world where less is really said than might at first be thought, but where what was said is more than…

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One of Many Digressions (Pt1)

This lesson (based on the reading of Acts 18:1 - 19:7), offers an investigation into one of the least taught and understood portions of the New Testament. I know of others who ignore this study because they state the conclusions were “insignificant” or “coincidental.” However, I cannot think of a portion of scripture that is either one of those. You may well disagree with the exegesis, but at least it takes a serious look at the topic. Perhaps it may help or cause any interested persons to…

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My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;…

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The Identity of the Church (4)

The Lord called the church his “body.” So, to offer a comparison, Christ (like everybody else), had one physical body while here, and likewise established one representative body for his assembly. He was sacrificed once for us and for it. Yes, just once for all and for the one given body – the Kingdom of Heaven, the assembly or church of Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus plainly stating: “There is one body, and one Spirit,…

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The Identity of the Church (3)

The pattern for the church is found in the last will and testament of our Lord and Savior – the New Testament. As we already noted, there are no branches, sects or subsets of the Kingdom of God mentioned anywhere by Christ, his apostles, any disciples or the writers of the NT. There are no instructions to add other parts to it or to set up assemblies based on other instructions. All assemblies were told they must follow this single…

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