Welcome to the August edition of Good News, the monthly newsletter of the Fairview Park church of Christ! We hope that you find the articles below helpful, edifying, and true to the Bible. If you find the articles helpful in your Bible study, please forward this e-mail to a friend. May God bless you as you study his word!
What Is Household Conversion?
by Jacob Hudgins
“And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household’”(Acts 16:31).
The New Testament stories of conversion often include little snippets like this that hint at the tremendous influence a father or family leader could have. Very often when a man converted to Christianity, his “household” would follow suit.
The Hebrew writer tells us in chapter 10 and verse 25 that we should “not forsake the assembling of ourselves together”(KJV). The ESV renders this statement as “not neglecting to meet together”.
Certainly, we understand the benefits that we individually receive when we come together with our brothers and sisters in Christ to worship but occasionally you will hear someone say that “I just don’t get anything out of the worship service” or “I don’t see the benefit of me being at worship services”.
“When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale…?”(Amos 8:5).
As Amos promises judgment from God on the northern tribes of Israel, he has pronounced several charges against them. They are corrupt and abusive (Amos 2:6-7), live in excess while others suffer (Amos 4:1, 6:1-6), and inhibit God’s work among them (Amos 2:12). Yet here Amos seizes on their worship: “Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end, saying, ‘When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great and deal deceitfully with false balances, that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals and sell the chaff of the wheat?”(Amos 8:4-6). They whine and complain about the worship festivals God has commanded. When will the new moon be over? When can we get back to the real business of life?
Hosea is a prophet to the northern tribes of Israel. He will suffer in a peculiar way to deliver his message. “The LORD said to Hosea, ‘Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD’”(Hosea 1:2). His wife will be unfaithful to him—and he will take her back anyway—as a symbol of Israel’s unfaithfulness and God’s grace.
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