Excellently Done! Dr Masters has such humility when delivering the message of God.
Dr Masters is at his very best in this sermon. I have heard some very good sermons on this passage, but Dr Masters gets to the very heart of the matter, where most pastors are afraid to go.
He asks some very hard (& all too important) questions here for anyone who has the nerve to listen to this sermon. This sermon is not for the faint of heart. Not if you are trying to be brutally honest with yourself.
There is no way to point out any one particular aspect of this sermon, it has to be listened to (& taken in) as a whole.
The brutal & unvarnished truth resides here.
The current year's School of Theology displayed the more profound heavenly components of the work of Christ on Calvary and the agreement of beauty that move God's kin to a more noteworthy feeling of obligation and appreciation, prompting to sanctification and administration
Great Sermon! The text simply shows one autonomous local church appealing to another autonomous local church to deal with some of its members going round teaching false doctrine.
The decision made is based on the Word of God. The notice is also sent as a 'decree', and with an identification of the elders at Jerusalem (16:4).
It is a decree obviously because of the Spirit's testimony through apostolic authority. The indication of the notice being from the elders of Jerusalem is noted as such and limited as such (with no indication of elders from any other church) simply so that people will note that that local church's eldership had indeed dealt with the heretical problem, and were not complicit to it.
The text shows that independent local churches must practice church discipline of its membership. They may cooperate with other churches to ensure that, but they must certainly stick to the Scriptures.
However, no justification for (human) church government above or outside the local church government can be derived from this without assuming unnecessarily much more than the text teaches / necessarily implies. Any system of church government that goes beyond what this text plainly teaches is simply not based on this.
Outstanding and Needed Sermon for Today. This is an outstanding sermon. The message put forth here is very clear,
understandable, and very much needed in the modern evangelical church of today. Oh, that many pastors and church leaders would listen and let the conviction of the Holy Spirit lead them into working out these principles in their churches. It takes courage and it's not easy, but as The Lord said in John 16:33 "In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world".