Resources

The following essays and documents reflect our understanding of God’s word on some of today’s important issues. We hope that you find these documents informative, challenging, and transforming. If you have questions about any of these topics, feel free to contact our staff.  They love to discuss and study the Bible with those seeking answers from God’s word.

Women’s Roles

“I do not permit a woman to teach”

This is the 3rd essay in our look at the role of women in the assembly. The last two essays addressed the head covering passage and the section on women keeping silent – both found in 1 Corinthians. Now we’ll turn our attention to 1 Timothy 2:13-15 where Paul says, “I do not permit a woman to teach . . .”

Women Keep Silent

To speak or not to speak: that is the question. In 1 Corinthians 14:34, 35 the apostle Paul commands women to be silent in the churches and says that it is disgraceful or shameful for a woman to speak in church.

 

The Bible

How We Got The Bible

Preaching Hell in a Tolerant Age

Brimstone for the broad-minded.

The young man in my office was impeccably dressed and articulate. He was an Ivy League MBA, successful in the financial world, and had lived in three countries before age 30. Raised in a family with only the loosest connections to a mainline church, he had little understanding of Christianity.

by Tim Keller


Creation and Evolution

Progressive Creation

What’s Wrong with Progressive Creation?

by Ken Ham & Dr. Terry Mortenson

Six Literal Days

Did God create the whole universe, including the original plants, animals, and first two people (Adam and Eve) in six literal 24-hour days? Or did creation take place over millions of years?

Antibiotic Resistance as “Evidence” for Evolution

One of the most common evidences used in textbooks to support evolution is antibiotic resistance in bacteria. However, the marvelous ability of bacteria to survive against antibiotics does not support the idea of progressive evolution at all.


The Worship Assembly

The Lord’s Supper

Is the Lord’s Supper we practice today the same as the “pattern” we see in the first century church? Does it matter?

The Worship Assembly

One of the main issues behind the disagreement of when and how the meeting of Christians is to be conducted is how we approach the interpretation of scripture. Without going into a lot of detail for the moment, I would like to suggest that the old tripartite formula of 1) command 2) approved example and 3) necessary inference may have been misapplied in the past.

When Christians Got Together (Part 1)

In this essay we will begin a quick tour of the New Testament to see what Christians did when they got together in the first century and try to get a better idea of just what our God wants to happen “in church.”

When Christians Got Together (Part 2)

In this essay we’ll finish our tour of Acts as we look for clues as to the reason Christians met and what they did when they were assembled.

When Christians Got Together (Part 3)

In the last two essays we took a brief tour of Acts to see what we could learn about what Christians did when they got together. We also looked for things that were PREscribed and things that were merely DEscribed. We saw that there was really nothing PREscribed in regards to Christian assemblies. We now turn our attention to the remainder of the New Testament. We’ll just go book to book – briefly!

Instrumental Music In The Assembly

As leaders of the Lakewood Church of Christ, we are sometimes asked about our stance the use of instruments in worship to God. It is the purpose of this paper to provide clarification regarding this issue. It should be understood that this is not a major issue to us, but we realize others take a different view and it is our hope that this paper will help those who have questions about our beliefs and practices. It is not the purpose of this paper to engage in public debate or to attack those who hold a different view.

 

Homosexuality

Sharing Truth with your LGBT Loved One

When a loved one chooses to come out, the person they confide in usually does one of two things. They change their theology so there’s no conflict with their loved one. Or, they distance themselves from their loved one so there’s no conflict with their theology….     – By Caleb Kaltenbach

What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality

The book, Messy Grace, frequently emphasizes the importance for Christians to extend grace to people in the LGBT community. That’s the whole point of Messy Grace. Yes we have to be willing to get messy. Yes, we need to pursue others in love, not hate. And yes, we are to demonstrate the compassion and love of Christ. But we must complete the context of Messy Grace by looking at the other side. The truth side.  -By Caleb Kaltenbach

A Christian’s Response to Homosexuality

Homosexuality is one of the most controversial topics of our day and we all need clear, biblical answers that are grounded in love and compassion.

Does the Bible Prohibit Gay Marriage?

Why some scholars argue it doesn’t, and how to respond.

 

Evangelism

Grace

That’s the gospel, the good news. It’s taken a long time for me to just begin to understand this good news. It still hasn’t sunk in to the point that it stays with me as a constant. That’s why I need the Lord’s Supper every week – to remind me that I’m clean, pure, holy and forgiven. The Lord’s Supper is truly a celebration event for me….

Evangelism Ministry Skills

“Practical Ministry Skills” is completely flexible and designed to be easy to use. Each theme focuses on a practical area of church ministry and comprises brief handouts on specific aspects of that ministry. The handouts give a succinct and practical overview of the issues most relevant to your goals. You may use them at the beginning of a meeting to help launch a discussion, or you may hand them out as brief primers for someone new to a particular ministry.

From Darkness To Light

A Brief Guide to Evangelism

This guide is intended to help you share The Way, The Truth and The Life with others so that they may enjoy the same benefits you have received from the Lord. This guide provides suggestions for building relationships with unbelievers and seekers and some outlines for sharing the Message. It’s not the only way to do it, but it is one way that has been used successfully by many. It’s also not designed to be comprehensive but is meant to provide a launching point. I hope you find it helpful.