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NOTE: This is a chart sermon. A photo of the chart can be seen here. [ Chart: The Beginning Corner ]

TITLE:  The Beginning Corner
TEXT:  Luke 24:45-49
PROPOSITION:  God has determined the boundaries of the church and its teachings.
KEY WORD:  Teachings


  1. Survey property – surveyor needs a “beginning corner” to measure distance and angles.
  2. For us to learn where the boundaries are we must begin at the beginning corner
  3. Luke 24:45-49 – Beginning at Jerusalem, Pentecost, 30 AD

Immersion vs. Sprinkling

1.        Word in the Greek is Baptidzo, "immersion" Rantidzo means "sprinkling"
2.        But apart from study of the words, the usage tells us it is a burial. Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12.
3.        Baptism in water, much water, going down into, coming up out of

Baptism for Remission of Sins, vs. Praying Through

1.        Matthew 26:28 is = Acts 2:38 "eis"
2.        Peter -- Acts 2:38; All cases of conversion in Acts
3.        Paul at Damascus.  Cornelius at Caesarea.

Singing vs. Instrumental Music

1.        Ephesians 5:19
2.        Colossians 3:16
3.        Our worship must come from the heart.

Faithful vs. Eternal Security

1.        Revelation 2:10 "Be faithful"    
2.        "Take heed, lest ye fall."
3.        James 5:19-20
4.        Notice also the parables of the Lord.
5.        The thought that once saved always saved.
6.        1 Corinthians 9:27; Galatians 6:9

Baptism if Believers vs. Infant Baptism   (Acts 16:15, 33)

1.        Is taken today that when a "household" is mentioned it included infants.  But cannot show first that any such households included infants.
2.        Second, the Lord set down the rule that candidates for baptism must be believers.  Mark 16:15.  
3.        Consider those on Pentecost-- Acts 2
4.        Based on false doctrine that children are sinners from conception.

First Day of the Week vs. Sabbath

  1.    Jesus arose on first day of the week.  Mark. 16:9
2.        Some deny that was the day Christ arose. (Sabbath)
3.        Some say we should keep the Sabbath of the Old Testament.
4.        Others erroneously say the Sabbath has been changed, that Sunday is the Christian Sabbath.
5.        That Christ arose, the day is the significance of our day of worship.  The prominence of the Resurrection--that is our hope of atonement, and hope of eternal life with God.
6.        Church founded on that Day.
7.        Early disciples worshiped on that day (Galatians and Corinthians did, 1 Corinthians 16. The Troas church did, Acts 20:7.
8.        All of the early historians substantiate this fact.
9.        Some try to show that Paul worshiped on the Sabbath from the fact that he met with the Jews in the synagogues everywhere he went.

Faith Only

1.        John 3:16. Vs. other scriptures
2.        Method of interpretation -- Totality of Scriptures "Rich Young Ruler"
3.        Matthew 19:20 -- "young"
4.        Mark. 10:22 -- "rich"
5.        Luke 18:18  -- "ruler"
6.        "All Scripture. . ."  2 Timothy 3:16-17
7.        The salvation procedure and the church addition procedure are identical.  Acts 2:47.

Human Creeds

1.        The Bible IS our creed
2.        1 Timothy 3:16-17 – all scripture is inspired of God
3.        2 Peter 1:3 – all things that pertain to life and godliness
4.        Jude 3 – the faith once delivered

Special Days

  1. Many religious groups have a calendar full of special “holy days” with rituals to observe.

  2. While we are free, as individuals, to observe a day any way we may choose.

  3. The church cannot demand observance of days. Galatians 4:10-11

Man as Head

  1. Ephesians 1:22-23 – Head over all things to the church, which is His body
  2. Colossians 1:18 – Head of the body, the church



Christ is the head

1.        See the above point about man being the head.


  1. Elders, pastors, bishops, overseers, presbyters (Philippians 1:1)

  2. Deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-13)

  3. Minister, preacher, evangelist (1 Timothy 4:5)


  1. Believe – Hebrews 11:6

  2. Repent – Acts 17:30

  3. Confess – Romans 10:10

  4. Be baptized – Acts 2:38

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