The Grace of Unselfishness

Unselfishness, which includes self-denial and self-sacrifice, is one of the chief charac­teristics of Christian life. It is in the very essence of true Christianity. The Lord Jesus is the great pattern of it. Consider how Philippians 2 sets this forth. He did not think of His own place and right. He did not cling to the Divine form and glory that were His. He laid them aside to take the lowly form and circumstances of a servant; as Man to be thus among needy, sinful men.

A World Full of Problems

The world is a real mess. Even non-Christians recognize this sad fact. Evil men continue to grow “worse and worse” in their actions and attitudes. This should come as no surprise to all who have a relationship with God, for the Bible declares that in the last days, men will be characterized by increasing wickedness and apostasy. Yet God’s Word also tells us that this evil is clothed in deceit and even appears as a “form of godliness” at times (2 Timothy 3:5). Evil men are deceivers, yet they themselves are also deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).

The Enterprise of Making a Better World

[This brief article was written by Pastor Orson P. Jones over 80 years ago and is reproduced from the August 26, 1930 issue of Faith and Fellowship.]

Characteristics of a Biblical Church

Jesus Christ is the One who established the church, having pur­chased it with "His own blood" (Acts 20:28). He is the "rock" upon which the church is built, and He calls it "My church" (Matt. 16:18). Because the church belongs to Jesus Christ and He is its head, it is very important that every local church be patterned after the teaching of God's Word.

"It Is Needful…"

It would be wonderful if the only topics that concern our Christian walk and witness could be “mercy, peace, love,” and our “common salvation” (Jude 2-3a), but “it is needful” to be exhorted to “earnestly contend for the faith” (v. 3b). Most churches today, and sadly even some that claim to be fundamental, purposely limit their ministries to these and similar themes. Why? Because they are “positive” and, therefore, well-received by the majority of people.

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