Church of Christ New Richmond, Wisconsin
Church of Christ           New Richmond, Wisconsin

Where to Find Us

Church of Christ

 

1491 County Road A, P.O. Box 65

New Richmond, Wisconsin 54017 

 

Web Address

www.cocnr.com

 

Email

churchofchristnr@gmail.com

 

Contact  

Jack Phillips, Preacher

(715) 491-0460

 

Mark Knutson, Member

(715) 497-7596

 

Our Mission

To serve God by teaching the scripture in spirit and truth and to have unity of the spirit in that truth through our love for Christ and for each other.

 

                                                                  “JUST COMMON SENSE”

 

INTRODUCTION:

1. Gal.3:27-29…

      -a. looking at “one specific point” in mind, (heirs of eternal promise of salvation)

      -b. yet, other differences are to be noted

                         male-female….slave -freeman….Jew-Greek…..

 

2. as we gather, between-us are so many different places in which we live

                                                                                           occupations/jobs

                                                                                            hobbies

                                                                                            life’s everyday events

 

3. YET, we are here because of certain specific “common items” THAT CONNECT US

 

4. Jude verse 3…

       -a. his desire was to write of their “common salvation”

       -b. an urgent need arose, to inform them of “false teachers” creeping in among them – vs.4

       -c. but initially, is was concerning all  - that  - they -  had ---  “in common”

 

 

THOUGHTS:

(I) “OUR COMMON FAITH”

   1. not just “a faith” or “some faith”, rather the faith

              -a. containing the definite article “the”

              -b. therefore identified as a specific one

              -c. it eliminates all other faiths/beliefs/theories

              -d. Acts 6:7 … “the priests became obedient to the faith…”

 

   2. this faith is combination of;

           -a. items which Christ taught about during His public teachings

           -b. all that inspiration would reveal to the inspired writers of the scriptures

                   -a. Matt.28:19-20…  “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…”

                   -b. as the Holy Spirit would be sent to reveal unto them “His will” – John 14:26

                                                                                                                                           John 16:13

 

   3.Therefore, Jude in seeking to hold to the inspired truths states in Jude verse 17

 

 

  4. This faith was not a “product” of men’s beliefs/ideas –

          -a.  Gal.1:11-12

          -b. I Cor.11:23 …   “for I received from the Lord that which I delivered unto you…”

          -c. Eph.3:3-fff …  “how that by revelation was made known unto me…”

       

 

     -d. an understood outcome is set forth, as in I Cor 4:17

            “For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and  faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

 

5. Not everyone accepts “this rule of faith” as the only source “to follow”

     -a. for Paul tells of those coming in following days- II Tim.4:3-4

     -b. so many “traditions” have been, are allowed in our religious world

                                                                                                        Matt.15:8-9

 

 6. truth is, many will not be pleased by our “holding to the faith” – Gal.1:10

           But, “that is what we have in common”—I Thess.2:4

 

                 -a. an accepted “standard” w/o additions or subtractions – I Tim.1:13

                 -b. to examine the scriptures – Acts 17:11

                 -c. thereby, prove what is acceptable – I Thess.5:21

                 -d. Gal.6:16

 

6. a common trait is that “we seek to hold to the inspired word” as the ONLY source

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(II) “OUR COMMON HOPE”

   1. I Thess.5:8…

          -a. so many different “hopes” that exist in our world

                                                                                                         a nice house one day

                                                                                                            better job

                                                                                                            vacation to great location

                                                                                                             new vehicle to drive

                                                                                                           

   2.man in Acts 3:4-5 hoped to receive “silver or gold” from the apostles

         Felix had brought Paul brought before him thinking he might offer money for a release

                                                                                                                                                 Acts 24:25-26

3. Though we all might “hope” for some other items,

             together we all have one “ultimate hope”

 

    -a. of the “seven ones” stated in Eph.4:4,, we fine “one hope”

    -b. a “hope” that exists beyond this life,

                       for all things “here” eventually age, break down, decay and rust

 

    -c. So many things “hoped for” are those which shall “pass with using”

          -a. they are “physical”/ “temporary” / “of this world”                        

 

4. Our hope looks beyond all that exists here!

      -a. Titus 1:2…3:7

      -b. thru our knowledge of the truth, we are told – Col.1:5

      -c. diligence that will fulfil our expectation of our hope – Heb.6:11

 

   5. This “hope for eternal life” gives us a reason to continue on steadfast,

              for what’s “here” promises no hope – Rom.8:25

 

 

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(III) “OUR COMMON RESPONSIBILITY”

   1. I Peter 1:14-16

        -a. rather than “fitting in” among others, there should be a difference!

       -b. “holy” having the thought of being “separated”

                    -1. rather than a  “course according to this world”  – Eph.2:2

                    -2. our course/walk/path should be according to the path of righteousness

                                                                                    Eph.5:8 ..  “...walk as children of Light...”                                                                            

 

   2. Children reflecting the traits of the Father  - I Pet.1:17

              -a. thru our everyday actions –  Phil.2:15

                         “enough time” has been spent in the dark, time to straighten up – I Pet.4:2-3

              -b. speech – Eph.4:2

              -c. dress – descent and appropriate  - I Tim.2:9

 

             -d. this responsibility is referred to as the

                                               putting off the old man – Eph.4:22; Col.3:5

                                               putting on the new man – Eph.4:24; Col.3:10

 

   3. This becoming “holy” is a growing process, not just over night!

          -a. as with any area wherein we strive to excel

                                                                                  football player

                                                                                  auto mechanic            thinking, planning,

                                                                                  business owner          financial, involvement

                                                                                  airplane pilot

 

                                                                                               “it doesn’t happen on accident”

 

       -b. “time” and “effort” is required to achieve, and better ourselves –

                    -1. II Cor. 6:17-18

                    -2. II Cor.7:1.. “perfecting holiness” = always a work in progress       

 

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(IV) “OUR COMMON PRIORITY”

   1. Matthew 10:37-38

           -a. compared to the world, we are “alone” in this respect

           -b. although we may falter, fail from time to time

          -c. our “aim”/ “goal” is to look to that which God has said concerning our lives

          -d. many times in life, “priorities” get mixed up”

                               old saying---------------“get your priorities straight”

 

 2. As close as our relationships may be in this life,

           our commitment unto God must “surpass” for this determines eternity

 

 

  3. Again as stated in Luke 14:26

        -a. “hate” refers not to our thought of “hating something”

        -b. meaning “except you love less” would be our translation

 

   4. To consider all that people live for,(efforts to achieve

                                                                       time is spent towards)

                                                                        God is not the priority in most cases

      

             -a. the physical we can see, touch, things

                                                                           possessions

                                                                           social pleasures 

 

           -b. and shall all pass from this existence one day – II Cor.4:18

 

           -c. as Moses told his people in the past – Deut.32:29

 

   5. What “WE” want and what “GOD” wants will always be the battle from day to day

       -a. Gal 5:17

       -b. as we “set our priority”, that is the goal to obtain

                -1. Rom.6:12 … “let not sin reign” = rule over     

                -2. Rom.6:19…  “just as you”(past times),

                                             “now present your members…(present time)”

 

 

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CONCLUSION:

1. There are items we have “in common” in this life

 

2. These common things” make us not so common in this world”

 

3. Phil.2:12-16a

        Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

16 Holding forth the word of life; 

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