Roanoke Church of Christ

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A TEST – “NEW LIFE” BULLETIN

My favorite Bible teacher in college did something I’d never experienced before. He often gave tests using the compare and contrast method. Now, comparing and contrasting texts, especially those in which the “contrast” bordered on differences was new to me. Not only was it new, but it upset my general approach to the Bible, but I loved it.
My background with the Bible was pretty much “it said what it meant and meant what it said”, period. So to approach the Bible with a compare and contrast method was new and exciting to me.
On the other hand, it presents challenges. For example, compare and contrast among those who practice nonviolence and those who uphold the views of the NRA; the application of Matthew 5:38,39, “You have heard that it was said, ’Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person.”
You see, we read the same words, but we hear them differently. Of course, we were not there when they were spoken. We are unable to assess the words within their context. This leads us to understand and apply them to our present context and perceived reality.
Let’s take a test. It’s not compare and contrast, or even the dreaded essay type. Let’s make it multiple choice. I know true or false allow a 50% chance of guessing it right, but it’s my test. By the way, this is an open book test. I’ll tell you where the questions originate. We’ll start in Matthew 25:31ff.

1. In v. 32: Does “All the nations” mean :
a. All the Jews
b. All the Christians
c. Everyone on the earth
d. All of the above.

2. Also v.32: Are the sheep
a. Jews
b. Christians
c. The righteous from all nations
d. All of the above.

3. Are the goats
a. Jews
b. Christians
c. The unrighteous from all nations
d. All of the above.

4. Are the “hungry” and “thirsty,” v.35:
a. Jews
b. Christians
c. The hungry from all nations
d. All of the above.

5. Is the “stranger”
a. Jews
b. Christians
c. Anyone from all nations
d. All of the above.

6. Are those who need clothing
a. Jews
b. Christians
c. Any one
d. All of the above.

7. Are the “sick” v.36:
a. Jews
b. Christians
c. Those from all nations.
d. All of the above.

8. Are those in prison:
a. Jews
b. Christians who have been persecuted
c. Everyone
d. All of the above.

9. Who are the “least of these” v.45:
a. Jews
b. Christians
c. Anyone from all nations
d. All of the above.

10. In Luke 6:20, Are the “poor”
a. Those oppressed by the rich
b. The poor in spirit, i.e., Matt. 5:3
c. Those who have their treasure on heaven
d. All of the above.

11. When Jesus said to love one’s enemies. He meant:
a. Jewish enemies
b. Gentile enemies
c. Anyone who fits the label
d. All of the above.

12. When Jesus said if anyone tales your coat (cloak) give them your shirt (tunic) as well. Did he mean:
a. A fellow Jew
b. A fellow Christian
c. A poor person
d. Anyone.

13. Who is Jesus talking too in Luke 6: 20- 26:
a. Only his disciples
b. His disciples plus others
c. To everyone
d. All of the above.

14. When Paul wrote in Romans 2:14,15: “Indeed, when Gentiles who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them,” did he mean:
a. The ones Jesus mentioned in Matt.25
b. The ones Peter mentioned in Acts 10:34: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism, but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.”
c. All of the above
d. (I couldn’t help myself) Compare and contrast the above statements with John 14:6: “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The real test is how we apply our answers.
Keith

 

CONCERNS: Jo Wagner’s sister. Judy Powell is recovering at home. Jamie Cole, Joni Beach’s niece deals with continuing hydrocephalus issues. Alan Beach’s sister-in law, Tamela Beach has health issues. Also both of Joni and Alan’s parents. Wayne Flora ‘s mother, Martha. Del Bolin’s mother, Carrie. Remember the family of Dr. Christopher Mills, one of Del Bolin’s students who died suddenly. Donte McCadden, a young father with CF. Debbie and Ray Reiss’ son-in-law, David who is being treated for brain cancer. Teryn Gaynor’s mother and step dad; Wayne Phlegar is having more leg issues. Deanna McRoy; Debbie McRoy’s Linda Alsup and husband, Prentice; Bill Albert and Jim Hunter; Sheila Jansen and daughter, Amber Weaver; Marjorie Wilson; Melanie Gentry and family; Ray and Darnell Barns; Gil Richardson; Jim and Mary Smith and Tim Elder.

SPECIAL SERVICE SUNDAY
Today is the third Sunday of the month. On these Sunday’s we have someone or something different conduct the service. Today we will be learning about the writer of the songs we sing, as well as the motivation for the song itself . Susan Jordan, with help from others will do the readings and Del Bolin will lead the songs. Thanks Susan for doing the research.

SUPER SUNDAY
Today is also Super Sunday. The fellowship meal will take place in the annex following the morning service. At the time of this printing on Thursday, it is cold and rainy. If it clears off enough, we will have a fire in the fireplace.
Also, the new fans are in place with additional lighting on each one. If you haven’t seen the annex since these additions, plan to stay and enjoy the ambience, the meal and good company.

THANKSGIVING NOTES
Erma Williams has provided note cards for the Thanksgiving notes. If you haven’t taken one, do so because they will be read during the service today. They are on the foyer table.

WEDNESDAY EVENING
Over the years we have canceled the Wednesday evening service before Thanksgiving because of travels and busy schedules. That will be true this coming Wednesday as well.

AWAY
Among those who will be away is Martha and Bill Albert, along with Jim Hunter. They will be in Alabama.

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