THE PLACE OF EXPEDIENCY

Introduction

1. God has plainly spoken saying, " Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is," Ephesians 5:17. In order for us to understand the will of God, it is helpful to know the difference in the Old and New Testaments, the place of commands, examples and inferences, which we have studied in previous lessons.

2. Further, it is very important for us to know the place of expediency.  Let us see what the Word of God says concerning expediency.

I. DEFINITIONS

 II. THE WORD "EXPEDIENT" IS USED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AS FOLLOWS:

III.ONLY LAWFUL ACTS CAN BE SCRIPTURALLY EXPEDITED.

 IV.ILLUSTRATIONS OF EXPEDITING LAWFUL (SCRIPTURAL) ACTS:

LAWFUL ACT

ESSENTIAL

 EXPEDIENCY

Go preach
Mk.16:15,16

The Gospel

Any method of going--Walk,  -- Airplane, Automobile

Baptize
Mark 16:16

 Immerse in Water

Baptistry, river, bathtub

Assemble
Hebrews 10:25

Place 

Type place, own, rent, lights, water fountain, rest rooms, hour of meeting.

Sing
Ephesians5:19

Psalm, hymn, spiritual songs

Song book, memory, number of  verses of each song 

Lord's Supper
1 Corinthians 11:24

1st Day of week,
fruit of vine

our of day, type and number of containers

Note: Someone wrote brother Irven Lee saying, "Where is the Scripture for building a church house, a baptistry, a drinking fountain in the building, rest rooms..." (Preaching in a Changing World, p.69).  All we do is to be done by the authority of Christ, Col.3:17.  If there is no authority for a church building, baptistry, etc., we should not have them.  Some, even among our brethren, say we do many things for which we have no authority but it seems that they confuse expediency and specific authority.  Authority to do something does not always specific in nature.

V. THERE ARE UNLAWFUL ACTS WHICH WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO SEEK TO EXPEDITE.

Illustration: It is wrong, unlawful or unscriptural, to rob a bank. Therefore, we have no business discussing expedient ways of robbing a bank.

Likewise, it is unscriptural for the church, from its treasury, to support colleges, benevolent corporations, and recreational activities.  Mechanical instruments of music in worship are unscriptural so we cannot speak of ways of expediting the use of mechanical instruments.  The church has no right seek to expedite an Easter sunrise service, Christmas program, etc. because these are unlawful activities for the church.

VI. WHAT CAN I DO TO EXPEDITE THE LAWFUL ACTIVITIES OF THE CHURCH WITH WHICH I AM IDENTIFIED?

LAWFUL ACT

 EXPEDIENCY

Scripture reading

  Listen; follow in the Bible

Singing

 Use book; follow leader

Lord's Supper

 Prepare bread; wash containers

Prayer

 Listen; Learn to word a prayer

Bible Study

 Prepare; enter discussion

 

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