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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32


By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs

I.  Introduction.
    A.  Teaching is a part of worship.
        1.  "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' teaching 
             and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and the prayers" 
             (Acts 2:42).
        2.  "And upon the first day of the week, when we were gathered 
            together to break bread, Paul discoursed with them, 
            intending to depart on the morrow; and prolonged his 
            speech until midnight" (Acts 20:7).
II.  Worship in Teaching.
     A.  "I charge thee in the sight of God, and of Christ Jesus, who 
         shall judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and 
         his kingdom: preach the word; be urgent in season, out of 
         season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and 
         teaching" (2 Tim. 4:1-2). 
         1.  Reprove:  or convince; use arguments that convince people 
             of truth.  We must prove what we preach (1 John 4:1).
         2.  Rebuke:  The word implies authority.  We must rebuke what 
             is wrong, as if there is no doubt that it is wrong.  Men 
             often know they are wrong, and need no argument to 
             convince them of it.
         3.  Exhort:  urge the practical duties of religion; present 
             the warnings and promises of God, admonish and 
             encourage, compliment and praise.
     B.  "These things command and teach.  Let no man despise thy 
         youth; but be thou an ensample to them that believe, in word, 
         in manner of life, in love, in faith, in purity.  Till I 
         come, give heed to reading, to exhortation, to teaching.  
         Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by 
         prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.  
         Be diligent in these things; give thyself wholly to them; 
         that thy progress may be manifest unto all.  Take heed to 
         thyself, and to thy teaching.  Continue in these things; for 
         in doing this thou shalt save both thyself and them that hear 
         thee" (1 Tim. 4:11-16).
     C.  Defend and contend for the truth (See Jude 3; Phil 1:15).
     D.  In his great commission Jesus tells us to disciple the 
         nations by baptizing them into the name of the Father, Son, 
         and Holy Spirit, and then to teach the saved to observe all 
         of the teaching of Jesus (Matt. 28:18-20).
         1.  The Corinthian church was instructed to include teaching 
             in its worship exercise.
         2.  Brethren, be not children in mind: yet in malice be ye 
             babes, but in mind be men.  In the law it is written, By 
             men of strange tongues and by the lips of strangers will 
             I speak unto this people; and not even thus will they 
             hear me, saith the Lord.  Wherefore tongues are for a 
             sign, not to them that believe, but to the unbelieving: 
             but prophesying is for a sign, not to the unbelieving, 
             but to them that believe.  If therefore the whole church 
             be assembled together and all speak with tongues, and 
             there come in men unlearned or unbelieving, will they not 
             say that ye are mad? But if all prophesy, and there come 
             in one unbelieving or unlearned, he is reproved by all, 
             he is judged by all; the secrets of his heart are made 
             manifest; and so he will fall down on his face and 
             worship God, declaring that God is among you indeed" (1 
             Cor. 14:20-26). 
III.  Apostolic Teaching on Public Worship.
      A.  In 1 Corinthians chapters 10 through 14 Paul discusses 
          1.  He speaks of the Lord's Supper, of 1st century spiritual 
              gifts, of abuses in worship, of public singing, of 
              public prayer, and of teaching. It is the duty of male 
              members of the congregation to publicly proclaim eternal 
          2.  "What is it then, brethren?  When ye come together, each 
              one hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a revelation, 
              hath a tongue, hath an interpretation.  Let all things 
              be done unto edifying.  If any man speaketh in a tongue, 
              let it be by two, or at the most three, and that in 
              turn; and let one interpret: but if there be no 
              interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let 
              him speak to himself, and to God.  And let the prophets 
              speak by two or three, and let the others discern.  But 
              if a revelation be made to another sitting by, let the 
              first keep silence.  For ye all can prophesy one by one, 
              that all may learn, and all may be exhorted; and the 
              spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets; for 
              God is not {a God} of confusion, but of peace.  As in 
              all the churches of the saints, let the women keep 
              silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto 
              them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also 
              saith the law" (1 Cor. 14:26-34). 
              (a)  Women may speak in public worship as they sing to 
              (b)  Women may pray silently in public worship.
              (c)  Women may teach in public worship as they sing.
              (d)  Women may not teach over a man.
              (e)  "But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have 
                   dominion over a man, but to be in quietness" 
                   (1 Tim. 2:12).
      B.  Some today attempt to discredit preaching and do away with 
          it--or minimize it.
          1.  We are told people will not tolerate it because they 
              have been trained in quick changing, fast acting type 
          2.  Public proclamation of the truth is the strength of the 
              church.  If that is abandoned, the church is lost.

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email:
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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