Pastor Scott Markle

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  • Birthday 08/13/1971

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  • Location: Melvin, MI
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  • Bio My name is Scott Markle, and I have served the Lord my God and Savior in pastoral ministry since 1992. I have served as the pastor of Melvin Baptist Church, a small country church in the Thumb area of Michigan, since 1998. I have been joyfully married to my beloved wife Kerry since 1993; and we have been blessed of the Lord with two sons, Padraic and Westley.

    My life-verses are Philippians 3:8 and John 15:4-5. "Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ." "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine: no more can ye except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in, and I in him, the same bringeth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." The burden of my life is to pursue "the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord" and to walk daily abiding in Christ, and Christ in me.

    Concerning all my ministry, it is the burden of my heart to exalt, not myself, but the name of Jesus Christ and the truth of God's Word. It is my burden that Christ must increase, while I must decrease. Therefore, I maintain the policy that my name, as the author of a book, must remain smaller, while the phrase, "For the Glory of the Lord," must stand larger above it. Thus far the Lord our God has graciously allowed me to self-publish two books which can be purchased at my website: "God's Wisdom for Marriage & The Home" and "The Spirit of Revival: A Contrite and Humble Spirit." In addition, I maintain a daily (Monday-Friday) Bible study blog at that website.

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  1. New Testament Passages on Persecution

    Well said, Brother Jim.
  2. New Testament Passages on Persecution

    Just checking to see if I can post herein, because the forum is persecuting me by not allowing me to post or edit in another thread.
  3. Brother Cloud & RSS Feed

    Just a little teaser (since I will be away from home for the next few days, and will likely be unable to answer any questions during that time) -- I myself do not wholly agree with Brother Cloud's position on repentance as presented in the above article. (However, I myself still would prefer that Brother Cloud's RSS feed might be included on the forum; for I believe that his depth of Bible study, even when I do not fully agree with his conclusions, is very needed within the fundamentalist movement of our time.)
  4. Notifications & Mandrill

    Thank you for the update, and I shall continue in patience.
  5. Great Study Bible

    Well, I now find myself in the place of a difficulty. Brother Kurecki, a personal friend of mine, has requested that I might engage in the discussion of this thread. However, throughout my few years as a member of the forum, I have carefully chosen to avoid a heated engagement over the matter of referencing the Holy Spirit inspired and preserved Greek and Hebrew. On various occasions I have made it clear that I am quite willing to engage in a consideration of that Holy Spirit inspired and preserved Greek and Hebrew when another member chooses that path of discussion. However, I have carefully sought not to engage in a heated discussion over the matter. Furthermore, when I am requested by another member to discuss a Biblical issue without any reference unto the Greek or Hebrew, or when I am dealing with an individual whom I have become aware is quite adverse to any reference unto the Greek or Hebrew, I seek to discuss the Biblical issue under discussion strictly through a precise and thorough handling of the English grammar and context (although I have found that many do not much care for this approach either). Now then, with all of that preface, I will simply state at this point in this discussion -- I myself stand in agreement with Brother Kurecki that referencing the Holy Spirit inspired and preserved Greek and Hebrew can be quite helpful in Bible study. However, I will also acknowledge that an understanding and reference unto the Greek or Hebrew is not at all a necessity for sound Bible study, since a precise and thorough handling of the English grammar and context (under the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit) is very sufficient. Finally, if an individual desires to confront my position, I am willing to defend it more forcefully (as, I dare to say, most are likely already to know about me).
  6. Brother Cloud & RSS Feed

    I thank you for responding, and thus for acknowledging the existence of my question. I understood that Brother Matt was quite busy at present, and thus has not had much time toward the forum lately. Primarily, I was wondering why other RSS feeds seem to be "feeding" (including my own blog), while Brother Cloud's has not. Indeed, I was wondering if there had been some decision to discontinue Brother Cloud's "feed."
  7. A Forum Bible Study On 2 & 3 John

    To those who are still in the audience for this thread and who are still paying attention to the postings of this thread (if there are any), For the above presentation on "Christian unity," I did a type of "quick" reading over the entirety of the New Testament (which is the reason that it took so long for its preparation and presentation, since my last Bible study posting herein). Even so, I spent a bit of time meditating upon the doctrine of Christian unity over this past month. Within that meditation a thought came to mind concerning the emphasis that we place upon some Biblical doctrines over other Biblical doctrines. Concerning the doctrine of Christian unity, we find passages in John, Romans, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, Titus, James, 1 Peter, 1 John, and Revelation. So then, for an example of my thoughts -- How much Biblical material is in the New Testament concerning the doctrine of Christian unity in our relationships, and comparatively how much Biblical material is in the New Testament concerning the doctrine of godly modesty in our attire? Now, please do not misunderstand -- I believe that if there is even just one passage of Scripture concerning a matter, then we should follow the precepts and principles of that passage with faithful obedience. However, if God's Word presents (let us say) 5 times as much doctrinal material on one subject than on another subject, should not we also place equally as much more emphasis on the first subject than on the second (unless, perchance, we have no real problems in the area of the first subject)? Just thinking "out loud" here -- first, in a very general sense; and second, in more specific relationship to the doctrine of Christian unity. What think ye?
  8. Notifications & Mandrill

    Is this problem being considered? If it is, could I receive some form of update or answer on the matter?
  9. Brother Cloud & RSS Feed

    Is there some form of answer forthcoming? Or . . .?
  10. New Testament Passages on Persecution

    Matthew 5:43-48 -- "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." 1. The Correction -- Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you . . . 2. The Command -- Love your enemies, bless them . . ., do good to them . . ., and pray for them . . . 3. The Circumstance -- . . . Your enemies, . . . them that curse you, . . . them that hate you, and . . . them which despitefully use you, and persecute you 4. The Cause -- That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven 5. The Clarity -- For he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 6. The Confrontation -- For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? 7. The Character -- Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
  11. Weekly Sermon In Psalm 119:6 the psalmist gave the testimony, “Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.” Furthermore, in verse 15 the psalmist expressed the commitment, “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.” Finally, in verse 117 the psalmist expressed the commitment, “Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.” In all three of these verses, we find the psalmist employing the verb “have respect” in relation to the Word and ways of the Lord. Concerning the Word of the Lord, the psalmist declared in the closing portion of Psalm 119:6, “When I have respect unto all thy commandments [that is – unto all the commandments of the Lord’s Word].” Concerning the ways of the Lord, the psalmist declared in the closing portion of verse 15, “And have respect unto thy ways.” Then again concerning the Word of the Lord, the psalmist declared in the closing portion of verse 117, “And I will have respect unto thy statutes [that is – unto the statutes of the Lord’s Word] continually.” So then, what does this verb “have respect” mean? It means “to view with a high regard, to view as being worthy of high honor and priority affection, to hold a spirit of high regard, honor, esteem, and even love and joy toward someone or something.” This is just the heart attitude that the psalmist, this young man of God, determined to have toward the Word and ways of the Lord. Even so, this is just the heart attitude that we also ought to have toward the Word and ways of our Lord. We must have respect unto the Lord’s Word and ways with commitment. (decision) In Psalm 119:115 the psalmist expressed his commitment unto the Lord, “Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.” He did not leave this matter to the chance of his feelings from day-to-day and from moment-to-moment. Rather, he made a decision of commitment concerning this matter. He declared, “I will have respect.” I will hold a high regard and a high honor toward the standards and statutes of God’s Holy Word. I will give the truths and teachings of God’s Holy Word a place of priority affection and priority love in my heart. I will have a high esteem for the truths of God’s Holy Word, and I will find great joy in the teachings of God’s Holy Word. Yet there was more to the psalmist’s commitment. He not only expressed his commitment to have respect for the Word of the Lord. He also expressed his commitment to have respect for the ways of the Lord that he learned from the Word of the Lord. In Psalm 119:15 he expressed this additional commitment unto the Lord, “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.” Herein the phrase of commitment, “I will,” encompasses both the decision to meditate and the decision to have respect. So then, the psalmist, this young man of God, was not only making his commitment to fervently learn the truths of God’s Word, but was also making his commitment to obediently follow the ways of God’s Word. He was making his commitment to be both a hearer of the Word and a doer of the Word. Even so, we also ought to commit ourselves to have such a respect unto our Lord’s Word and ways. We must have respect unto the Lord’s Word and ways with consideration. (discipline) In Psalm 119:15 the psalmist, this young man of God, joined his commitment to have respect unto God’s Word with another commitment, saying, “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.” The psalmist understood that there is no true spirit of respect, of high regard and high honor, of priority affection and love, for God’s Word if you do not spend time studying in and meditating on God’s Word each day. Even so, in verses 47-48 he united his love for God’s Word with a meditation in God’s Word, saying, “And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.” Yet again in verse 97 he exclaimed, “O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” In like manner, Psalm 1:2 unites a delight in God’s Holy Word with a daily mediation in God’s Holy Word, stating concerning the man who is blessed of God, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” This is the daily discipline of having respect unto the Lord’s Word and ways. With a true spirit of respect for the Lord’s Word and ways, we will be moved and motivated to discipline ourselves unto a daily consideration in the truths and teachings of God’s Word. Yea, we will be moved and motivated to discipline ourselves unto a daily study and meditation in the truths and teachings of God’s Word. We must have respect unto the Lord’s Word and ways with confidence. (dependence) In Psalm 119:114 the psalmist, this young man of God, expressed his confident hope before the Lord, saying, “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” Then on the ground of this confident hope, in verse 116 lifted up his prayer unto the Lord, saying, “Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.” Finally, in verse 117 the psalmist expressed his prayer, his confident hope, and his personal commitment, saying, “Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.” The psalmist had a confident hope that the Lord his God would be the hiding place and the shield for His faithful servant. Yea, the psalmist had a confident hope that the Lord his God would hold him up and keep him safe. Even so, the psalmist was moved unto a commitment of respect for the Word of God because he had a confidence of hope in the God of the Word. His confidence of hope in the God of the Word and his commitment of respect for the Word of God were ever united. His confidence of hope in the God of the Word caused him to have a greater commitment of respect for the Word of God, and his commitment of respect for the Word of God caused him to grow in his confidence of hope in the God of the Word. So then, do we possess a confident hope in the Lord our God? We should demonstrate it by maintaining a committed respect toward His Holy Word through daily mediation and obedience. So then, do we desire to possess a greater confidence of hope in the Lord our God? It will continue growing as we engage in our commitment of respect toward God’s Holy Word by maintaining a daily practice of studying and mediating in God’s Holy Word. These spiritual characteristics are directly tied together. The one does not and cannot exist without the other. Our dependence upon the Lord and our respect for His Word are inseparably joined. We must have respect unto the Lord’s Word and ways with continuance. (determination) As we have noted, in Psalm 119:117 the psalmist expressed his prayer, his confident hope, and his personal commitment, saying, “Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.” With his expression of commitment, the psalmist included a very significant word. It is the word “continually.” The psalmist, this young man of God did not make the commitment to have respect unto the Lord’s Word, with all that such a commitment involves, for just a limited period of time. Rather, the psalmist made his commitment to have respect unto the Lord’s Word continually throughout his life along every step of the way even unto the very end. Yea, in verse 111-112 the psalmist proclaimed, “Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.” This was the spiritual determination of his heart, and this ought also to be the spiritual determination of our hearts. We must have respect unto the Lord’s Word and ways with completeness. (diligence) In Psalm 119:6 the psalmist spoke concerning the benefits of having a heart respect for the God’s Holy Word, saying, “Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.” Involved in this statement, the psalmist included yet another very significant word concerning the matter. It is the word “all.” Herein he spoke of having a heart respect unto all of the counsels and commandments of God’s Holy Word. This began with a recognition that the whole counsel of God’s Word is “true and righteous altogether.” (See Psalm 19:9) Even so, in Psalm 119:128 the psalmist, this young man of God, proclaimed, “Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.” Then on the ground of this conviction, the psalmist centered the diligence of his heart upon demonstrating a heart respect unto all of the truths and teachings, counsels and commands, standards and statutes, principles and precepts, reproofs and rebukes of God’s Holy Word. In like manner, we also should hold such a conviction of heart concerning the whole counsel of God’s Word. In like manner also, we should center the diligence of our hearts upon demonstrating a heart respect unto the whole counsel of God’s Word. We will have respect unto the Lord’s Word and ways with consequence. So then, what is the consequence of having such a heart respect unto God’s Holy Word. In Psalm 119:6 the psalmist revealed the answer, saying, “Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.” When we have such a heart respect unto God’s Word, then we shall have need for any shame before the Lord our God. Indeed, when we have such a heart respect unto God’s Word, then we shall walk pleasing in our Lord’s sight. Posted in Weekly Sermon, Word of God, Godly Priorities, Obedience to the Lord, Daily Bible Study, Godly Meditation, Trust in God, Godly Discipline Please share this post with others: View the full article
  12. Trying To Find TRADITIONAL Wedding Vows

    Well, thank you for your love; and I praise that Lord that I could be of help to you. You're welcome; you're welcome; you're welcome!
  13. Trying To Find TRADITIONAL Wedding Vows

    Brother Garry, The following are the wedding vows that I myself have adapted and used for the two (and only two) weddings which I have performed over my 18 years as pastor of Melvin Baptist Church -- Wedding Vows Although the one-flesh relationship of marriage brings many joys, it also involves many responsibilities. God’s Holy Word, the Bible, reveals these God-ordained responsibilities to both the husband and the wife. Miss Rebekah Loggans, in the opening half of Proverbs 12:4 God’s Word declares, “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband.” Again in Proverbs 31:10-12 God’s Word declares, “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” Yet again in Ephesians 5:22-24 God’s Word declares, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” Finally, in 1 Peter 3:3-4 God’s Word declares, “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” Mr. Ronald Edington, your responsibility in this holy and honorable relationship is even greater; for in the opening portion of Genesis 2:24 God’s Word declares, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife.” Again in Ephesians 5:25-29 God’s Word declares, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church.” Yet again in Colossians 3:19 God’s Word declares, “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.” Finally, in 1 Peter 3:7 God’s Word declares, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” Christian marriage is not living merely for each other. It is two persons becoming one flesh, uniting to serve the Lord our God together. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and He will add all other things to you. Ever relate to one another in godly love, being compassionate, kind, humble, meek, and longsuffering, forbearing one another and forgiving one another. Do not expect perfection of one another. Although you need not minimize each other’s weaknesses, always be quick to praise, magnify, and give thanks for each other’s attractiveness, strengths, efforts, and accomplishments. “Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” Let the peace of God rule in your hearts and in your home. Let the Lord Jesus Christ be the central figure of your marriage relationship together. Ever serve Him joyfully and faithfully together, until He returns in glory, or until at last one shall lay the other to rest in the arms of the Savior. And do all of this through the grace that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. So then, considering the significance and the responsibilities of the marriage relationship, it should not be entered into thoughtlessly, insincerely, or inadvisably, but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God. You both stand before us as the children of God, eternally redeemed through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior from sin. Do you intend to establish a home that is truly Christ-centered, where the Word of God is loved, studied, and obeyed, a home that is knit together by prayer and godly love, in which the Holy Spirit is your constant Guide? Groom and Bride – We do. Pastor – Mr. Ronald Edington, do you now make a public and solemn covenant before God to receive this woman as your wedded wife, to love her, nourish her, cherish her, honor her, and cleave only unto her in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, in joy and in sorrow, and forsaking all others, to keep yourself only unto her, so long as you both shall live? Groom – I do. Pastor – Miss Rebekah Loggans, do you now make a public and solemn covenant before God to accept this man as your wedded husband, to love him, reverence him, support him, obey him, and submit yourself unto him, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, in joy and in sorrow, and forsaking all others, to keep yourself only unto him, so long as you both shall live? Bride – I do. Pastor to Couple – Will you please join your right hands and repeat after me? I, Ronald Edington, take thee, Rebekah Loggans, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and hereto I pledge thee my faithfulness. I, Rebekah Loggans, take thee, Ronald Edington, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and hereto I pledge thee my faithfulness.
  14. Responding to monergists/calvinists

    John 6:44-45 -- "No man can come to me, except the Father draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh to me." 1. No lost sinner, not even one, has the ability in and of him or her self to come unto the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior apart from the drawing work of God the Father. 2. Those lost sinners who are experiencing the drawing work of God the Father have the ability to come unto the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, specifically granted through the gracious drawing work of God the Father. 3. Since a lost sinner only has the ability to come unto the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior through the gracious drawing work of God the Father, that lost sinner only has the ability to come at those specific times wherein he or she is experiencing the drawing work of God the Father, and only as long as he or she continues to experience the drawing work of God the Father. 4. God the Father engages in His drawing work upon the hearts of all lost sinners ("And they shall be all taught of God"), although He may choose not to do so continually, and although He may also choose to cease that work of drawing at some point in a lost sinner's life. 5. Those lost sinners who actually do come unto the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are those who both (1) have experienced the drawing work of God the Father ("Every man therefore that hath heard") and (2) have responded aright unto that drawing work by learning that which God the Father is seeking to teach through His work of drawing ("And hath learned of the Father"). 6. Although all lost sinners experience the drawing work of God the Father, some resist that drawing work and thereby refuse to learn that which God the Father is seeking to teach through His work of drawing; therefore, such lost sinners, by their own willful rebellion against the drawing work of God the Father, do not come unto the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. 7. All lost sinners who actually do come unto the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior shall be raised up at the last day by the power of Jesus Christ the Savior.
  15. A Forum Bible Study On 2 & 3 John

    Concerning the Relationship of Christian Unity – "And not I only, but also all they that have known the truth" In 2 John 1:1 the apostle John expressed his godly love for “the elect lady and her children, saying, “Whom I love in the truth.” Then as he continued, the apostle indicated that “the elect lady and her children” were also loved with such a godly love by others, saying, “Whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth.” With this concluding phrase of the verse, the apostle extends the principle and relationship of godly love to encompass all those who were walking in the truth. Even so, herein the apostle builds the principle and relationship of Christian unity upon the principle and relationship of godly love. 1. The Prayer for Christian Unity John 17:20-23 – “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” Romans 15:5-6 – “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2. The Standard for Christian Unity – Being in unity with God our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. John 17:21-23 – “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” Romans 15:2-7 – “Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.” Ephesians 4:13 – “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” Philippians 2:5-8 – “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 3:8-16 – “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.” 1 John 1:1-3 – “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” Note: This is the very reason that we also follow the Biblical principle of separation from some fellow believers. Romans 16:17-18 – “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 – “Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 2 Thessalonians 3:6 – “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.” 2 Thessalonians 3:14 – “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.” 1 Timothy 6:3-5 – “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” Titus 3:10-11 – “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.” 3 John 1:9-11 – “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” Revelation 2:2 – “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.” Revelation 2:6 – “But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.” 3. The Means for Christian Unity – The guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit. John 17:22 – “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.” Ephesians 4:3 – “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Philippians 2:1-2 – “If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” 4. The Foundation for Christian Unity Romans 12:5 – “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 – “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” Galatians 3:27-28 – “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:14-22 – “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: and came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 4:4-6 – “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” 5. The Command for Christian Unity Romans 12:16 – “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” Romans 15:2 – “Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.” Romans 15:7 – “Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:10 – “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” Ephesians 4:1-3 – “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Philippians 1:27 – “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” Philippians 2:1-2 – “If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Philippians 3:16 – “Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.” Philippians 4:2 – “I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.” 1 Peter 3:8-12 – “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” 6. The Enemy of Christian Unity. Romans 12:16 – “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” 1 Corinthians 3:3 – “For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” Galatians 5:26 – “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Philippians 2:3-4 – “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” James 4:1 – “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” 1 Peter 3:8 – “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing.” 7. The Purpose for Christian Unity John 17:21 – “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” John 17:23 – “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” Romans 15:6 – “That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 4:16 – “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Philippians 1:27 – “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” 1 John 1:4 – “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”