Bill Irby's blog

Supporting the Gospel

Paul loved the church at Philippi and the church there evidently loved him. He wrote to encourage them and they supported his efforts in preaching the truth elsewhere (1:4, 10; 4:15-16). A striking line is found in 1:27 where he wrote: Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: that whether I come or be absent. I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.

Gospel Meeting Begins

Have you thought about the way we identify the activity that begins here at West Hobbs Street this Sunday? We call it a "Gospel Meeting." Some folks call these things revivals but we usually call them gospel meetings. Have you ever wondered why? I have.

Word Power

One of the lessons of the book of Genesis is that people organize themselves into groups based on affinity. The greatest apparent point affinity among men is language. Nations are born out of the fact of a common language. Later in the Biblical text nations come to be known by the language they speak. The language we speak is a fundamental building block in the formation of society. The body politic is derivative of the people's use of language.

Thoughts From Guyana

One of the blessings of this work is that I have been able to go to Guyana. Since I have been there a number of times there is a certain similarity to the trips. But each is also very different and I learn something new every time.

Packing Up

As you read this those of us who went to Guyana should be getting ready to make the trip home. As one of those folks, I sincerely hope that this is actually the case. You know what always accompanies going on any kind of trip we have to "pack up."

Nine From Hobbs Street to Guyana

This Friday morning at 4:00AM nine West Hobbs Street members will leave the building to go to the Nashville airport. From there we zip down to Miami. From Miami we take our familiar British West Indies Airlines (BWIA or "BeWee") flight to Guyana. If things go as planned we will reach Cheddi Jagan Airport in Timehri, Guyana about 8:00PM. Notice that I said, "If things go as planned." We have known it to be otherwise, but we press forward nonetheless.

God's Acceptable Words

The preacher who wrote Ecclesiastes " sought acceptable words" (Ecclesiastes 12:10 NKJV). We are told by this ancient book that "The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd." The words the preacher wrote were inspired. They were not his alone, but came from the Mind of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). He then added, "And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books, there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh." There are many books in the world, indeed, more today than in Solomon's day. Study is hard work and this kind of work is much harder than many assume. But the student must remember that God's Word is always superior in content and function to the written meanderings of the mind of man.

Departing From the Faith

The Apostle Paul provided direction for the work of his son in the faith, Timothy. In 1 Timothy 4:1-2 he warned the younger man about those that would depart from the faith. That warning provides us with a concise and clear definition of what it means to "depart from the faith."

Not By Bread Alone

We know that life has material requirements. A person has to sleep some. We have to eat and drink. A little exercise is also good. This is basic stuff. But and if we attempt to live on an altogether material basis, we will fail.

Idea, Definition, and Christianity

Christian faith is a matter of confidence in things that transcend our own individual experiences (Hebrews 11:1, 6). None of us saw the Risen lord, but we know He arose as well as if we had. That faith and trust are components of the definition of Christianity. This is the essence of 1 Corinthians 15 wherein Paul ties trust in the resurrection of Jesus to the reality and truthfulness of the Christian religion.