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Is obedience optional or necessary for salvation?

Is obedience optional or necessary for salvation? By Mick AlexanderIs obedience necessary for salvation or is it an option that we can take or leave? What exactly is required of us to be eternally saved? Some say that we don't need to be obedient but only need to believe, just know, that Jesus died for us because John 3:16 simply says that if you believe you will be saved. Let’s apply this same logic to three other verses that speak of salvation and see the result.

1) In Acts 15:11 only grace is mentioned regarding salvation so, using the same logic, it would mean we don’t need to believe, have faith or repent to be saved. 2) In Luke 7:50 only faith is mentioned so that would mean we don’t have to believe or repent or need God’s grace to be saved. 3) In 2 Cor. 7:10 only repentance is mentioned so that would mean we don’t need to believe, have faith or need God’s grace to be saved. Full Story

 

MSBCOC Spotlight

What is the heart?What is the heart? - We may not understand our own hearts, but God does. He “knows the secrets of the heart” (Psalm 44:21; see also 1 Corinthians 14:25). Jesus “knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25). Based on His knowledge of the heart, God can judge righteously: “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).

Jesus pointed out the fallen condition of our hearts in Mark 7:21-23: “From within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.” Our biggest problem is not external but internal; all of us have a heart problem.

 

In Remembrance
Milton Franklin Selby, Jr.
January 26, 1942 - Sunset: February 13, 2015

In Rememberance Of: Milton Franklin Selby, Jr. | January 26, 1942 - Sunset: February 13, 2015As a youngster, Milton sang on the Boys Choir at the “Star”. He had a love for all things western and the western lifestyle, including horses and cowboy clothing. He thought himself that of a “Black Cowboy” and he loved country music. He was known for marching to the beat of his own drum, caring not what others thought of him.

Milton was a devoted and loving single father, grandfather and care taker of his mom Mary Selby. He was preceded in death by his father Milton Selby Sr.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his mother, Mary Selby, two sisters, one brother a son; two grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of relatives and friends.

 

Bible Study
Tradition Versus ScriptureTradition Versus Scripture - When the report of the Savior’s miracles spread abroad, Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem made their way north to Gennesaret to confront Jesus. They charged that the Lord’s disciples neglected to keep the “traditions” of the elders, because they did not ceremonially wash their hands (to purify themselves from Gentile contamination) before they ate. But Christ focused on them, asking why they ‘transgressed the commandment of God” by their “tradition” (Matthew 15:3).

This narrative highlights a problem that has troubled man for many centuries, namely, how does one properly judge between “the commandment of God” and that which is mere “tradition”?

 

Health & Wellness
The Cure for Brain FogThe Cure for Brain Fog - Sleep isn’t just a nice rest for your gray matter, far from it: It’s when your brain goes into housekeeping mode and cerebrospinal fluid mops away metabolic wastes that have accumulated during the day. This may explain why lack of sleep has such a profounded effect on our brain: making us forgetful, unable to concentrate, grumpy, accidentent-prone or clumsy.

 

Church Announcements & Upcoming Events

EVENT | Tea Time At The Star

Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Theme: 125 years of the Women’s Movement: An African American Perspective

The 125th Anniversary committee presents a delightful pampered afternoon of tea and information. Come and experience an exhibit of photographs and memorabilia showcasing the life and times of African American Women in fashion, at work and at play.

Speaker: Claudia A Withers, Chief Operating Officer, NAACP

Ms. Withers as COO is responsible for the day-to-day management of the NAACP. She is formerly Chief Operating Officer of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under the Obama Administration and also served in the Clinton Administration as a Deputy General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Education.

Location:
Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ - Pinkney Room
1063 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21223

Cost: $35.00

For more information, contact:
Sister Devorah Thomas-James
Sister Clementine Toppins
410-727-5515
office@msbcoc.com

EVENT | Men’s Day

Sunday, June 28, 2015 8:00 a.m. Service & 11:00 a.m. Service

Morning Star will celebrate Men's Day. Come and be a part of this joyous celebration.

Location:
Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ
1063 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21223

For more information, contact:
Church Office
410-727-5515
office@msbcoc.com

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