Truth Magazine July 2021

Editorial: The Work of Shepherds

by Phillip E. Stuckey

This special edition of Truth Magazine examines various areas of the work of elders and offers practical guidance on how they care for members of the local church. Thanks to Phillip Stuckey for selecting this theme and these writers.

Meditations: What Does Heb. 10:25 Teach?

by Kyle Pope

Historically, brethren have understood that Hebrews 10:25 emphasized the need to assemble faithfully with local congregations. Proponents of the AD 70 Doctrine seek to redefine and reinterpret this text. What is the biblical truth?

Womens_Insights: Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer

by Sherelyn Mayberry

Gospel hymns possess the power to express our deepest spiritual longings. Drawing on tempestuous imagery, this song exhorts us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ, who will see us safely through the storm and lead us to heaven’s shores.

Challenges: Progressivism in Modern Religion

by Daniel H. King, Sr.

We live in a perverse era in which absurdities are exalted as absolutes, and lunacy has become law. Paul’s pronouncement, “Professing themselves to be wise, they become fools!” has never been more applicable.

Praise: Mindfulness

by Matthew Bassford

The Oxford Dictionary defines “mindfulness” as “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something,” or “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.” What implications does this concept have on our worship?

QnA: What Is the Meaning of Luke 3:4-6?

by Bobby L. Graham

Archaeology: Paul’s Walk to Assos

By Leon Mauldin

After preaching all night, not to mention raising Eutychus from the dead, Paul went “on foot” from Troas to Assos, while his companions sailed to meet him there (Acts 20:13, NIV). Our article gives the setting for the narrative.

Monthly Theme: The Work of Shepherds

Article 1: Working with One Another

by Jim Deason

Communication within an eldership is like blood to the body—it brings life. It reduces stress and increases energy. It provides for a stronger immune system and results in faster healing.

Article 2: Working with the Deacons

by Bruce Reeves

The Bible teaches that serving as a deacon among God’s people is a rewarding and honorable work. Elders are uniquely positioned to help such men perform to the peak of their ability and grow in their spiritual service.

Article 3: Working with the Saints

by Gary Watt

The work of shepherds with the saints is a critical component of a productive church (Heb. 13:7). The shepherds’ primary priority is identifying and meeting the spiritual needs of their saints.

Article 4: Working with the Evangelist

by Sherrel Mercer

Divine principles govern the interaction between shepherds and an evangelist. If we respect one another and fulfil our mutual roles in the local congregations, God will be glorified and the brethren will be blessed.

Article 5: Working with the Weak

by Max Dawson

What can shepherds do to hold on to weak sheep and help them grow? A lot! Instead of being cynical about weak brethren, let us manifest the loving concern that David evidenced toward the flock of Jesse and his heavenly Father.

Article 6: Working with the Wayward

by Donnie V. Rader

Elders must use wisdom as they lead the congregation in trying to bring the wayward back home to God. When such efforts are unsuccessful, may local shepherds fulfill the difficult duty of exercising discipline properly and productively.