Two Things In “Common” – Notes/Study Sheet

(Titus 1:4; Jude 3)

 

Introduction:

   * “Common” faith & salvation taught in scripture. Does that mean many faiths? Many denominations? Many ways to

       salvation? Never.

 

   * Common is very “common” word in English and Greek. Koine was common Greek of scholar and layman alike. Root

       word koinos has many forms: koinonos (companion, participant), koinoneo (to share in), koinonia (fellowship,  

       participation), synkoinonos (partner), synkoinoneo (to  participate, share), koinonikos  (generous), and koinoo (to

       make common).

 

   * Our focus is koinos: “common,” “unclean,” “defiled,” and “unholy.”

   * Examples:

       - Lord’s disciples chastised for not washing before meals (defiled “koinos” hands Mark 7:2).

       - Jews wouldn’t assoc. w/Gentiles. Gentiles regarded unclean or “common.” God taught Peter otherwise (Acts 10:28).

       - Romans 14 – Paul dealt with immature Christians who regarded certain meats as unclean (common).

       - Hebrews 10 – Those who forsook Jesus for Mosaic Law made His sacrifice common/blood of covenant unholy.

 

1. Common faith

   * Titus 1:4 –

 

   * Common faith (Eph. 4:5), “Like” faith (II Peter 1:1).

 

   * Common also means “of the same kind.” Different “faiths” hardly conform to what God gave us.

 

   * A common faith eliminates many so-called faiths.

   * Can the Christian share a common faith with those who reject the virgin birth of Jesus?

   * Can genuine Christians be of one faith with:

 

      - Islam –

 

      - Watchtower witnesses –

 

      - New Testament Christians cannot be yoked with any who teach/practice things contrary to the Bible’s teachings.

 

      - The church –

 

2. Common salvation

   * The common salvation means:

      1)

 

      2)

 

      3)

 

   * Prevailing idea in religion is to celebrate different names, creeds, church government., & worship acts.

   * Such practices violate scripture and are sinful (Rom. 16:17; I Cor. 1:10; Eph. 4:1-6; Phil. 2:2; John 17:20-21).

   * How can denominations share a common salvation when they can’t even agree on a plan of salvation?

   * Baptism?

 

 

   * There can be a “common faith” and a “common salvation” only when conscientious people yield to God’s conditions

      of pardon and thoroughly seek to serve the Lord according to his plan, rather than giving in to human wants and ideas.

 

                                                                                                                                    R.W. McAlister 1/4/08 p.m.