Welcome To My Blog!!

Thanks for taking the time to visit my site!  I hope that your time spent here with the Word of God will be spiritually beneficial to you.  Let me introduce myself so you’ll know a little more about me and the goals I have for my blog.

Beth and me with our oldest daughter, Katie
Beth and me with our oldest daughter, Katie

My name is Jon Mitchell.  I’m married to Beth, a woman who truly follows the example of the godly wife of Proverbs 31.  She is my strength and support, an example to me in more ways than she knows, and I love her very much.  The good Lord blessed us with two wonderful little girls, Katie Elizabeth and Ashlynn Evangeline.  I am so grateful for the kindness our gracious God has shown me by providing me with this family.

I’m a preacher of the gospel, and have been since 2000.  I’m a member of the church of Christ, and would like to tell you about it.  The church of Christ, also known in the Bible as the church of God, the church, the Way, the body of Christ, the household of God, and many other biblical descriptions, is not evangelical, ecumenical, fundamentalist, progressive, a cult or sect, or any other of the popular religious terms used to describe churches these days.  It is not a denomination, nor does it have much in common with most churches or religious groups which classify themselves as non-denominational.

In fact, a more accurate description of the church would be that it is pre-denominational, in that it follows the New Testament, the doctrine of the apostles which was taught to the first Christians (Acts 2:42; Eph. 3:3-5).  Part of that doctrine teaches that there is only one church and one faith in the sight of God (Eph. 4:4-5; cf. 1:22-23), and that church supports nothing more or less than the truth of God’s Word (1 Tim. 3:15; 1 Cor. 4:6; cf. John 17:20-23; Rev. 22:18-19; Matt. 15:7-9).  History shows that the thousands of different faiths, denominations, churches, cults, sects, and fads which make up Christendom started after the deaths of the apostles and originated with men (1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 4:3-4), and therefore are not truly the church Jesus built (Matt. 16:18).  We in the church of Christ strive to follow only God’s Word, the seed which produces good fruit (Luke 8:5-15).  By doing so, we become the church which belongs to Jesus, the church of Christ.

Me being a proud Daddy with Ashlynn, my youngest daughter

I love the Lord, and want to love him even more (Matt. 22:37).  My goal is to share his gospel with as much of the world as possible (Mark 16:15), starting with my family, my church family, and readers like you.  Sharing his Word with others is my passion (Jer. 20:9), and I hope what I share with you here can help it become your passion also.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

The way to God is through Jesus.  The only way to have a relationship with Jesus is to abide in his Word (John 14:15, 21-24).  His Word is truth (John 17:17), and is what I as a Christian preacher am commanded to preach (2 Tim. 4:1-2).  To the best of my ability, I will strive to give you on this blog nothing but what God’s Word says.  That alone is what will make me and any other preacher a “preacher of truth” indeed.

Do you want to have a true relationship with Jesus and know with certainty that you’re heaven-bound?  I know I do.  It is my prayer that the lessons from Scripture you find here will help you on your journey.

Jon

22 thoughts on “Welcome To My Blog!!”

    1. Appreciate you saying that, Neal. Just so you know, you and your “Daily Bread” articles on your preacherpollard blog are the inspiration behind my efforts here. So thank you for that. Any advice or feedback you ever feel like giving me is more than welcome. God be with you in the work you’re doing up there in Denver. It was good to see you again at PTP last week.

      Jon

  1. Hi Jon, I am hoping to e-mail you in order to further our discussions. My e-mail is on my page in the about section. If you would like to e-mail me so I have your e-mail we can continue. Thanks,

    -MC

  2. JON,

    I just read your comment in response to Rich Little’s blog post regarding the appointing of a new president for Harding. I appreciate your comment and the biblical, solid statements you made. I am in total agreement with what you said, and want you to know that I appreciate your succinct, Bible based response. I look forward to reading articles on your blog. Thank you again,

    In Christ,

    Roxanne Langley, class of ’91

    1. Could you help direct me to the blog/comments from Rich Little about Harding’s new president, please? I can’t seem to track it/them down.

  3. Hello, Jon. I wanted to know if I could discuss something with you through email. Would that be alright?

    I believe the email should be provided to you by the comment. If not, please let me know.

  4. Hi Jon; What are a few good commentaries that you would recommend. I have the Gospel Advocate commentary but it only covers the NT. I also have the College Press commentary but I need something a little deeper. Thank you Tom Ferguson

    1. James Burton Coffman is good. Wayne Jackson wrote an excellent commentary on the entire New Testament, one on each of the OT prophets, and his commentaries on Acts and Timothy and Titus are superb. Keil and Delitchtz are good OT commentaries.

      1. I’d recommend giving the free on-line Bible Hub a try at: http://biblehub.com  It has an incredible compilation of Biblestudy aids all in one place; instantly lets you search and find any passagewith just a key word or phrase, from the original languages to hundreds ofdifferent translations, an interlinear breakdown, concordances and crossreferences, maps, and gives you lots of different commentaries of variouslevels of technical scholarship to choose from. Then you could either lay out cash to buy the hard copy ofwhichever one(s) you like best, or just keep using Bible Hub free and haveaccess to all of them literally at your fingertips.  You don’t even have to register as auser.  The program has always workedquickly and efficiently even when my computer bogs down under other internetsites.

  5. Are you interested in publishing an article about widowers as elders? The article discusses whether a widower who is an elder/pastor/bishop in the Church of Christ is to lose his office upon remarriage, and whether a remarried widower is eligible to be appointed to the post. It consists of a text of exactly 5,000 words, and an additional 250 words of footnotes and bibliographic details.
    As you know, 1 Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:6 require an elder/bishop/pastor in the Church of Christ to be the husband of one wife or married only once. Difficulties concerning what these phrases mean have opened a range of interpretations about the precise qualifications. The proposed article concentrates on whether a widower loses his qualification upon remarriage. It surveys the Restoration websites most readily available on the topic, with a consideration of J. W. McGarvey. Then it examines the works of Christian authors before the middle of the third century, as uniquely positioned to observe interpretations and practices recently descended from the apostles. Next, it critiques the methodology of the websites in formulating and advancing their judgments, and whether they are less likely to be as valuable and reliable as those of ancient church fathers. It concludes that a widower who remarries loses his office, and leaves open the question of celibate widowers.

    1. I’d be interested in reading it. This site is made up primarily of articles which I write, and secondarily of articles I publish as editor of the Carolina Messenger (www.carolinamessenger.wordpress.com). If you’d like, email me the article for consideration for publishing there at carolinamessenger@gmail.com. Thanks!

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