“That view has normally been sustained down through the centuries, with ultimate responsibility for decisions resting not with pastors or deacons but with the committed church members as a whole. The churchmanship of the Baptists was not unique, for it was upheld as fully by Independents, but it was an unusual position in Christendom, arising […]
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“If you are not a Christian, you should not be in the church, but if you are, then you will not stay out of the church nor stay away from the church. Contentment out of church connection is inconsistent with the grace of God in the heart, and will surely discredit all your professions, however […]
“It is assumed in the New Testament that a member of the body of Christ is also a member of a local church. An unbaptized, unaffiliated Christian is unknown in the New Testament.” Rolland McCune, Systematic Theology, vol. III, p. 200.
“Modern-day Christians often prefer to meet with people just like themselves in informal settings, disdaining the institutional Church. This can be a dangerous mistake. The best safeguard against elitism, which is a sure mark of worldliness, is intense involvement in the local church.” Gene Edward Veith, Jr., Loving God with all Your Mind, p106.
This is a day of convenience, quick on-line shopping, and instant everything. It is almost possible for a person to live one’s whole life without leaving the house. If someone can arrange to work from home, the rest is easy. You can do all of your banking online, shop for almost anything and have it […]
The month of October afforded me a number of opportunities to fellowship with local church pastors from various states and even countries. Though I have written on the local church a lot this year, I want to relate the blessing that I received from my fellowship with these men and also to enhance our appreciation […]
All conservative scholars agree that Revelation is the last book to be added to the canon of sixty six inspired books and that the apostle John is the author. John is given his three-fold division of the book as, “the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall […]
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done […]
Every year I give a State of the Church address to the church I pastor. This is usually directed toward our small local church and what challenges we may face in the coming year. Of course, we are not alone in the coming year. All local churches will face whatever comes, and God alone knows […]
I profited greatly from reading this book, and usually any book by Trueman, even though I am not in the same denomination or “confessional” tradition as he. Trueman is Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, and also a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He describes himself as a “confessional” Presbyterian and dedicated […]