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A Bit on Family Worship

What is family worship and how does one go about it? Several years ago, a brother in our congregation asked me this question. Here was my response....

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Why Plant Churches? Four theological reasons...

Vision in the local church is what the Bible tells us God wants for us, in us, and through us to the praise of his glory in Jesus Christ. Based on the observations below, it is our conviction that an important part of the Bible’s vision for local churches is for them to plant more local churches, where new disciples can manifest God’s kingdom on earth and submit to one...

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Spreading God's Glory to the Next Generation

We live in a world that devalues and oppresses children. In the Bible, it was a Pharaoh or a Herod killing babies to protect their throne. It was nations sacrificing their children to false gods...We still see it in things like abortion, abuse, and neglect. The birth-control industry suggests children are a burden more than a blessing. Similar attitudes characterize people...

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What is the church?

What is the church? While certainly not exhaustive, here's a brief portrait of the church based on numerous texts from Scripture....

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The Gospel & Our Giving

The gospel of Jesus Christ motivates our giving. Giving is motivated not by looking at another ‘law’ for a minimum amount I’m constrained or required to give, but by looking at Jesus’ person and work for the maximum amount I’m freed to give. When we look at the gospel, we find at least four principles that guide our giving....

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Responding to Biblical Eldership (Part 3)

The Bible implies that every believer knows which elders he/she is accountable to obey under the Lord and that elders know which believers are directly under their pastoral care. Insofar as these appointed men follow Jesus Christ and extend his shepherdly care, members of a local church should submit to the elders God has placed over them in particular. But what does such ...

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Introducing Biblical Eldership (Part 1)

Part and parcel to God’s design in building the church and equipping her members is providing exemplary leadership through whom he administers his own shepherdly care. The Lord uses these leaders to press the truth and grace of his character into the life of the congregation. Insofar as these appointed men look like Christ and follow him, the congregation will benefit. ...

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The Nature of Biblical Eldership (Part 2)

When we discuss the nature of biblical eldership, we are seeking to answer the question, What should Jesus Christ’s care for the church look like when it comes through the elders? Using terms often associated with shephering in the Scriptures, we could summarize the nature of eldership under four headings: lead, feed, protect, and care....

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Making Evangelism a Priority

Jesus doesn’t need us, but he chooses to use us in the unstoppable advance of his kingdom across geographical boundaries and ethno-linguistic barriers. The kingdom grows as we announce to all peoples the forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name. The following are a few considerations in making evangelism a priority for our own lives....

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Mike's Story | From Despair to Liberty

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Mike's story of despair and forgiveness found through the gospel of Jesus Christ....

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