Category: The Gospel and the Church

Why Does Church Matter?

It has been said, correctly I think, that “baptism is the starting gun of the Christian race.” This statement implies two things. First, we have not yet fully obeyed Christ until we have publicly professed Him in baptism and publicly claimed Him as our Lord and Savior. The New Testament knows nothing of a believer in Christ who has not been baptized at the soonest opportunity. Doubtless, the only reason that the thief on the cross was not baptized was because he was nailed to the wood, next to Jesus. Dear Christian, search through the book of Acts and...

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When Speaking About Jesus’ Bride

It has become all too common for men and women to attack the church for all of the ways in which they believe that the church has failed. Almost every day professing believers rant online about the failures of “the evangelical church,” “the Reformed church,” “the Western church,” etc. While recognizing that all of these categories are somewhat artificially manufactured, they are, nevertheless, all subject to a good measure of just criticism. What has recently struck me, however, as something deeply problematic is the way in which those who are most vocal in their criticisms are silent about commendations...

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Preacher, Feeling Good is Overrated

“Feeling good is overrated.” Those were the words of a sports psychologist speaking to a group of athletes. He was explaining that focusing on feeling good to perform well is problematic for any athlete. Occasionally, an athlete feels excellent, is in the zone, and performs at their highest level. On other occasions, an athlete is entirely out of sorts and cannot seem to do anything right. But most of the time athletes competes somewhere in between those two rare outliers. They must learn to compete when they do not feel really good, which is most of the time. This...

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Young Men, Aspire to Be Elders

Young men, aspire to be elders. 1 Timothy 3:1, “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.” In the coming weeks, a lot of Christian college students will be moving into their dorms. Some will be headed out the door of mom and dad and into the dorm of someone they do not know. There will be lots of people who will be there to influence them. A lot of these same individuals may have the mission to sway these students who say with their mouth they love Jesus but...

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The Local Church and Orphan Care

In his book, Orphan Justice, Johnny Carr says, “To our God, taking care of orphans isn’t just a great idea. It’s critical. Why? Because every man, woman, boy, and girl—including orphaned and vulnerable children—has been created in God’s image and is precious to him.” As image bearers, we reflect God’s heart for orphans and vulnerable children through our compassion towards them. We show compassion as we pray, love, give, visit, disciple, advocate, and protect. Local churches must lead the way in caring for orphans if we are to show the world what our Heavenly Father is like. Imago Dei...

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