A couple weeks ago Phil shared some comments during announcements and said he would follow them up with a blog post. Well, here it is. Just a bit on a biblical understanding of the office of elder in the New Testament, the equality of the elders in a plurality, and the blessing of their differences in gifting and experience to the whole.
In Thursday's post we addressed a few questions about church discipline, and today we’ll hit a few more. You might have ones we don’t hit, and if so, please talk to one of the pastors. In case you missed it during the sermon last week, the book I mentioned was called God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook for Church Discipline, by Robert Cheong. He does a great job of addressing important issues while keeping a redemptive and relational focus.
Last Sunday we looked at the topic of church discipline. As is so often the case with sermons on complex issues, often times you provoke as many questions as you try and answer. With that in mind, the elders wanted to post a set of questions and answers on the topic that address at least some of these. Please feel free to talk to any of the pastors if you have additional questions. At a number of points, I’ll refer to the Member Handbook, which has a chapter on this topic.
A quote from The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything, by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne.
Last Sunday we finished our 1 Thessalonians series and looked at 5:23 in that letter, “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The main burden of this text is assuring us that God will indeed finish his work of making us holy. He will not fail in that!
But this verse also presents us with a question: When it says “spirit and soul and body,” is it assuming that we have three distinct parts in us—that…
This week we begin a short series out of 2 Thessalonians. Read the book if you can. It's only three chapters. For extra-credit look again at Acts 17:1-9 to recall what the church plant in Thessalonica looked like. Here are five things to know as we approach these sermons:
1. THE ORIGINAL CHURCH PLANT
In Acts 17 a group of apostles went to the city of Thessalonica to plant a church, estimated to be in 49 A.D. This was the team sent out by the Jerusalem church to deliver the letter written in Acts 15. Paul and Barnabas were originally…
Josh Blount serves as pastor in one of our churches in Franklin, West Virginia….I asked him to contribute to ours, and he sent a few posts that we'll sprinkle in over the next weeks. Here is one where he addresses some of the key elements of a worldview
This morning in our sermon we're looking at the names of God from Psalm 86. Specifically we're looking at God's name, Adonai. It means, “my Master.” To help us appreciate how David the Psalmist would have used the names of God, I switched out the English translations of God's names for the Hebrew originals. Sometimes it helps us to do this in our minds as we read the Old Testament to cause us to slow down and reflect on how much God's names reveal about him. Here is Psalm 86:
A Prayer of David.
Yesterday I mentioned that the souls of the unbeliever remain with their bodies in the “intermediate state,” which is the time between physical death and the eventual resurrection of the body. Looking at other New Testament texts, it is clear this wasn’t correct.
On September 7th we are providing an opportunity for water baptisms, so this is a good time to revisit what we believe about baptism. The basic idea is that believers should be baptized by immersion in water as a believer. The two halves of this idea are equally important to get straight in our minds: (1) believers and (2) baptized by immersion in water. Thus, the simple test of whether you (or your child) should be baptized is whether or not you (or your child) believe in Jesus and haven't already been baptized as a believer.