What should an installation service seek to accomplish?9Marks
In a nutshell, an installation service should clarify and underscore the responsibility the pastor has toward the church and the responsibility the church has toward the pastor.
What should a pastor do whose people don’t like expositional preaching?9Marks
Why don’t people like expositional preaching?9Marks
What are some practical ways for a new pastor to get to know his church and its community?9Marks
Should expositional sermons be evangelistic?9Marks
Why doesn’t expositional preaching require a verse-by-verse approach?9Marks
Some people associate expositional preaching exclusively with an approach that plods through books of the Bible one verse at a time. While this is certainly one way to preach expositionally, it is by no means the only way.
How does expositional preaching differ from other kinds of preaching?9Marks
How can a pastor know when his congregation is ready to practice church discipline?9Marks
You know your congregation is ready to practice church discipline when:
What are the most important things for a young pastor to do?9Marks
What do people wrongly assume expositional preaching is?9Marks
Many people wrongly assume that an expositional sermon is
How can a pastor wisely shepherd his church toward the ability to practice church discipline?9Marks
What is an “expositional” sermon?9Marks
An expositional sermon is a sermon that takes the main point of a passage of Scripture, makes it the main point of the sermon, and applies it to life today.
In other words, an expositional sermon exposes the meaning of a passage of Scripture and shows its relevance to the lives of one’s hearers. That’s it.
This means that an expositional sermon does NOT
Can church members simply resign their membership in order to avoid church discipline?9Marks
Sometimes church members who are in the process of discipline will attempt to resign their membership in order to avoid the church’s disciplinary action. Is this something that churches should allow?
Definitely not. Churches shouldn’t allow members to simply resign their membership in order to avoid discipline because:
Why should churches discipline members who consistently do not attend?9Marks
Some church members are prevented by infirmity or necessity (think military deployment) from regularly attending the church. Others, however, deliberately choose not to attend the church of which they are a member. Such non-attenders have a toxic effect on the church: