Does Paul’s requirement that an elder be “above reproach” act as its own qualification, or does Paul mean for it to qualify all the other qualifications?
To illustrate our problem, in 2018, one beloved historic Southern Baptist Church whose name most Baptists would recognize claimed 30,000 members and an average of 6,801 attending.
Book Review: Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism, 1750-1858, by Iain MurrayBy Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022
I commend Iain Murray’s classic book to all present and aspiring church leaders, and to any Christian who likes to ask, “How did we get here?”
In the church of Jesus Christ, character matters for leadership. No character, no qualification to lead.
By God’s grace, you want shepherds who live with such obvious Spirit-dependence and fruit that false accusations fall flat.
To be above reproach is, arguably, the most general of all the elder qualifications, so it has to be defined more generally.
God has a big plan for his whole world, and God will accomplish his work in the world. Sometimes he may do that through us. Sometimes he may do it through the church down the street.
If you drape your vine over a simple trellis with structural integrity, then its fruit is far more likely to mature without bruising.
We must labor to excel in establishing the necessary conditions for revival, all while remembering that our triune God has predetermined the sufficient conditions for revival in eternity past.
How many non-Christians sit in your pews every Sunday, hardened in their unbelief because they’ve been given false assurance?
In 1876, Washington churches partnered together to host a 105-day-long revival meeting in the National Capital. This event illustrates the extent to which modern revivalism impacted American evangelicalism.
Why not gather with a few other pastors in your area once a month or once per quarter to pray for God to send revival? He has answered those kinds of prayers before.
This article offers an introduction to revivalism. In short, it persists on a host of wrong assumptions and faulty premises. Do you see any of these marks today?
If God really doesn’t care what we do when we gather and it’s up to us to design a “worship experience,” then everything is on the table.
What did Spurgeon want his people to understand about God’s work in revival?