Transitioning to a plurality of elders is an urgent topic—for both planters and pastors who don’t yet have this structure. Why? Because the quality of your elder plurality determines in large part the health of your church. It really is that important.
It’s possible to be afraid of God, but the man who rightly fears God enjoys the thrill, the breathlessness, the awe of glimpsing God’s glory. This man knows his own smallness—and doesn’t mind it.
Isn’t it ironic that a high commitment like church membership can bring about a sense of freedom?
In your time as an elder’s wife, you will doubtless experience times of loneliness. You can take encouragement from the example of Paul that a desire for friends is a good desire.
Church membership isn’t a control mechanism, it’s a barrier to authoritarianism.
The mission of the church is in fact the mission of the church. Rather than merely being one person casting from a pier, it’s a host of men and women holding their part of the net.
Members of the blood-bought church of Jesus Christ have a holy calling to put up with one another.
You don’t need a seminary education. You don’t have to be an ordained minister or a spiritual superstar. All you need is the Holy Spirit, and you have that! It’s time to suit up and start guarding the gospel.
Our days and our words are numbered, and before long we will have to give an account to God for how we used them.
Do you remember what happened in the Garden of Eden after Adam disobeyed? He pursued him—and he’s has been doing that with sinners ever since.
When we think of being a good witness, we should do so with other believers in mind so that our witness might be amplified.
When it comes to the Christian life, when it comes to how members of different gospel-preaching churches ought to relate to one another, we need to change our strategy.
God’s Word languishes in the pulpit because churches have been taught to invest in buildings and projects, not men who have given themselves to the ministry of the Word.
Where do we find the books that tell us how to look after those who look after us?
Don’t let your pastors live on a ministry island. Let them get to know you, and the Lord’s love for them through you. They need you.