It’s important to ask your own staff, “How can I serve you better as your senior pastor?”
If God has entrusted you with gifted team members, we want to encourage them. They are gifts of Christ to his church. Cherish them.
In order to provide you with a better introduction, I thought I’d ask Thabiti a few questions about the book.
If you’re looking for some more practical resources on church membership, here are a few suggestions.
The regulative principle, properly applied, means that church members are free from the threats of idolatry and weirdness, heresy and tomfoolery.
One thing we can assume about the Christian who regularly attends church but does not join is that his or her view of the Christian life is defective somewhere.
In order to have a church, you need Christians. So a planter . . . will need to be able to discern that there are people in his meeting who are genuinely converted.
We believe the most important question that should confront a new person attending any church is this: Where do you stand with God?
The Christian life in the New Testament is church life. Christians today should expect and desire the same.
How has meaningless church membership adversely affected the Southern Baptist Convention?
Our doctrine of church membership should take us close to a universal biblical constant, but formulating how it is lived out introduces all kinds of particular expressions.
As it was in the earliest days of the Christian faith, so it is again: entry into a local church should be by way of catechism, creed, and baptism—and in that order.
If there is no understanding of local church membership, then who are we to submit to and obey? Is it anyone with the title “elder” from any church?
Jesus authorized only one institution on earth to clean the kingdom gutters and unclog its pipes—the local church.
Should there be any difference between the way we pray for a local church and the way we pray for a parachurch organization? No and yes.