Credobaptists and paedobaptists don’t agree on what baptism is, but they both agree that it must precede church membership.
The good news of the gospel is that we have a neighbor who loved us and laid down his life for us. And this neighbor didn’t lay down his life for his friends, but for his enemies. We can enjoy God’s blessing and know his grace because our Savior obeyed the first and second great commandments for us.
It’s not a pastor’s job to have a PhD. But pastors are called to protect the flock from false teachers, and to shepherd people through theological questions and concerns.
Practicing church discipline is difficult. Perhaps this is why many churches seem to have neglected it.
Should the everyday Christian care about something as old-fashioned and outmoded as church membership? Does its practice make sense in contexts without church discipline? Isn’t it just a “Baptist thing”? Mark Dever interviews Ligon Duncan about all this and more in the latest 9Marks Leadership interview: “Church Membership in Theory and Practice.”
What were the human means and instruments of your conversion?
But precisely because our people are bathed in trivial information in this day and age, they need a shepherd with real knowledge, much discernment, and a nose for truth.
Public prayer should abound in the language of Scripture.
Let us make several recommendations for the improvement of public prayer.
Despite the importance of worship, many churches today don’t know where to begin in defining its purpose and essential elements. Panelists J. Ligon Duncan, Bob Kauflin, and Carl Stam discuss the Bible’s teaching on God-pleasing worship, addressing everything from service times to music styles.