The desire for numeric growth, in turn, leads many pastors to constantly look for growth strategies that undermine the ordinary means of grace.
The church isn’t just one aspect of the Christian life, it’s the context of our Christian life—it shapes all the other aspects of our Christian obedience.
And any work which you try to contribute to your salvation, your justification before God, annuls the grace of God and insults the God of grace.
In Philippians, the apostle demonstrates how the fullness of the believer’s joy is rooted in his relationship to Christ—in the event of justification and in the progress of sanctification.
Paul had no illusions. He would either have a supernatural ministry or go home. He was totally dependent. There were no other options.
Conservative views on marriage and family are not sufficient in and of themselves to create healthy families and marriages. Church participation and membership make a huge difference.
Here are eight reasons we need to hear gospel truths each and every day.
John Piper waited until the end of his pastoral ministry before he preached through Romans. I didn’t have that much wisdom, so I dove in.
The task which I have set myself in this lecture is to focus and explicate a belief which, by and large, is a distinguishing mark of the word-wide evangelical fraternity: namely, the belief that the cross had the character of penal substitution, and that it was in virtue of this fact that it brought salvation to mankind.
In explaining covenantal headship to your members, it will be helpful to walk them through three closely related biblical truths: total depravity, the virgin birth, and substitutionary atonement.
Penal substitution implies efficacious redemption.
Did the church fathers also hold to the doctrine of penal substitution? The answer is yes and no.
Matthew 7 reminds us of the missional urgency to reach those in our worship services who are comfortable with Christian lingo but have no understanding of the truth.
Smaller churches are not godlier than larger churches. I’m not calling for no growth. I’m simply going to suggest both you and your congregation will be well-served by slow and steady growth.
It’s vital for older Christians to talk often with new Christians, making sure that in following Christ, they haven’t unduly harmed their relationship with their family.