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.
We’re not doing anyone any favors by sparing them obedience, even when it’s hard, even when it feels “insane.” We’re only withholding from them everything on the other side.
The Reformation fire has not gone out, nor has the evangelistic zeal of the modern American church died. The Word still speaks—and the gospel still is mighty to save.
In another 10 years, it’s probable no one will talk again of the YRR.
In order to preserve the vibrant missionary zeal of men like William Carey, it’s critical we view definite atonement not only as true but essential, forming the biblical basis of mission itself.
Dilapidated Buildings, Small Budgets, and Struggling Congregations: How Irresistible Grace Creates Steadfastness in MinistryBy Jonathan Worsley | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019
The doctrine of God’s irresistible grace is for you, right now, right here, on Tuesday morning.
It’s vital for those of us who hold to a reformed or “Calvinistic” doctrine of salvation to consider if our corporate worship reflects our professed soteriology.
The last thing I want to do is imply one must embrace Calvinism to be a good pastor. Rather, in this article, I simply aim to reflect on how an affirmation of the doctrines of grace can spur a pastor on to greater degrees of faithfulness.
The goal of this piece is not to argue with or even to address the non-Calvinist pastor. It is to say to the Calvinist, “If you believe this, your ministry should look like that.”
A “once saved, always saved” motif that doesn’t understand conversion and its vital connection to a church shouldn’t comfort anyone in any way.
This book is a simple, straightforward, and humble correction and encouragement to follow the Savior from the Reformed ranks.
Book Review: By His Grace and For His Glory: A Historical, Theological and Practical Study of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life, by Thomas J. NettlesReview by Adam Triplett | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019
This work can help pastors and members alike better understand how the doctrines of grace undergird and fuel passionate evangelism and missionary endeavors.
This book is the doxological antidote to anyone suffering from the so-called “cage stage” fascination with Calvinism.