God calls us today—the very imperfect people who compose his Church—to the task of displaying the glory of his perfect character
I. INTRODUCTION Good morning and welcome! This is the second class in a thirteen-week course on living together as a church. This morning, we will consider the idea of church membership and how it facilitates unity within the church. Before we begin, let’s pray. Church Membership—Why Bother? I wonder if you’ve thought much about why […]
We cannot claim that our church is founded on the Word of God unless our church is founded on the preaching of that Word.
Given how central prayer is to our lives as Christians, it makes sense that prayer is a vital part of building unity in our church.
What exactly is church government? Put simply, it’s the system by which decisions are made in a church, a description of where authority resides.
What does it mean to have healthy relationships in the church? Why should we care?
Can you recall the last time you were deeply disappointed by another church member? What about the last time you felt like a church let you down?
Through submission we model the godly humility that should characterize us as a church, and we maintain our Christian unity in the midst of disagreement.
How should we react to unrepentant sin in the church?
As Christians, and especially as fellow church members, we are accountable for each other.
What do we mean by serving or giving? We mean spending yourself—your time, your gifts, your resources, your energy—for the good of the church.
What is worship? What does it mean to worship God? And what does worship have to do with the unity that should exist in the body of Christ?
Throughout the Bible and the history of the church, God has used the witness of the church to draw people to himself.
Salvation is of grace, from beginning to end.
In corporate prayer we show our utter dependence to God as a church.
I found myself deeply encouraged by the reflections of this life-long pastor, who has been such a clear gift to Christ’s church.
Read the book to be more conversant with the young people of your congregations. But I would not recommend it for basic ecclesiological strategy.
Skip it and go read something by David Wells.
Kimball’s book provides good insight into how some non-Christians think, and readers will be challenged by his excellent diagnostic questions at the end of each chapter.
The book’s theology is an unbiblical and incoherent synthesis which might be described as popularized Christian anarchism for young, disaffected, middle-class Americans.