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.
The doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement keeps me sane and secure amid suffering.
We will never have enough songs to extol the glory of the Lamb who was slain to purchase our salvation.
As counselors, we must help our counselees see that because of Christ’s substitutionary atonement they can have relief from guilt and shame, a proper view of forgiveness, and access to the Father.
We should consider implementing personal testimonies—the practice of remembering God’s wondrous works and celebrating his mighty deeds in our lives and churches.
For too many Christians, baptism and the Supper are exclusively about personal professions of faith, and personal expression of one’s obedience to Jesus.
Mailbag #87: Are there Qualifications for Serving in the Church? . . . What Should a Congregation Vote On?By J. Kurz, R. Johnson | 07.26.2019
— Does the Bible specify qualifications for serving in the church? — What matters should a congregation vote on?
What does 1 Timothy 2:12 specifically forbid? How can we have charitable conversations about our differences?
Our world is full of problems. But what can healthy churches do about it?
Jonathan chats with Mark from the floor of the Southern Baptist Convention about the highs and lows of denominational life.
Like the book of Lamentations, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy was also born out of tragedy.
Prayers of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication aren’t just for individual Christians. They’re for the church, too. John Onwuchekwa explains.
Mailbag #84: I Live too Far from A Healthy Church. What Should I Do? . . . Among Baptists, What’s the History of a Plurality of Elders?By S. Emadi, S. DeMars | 05.31.2019
— I live in an extremely rural area where we have many churches but none that are healthy. What should I do? — Many Baptist churches now have multiple elders. I understand the biblical case for this, but what’s the history of a plurality of elders among Baptists?
Mailbag #83: Protecting the Sunday Gathering by Limiting Reasons to Be Out of Room . . . Caring for Over-Worked Children’s Ministry WorkersBy D. Russell, J. Leeman | 05.13.2019
— To what extent should the church protect the Sunday morning gathering by limiting reasons for members to be “at church” but out of the room? — What do you do to care for the spiritual health of your children’s ministry leaders?
Keeping small groups from becoming mini-churches often takes intentionality and pastoral effort.