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?
How should we react to unrepentant sin in the church?
Even with the Christian church’s spotty record, we ignore the past at our own peril.
Because of everything Jesus has done, and because of everything that he is, Christians are to stir one another up to love and good works.
Book Review: Walking Together: A Congregational Reflection on Biblical Church Discipline, by Wyman RichardsonReview by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 2) | 03.01.2010
Can a pastor use this book for training his fellow church leaders, assuming that not all church leaders are not pastorally and theologically sensible? It gets an easy “yes.”
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.
Should you use the 1689 London Confession in your church? Yes, and here’s why.
Bad records and outdated rolls trouble any faithful pastor’s existence. Yet before you sweep things clean, consider both why and how this should be done.
Why go to all this trouble? Too many times, we had seen Satan exploit the newness or suddenness of a motion for discipline in our meetings.
Church discipline is tough because it feels like the opposite of salvation. It feels like anti-salvation.
What we are listening for when the Word is preached is not primarily “practical how-to advice.”
How should we evaluate different prescriptions for a successful church? How can we tell what’s good advice and what’s worthy of the so-called circular file?
By updating your governing documents with these kinds of provisions, you can strengthen your ability to obey God’s command to restore straying sheep.
Discipline is possible, on a congregational and on a denomination-wide level. I’ve witnessed it with my own eyes. But it is rare and difficult.