If I were speaking to a room full of Christians concerned for the church in Iran, I tell them: “I intend to make the Lord’s Supper the key focus of my work with the local church.”
Mailbag #44: Applying “Husband of One Wife”; Leaving the Church but Attending Bible Study; Women Voting in the ChurchBy Jonathan Leeman | 12.09.2016
— What does “husband of one wife” mean? That a prospective elder must have never been divorced? — Someone who left our church still wants to attend our church’s ladies’ Bible study. Is that okay? — Does 1 Timothy 2:12 forbid women from voting in congregational matters?
But despite the trend of growing expository preaching, what if a blind spot—a byproduct of 20th-century evangelicalism—exists in our preaching?
Here is the clear reality in many congregations: congregational singing is waning in many churches. In some churches it seems to have disappeared altogether.
Mailbag #40: Too High a Standard for Church Membership; Where Are Churches Commanded to Gather WeeklyBy Jonathan Leeman | 11.04.2016
—You say the standard for church membership is nothing more than simply “being a Christian.” But that’s not entirely true, is it? —Where in Scripture are local churches commanded to gather every week?
Why pray certain things? Because the Bible tells you to from cover to cover. This book will simplify, motivate, and focus your own prayer life.
How do we decide what to do when we gather together on Sundays? Well, quite simply, we don’t decide. God does—and God has.
Are you someone who struggles to pray? Read this book. Are you someone who wonders whether it’s worth the often costly sacrifice to join mid-week with other saints to pray? Read this book.
It can be tempting to try to create or manufacture “experiences” for our people. But years of thoughtfully planned services with Word-centered content will bear more fruit than sporadic highs.
The musical excellence we aim for should be more in the congregation than in the instrumentalists or vocalists who lead or accompany our singing.
I’m not saying the way my church “does” music is the only way, or even the best way. What I am saying is that the quality of music and especially the quality of singing is not dependent upon the size of your music budget.
Corporate prayer isn’t much to look at. But it’s one of the most important things a church does.
There is evidence in the New Testament that the Holy Spirit wills to use prayer meetings to pour out his power again and again on local churches.
If you could add one thing to your church calendar, what would it be? Have you considered adding a regular prayer service?