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Loving Our Neighbor Through Church Discipline

Satan is crafty and sin is deceptive. The book of Proverbs teaches that “there is a way that seems right to man, but its end is the way to death” (14:12, 16:25). Like putting makeup on a pig, sin disguises itself so we don’t see its true nature. It slowly lures us to its desired end while making sure the dark path looks clean and … Continue reading Loving Our Neighbor Through Church Discipline

7 Evidences of a Spirit-Led Life

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are sons of God (Romans 8:14). What comes to mind when someone says they are Spirit-led? Your answer will likely depend on your experience and what you’ve been taught. For some, it will conjure up images of some highly emotional experience. Others might imagine a quiet prayer warrior or someone with a servant’s … Continue reading 7 Evidences of a Spirit-Led Life

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Have We Become Pharisees? 5 Evaluation Questions

Last year, my family and I enjoyed some vacation time at the beach. After finding a place to put our towels, my oldest son and I jumped into the ocean to go body surfing. Fifteen minutes later, I looked up to find my wife—but nothing on the beach looked familiar. I thought I was still directly in front of her but, without realizing it, I … Continue reading Have We Become Pharisees? 5 Evaluation Questions

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The Value and Responsibility of Church Membership

According to the Southern Baptists Convention’s website, there are 15,005,638 members of SBC churches in our country. However, weekly attendance is only 5,320,488. If those numbers are correct, then only a third of our members attend church each week. What’s going on with these numbers? While there are many contributing factors, it certainly shows that our view of church membership has diminished. We continue to … Continue reading The Value and Responsibility of Church Membership

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Marks of a Healthy Church- A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism

We continue to look at marks of a healthy church that are seldom emphasized today. Using 9 Marks of a Healthy Church as our guide, we’ve examined expository preaching, biblical theology, the gospel, and a Biblical understanding of conversion. Today, we’ll look at the next mark: a biblical understanding of evangelism. Five Things Often Confused as Evangelism Evangelism is something that all believers are to do. … Continue reading Marks of a Healthy Church- A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism

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Marks of a Healthy Church- A Biblical Understanding of Conversion

A few weeks ago we began looking at the distinguishing marks of a healthy church. People typically determine the “success” of a church by numbers, programs, or budget. However, we must ask ourselves if the Bible focuses on such qualities. In 9 Marks of a Healthy Church, Mark Dever looks at nine marks that are seldom emphasized today. So far, we’ve looked at expositional preaching, … Continue reading Marks of a Healthy Church- A Biblical Understanding of Conversion

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Marks of a Healthy Church- The Gospel

We continue looking at the marks of a healthy church that are seldom emphasized today. Using 9 Marks of a Healthy Church as our guide, we’ve looked at expository preaching and biblical theology. Today, we’ll see that a healthy church must be made up of members who have a proper understanding of the gospel. What is the Gospel? Simply put, the Gospel is good news. It … Continue reading Marks of a Healthy Church- The Gospel