a biblical understanding of church membership, 9 marks of a healthy church, why should I join a church?

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

9 marks of a healthy church- a biblical understanding of evangelism

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

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Marks of a Healthy Church- Biblical Theology

A tear runs down the cheek of your friend as they tell you their teenager is rebelling and they’ve tried all they can but nothing is working. A family member has lost their job but the mortgage payments keep coming, and they tell you they are considering giving “in faith” to that TV evangelist who promises they’ll receive back their gift a hundred-fold. A co-worker … Continue reading Marks of a Healthy Church- Biblical Theology

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Marks of a Healthy Church: Expositional Preaching

How can we determine if a church is healthy? What are the indicators we should look for? Some might say that numbers are the determining factor…but surely there healthy churches that are small. Others might judge a church as healthy by the number of programs it offers, how entertaining the services are, or by the amount of weekly giving. While these factors seem to receive … Continue reading Marks of a Healthy Church: Expositional Preaching

The Fall of Man

Brokenness is all around us. It doesn’t matter your political views or your religious beliefs, everyone can see that something is wrong. Murder, hate, envy, jealousy, and oppression continue to be prevalent. Everyone seems to be chasing happiness and fulfillment yet even the most ‘successful’ can’t seem to find it. Hopelessness abounds and suicide rates are on the increase. What happened to God’s good creation? … Continue reading The Fall of Man

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3 Aspects of God’s Providence

We continue our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by examining chapter 13 entitled, “The Providence of God.” MLJ defines providence as “that continued exercise of the divine energy whereby the Creator upholds all his creatures, is operative in all that transpires in the world, and directs all things to their appointed end” (143). There are three aspects to God’s … Continue reading 3 Aspects of God’s Providence