From Ligonier Ministries: “People will come to church in droves if you entertain them. But that is not the purpose of worship. In today’s Q&A video from our 2017 National Conference, watch as R.C. Sproul and John MacArthur call the church back to its true purpose.” (Emphasis Mine).
This is a huge problem in today’s world. What people want is not always what they need. Show me a church that centers on [entertaining the people and I will show you a church that has malnourished people in the pews if they are not altogether lost.
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- I am considering selling my Surface Pro 3. It is a Windows 10 home; 64 GB SSD with 4 GB RAM and a 64 GB SD Card. It comes complete with a keyboard cover and Surface Pen. It is in pristine condition. I will not accept any offer below $400, and you will need to pay for the shipping. Images below. Leave a message here if interested.
“What is the greatest issue facing the church today?” In this clip from the introduction to a sermon entitled “The Maker’s Instructions,” GPTS Board Member and pastor, Dr. Ian Hamilton, suggests an answer appropriate to every generation. This sermon was Dr. Hamilton’s contribution to our 2016 Spring Theology Conference on Marriage, Family, and Sexuality. For the entire message, follow this link: https://youtu.be/6zTrxTtHaqA
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BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Church of Christ by James Bannerman
From the website: “The New Testament places the church at the centre of its practical vision of the Christian life and at the heart of the Great Commission. A church-less Christianity is no real Christianity at all.
As we head into a world very similar to Paul’s own context, in which pluralism dominates and Christianity is regarded with intellectual and moral suspicion, it is vital that Christians have a clear understanding of what the church actually is.
James Bannerman’s The Church of Christ is one of the key historic texts of the doctrine of the church. Few will agree with everything the author has to say, but as Carl Trueman states in his foreword, ‘the great thing about the book is that it will stimulate the reader to reflect on the nature of the church in a profoundly biblical and historically sensitive way’.
After dealing with basic principles and distinctions, such as the contrast between the visible and invisible church, and between the local and universal church, Bannerman takes up the important and far-reaching question of the relation between church and state. But the body of the work is really a treatise on church power—the nature, limits and exercise of Christ’s power in the church in its connexional and local aspects. In what does the ordained ministry consist? Should the church micro-manage the lives of her members? To what extent should the church campaign for wider political or social causes? Is the church to be an agent for the transformation of society as a whole? What tools does the church have for making disciples and, if necessary, disciplining them? Answers to these questions can only come from a correct understanding of the nature of the church’s power.
Although Presbyterian in conviction, the author has undertaken a ‘comparative’ study of the various classic positions on each issue under consideration as these are expressed in the confessional symbols and standard authors. It is this method which makes the book so useful for all serious-minded readers. The appendix also contains valuable bibliographical material.
This is classic Scottish theology at its best, and those who take the time to digest it will be richly rewarded.”
- For those of you who have a Samsung phone, a nice little app called SideSync is very helpful. It mirrors your phone on your laptop/desktop computer. In order to use it you need the SideSync app on your phone.If your Samsung phone is fairly new it is probably installed already. Check and then go to the SideSync website and download the program for each computer you want to us with your phone.
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