How we approach church matters, and by church, I mean local church ministry. The church is the pillar of truth (1 Timothy 3:15) and the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27) and it is not to be taken lightly. Or to put it another way it must not be approached in a willy-nilly manner; we need to think through how we do things and why we do them that way. In other words, we need to have a philosophy of ministry. A good philosophy of ministry is really a philosophy of ministries, plural. It is simply not enough to say we do everything for the glory of God (although certainly that should be our driving purpose), we need philosophies that govern our use of the pulpit, how we bring new members into the body, how we use music in worship, how we reach out to our community with the gospel etc.… Continue reading
Christianity is a singing religion. Each week as we gather in corporate worship, a big part of our service is taken up by singing. I do not know of another place people go on a weekly basis and sing songs with other grown ups. It really is unique. Business meetings, college classes, and conference calls don’t typically begin with a song, much less a full music set. Yet, we find it completely normal, even expected, to have a series of songs at the worship service. Music has a powerful impact. In a congregational context, music is especially meaningful as it is a way for us to sing to one another, sing to God, and confess truth (Col.… Continue reading
Dr. Barrick began our series on missions discussing its relationship to Christ’s resurrection. This article seeks to evaluate missions in the Old Testament context between the Lord and Israel. When using missions, we mean to communicate evangelizing the nations about the grace of our Lord. Hudson Taylor, going to a foreign land, learning the language, and preaching the Gospel exemplifies missions. But is this a NT concept?
Like fingers running down a chalkboard is the concept that God did not have a heart for the nations until after Jesus’s resurrection. Yet, I also understand why people think and teach this.… Continue reading
From the start of our Christian faith, we all have received the testimony of Matthew’s Gospel regarding the resurrected Lord’s appearance to His disciples in Galilee where they met with Him on the mountain to which He had instructed them to go (Matthew 28:16). At that time the Lord Jesus declared what we have come to know as “The Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18–20). Our resurrected Savior commanded His disciples to “make disciples of all nations” (v. 19). Thus, this significant command from the Lord came as a result of His resurrection. Because He was not dead, but alive, He could promise to be with His disciples “always, to the end of the age” (v.… Continue reading
Two weeks ago, I flew up to Canada to be with Darren (one of the bloggers here on PS23). His mom died from cancer about a week previous. I would have preferred to visit Canada under different circumstances, but being there with my friend for the funeral/memorial service was good. The service was gospel-centered and filled with hope that Darren’s mom is with her Savior.
Now, of course, during the time with Darren’s family, my mind was on death and its inevitability for us all. It is a simple fact that 10 out of 10 people die and one day each of us will be in the same position as Darren’s sweet, godly mom.… Continue reading