I now come to the final blog post of my series on youth ministry as a mirror for your church. Thus far, my thesis has been: when you look at the youth ministry of your church, that should give you a good idea what is going on in the rest of your church. So when you wander down the hall to Sunday school or show up on a Wednesday night or join a youth small group, you are going to find out what is most important to a church because those values have made their way into the youth ministry. In other words, if you have excellent Bible-teaching, Word-driven music, a maturity of leadership, and a heart for evangelism (all four I have already discussed here and here), then you can rest assure that the rest of your church is following the same pattern.… Continue reading
REPRISE Note: I have been giving a bit of thought lately to some of the “basics” of the Faith and have a desire to pursue the course more fully. Therefore, as I lay out a plan for that particular pursuit and for sharing it with our readers I thought I would reintroduce you to our Back to the Basics series with this post from 2014.
Note: This post is written from the Believer’s or Credo Baptism point of view. For a more exhaustive treatment of this subject I would recommend the following book; Believer’s Baptism by Thomas Shreiner & Shawn Wright.… Continue reading
Not too long ago a friend asked me if I had ever read Charles Bridges work The Christian Ministry; with An Inquiry into the Causes of its Inefficiency as he and some other men in his local church are going to be reading through it together. I have indeed read this tome, and wrote an overview/review of it while at student at The Master’s Seminary. What follows is a very broad overview of Bridges’ work along with the observations I made upon its first reading and I thought that not only my friend but our readers here at Parking Space 23 might find it useful.… Continue reading
Note: This is the conclusion to a four part series addressing the practice of Church Discipline over the course of the life of the Church. The previous posts may be accessed in order here, here, and here.
Perhaps one of the most significant changes in the landscape of the Protestant Reformation by the time of the 19th century was the various expressions of the faith which had come into their own. For example, the Baptists had grown from the Anabaptists and English Separatists of the Continental as well as English Reformations.1 These early Baptists held that church discipline was a practice necessary within a redeemed community and applied the practice rigorously in the New World which makes them a good starting place for examining the practice of church discipline and restoration in the contemporary church.… Continue reading
Christian, you must know if you are in a good church!
Read that sentence again.
There are good, Christ-exalting, God-honoring churches and there are false, weak, shepherdless churches. A church that pleases God is one that will grow you in your spiritual walk with Christ. You will find deep fellowship, true spirituality, and joy in abundance. A church that does not please God will stifle your spiritual growth, will lead you to lethargic Christianity, will make excuses for their weak theology, and will be not much better than a nice social club.
So, ask yourself: are you in a good church?… Continue reading