Three Reasons I’ve Heard Here are the three reasons I hear most frequently, and two I suspect. First, I have heard from some pastors that the issue is a political one, and they think it necessary to avoid political issues. Some argue that they avoid political issues because they are divisive, others because the government forbids it. They are right on the first count, wrong on the second. Of course every truth divides. Every truth. Preach “Puppies are cute” and the kitten crowd might get upset. Preach “The sky is blue” and the gloomy brigade will demand to know what. . .
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Hebrews tells us that we are to “Obey those who are over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17). We live in an age where church membership is looked upon as unnecessary, or worse, unhelpful. That is a grave danger indeed. When we refuse to submit to a group of local elders we put ourselves beyond the reach of the gracious blessing of church discipline. We are all capable of falling. . .
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We were made for worship. There is nothing higher to which we can attain but to be perfect worshipers of our God. The Westminster Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?” To which we answer, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” It is inevitable that we will fail in perfect worship on this side of the veil, but it is our joy and His promise that we will one day succeed. Join us as we have a conversation about worship, the chief end of man.
Perhaps the Apostle John said it best, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” This should be the heart cry of the Christian parent, this should be the motivation that inspires our prayers and our actions as we invest in the lives of the children that God has given to us. Sadly, in many evangelical churches the promises of God with respect to our children are often ignored. For instance, we read in Psalm 103:17 that the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His. . .
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The Children’s Shorter Catechism set to music. Available on CD or MP3
All week long we are sinners and He calls us, His people, to worship and we come. We confess our sins, we sing praises to Him and we hear the Word preached. And then In His kindness He lets us come to His table and feast on bread and wine to remind us all again of His love and of His grace. Because of our human state we have a need to have these tangible reminders and because God knows our frame He gives us these real things, the bread, the wine and the water so that we might remember and not forget.
The Bible says that we need to be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is within us (I Peter 3:15). This command ends with the prescribed delivery method: “with meekness and fear.” That, unfortunately, hardly describes most of our attempts at apologetics. As we live, being salt and light in our communities we will encounter the heathen and we will face this challenge, this opportunity. In Giving an Answer, Dr. Sproul provides four biblical answers to common objections our neighbors may have to biblical faith. These are answers which we can give with meekness and fear.
It has been popular of late for liberals and atheists to agitate for, Taxing the Church. Facebook has their graphics traveling about with claims that the civil government could raise $70,000,000,000 a year by this means. Man, that is a huge sum! As a practical matter we can be certain the idea would never work as its promoters claim. Many smaller churches would simply move to a house-church model, some would be unable to pay and go out of existence, and others would fight the action in court for years to come. However, the main point of trying to have. . .
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What is corporate worship and why does it matter to us? Worship is the one thing that all Christians are supposed to have in common both now and forever. Praising God is what we were created for. Join Dr. Sproul as he opens Scripture to discuss those things which should unite us and which will bring glory to God and fulfillment to men.
We spelled this issue [kuh-MYOO-ni-tee] to emphasis the point that we Christians today don’t understand what this is. We know what activity is. We know what fellowship is. We even know what love is all about some of the time. What we fail to comprehend is the wonderful, challenging, painful, joyful world that exists within a Christ-centered community. I speak as one who didn’t understand and even today has a difficult time fully embracing it. I didn’t understand it when I joined my church, Saint Peter Presbyterian, in 2005, but it is what caused me to not only join that. . .
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What did Calvin Think about Church Membership? In the 20th century, it became common to dismiss the visible church as an unnecessary tradition of men. The modern said, “You don’t have to join a church to be a Christian.” We had become “wise” and discarded the outdated church. Contrary to this, stood Cyprian’s ancient claim, “You cannot have God for your Father unless you have the church for your Mother.” Calvin thought more like Cyprian than the modern individualist, saying, Because it is now our intention to discuss the visible church, let us learn even from the simple title ‘mother’. . .
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The Apostle's Creed, the creed of creeds. Join RC as he delves deep into our most basic and important creed. Find out why it serves so well as the answer to the question, “Christian, What do you believe?”
This 6 part audio Bible study with Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. is Sound Teaching on core doctrines of the reformed faith: baptism, covenant, assurance of salvation, saving faith, and perseverance of the saints.
There’s a new controversy in town, and it has as many names as implications. Federal Vision, Auburn Avenue theology, Shepherdism, whatever we call it, too many of us are talking about it. This series isn’t about the controversy, but is about those doctrines that the controversy touches. What you will find here is neither point by point refutation, or point by point defense of these controversial ideas. What you will find instead is plain teaching on God’s covenant faithfulness, on baptism, on perseverance, on apostasy. What you will find, we pray, is solid ground.
Even just a few words can change the world. The solas of the Reformation gave direction, power and wisdom to both the scholars and the laity during a time of great uncertainty and danger. These solas stood firm because they all rest on the very Word of God. In this study we seek to unpack these potent slogans, to defend them from the Scripture, and apply them to our lives. Our desire in this study is less that we would change the world, and more that we would be changed, that we would rely on the Scripture alone, depend on faith alone, rest on grace alone, look to Christ alone, and live for God’s glory alone.
This study considers the sacraments, baptism and the Lord’s supper. The sacraments are means of grace and an occasion for controversy. In this series we consider the nature of sacraments, the purpose and power of baptism and the font and the future of the Lord’s Table.
We will affirm with clarity the classic Reformed understanding of the sacraments and seek to inspire a deeper faith in God’s grace in and through His appointed means.
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Taking every thought captive is not a passive process, but an active one. In our articles and regular columns we focus on applying the truth of God’s word to home life, church life, community, and government, because they all belong to Christ. We desire to separate ourselves from the influence of the culture around us while at the same time trying to be salt and light to a dying world.
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