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Misconceptions About Evangelism – Is the Real Question, "How Do You Attract the World to Your Church?"

Posted by Boyd Dellinger on August 21, 2012

Boyd DellingerWhen it comes to evangelism, we have a generation who has been acclimated to think that evangelizing the lost involves somehow getting them back to your church. Whether it’s an attractive program or a “relevant” church service, we must get them here. That’s how many believers practice evangelism. But that’s not evangelism. Evangelism is not making our local church attractive to the world.

As believers, our desire should not be to fill our pews on Sunday with the lost. The corporate worship of the local church is not to be geared towards lost people. In fact, there should be such a great distinction between the world and the church, not a familiarity – so much so that unsaved people are not comfortable with attending a Christ-centered worship service. I’m not implying that we are unfriendly or that we prohibit lost people from attending our services. There are lost people in our services! Instead, I’m saying that it should not be appealing to them because they are carnal. Consider Acts 5:13-14: "None of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women."

In the first century church, there was a great fear among the unsaved in joining in with God’s people. They were not joining in their services and worship. But on the other hand, those same lost people did magnify them; they did have a great respect for them. The sick were being healed, lives were being changed, but there was still that reverent fear among those outside of the church. The power of God was evident, and it made the lost fearful and uncomfortable. Today it seems backwards. The lost find it quite easy and comfortable to be in our churches, and yet there is little respect or fear for the things of God and the people of God.

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How the American Church Paved the Way for ObamaCare

Posted by Scott Brown on June 29, 2012

ObomaCareThe United States Government has done it again! With the recent Supreme Court validation of ObamaCare, it has usurped the role of individual citizens to care for themselves and will punish them through taxation if they try. The "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave" has taken another giant leap towards the "land of the oppressed and home of the coward." However, hope for America does not depend on Republican control of the White House and Congress, but instead in the rising awakening of churches and families who desire to be governed by scripture. I am connected with many of these and have much hope, regardless of the big government threat.

First, let's examine what just happened. The Supreme Court's validation of the Affordable Care Act can seem confusing, but it boils down to a simple fact. Under the Constitution, Congress cannot compel you to buy something, but it can tax you for not complying. Passing this law means that the Court creatively justified something that is wrong in principle. They used the Constitution to abuse the Constitution.

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The Home Is an Earthly Kingdom

Posted by Scott Brown on May 11, 2012

LutherC. Jeffrey Robinson Sr., from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote an article called "The Home is an Earthly Kingdom: Family Discipleship Among the Reformers and Puritans, Part 1—Martin Luther."

The early reformers discovered the rich truths in the Word of God about the family. Robinson writes:

From Luther's perspective, parenting is not a secular duty but a holy vocation and a divine calling. The family is the pre-eminent estate of life-an estate that preceded the Fall of humanity and functions as the fundamental component of social order within every culture: "Thus all who are called masters stand in the place of parents and must derive from them their power and authority to govern." (Read the entire article)

The reformer John Calvin also had a vision for the family. Like no other reformer, Calvin provided the exegetical precision that defined the terms for a biblical vision of family life. With crystal clarity he explained the details of the how the family had exchanged the glory of God for a lie. We should be thankful to this dear brother for excavating the gold mines of the Bible and exposing the raw biblical language and bedrock principles that form the doctrine of the Christian family.

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Home Church: Skip the Sermon, Worship at Home

Posted by Scott Brown on April 27, 2012

AP Writer Linda Stewart Ball reported on a phenomena — leaderless unstructured, do as you please home churches. The NCFIC has consistently spoken against these kinds of churches — click here to listen to this audio message, "What about Home Churching." While Scripture makes it clear that the location of the meeting may be in a home, it is the structure and practice that defines a true church.

She writes of this increasingly common situation:

To get to church on a recent Sunday morning, the Yeldell family walked no farther than their own living room to greet fellow worshipers.

The members of this "house church" are part of what experts say is a fundamental shift in the way U.S. Christians think about church. Skip the sermons, costly church buildings and large, faceless crowds, they say. House church is about relationships forged in small faith communities.

In general, house churches consist of 12 to 15 people who share what's going on in their lives, often turning to Scriptures for guidance. They rely on the Holy Spirit or spontaneity to lead the direction of their weekly gatherings.

The author quotes church leader Ed Stetzer who speaks of why this might be happening. He says, "I think part of the appeal for some in the house church movement is the desire to return to a simpler expression of church," said Ed Stetzer, a seminary professor and president of Lifeway Research, which is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. "For many, church has become too much (like a) business while they just want to live like the Bible."

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