WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH?

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Acts 2:42 could be considered a purpose statement for the church: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” According to this verse, the purposes/activities of the church should be 1) teaching biblical doctrine, 2) providing a place of fellowship for believers, 3) observing the… Read more »

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF PESTILENCE?

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Pestilence is a deadly disaster, usually a disease, that affects an entire community. Pestilence is contagious, virulent, and devastating. For example, the Black Plague in Europe that killed over thirty percent of the population during the late Middle Ages was a pestilence. In the Bible, pestilence is usually a sign of God’s judgment on a… Read more »

CHURCH ETIQUETTE

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By Lora Ellen McKinney, Ph.D. Church Etiquette Come early. Rushing into the building at the last minute disrupts the service. Take a place toward the front of the auditorium. Leave the rear seats for those who must be late and for visitors. This is a common courtesy. Be devout — the church building is not… Read more »

14 WAYS TO ENCOURAGE YOUR PASTOR

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By Dr. Dale A. Robbins Eph 4:11-16 (NKJV) “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, (12) for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (13) till we all come to the unity of the… Read more »

WHAT IS A BAPTIST

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Baptists are people of a remarkable history, a resilient spirit, and a responsible commitment. Many things have been written and spoken in recent years about these people called Baptists. But what is a Baptist? What essentials define the individual and the corporate body of Baptists? Let me suggest some characteristics of a Baptist in today’s… Read more »

I FEEL CALLED TO PASTOR

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“And how shall they preach, except they be S͟E͟N͟T͟?“ Romans 10:15 Everybody wants to be a Senior Pastor (it seems). Pastoral ministry is attractive when all you see are: •The platforms •The popularity •The bright lights •The response of the congregation •The honor & appreciation •The remuneration & lifestyle of some •The hand of GOD… Read more »

10 REASONS TO PAY YOUR TITHES!

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While visiting in a neighborhood near our church, I met a man who responded to my introduction by saying, “Oh, you are the preacher who makes everyone pay ten percent to the church.” “No, you are not talking about me,” I replied. “There is no way that I can make people pay ten percent of… Read more »

THE TITHE AND THE LIE!

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“Here mortal men receives tithes but there He receives them of whom it is witnessed, that he lives” (Hebrews 7:8). Jesus still receives tithes! Tithing cannot be Old Testament. The tithe does not go to the Church or to the preacher. The tithe goes through the Church and through the preacher. Tithing is spiritual, not… Read more »