Church membership is not just a status, it’s an office. Members don’t need leaders to fire them from the responsibilities given to them by Jesus, they need leaders to train them. When pastors do, the church grows in holiness and love, discipleship and mission. Not only that, the complacency and nominalism that characterizes so much Christianity is put on notice.
by Adam Harwood
Dear Christian Leaders,
Please be careful when discussing presidential candidates publicly.
I am not suggesting that you should disengage from politics. Advocate for religious liberty for all people. Urge believers to be good citizens who participate in the political process and vote according to their conscience. Advocate for biblical values, regardless of which candidates or parties support those values. This includes speaking publicly against immoral policies and supporting morally justified policies.
The following is an excerpt from Going Public: Why Baptism is Required for Church Membership by Bobby Jamieson. In chapter 10 titled “Turning the Tables,” Jamieson discusses seven arguments against open membership. The excerpt below lists all seven and discusses his first objection, namely, “open membership builds on error.”
JP: Who is Going Public for?
BJ: Pastors and church leaders, first of all, since they most directly influence how their churches approach the ordinances and membership. Also seminarians, Bible college students, and any aspiring pastors or lay leaders. And if there are any Christians who are not in leadership but who have a burning interest in ecclesiology, be my guest!
The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming volume, Going Public: Why Baptism is Required for Church Membership by Bobby Jamieson. In his Introduction Jamieson discusses the book’s distinctives and the governing thesis for the volume.
The following is an excerpt from the recently released volume Baptist Foundations: Church Government for an Anti-Institutional Age, edited by Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman. In his concluding chapter, Leeman explains how local churches are both independent and interdependent. [Read more…]
The following is an excerpt from the recently released volume, Baptist Foundations: Church Government for an Anti-Institutional Age, edited by Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman. In his Introduction Leeman discusses the enduring importance of church polity.
In his Introduction to Perspectives on Christian Worship: Five Views, editor J. Matthew Pinson reflects upon the diversity of approaches each of the contributors takes in defending his perspective on Christian Worship. He states: The contributors’ perspectives basically correspond to the different points along the spectrum of Christian worship. [Read more…]
By Mike Dodson
When Jesus’ words were recorded by John under the Spirit’s direction, the seven churches hadn’t been in existence very long; yet, they each needed some degree of refocus or renewal. In fact, throughout its history the Church has followed that pattern: growing, decaying, and being restored. We who follow Jesus know from experience that the body of Christ will sometimes drift—drift from her first love, from Jesus and His teachings, and from His mission. [Read more…]