When people say, “We had a great time of worship,” what do they mean? Throughout the Bible, we have multiple uses of the word “worship.” Reverential Worship Every person who has a sense of God, even the unbeliever that has not been informed about Jesus, can worship God based on the general revelation of God. In the Bible, those who revered God honored God by taking time to worship Him. The very act of honoring God is a form of worship. I Samuel 1:19, 28 Elkanah and his wife went in to worship the Lord as instructed by God. 2 Samuel 12:20 Following the death of his son, David washed [...]
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Baptist Church Planters’ Council member, Dan Adams, and I were visiting, and he made a statement that caused me to think. He said that “almost all the trouble in the present day church is the result of Arminian thinking.” I have been pondering that statement and would like to share some thoughts. Arminianism can be defined as the belief that man has a significant role in salvation, can resist the grace of God, and can lose his salvation by unbelief or unfaithfulness. John Calvin, defending believers who were seriously challenged and defamed by the Roman Catholic Church, taught that their salvation was not in question as the Church would have [...]
Catechism! Sounds like something Catholic to me. But what is it really? Catechism- A catechism (from κατηχέω, to teach orally) is a summary or exposition of doctrine and served as a learning introduction to the Sacraments traditionally used in catechesis, or Christian religious teaching of children and adult converts. Catechisms are doctrinal manuals often in the form of questions followed by answers to be memorized, a format that has been used in non-religious or secular contexts as well. (Wikipedia) In my reading of the book, “Matthew Henry- His Life and Influence” by Allan Harman, I was amazed by a number of things, namely: The influence his father had on his [...]
In a recent Pastor to Pastor I encouraged you to survey your church family to determine their likes, dislikes and hopes and dreams for their church. A couple of pastors decided to try that, and this has prompted me to write a follow-up. One pastor said, “I’m not sure I like what I found, but I recognize it is reality.” Another said, “What do I do now?” PERCEPTION IS REALITY Sometimes people say things that are not necessarily true, yet they perceive them to be true. It is hard not to attack the statement, but one must think through this question, “Why do they perceive this to be truth?” On [...]
What are the people in your congregation thinking? Do you really know? Do you want to know? These are questions that caused me to question how I could find out what people were thinking. A mentor of mine suggested I use a survey to determine the answers to my question. I found this exercise very helpful to me as a pastor. Here are some thoughts on this matter. 1. I believe it is very important to know what the people are truly thinking. What they say may be the truth and it may not be, but if they are thinking it, it is truth to them. 2. The simplest form [...]
Recently, I was asked to give a report to a brother that was teaching on the subject “Encouraging your pastor.” He asked me to list both the things that encourage and discourage a pastor. Here is what I said: Things that encourage the pastor Faithful attendance Daily prayer, knowing the members are regularly praying for the pastor Helping others- when pastors see the people helping others without prompting, it is huge Periodic notes when a message or service blessed them- I still have a file with the “good notes” A gift card is very special once in a while Inviting the pastor and family over after the evening service for [...]
I was blessed to be part of the Men’s Steak Fry and Game Dinner in Newark, OH, last Friday night and then spoke on Sunday. It was a rich blessing to spend time with Pastor Paul Reimer, BCP Councilman. He and his fine wife, Debbie, have done an exceptional job in both raising their four boys (who are all married and with children) and developing Baptist Bible Church of Newark as a mission-minded, growing church. The church supports four BCP church planters. I also enjoyed getting to know Jack Kehl, member of our ChurchCare Board. Jack and his friend, Thad, were a blessing to be with. I stayed in the [...]
One of the key ingredients of the church is FELLOWSHIP. Acts 2:42 says, “They continued steadfast in the apostles’ doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread and in prayer.” Biblically, fellowship is: 2842 κοινωνία [koinonia /koy·nohn·ee·ah/] n f. From 2844; TDNT 3:797; TDNTA 447; GK 3126; 20 occurrences; AV translates as “fellowship” 12 times, “communion” four times, “communication” once, “distribution” once, “contribution” once, and “to communicate” once. 1 fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation, intercourse. 1a the share which one has in anything, participation. 1b intercourse, fellowship, intimacy. 1b1 the right hand as a sign and pledge of fellowship (in fulfilling the apostolic office). 1c a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a [...]
The way we view the church makes a huge difference in how we “do church.” There are two primary views on the church. The first is that the church is a gathering of professing baptized believers, coming together to observe the ordinances, edify and encourage the body, proclaim the gospel to the world through evangelistic preaching and the establishment of churches, and discipline those who walk contrary to the doctrines and covenant of the church. This view sees the purpose of the church to be the building up of believers so that they will be strong in the world where they live. The second view of the church is that [...]
Yesterday, June 2nd, I attended the ground-breaking service of Boardman Baptist Church of Youngstown, OH. This good church has been planning, saving, praying and hoping for many years for the day they would break ground for a new auditorium. Their church facility is not adequate for their congregation. It was a great day. Many of the former pastors returned and shared stories of the past. Ohio Regular Baptist Fellowship representative, Dr. David Warren, who has preached at Boardman many times, shared the value of perseverance. BCP is involved because ChurchCare Construction (subsidiary of BCP) is providing the builders. The Martin Eaton and Dale Murphy families are helping the church in [...]