If we are going to live in a certain way as the church, then we need to know what the church is. So: What is the church? One popular belief is that the church is a building. Even though that belief is false, the building in which you attend church is not the house of … Continue reading What is the Church?
This is part 3 of my 3 part series on why we worship. In the first part I covered how we were created to worship. In part 2 I discussed how we were commanded to worship. Finally, we come to Christ, who without him we cannot worship. As we started in John 1, … Continue reading Christ is Our Worship
"I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;” (1 Ti 2:8) According to Paul, men are to put away petty differences and anger. Instead of fighting, they are to pray with one another. Paul gives this command to the men instead of the women because … Continue reading Men, Lead Out In Prayer!
I belong to the Southern Baptist Convention and so do approximately 16 million others throughout the United States. Yet despite such a number, the average weekly attendance in Southern Baptist churches all across America is less than 6 million. What this means is that on any given Sunday, there are more than 10 million Southern Baptists who … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be A Church Member?
Let’s be honest: teaching the Bible is scary. If it’s not to you, it should be. Whether you are a small group leader, Sunday school teacher, professor, pastor, or anything else where the Word of God has been entrusted to you to magnify and exposit, you should tremble. The Holy Word of God, His grand love … Continue reading Questions You Need To Ask Before Teaching The Bible
Perry County, Alabama is among the poorest counties in the United States. Some studies say that 46.9% of Perry County's residents live under the poverty line. A study that was done just a few years ago showed 41% of the county, with 72% of all children in the county, are on food stamps, which is the … Continue reading What It’s Like To Be A Mission Project
In the fall of 2012 my wife and I loaded up a U-Haul and left Livingston, Alabama for Kansas City, Missouri. The previous May we had both decided to continue our schooling at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I began pursuing a Masters of Divinity and Candace started working on her Master of Arts in Counseling. When … Continue reading Lessons Learned By A Young Pastor
Editor's Note: This is the fourth installment of a four part series on preaching from the layman's perspective. To check out previous articles, click here. 1. Express your gratitude to the Lord. Be thankful that you have a pastor who cares deeply about preaching and teaching God's Word in a way that honors the Scriptures. Be … Continue reading What Do I Do After I’ve Heard A “Good” Sermon?
Editor's Note: This is part 3 in a 4 part series on preaching from the layman's perspective. Previous articles in this series include How Do I Know When I've Heard A Bad Sermon? and How Do I Know When I've Heard A Good Sermon? Ok, let me start off by apologizing for just now getting part 3 out. … Continue reading What Do I Do After I’ve Heard A “Bad” Sermon?
Editor's Note: This is part 2 in a 4 part series on preaching from the layman's perspective. Future installments include "What To Do When After I've Heard A Bad Sermon" and "What To Do After I've Heard A Good Sermon". To read part 1, "How Do I Know When I've Heard A 'Good' Sermon", click here. This … Continue reading How Do I Know When I’ve Heard A “Bad” Sermon