Why A Church Needs a Covenant

Aug 17, 2016 by

Why A Church Needs a Covenant

Note to reader: This is the second post in a series on church covenants. In the first post I introduced wording that I am recommending Emmanuel Baptist Church adopt as their church covenant. In this second post, I hope to defend the need for our church to use a formal church covenant.

Why does a church need a membership covenant? Let me answer this question with a question—Why does a church need a statement of faith? A church adopts a statement of faith as a summary of its understanding of the basic doctrines of the Scriptures. It uses a statement of faith as a measure for membership—churches ask members to affirm the statement or support the teaching of the church as given in the statement. The Articles of Faith is a statement of what the members believe concerning the doctrines of the Bible. This is the primary reason a church needs a church covenant: it is a summary statement of how the members understand what the Bible teaches concerning how Christians should live together. 

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Church Covenant: A Pastoral Recommendation

Aug 3, 2016 by

Church Covenant: A Pastoral Recommendation

This past Sunday evening our congregation held its quarterly business meeting. In my report to the congregation, I recommended that the congregation adopt a new church covenant, and I introduced the words I was recommending. I didn’t take the time on Sunday evening to support the statement, I only read the words. Over the next several weeks, then, I will seek to offer support on why the church should adopt this new church covenant. I will publish these posts on this blog, print them for bulletin inserts and post them on our building bulletin board. In this post, I will introduce the text of the church covenant. Subsequent posts will answer pertinent questions such as, Why a church covenant?, Why a new church covenant?, and Why this church covenant? At the outset, I hope the members know that this is their decision. I also hope they will not feel an obligation to adopt this covenant merely because I am recommending it. I understand that my responsibility is to convince them that this is best. Here is the wording that I am recommending.

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On Christian Communication Perception and Apologies After A Fight with My Wife

Jul 15, 2016 by

On Christian Communication Perception and Apologies After A Fight with My Wife

My wife and I had a fight this morning. Lest you have immediate concern because you think pastors’ families should never argue, please remember that we too are sinners. Marriage is hard work. And sometimes my wife and I disagree—vehemently. We are no less committed to one another, though. In our fight this morning, I hurt my wife and she hurt me. In the process of reconciling with each other, I said that her intentions were irrelevant, that what I perceived was what we were dealing with. But after reading the Scriptures this morning, as part of my daily routine, I think I was wrong. Here are some thoughts on Christian communication perception and apologies based on the passage I read.

The reading that struck me this morning was from Joshua 22. Here it is in its entirety.

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Pastoral Thoughts on the King James Version

Jul 13, 2016 by

Pastoral Thoughts on the King James Version

I received a letter in the mail a week or so ago from a pastor who wanted to announce his availability to assist me in my ministry as pulpit supply or as a guest preacher for a special event. It appears the man is retiring from his ministry and moving back to central Ohio. I must say I appreciate the offer, but upon looking more closely at his resumé and his current church’s website, I found information that convinces me he wouldn’t be a good fit with our church. The church’s doctrinal statement says the following concerning the doctrine of the Scriptures: “We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the plenary and verbally inspired Word of God, the supreme and final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed, preserved today in the King James Authorized Version [hereafter King James Version] of the Bible, 1611 (unrevised).”

I’m with him until the last phrase: “preserved today in the King James Authorized Version of the Bible, 1611 (unrevised).

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