Is a Church Covenant a Violation of James 5:12?

Is a Church Covenant a Violation of James 5:12?

Recently, a dear friend of mine challenged me on the idea of a church having a covenant. This friend took issue with the very word "covenant" because he understands it to be synonymous with an oath, and Christians are prohibited from taking oaths according...

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Seven Commitments Christians Must Make to be a Church

In yesterday's post, I attempted to lay the foundation of the doctrine of church membership, which was the introduction of my sermon this past Sunday. Today I want to publish the remainder of the manuscript, edited for blog publication, with seven commitments...

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Foundations of Church Membership

Historically Protestant churches have determined there is no better tool than formal membership to answer the questions implied in 1 Corinthians 5 and elsewhere: Who are we? Who takes the ordinances? Who is the pastor responsible for shepherding? Who is the congregation accountable for? 

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Summary of Christian Doctrine

I've been doing some updating of my doctrinal statement this summer. Below is an accordion view of my position on the major doctrines. You may also download the document as a PDF here. I believe the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, to be the verbal and plenary...

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Preparation for Worship (June 11, 2017)

What does it mean to be a man and not a woman or a woman and not a man? This question becomes more difficult to answer as our world becomes increasingly secularized. Yet God has answered this question from the beginning. This Sunday the sermon will focus on a theology...

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Preparation for Worship (May 7, 2017)

God made man. Go ahead and read that again, but this time meditate on each word—God made man. God made man. Those words from Genesis 1 form the climax of the creation story. This Sunday we will chew on these words and others from Genesis 1:26–31 and the sixth day. Man...

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Preparation for Worship (April 30, 2017)

Psalm 19 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork." Properly understanding Creation is part of properly understanding God. Without God's revelation of creation, we would not know what God did in our origins. That is...

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Preparation for Worship (April 23, 2017)

Oh, the marvel of God in creation! This Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church we continue our study in Genesis with the subject of God, particularly his existence. Genesis 1 assumes the existence of God, but that is not surprising when one considers the culture of the Ancient Near East—everyone believed in the gods.

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Bible Study Resource — Biblearc.com

Bible study is a discipline of the Christian life that God uses to grow his people into the image of Christ. Christians hunger for God’s word, they want to know it, they want to study it, they want to meditate on it (cf. Ps 119:97). Bible study (not mere Bible reading) is an essential aspect of the Christian life. In this post I want to introduce you to a helpful Bible study tool for moving to a deeper, more intentional method of study.

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