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Membership has Expectations Real fathers have real responsibilities to their families. They cannot run around like they did before. There is a point where boys need to grow up and become men. So it is with the church. God saved us into a body of believers and we have real responsibilities to one another. In […]

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Toward the beginning of this series on the church we made a distinction between the church universal and the church local. The church universal is all people throughout time who have been redeemed. The local church is temporally and geographically limited. Grace Baptist church exists here in McCook, not in Zimbabwe. It exists now in […]

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Church Government

Christianity has always been a religion that recognizes the need for authority. There are many different forms of church government. Some of them have absolutely no support whatsoever, others have better support. I do not intend to interact with all the other forms of government that various denominations have suggested. Instead I will simply present […]

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The main ministry of the church to the world is evangelism – sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with an unbelieving world that is under the wrath of God. But that is not the end of our ministry to the world. We also have an obligation to do good deeds and acts of mercy and […]

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Matthew 13:36-42 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” [37] He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. [38] The field is the world, and the good seed […]

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Pragmatism bears the unique distinction of being the only philosophy birthed here in the United States. We may have a certain amount of national pride associated with that. And pragmatism certainly has its advantages. It is a remarkable too for cutting through all the bologna to what actually works. The problem with pragmatism, however, is […]

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Fellowship – Part 2

Why do people come to church looking for community and leave disappointed? Perhaps the reason we don’t value fellowship the way we should is because we misunderstand what it is. We tend to think of fellowship as the in between time. There is Sunday school, then there is the church service, and that gap in […]

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Fellowship – Part 1

James Montgomery Boyce spoke of a Scotsman in church who left this note folded up on the pew: To dwell above with the saints in love, Aye, that would be glory. To dwell below with the saints I know, Now that’s another story I think that poem really resonates with many people. What we would […]

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Gifts of the Spirit

If you follow the abortion debate at all you may have come across stories about some amazing people who have made wonderful contributions to this world who were almost aborted. You may have heard stories about people who have made this world a better place who maybe should have been aborted because they suffer from […]

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Multiple Sites: Yea or Nay? Dever, Driscoll, and MacDonald Vote from Ben Peays on Vimeo. Here Jeff MacDonald and Mark Driscol take on Mark Dever over the issue of multi-service/multi-site church. Dever is in favor of all the church assembling at one time and one place, and if you cannot do that then you should […]

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