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Much animated discussion of church polity this past week has me wanting to delve into what the various general arrangements in Christendom are, where they come from, and what we should make of them. In this episode, I should like to share several resources with you - from the Encyclopedia Britannica, The Gospel Coalition, Theopedia, and GotQuestions.org - concerning the various schools of thought and traditions surrounding the government and organization of the church. As we examine Episcopal, Presbyterian, Congregational, Single Elder-Led, and Plural-Elder Led models, what we will find is that there are several forks in the road where the same or similar terms are used differently, or where different terms largely add up to the same thing while being related to and arranged differently. Which of these are correct, and are any of them more correct Biblically than others? There's only one way to find out, and that is by digging in and doing the work of studying and examining in light of God's Word. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/garrett-ashley-mullet/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/garrett-ashley-mullet/support
Pastor Lonnie begins a series of messages outlining the essential characteristics of a Congregational Church and will show how the essential elements in the organization and practice of a Congregational Church parallel the faith life of the early church.
The evening service of July 20, 1986 for Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga,Tennessee included a special musical tribute honoring the 100th birthday of hymn writer B.B.McKinney. The music was provided by the church choir including several male and female solos, female trios, and male and female duets. Congregational singing was also hymns written by B.B. McKinney including "Have Faith in God," God Give Us Christian Homes," and "Serve the Lord with Gladness." Brother McIntyre's message on faith encouraged the congregation that "faith is the victory," and Christians can overcome the world through faith in the Lord and use that faith to take them to where the Lord wants them to go.
How do we make sure we teach in such a way as to build unity not weaken it? “Thank you” to Tina Poole for your post in the AIM UK & Ireland forum as well as the comments from Geordan, Mike, Charlie, Madalena and Andy B. You have inspired me to make this recording. https://www.aimukandireland.com/ First let us have a look at one of the classic unity passages, then I will offer a few tips. “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, Teaching, as well as unity, is Christ initiative, not ours. Therefore, we keep Christ at the centre and visible. to equip his people for works of service, For a positive purpose. In other words we're not trying to prove other people wrong so much as help people to be able to do right so that the body of Christ may be built up While this all applies to the church universal, perhaps Paul had in mind the local Ephesian body. Most of the time when we teach it is to help the local body, those present, with only half an eye at most on anyone beyond the local group. If we build up the body in Christ we will build unity until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and Remember it is God's unity (by the Spirit), not ours. Understand what unity is. In other words, not trying to make everybody think the same way about issues that are not core doctrines. become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Maturity is the goal, not conformity. Maturity involves helping people to make their own decisions based on what they trust to be the meaning of Scripture as (hopefully) helpfully explained by you. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Good teaching inspires congregational members to speak Scripture truth to one another. Good teaching, over time, creates a more Christlike body. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:11–16 NIV11) A sign of healthy teaching, over time, is that Congregational members participate in the work of the kingdom with their own motivation, not needing to be chased, or pressed into a mould designed for them by leaders. Tips 1. Run new ideas past a few trusted advisors 2. Ask yourself – in what way will Christ he honoured by what and how I teach today, on this topic, from this passage? 3. Make it your aim to build up, not tear down. Build faith and hope. Will people leave you with greater hope in their hearts? 4. Always aim to accentuate the positive, rather than belabour a negative. 5. Teach to please God, not yourself, not the congregation. 6. Participatory learning may engender unity more than didactic teaching on its own. 7. Don't make methodology a dividing point: “many times huge divisions come between people who can sign the same doctrinal statement but can't agree on the same methodology.” Francis Chan, Until Unity (p199).That will do for today. Much to be said on this topic, but I wonder what you think? What approaches to teaching engender unity, and which ones prevent it? What have you seen done that you might hope I and others would imitate? Please add your comments on this week's topic. We learn best when we learn in community. Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here's the email: [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org). If you'd like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://[www.malcolmcox.org](http://www.malcolmcox.org/). Please pass the link on, subscribe, leave a review. “Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11) God bless, Malcolm
Seeing the church as "radiant" and "holy" can be difficult when so many of us have been hurt by "the church". Understanding the distinction between God's Kingdom and the Church is necessary to understand the expectations God has for us.
“All treasures lie in the time between Maghrib and Isha.” The inheritors of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ at any given time are tasked with articulating the realities of the deen and addressing the realities of that time. Here, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus passes on sixteen indispensable pieces of advice, divided among four categories, given to him by his teacher: (1) Four times to preserve; (2) Four traits to possess; (3) Four acts to do consistently; and (4) Four types of remembrances. The weekly Jumua, or Friday, Congregational prayer is livestreamed from Al-Maqasid from 1:15pm-2:10pm. Connect with us online at https://www.almaqasid.org/connect
“Seek companions with certain qualities according to what [you] want to get out of the relationship.” Citing the Quran, Hadith, and statements of the pious, Ustadh Yusuf Weltch explains the three reasons that cause one to sin and their cure. Included in the discussion is the importance of making sincere dua (supplications) and how to do so, as well as the necessity of good companionship.The weekly Jumua, or Friday, Congregational prayer is livestreamed from Al-Maqasid from 1:15pm-2:10pm. Connect with us online at https://www.almaqasid.org/connect
The Psalmist prayed against one who "did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death. He loved to curse; let curses come upon him!" What should we make of this? I. The psalmist's complaint to God, vv1-7. II. The psalmist's curses, vv8-15. III. The wicked man's character, vv16-20. IV. The psalmists' cry to God, vv21-29. V. Congregational praise, vv30-31.
“We have windows that open up in our lives, doors that open up, and you have to go through them—because sometimes those doors might not ever open up again.” In Chapter 10 of Riyad al-Salihin (Gardens of the Righteous), Imam Nawawi discusses the virtues of hastening to good deeds and being steadfast in doing so. In this khutba, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus focuses on a well-known Hadith mentioned in this chapter which encourages one to hasten to good deeds before trials and tribulations come like successive darknesses.The weekly Jumua, or Friday, Congregational prayer is livestreamed from Al-Maqasid from 1:15pm-2:10pm. Connect with us online at https://www.almaqasid.org/connect
Sometimes in ministry leadership someone, it seems, way overreacts to something we say or do - and we do not know why! "What in the world just happened?!" we say to ourselves. But we are unaware of the systems in the church, and the buttons we might have just inadvertently pushed.In their book, Leading Congregational Change, Herrington, Bonem, and Furr talk about how everything in a church system is interrelated and connected to everything else, so when we tap on this piece over here, that piece across the room moves too. How can we attempt to lead congregational change in a way that minimizes the potential explosions and broken things in the end? This is what Jeff talks about today.Support the show
Sermon Notes Date: 06/12/2022 Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor Series: Hebrews Key Text: Hebrews 13:7, 17 Description: To be a pastor is, indeed, a high calling. Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how the Bible clearly lays out the duties […]
“The beauty of Islam and the beauty of the revelation that we have and the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, is that…we are always able to understand objectively what is good in the sight of Allah ﷻ and what is disliked and forbidden in the sight of Allah ﷻ.” The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ warned us that at the end of time there will be an inversion and reversal of realities. We now live in a society defined by desire, where modesty (haya) is seen as something strange. In this khutba, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin discusses the virtue of modesty, especially with protecting one's eyes so that one can experience the greatest pleasure of Paradise.The weekly Jumua, or Friday, Congregational prayer is livestreamed from Al-Maqasid from 1:15pm-2:10pm. Connect with us online at https://www.almaqasid.org/connect
Relationship conflict. Somebody got mad at somebody else, and one (or both) of them decided to find another church. Weak preaching. A congregation will put up with a lot of poor leadership, but many—especially young people—will not long sit under poor preaching. Authoritarian leadership. Some leaders do not permit opposing views, and they expect everyone to follow in line. In turn, some members simply don't stay under that leadership style. Poor children's or students' programming. Even though it's not good, it's one thing for adults to have little opportunities for growth; it's another matter completely when our church provides little for our children and young people. Neglected pastoral care. Right or wrong, some church members give their pastors only one shot at pastoral care. If the pastor somehow neglects a need, members start looking elsewhere. Personal sin. Sometimes it's easier to leave a church than to sit under preaching that convicts week after week after week…which also means it's apparently easier to leave than it is to repent. Burnout. Members who are really faithful to a local church at times overcommit themselves based on the needs of the church. Few people are willing to admit they're just worn out, so some will simply leave instead. No connectedness. Lonely church members—regardless of whether they're lonely because the church is unfriendly or because they choose not to get involved—don't usually commit for the long haul in a church. Congregational strife. Even if you're not in the middle of the battle, constant conflict wears out even the best church members. Theological disagreement. Sometimes this difference is over actual theological beliefs, and sometimes it's over moral right and wrong. Political positions. Granted, this reason is often more apparent during campaign seasons, but it happens. Perceived irrelevance. Members who think the preaching and teaching do not speak to the reality of their day-to-day lives will often seek that kind of teaching elsewhere. These unresolved problems in the church are exactly why I left the church. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/antonio-myers4/support
Dr Uche Anizor speaks with Mike Neglia about two distinct categories of apathy that we as preachers need to contend with, first: the spiritual apathy of our own congregations, how can we awake our hearers out of their dullness and indifference with the truth and power of God's Word? And the second, and more insidious form of apathy that we must overcome is far more personal: what about us!? What about the preachers ourselves - we who handle holy things with such regularity, and are prone to burn out and our own forms of apathy and dullness, what be done for us to stir up the godly characteristic of zeal, when we find ourselves in seasons of dullness or apathy. Dr Uche Anizor is a theologian who teaches a variety of courses in systematic and historical theology to undergraduate students at Talbot School of Theology in BIOLA. His books include How to Read Theology and Representing Christ. He is married to Melissa and they have three children. His most recent book is published by Crossway and is entitled “Overcoming Apathy - Gospel Hope for Those Who Struggle to Care” Our next in-person Training Weekend for men and women of all ages will be in Boise, Idaho on October 14-15, 2022 at Calvary Boise. In this interactive seminar, attendees will meet in groups and build ongoing relationships.Registration is now live on our website Expositorscollective.com register early for discounted rates!Calvary Chapel CGN Pastors and Leaders International Conference June 26-29th in Costa Mesa, California. A lot of previous guests on this show are either main-session speakers or workshop leaders including Ray Ortlund, Tim Chaddick, Dominic Done, Nick Cady, Amy Orr-Ewing and more.conference.calvarychapel.com Recommended Resources: Wesley Towne on mental health and suffering https://www.expositorscollective.com/podcast/2021/6/22/every-hero-suffers-wesley-towne Better Days: https://www.betterdaysfmly.co/ Jeffrey Arthurs : https://www.expositorscollective.com/podcast/2022/5/3/fearing-god-more-than-fearing-people-jeffrey-arthursJoin our private Facebook group to continue the conversation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ExpositorsCollectiveThe Expositors Collective podcast is part of the GoodLion podcast network, for more thought provoking Christian podcasts visit https://goodlion.io
Rev. Merritt Demski, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Illinois, joins Sarah to talk about the role of social media in a congregation, some common pitfalls that pastors and congregations can fall into, and examples of how to do social media well while staying focused on Christ crucified. This is a rebroadcast from June 24, 2019.
A lecture with Q&A by Davenant Hall teaching fellow, Rev. Danny Hyde, entitled "The Impact of Eschatology on John Owen's Call to Parliament to Evangelize the Nation(s)." John Owen is remembered mainly for his works on the atonement and the Christian life. Yet the great Puritan also preached on eschatology and political theology during the tumult of the Civil War, Protectorate, and Restoration. What lessons can be learnt today from these neglected aspects of Owen's thought? In this lecture, Rev. Daniel Hyde examines Owen's early political sermons, in which he issued a call to action for England's Parliament to take responsibility for evangelizing England and other nations beyond. The sermons are situated within the wider social context of England, as well as Owen's particular eschatology, giving a clearer insight into the theopolitical vision of Owen himself, the Congregational movement, and the Republican party.
“The way that we look at the world is the way that the world looks at us.” In a Hadith Qudsi (where the meaning is from Allah, but the phrasing is from the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ), Allah the Exalted says, “I am in the opinion of My servant.” In this uplifting Khutba based on numerous hadith and stories of the righteous, Ustadh Hasan Petrus explains why it is paramount—and indeed one of the secrets of life— to have a good opinion of Allah in both times of ease and in times of difficulties. He also defines what it means to have a good opinion and a bad opinion of Allah, mentions a forgotten Sunna related to having a good opinion, and recites beautiful lines of poetry exalting the merits of having a good opinion. The weekly Jumua, or Friday, Congregational prayer is livestreamed from Al-Maqasid from 1:15pm-2:10pm. Connect with us online at https://www.almaqasid.org/connect
Christians say, "we want to do it the way the New Testament shows us to do it." Or more earnestly, "we want to do it the way Jesus said to govern." So just what do history and the New Testament show us? I work through three standard churchly models—episcopal, presbyterian, and congregational—to think with nuance about Christian governance. Also, what about the Big Quit? What's going on? How did a corporate culture play into my own decision?