Have you ever heard of or used the term "first family?" I've heard that term used to describe our Christian church family. The body of Christ - the household of God - is the Christian's "first family." Christians are brothers and sisters in the Lord. Sometimes when we take up our cross and follow Jesus,… Continue reading Embracing A New “We” (Linne)
Scripture is quite clear that God's people are part of his household (Eph. 2:19). Those who trust in Christ are family. They are an essential part of his body. God has gifted them in various ways to serve one another in love (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12, etc.). They are called to love each other… Continue reading The Christian Life Apart from The Church?
In the past twenty years or so I've been to several different events for Christian men: retreats, meetings, workshops, etc. They've been a blessing in various ways. However, sometimes someone will comment on how great it is to hear men singing together in a Christian setting. Yes! It is! However, my thought is always this:… Continue reading Women, Gifts, Church, Blessings
Henry Bullinger's mid-sixteenth century publication, The Decades is a four volume collection of sermons on the main points of the Christian faith. The Decades is something like Calvin's Institutes in structure, content, and character. These sermons by Bullinger are worth reading! In the fifth book of The Decades, sermon 1, Bullinger wrote on the church.… Continue reading The Duties of the Church (Bullinger)
There's more to presbyerianism than this, but these points by Charles Hodge are for sure worth highlighting: ...The three great negations of Presbyterianism—that is, the three great errors which it denies are—1. That all church power vests in the clergy. 2. That the apostolic office is perpetual. 3. That each individual Christian congregation is independent.… Continue reading Three Great Negations of Presbyterianism (Hodge)