Love, Fellowship, and the Church (Stott)

Reading through parts of John Stott's Basic Christianity again is a pleasant exercise. This afternoon I was reading the section Stott wrote about the church. The whole section is too long to share here, but I've put some parts of it below. May it be a source of encouragement and direction for you today! Sin… Continue reading Love, Fellowship, and the Church (Stott)

Embracing A New “We” (Linne)

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)

The Christian Life Apart from The Church?

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?

Women, Gifts, Church, Blessings

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

The Duties of the Church (Bullinger)

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)