April 27, 2015
Not one among us is permitted to chart out his own race. But each one of us must “run with patience the race that is set before us.” In our day of highly competitive athletics each runner wants to make sure that the race he must run is the same as that of the other runners around him. But the believer is to be focusing on Jesus, the One who has charted our course and has run His race successfully.
April 24, 2015
Part Three: The ETS & Inerrancy – how deep is the commitment?
Doctrinal Basis of the ETS
Article III of the ETS Constitution states very simply the doctrinal basis for the ETS, and every member must “subscribe in writing annually” to this statement:
“The Bible alone, and the Bible in its entirety, is the Word of God written and is therefore inerrant in the autographs. God is a Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each an uncreated person, one in essence, equal in power and glory.”
April 22, 2015
Fundamentalism is best known for its separatism, a willingness to separate when biblical truth is at stake. Separation, however, is the flipside of fellowship. If we can fellowship with someone (or something like a church or an association), we cannot separate from him (or it). If we do not have a basis for biblical fellowship, then we will struggle with our basis for biblical separation.
There is not enough space to examine everything pertaining to fellowship in Scripture, so this article will look at the primary passages concerning this topic. Since the author intends to focus on the church age, the discussion will be limited to the New Testament.
April 21, 2015
Today a new way of thinking has emerged. Our world has undergone a cultural earthquake due to the rise of postmodern culture and ideas. Most postmoderns are not going to be impressed with only our verbal presentations of the gospel. What is needed is a people who live out the gospel in transparent, authentic, life-changing, relationships.
April 20, 2015
The culture of a New Testament church must focus on evangelism and discipleship. Every organization, including churches, has an often nonverbalized set of cultural values. I fear many churches have cultures that encourage many good Christian activities but do not have a culture that encourages evangelism. A culture of evangelism and discipleship is one that must be nurtured and developed on a regular basis as core to the life of the church. It cannot simply be talked about. People must see leaders involved and sacrificing for evangelism. A church must think strategically about this culture. That means that at times it does things to re-enforce its culture even if it doesn’t achieve immediate results. We believe if we honor God’s commands concerning evangelism being core, God will honor us with souls. Tri-City Baptist Church does not have all the answers to being a “disciple-making” church; however, here are a few activities that we do to reach our community.