November 21, 2017

Tempted to Quit? Do You Know Why You Shouldn’t?

Matt Recker Church attendance is dropping nationwide. Many think they are perfectly justified. They offer many excuses, but here are some common ones: “Someone said or did something to hurt me deeply.” “I’ve got new interests.” “I don’t like how the church treats people.” “I’m not being fed” or “the church is not meeting my […]

Clapping vs. Amen — Which Will Win?

Wally Morris The increase in clapping of the hands in churches as a response to musical ministries and even preaching is one of the obvious changes taking place in many churches. What I find intriguing is why? What is behind this growing preference for hand clapping as a sign of approval rather than “Amen”, “Praise […]

Greatest Strength and Weakness of Independent Baptist Churches

John Van Gelderen Last week on the Revival Focus Facebook and Twitter accounts, we asked what people considered to be the greatest strength and the greatest weakness of Independent Baptist churches. Regarding the greatest strength, for the most part the responses indicated a high view of the Word of God, such as preaching, teaching, doctrine, […]

Church Attendance

George Stiekes And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 I knocked on the door of a couple in […]

Sleeping in Church

George Stiekes And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight… And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul […]

Good Preaching vs. God-Honoring Preaching

Jerry Sivnksty As I travel across the country as an evangelist, I have noticed a disturbing trend that grieves my heart. It has to do with churches that use contemporary Christian music: they’ve gotten rid of the hymnals and instead flash their music on large screens to the background of worldly beats. Then the minister […]

The Value of Small Churches

Don Johnson Last week we published “The Significance of Small Church Ministry,” where I began to look at the subject of small churches. In that article I was focusing mostly on numbers and their implications. I plan to return to that theme in the future, but today I want to talk about the value of […]

Holding Fast

Jim Oesterwind Hebrews 10.23-25 As a pastor, I’ve often thought that church would go so much better on Sundays if certain people stayed away. Most notably, people who feel guilty if they miss, people who feel pressured to be there, and people who go just because they have always attended. I’m convinced that these three […]

Creating a Culture of Evangelism

Mike Sproul 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 […]

Death by Lovelessness

By Matt Recker Revelation 2:4: Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Many churches die a slow, cold death. The significant and unvarnished divine diagnosis by the Lord Jesus Christ regarding the church of Ephesus is that they had left their first love. In spite of his words commending […]