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The Gospel’s Importance impossible to Overemphasize

It is difficult to overstate the importance of this matter. Paul Washer declares, “Every word and doctrine of the Scriptures is important; however, some doctrines carry greater weight than others do. Our eternal salvation does not depend upon some nuance in ecclesiology or eschatology, but it does depend entirely upon the Gospel.” 1 “We are in great danger of error whenever we overemphasize the importance of one truth to the demise or neglect of the others. However, it is impossible to overstate or overemphasize the preeminence of the Gospel.” 2

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Bring the Whole Family

Two Institutions for the Glory of God

God has uniquely positioned the church and the family as the primary institutions for discipleship. Each of them play a distinctive role for the glory of God. These two institutions are designed by God to function in harmony. For example, it is very difficult to have a strong and biblically ordered family without the church, and it is equally difficult to have a strong church without a well-ordered family.

A Dual Focus

We will focus significant time speaking of the inward heart and soul of family and church life as it relates to the Gospel.

Meet Our Speaker Lineup

Scott Brown

Dr. Joe Morecraft, III

Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr.

Kevin Swanson

Craig D. Houston

Dr. Joel Beeke

John Snyder

Dr. Carlton McLeod

Jeff Pollard

Geoffrey Botkin

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Inward Realities

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The keynote messages in the large meeting hall will focus on the interior regions of spiritual life in a family — the spiritual foundations of family life. The focus of these messages will be on the inward realities, not outward appearances. We will be speaking of repentance, faith, the work of the Holy Spirit and the power of the Word of God in family life. These are the things that are designed to create the outward realities, but without them, all you get is dead orthodoxy — joyless, legalistic families and churches.

 


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Pre-Conference Church Leaders & Wives Meeting

Shepherding the Flock of God

Also, notice our Pre-Conference Church Leaders and Wives meeting on Thursday October 30, on “Shepherding the Flock of God”.

Read More About the Pre-Conference Event

1 The Gospel’s Power and Message, Paul Washer, p. 15

2 The Gospel’s Power and Message, Paul Washer, p. 17

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Advice from Egypt

When you have a problem, where do you go for advice? Whether you are trying to understand how to be saved or raise your children, do your work, or do anything, where do you go for advice? There are so many places to go. At any given moment in our lives we are either at the help desk of Egypt or before the feet of Jesus with the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit which has given us access to the treasury of wisdom from God and His Word. There are only two options: we either google for Egypt or we set our minds on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. The question for us is, who is myEgypt? What is my Egypt? Am I walking by faith or by sight? These are the questions of Isaiah 30. In this passage, “Egypt” is symbolic of worldly advice. Isaiah answers the following questions: Why do we seek advice from Egypt? What happens when we turn to Egypt? How do we keep from doing it?

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Affirmations and Denials on the Law and the Gospel

I agree with what the PCA has stated in this confession of affirmations and denials on the law and the Gospel.

 

 

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Her Pastor Told Her to Get an Abortion – Abortion Clinic Chronicles

NCFIC Board member Jim Zes has been involved in evangelism at abortion clinics for many years. In 2012 he delivered a message at our White Unto Harvest conference on fulfilling the Great Commission on his experiences at abortion clinics. Here is one of the short stories he told in that message:

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Hope Before the Door

hopeb4thedoorDuring our visits to a Raleigh abortion clinic, we offer hope. Here is how we explain it, Hope Before the Door.

It’s our desire to share this hope in the final moments before a mother enters the door of the clinic to pursue a choice with irreversible effects. We ask if she would be willing to come and speak with us, making it clear that we’re there as Christians to offer support. We tell her that her baby’s life is precious in the eyes of God and that there are other options. We also warn parents of the reality of what is taking place behind those walls and that it is murder in the eyes of God. Most importantly, we want to make it clear that true hope and help can only be found in Jesus Christ.

These urgent appeals have given us the opportunity to engage in many one-on-one conversations with men and women outside of the clinic. We’ve prayed alongside mothers who have turned away and chosen life for their baby. We’ve counseled parents that are fearful of their circumstances and unsure of what to do. We’ve offered the hope of Jesus Christ to women who chose to go through with an abortion.

With every encounter, our intention is to present the words of God and not our own opinions. No one will be held accountable to our standard. God has set the standard and provided us with sound counsel to navigate the most challenging circumstances in life (Psalm 119:1052 Tim 3:16-17).

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Cure for a Heart Far from Him

Is there any hope for hypocritical pharisees who honor God with their lips but their hearts are far from Him? Is there any hope for those who are blind or hopelessly asleep? Isaiah 29 gives us the answer – Yes! But only by the power of the cross of Christ. In Isaiah 29 we encounter both the disease (v9-13) and the cure (v14). This reality should cause us to ask: “Am I a fake? Is my faith real? When I speak, do I speak out of the genuineness of my heart toward the Lord, or simply putting on airs? When I talk about the Bible is it because I love God and the person I am talking to or is it just a game I play? When I pray, is it to demonstrate my righteousness or am I really talking to God?” These are the questions that are addressed in Isaiah 29:1-14. This chapter brings to the second of six woes that are declared in Isaiah 28-33. It is a text on true and false worship and how God judges a nation on the basis of it. What Isaiah speaks in v.13, is the heart of true Christianity that is explained from Genesis to Revelation. He speaks of our greatest danger: to have hearts distant from God while involved in religious activity, “Therefore the Lord said: ‘Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men.’” – Isaiah 29:13. The very next verse reveals that God will unleash a power strong enough to rescue such a person – the cross. God will send His Son to suffer and die and rise again unleashing what the apostle Paul calls, “the power of God unto salvation.”

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It Takes a Genius to Praise Murder

Abortion Blog

Apparently you are “brilliant” if you make fun of murdering babies. Thats how Cosmopolitan Magazine described it. Bustle says “its the stuff of genius.” So now you are a “genius” if you hold silly signs in front of a place where murder is happening day after day. This is what Grayson and Tina Haver Curren are doing on their Saturday Chores site. They put a smiley face on abortion. We don’t.

For the past four years, our church has been visiting a local Raleigh abortion clinic every Saturday. We go for three reasons:  First, to cry out for the defenseless. Second, to declare the mercies of God that the Gospel offers to the women and men going in and out of there. Third, to offer help if she decides to keep her baby or give it up for adoption or simply needs personal counsel after her abortion.

Since March, the Currins have been coming out for a few minutes to stand next to our sign that reads, “Babies Murdered Here.” They hold up their signs next to ours and take pictures. They usually only stay for a few minutes… its a photo op. The signs are designed to mock pro lifers. They bring signs like, “Happy St Patricks Day,” “I Like Turtles,”  Bring Back Crystal Pepsi.”  They are mocking our message, “Babies are Murdered Here.” Last week they began to post the photos and their story went viral. It was reported in CosmopolitanElleHuffington Post and the Raleigh News and Observer. They’ve decided to stage counter protests. The first week about 60 of their friends showed up to mock, dance, play loud music and drown us out. They came again last Saturday.

Here is my son in law Taylor Tsantles, who is the organizer of our abortion clinic visits,  on Kevin Swanson’s radio show talking about it.

Our mission is to proclaim hope before they enter that door. There is hope. We want to be a voice of hope before that life is terminated and the woman’s life is forever changed.  Here is an explanation of what we are doing over at Hope Before the Door.

It is important that the people in our community know that babies are murdered in there. It is also important that as a community everyone knows that murderers are not babied here. We desire to speak this truth in a spirit of love, compassion and availability. We want to make it clear that there is mercy in God, for He holds out the offer of forgiveness and restoration and no one has sinned too greatly for that. There is hope before the door – and even after.

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“Is It Really a Baby?” – Abortion Clinic Chronicles

NCFIC Board member Jim Zes has been involved in evangelism at abortion clinics for many years. In 2012 he delivered a message at our White Unto Harvest conference on fulfilling the Great Commission on his experiences at abortion clinics. Here is one of the short stories he told in that message:

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Five Things Your Children Need to Know About Abortion

All around the world today there are reports of war and violence – Iraq, Israel… It is tragic. But, these are not the most dangerous places in the world today. Where is the most dangerous place in the world today? A mothers womb! What was meant for protection and reverence has become a slaughterhouse. We are obligated in times such as these to communicate the heart of God on the matter.

Here are five things your children need to know about life:

 I.  What the Bible says about life.

There are at least six texts that every child needs to hide in his heart to understand the status of children in the womb and the heart of God toward them.

  • Genesis 1:26-27  “Let us make man in our image, according to Our likeness” …man is made in the image of God.
  • Exodus 20:13  “Thou shalt not kill.”
  • Psalm 139:13-16,  “You knit me together in my mothers womb; you formed my inward parts…your eyes saw my substance before I was unformed”  See also: Ephesians 1:4,
  • Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you”
  • Luke 1:35,41 “and it happened when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the baby leaped in her womb”
  • Luke 1:15  “He will be filled with the spirit, even from his mother’s womb”
  • Proverbs 24:11  “Deliver those who are drawn toward death.”

Even though there are many places in Scripture that prove the wickedness of abortion, you only need one verse. Exodus 20:13 - “Thou shalt not kill.”

We need to make it clear to our children that abortion is an attack on the entire Bible. In the Law, the Prophets, the Poetic books, the Pauline Epistles and the Gospels we find evidence of the sacredness of life in the womb and the sovereignty of God at work in conception. There should be equal protection under the law for life in the womb. For this reason, I encourage you to have your children memorize these important texts of Scripture.

II. Abortion is not new in our day, but what is new is how comprehensive and global it is.

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Power of the Gospel Conference Schedule

What happens in a church and a family when the Gospel is central? 

The Power of the Gospel conference will focus on the spiritual foundation of church and family life – the transforming power of the Gospel. We will examine the various elements of the Gospel’s power at work in salvation.

The Gospel’s importance is impossible to overemphasize.

It is difficult to overstate the importance of this matter. Paul Washer declares:

“Every word and doctrine of the Scriptures is important; however, some doctrines carry greater weight than others do. Our eternal salvation does not depend upon some nuance in ecclesiology or eschatology, but it does depend entirely upon the gospel.”1  

“We are in great danger of error whenever we overemphasize the importance of one truth to the demise or neglect of the others. However, it is impossible to overstate the or overemphasize the preeminence of the gospel.”2

The sessions in the main auditorium will explain, the order of salvation (Ordo Salutis). Our speakers will explain the doctrine of the various elements of the Gospel and apply the doctrine to church and family life. This is the consistent thread and core of the conference. These core Gospel oriented messages are as follows:


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1. (The Gospel’s Power and Message, Paul Washer, p15)
2. (The Gospel’s Power and Message, Paul Washer,p17)

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Afflictions are Medicine for the Soul

Here is Thomas Watson on Afflictions:

“Afflictions are the medicine which God uses to carry off our spiritual diseases; they cure the fever of pride, the fever of lust, he dropsy of covetousness. Do they not then work for good? afflictions work for good, as they are the means of loosening our hearts from the world. When you dig away the earth from the root of the tree, it is to loosen the tree from the earth; So God digs away our earthly comfort to loosen our hearts from the earth.”

Page 29, All Things for Good by Thomas Watson

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Five Reasons to Rejoice in God’s Chastisements

Isaiah 27:1-13 discloses the promises of God to destroy the slithering deluding work of Leviathan (the devil) by the invincible power of His sword – the Word of God. And…are you ready for another song?  In this chapter there is a beautiful song of how He waters His own vineyard continually and cares for it marvelously as He fills the world with the blessings of salvation. Further, He shows how the chastisements of God, turned heads toward Christ as they heard the trumpet sound and were converted. This is the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. From our studies so far, it is plain that the prophet Isaiah rejoices in the judgment of God. He sees the judgment of God differently compared to most. He warns of it, and rejoices in it at the same time for it tells the story of a people who were chastised, and their chastisement led to their salvation. In chapter 27, Isaiah gives us five words to show us reasons to rejoice in His chastisements.

1. Sword – The punishment of Leviathan, v1

2. Water – The fruitful vineyard will be watered and fruitful, v2-6

3. Wind – Chastisement that was restrained brought about salvation, 7-11

4.  Wilderness – The destruction of the unrepentant, v10

5. Trumpet – The trumpet call to the elect, 12-13

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We Are Changing the Name of Our National Conference

We are changing the name of our National Conference in Asheville, October 30-Nov 1, from “Church and Family 2014″ to “The Power of the Gospel – Transforming Church and Family.” We are not changing the name because we are changing the focus of the conference. We have done this because we realized our original title was fuzzy and made it hard to know what the conference was about.

As we originally designed, the conference will focus on the spiritual foundation of church and family life – the transforming power of the gospel. We will examine the various elements of the gospel’s power at work in repentance, faith, worship, the filling of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, as well as divine love at work in foreknowledge, justification, sanctification, perseverance, sovereignty and glorification.

Other Conference Tweaks This Year

You will experience some differences compared to past NCFIC conferences.

More fellowship time

We will start later in the morning and end earlier in the evening

More time for lunch and dinner

More time together in the main auditorium

We will keep the crowd together in the main auditorium during the entire conference with one exception. We are offering only one breakout track on Friday morning where conferees can choose from among 11 messages.

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Prayer, the Bellows of the Affections

“Prayer works for good. Prayer is the bellows of the affections; It blows up holy desires and arduous of the soul. Prayer has power with God. “Command ye me”  Isaiah 45:11. It is a key that unlocks the treasury of God’s mercy. Prayer keeps the heart open to God, and shut to sin; He assuages the intemperate heart and the swellings of lust. It was Luthers counsel to a friend, when he perceived a temptation begin to arise, to betake himself to prayer. Prayer is the Christian’s gun, which he discharges against his enemies. Prayer is the sovereign medicine of the soul. Prayer sanctifies every mercy. 1 Tim 4:5.  It is the dispeller of sorrow; by venting the grief, it eases the heart. When Hannah had prayed, “she went away and was no more sad”a1 Sam 1:18. And it it has these rare effects, then it works for good.”

- Thomas Watson, All Thngs for Good, p20

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How I Prepare for a Sermon

One of the greatest joys of my life is to preach the Word of God in the church. Scripture is true treasure. It reveals a beautiful Savior and a wonderful life. I am so very thankful for the privilege to preach. I usually spend 10-20 hours on a sermon per week. This might sound contradictory, but while I am grateful and happy to preach and I love the beneficial nature of it, I must admit that it has always been taxing, terrifying and humiliating to prepare sermons. Here are the basic elements of my sermon research process:

Sermon Research Process: 

I. Study the text

1. Read the text ten times, listen to it ten times on audio and prayerfully meditate on it before extensive study begins.

2. Identify who is speaking and who is being spoken to.

3. Outline the text. In expository preaching one of the primary objectives is for the sermon to derive its outline, emphasis and message from the text itself.

4. Identify important words in the text, and document where else these words are used and their lexical meaning.

5. Explain the historical locations mentioned in the passage by identifying where they are on the map, where they are referred to in other places in Scripture and why they are mentioned in this particular text.

6. Explain the identity of the people mentioned in the text, where they are found elsewhere in Scripture, and why they are mentioned in this particular text.

7. List the images and metaphors mentioned in the text. (more…)

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