​Article XVII – The Mission of the Church and the Family is Generational

We affirm that God commands churches, families, and individuals to teach the gospel and make disciples in every generation, “that thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son” (Ex. 12:26-27; 13:14; Deut. 4:9; 6:1-9; Pss. 78:1-8; 127; 135:13; 145:4-7; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 1:50; 24:45-47; Acts 16:10; Rom. 10:14-15; Eph. 6:4).

We deny/reject those contemporary, individualistic philosophies, that fail to convey the responsibility of the church and the family to proclaim the gospel to the next generation, thereby ignoring the mission of the church and the family to evangelize, teach, and equip every generation to worship and serve the Lord.

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What is Your View of God?



What is your view of God? Do you view Him as holy? This is the most defining question for all of life. Everything flows from our view of God, from our understanding of theology, holiness, and other areas.

As you look at the world around us, and consider the times we live in, what is your view of it all? If we do not have a right understanding of who God is, then we will not rightly discern the times in which we live in. 

At the Highway of Holiness conference, we would like to capture a glimpse of the beauty of the holiness of God! I hope that you will be able to join us for this conference! For more information, or to register, please go to the Highway of Holiness conference events page

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Little Hands, Little Feet


The latest video on Planned Parenthood selling body parts has been released by the Center for Medical Progress.

Its makes your ears tingle to hear of selling body parts. It’s massively disturbing, but it’s not the selling of body parts that should disturb us the most. It’s the fact that we are dismembering children. We’ve been doing it for a very long time. These videos are important because they say something that the pro-life people have been saying since the beginning – it is a baby.

The baby has a head, hands, feet, a liver, and a pancreas. It is a PERSON. We’ve been crushing and chopping up children. Now we know, and the pro-abortion crowd has known this all along despite its PR campaigns to the contrary. They knew they were not aborting fetus material. The ultrasounds were plain enough. They knew they were crushing and burning children – Little hands, Little feet. We’ve known this all along.

At the very beginning of the battle that began in 1973, Phil Keaggy sang a song all around America titled, “Little Ones.” Hearing it again is just as riveting and heartbreaking as it was when I first heard it. It’s just as real and contemporary as when it was written.

Here’s the live version of him singing the song.

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Why a Marriage Retreat for Young Couples?





Why a separate retreat for young couples? Our prayer for this retreat is to lay a foundation for young married couples. There are many people I have spoken to who, when they come to our marriage retreat, say, “We wish we had known these things 20 years ago.” There are things that I wish I had known when I was first married! Thus, we decided to hold a marriage retreat for young couples, to teach them the things that we wish we had known when we were young.
 
Also, this retreat will be free of charge, and we will be providing housing. However, space for this retreat is limited. The official dates for this event are: Dec. 4-5. Registration officially opens this coming Monday (Aug. 3). I hope that you will be able to make it!  

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Taking Back the Family Conference



I highly recommend the messages from this conference. My good friend Carlton McLeod posted this on his blog:

Friends, in April 2015 we had the honor of hosting our Call to Battle 2015 Conference, Taking back the Family.  The messages preached by Voddie Baucham, Scott Brown, Courtney McBath and myself, in my opinion, laid out a good biblical road map for beginning the journey to recover and reform family:

CONFERENCE MESSAGES:

  • Session 1: McLeod- First things First: The Gospel
  • Session 2: McBath-The State of the Family: How We Got Here
  • Session 3: Baucham-It’s Not Like Being Black Part 1
  • Session 4: Baucham- It’s Not Like Being Black Part 2
  • Session 5: Baucham- Understanding Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
  • Session 6: Brown- Discipling Children: Family Worship & Education
  • Session 7: McLeod- Financial Stewardship in the Home
  • Session 8: Brown- Family Economies
  • Session 9: Brown- Encouraging Singles & Solutions for the Single-Parent Home
  • Session 10: Baucham- The Role of the Church in the Home

I cannot recommend these messages strongly enough.  They are VERY timely, particularly Dr. Baucham’s messages on “It’s Not Like Being Black” where he explodes the thought that homosexual rights are civil rights. You can find all the messages HERE.

We have simplified the purchased options and lowered the prices: $50 for all the audio messages, and $90 for all the DVDs.

It was a great conference and we are very thankful to God.  Below are a few pics.  Thanks for considering the  messages, and DO NOT QUIT working and trusting God for reformation!

Solus Christus!
CCM

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​​​Are You Being Sanctified?



The lecture for this week is on chapter 13 of the confession, titled, “Of Sanctification.” It is important that we have a biblical view of sanctification, and avoid the traps that lie on both sides of the road on this issue. Justification and sanctification are different, but they are always together. Those whom God has saved and justified, He will sanctify. You cannot have justification without sanctification. 

We need to avoid the view that one can be saved, yet show no signs of being sanctified. If you are not being chastised and disciplined by the Lord, you are not His child (Heb. 12:8). You will not see the Lord if you are not holy (Heb. 12:14).  

We also need to avoid the view that there can be a point in this life where we are perfect, completely free of sin. Though we are sanctified by our Father in heaven in this life, we will never be perfect until we are glorified and in His presence for all eternity.  

Even when we are saved, corruptions still remain. There is a battle that must be fought. We need to be mortifying our sin, by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:13). We must never forget the means of sanctification: the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. The Word of God is our guide, showing us the way of righteousness, and it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can walk in His statutes (Ezek. 36:27). 

What comes to your mind when you think of sanctification? You can download our lecture on this doctrine. Go to the download page for the lecture on chapter 13  

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The Church Should Move On This


One of the interesting qualities of family integrated churches across America is that many of them visit abortion clinics to share the gospel, and to proclaim a message of hope in Jesus Christ. This is how Hope Baptist and Sovereign Redeemer Community Church operate in our ministry, Hope Before the Door.

With the recent revelations of Planned Parenthood’s selling body parts, there is an opportunity for the church to raise their voices.  Please use Facebook and whatever means you have to support further investigation.

Here are two video clips that vividly demonstrate Planned Parenthood’s culpability:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjxwVuozMnU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjCs_gvImyw

Spring to action and spread the word. God has provided an opportunity for the church to express herself.

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Article XV – The Importance of Age-Integrated Discipleship

We affirm that returning to a biblically-ordered, age-integrated methodology for the worship of God and discipleship in a local church is consistent with Holy Scripture and critical for the restoration of the kind of worship and discipleship culture we see demonstrated in both the Old and New Testaments (Deut. 31:12-13; 2 Chron. 20:13; Ezra. 10:1; Ps. 148:12-13; Matt. 19:13-14; Mark. 9:36; 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17; Col. 3:20; Eph. 6:1-4). 

We deny/reject that an age integrated-ministry methodology should be the only or even the primary consideration for selecting or for establishing a local church because priority of consideration should be given to the preaching of the gospel and the teaching of sound doctrine while recognizing that the purest churches under heaven are subject to mixture and error.

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Holiness Captures Everything About God



Holiness is happiness. Holiness is beauty. Holiness is wholeness. Holiness really captures everything about God. It captures His love, His mercy, His wrath, it covers His anger, it covers His indignation, it really explains everything about his lovingkindness, and it speaks about the perfections of His laws. So holiness is that one thing that explains everything about God.

All of the various other categories of theology are loaded into this one word, holiness. This is the critical matter for this conference, and I pray that you can come and join us to consider the beauty of holiness.

For more information, or to register, go to the events page for the Highway of Holiness conference

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Survey of Isaiah – Tonight at 5:00pm EST

Join me tonight at 5:00pm EST for a survey of the book of Isaiah. The central message of the book of Isaiah, and the central message of the Bible for that matter, is found in Isaiah 40:9: “Behold your God!” Isaiah, throughout the book, is declaring the incomparable majesty and glory of God, and the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“To Amos, Jehovah is the God of unflinching, universal justice; to Jonah, of tender, ocean-wide compassion; to Hosea, of sovereign, reclaiming love; and to Isaiah, of sublime, incomparable majesty (Isa. 6:3; 57:15). None among the gods resemble Jehovah; none can be compared to him (Isa. 40:18). Jehovah is the only God who saves! Accordingly, his people must put their trust in him and in no other object. That is the central theme of this great hero of faith who has been called the king of all the prophets. His name is indicative of his message, for it means Jehovah Has Saved.1

Follow this link to be taken to the livestream page: http://ift.tt/1f0IAig

1. William Hendricksen, Survey of the Bible: A Treasury of Bible Information (Durham, England: Evangelical Press, 1976), 241.

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Sanctification is a Marathon



What comes to your mind when you think of sanctification? The reality is: sanctification takes time. As Dan Horn describes it in this video, it is a marathon. It is a long road that you gradually walk down. God puts us in various circumstances to further our sanctification. For example, when someone gets married, it furthers their sanctification, and even more so when you have a child. God puts us in various trials, sometimes the result of sin and sometimes not, but all the trials are meant to perfect our faith.

When we look at our own lives and the lives of others, we need to remember that sanctification takes time. God opens the eyes of some to a particular act of sin early on, and there are others whose eyes are not open till years down the road. It isn’t a short sprint to perfection, but it is a step-by-step journey until we are glorified and in the presence of God for all eternity.

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The Children of God



Last week, we posted our lecture on justification, which is a critical doctrine to understand. All those whom God has justified, He adopts them into the family of God. They take on His name, have access to come before their Father at the throne and cry out to Him, and He cares for them and chastens them as a Father.

This week, we are offering our lecture on chapter 12 of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. Ground yourself, your family, and your church in a biblical view of adoption. Go to the download page to get your copy of the lecture. 

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Title: Micah Bible Survey – Tonight at 5:00pm

Join us tonight at 5:00pm for a survey of the book of Micah. We will be live-streaming this event. Here is a link to the livestream: http://ift.tt/1SpyLaz

“The prophet denounces Israel’s idolatry and hollow ritualism (1:7; 6:6-8) as well as the exploitation of the poor by the rich (2:2). These denunciations pass into prophecies of impending doom upon Samaria and Jerusalem. The book may be divided into three sections, each of which begins with the expression “Hear” (1:2; 3:1; 6:1) and ends with a message of hope and cheer for the remnant (1:12,13; ch. 5, especially vss. 18-20)…

The most well-known passage of Micah’s prophecy is, of course, 5:2: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah…” That it refers to Christ is clear from Matthew 2:6. Micah predicts the coming of the Messiah, the exact place of his birth, the nature of his work, his influence over the nations, and his victory over all his enemies. The prophet lives in his message. Everywhere he reveals deep personal interest. It is as if he himself experiences that which he predicts. The love of Jehovah for his remnant, as pictured in this prophecy, may be characterized as tender, yearning, and intensely personal. He who says the love is absent from the Old Testament has never read Micah! In 7:18 the man from Moresheth-gath (in Judah, near Philistia) asks the question, “Who is like Jehovah [literally, who is a God like thee]?” There was never a moment when the prophet did not ask this question, for it is the very meaning of his name (Micah – who is like Jehovah?). He tells us that Jehovah is a God “who delights in lovingkindness.”1

1. William Hendricksen, Survey of the Bible: A Treasury of Bible Information (Durham, England: Evangelical Press, 1976), 245.

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Article XIV – The Biblical Pattern is Age-Integration

We affirm that there is a clear and consistent biblical pattern of worship and discipleship for the people of God that is age-integrated; and we believe that this pattern should be embraced and practiced (Ex. 12:21-27; Deut. 16:9-14; 32:46; Josh. 8:34-35; 2 Chron. 20:13; Ezra 10:1; Neh. 8:2; 12:43; Joel 2:15-16; Acts 20:7-12; 1 Cor. 4:16-17; 11:1-2, 16; 12:12-26; Eph. 6:1-4; Phil. 3:17; 1 Tim. 2:1-14; 3:15; 2 Tim. 1:13; 3:15-17). 

We deny/reject that there is any clear, positive, and scriptural pattern or positive institution for creating distinct, age-segregated cultures in the church through age-segregated worship and systematically age-segregated discipleship.

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What is Holiness?



This year at our national conference, we will be speaking on the subject of holiness. What is holiness, according to Scripture? It is important that we understand that we have a proper understanding of holiness, since there are a lot of false views of holiness out there.

How do we protect ourselves, our families, and our churches from these false views of holiness? We must be grounded in what Scripture says. Jeff Pollard in this video gives a definition of holiness, as found in Scripture. 

For more information, or to register, go to the events page for the Highway of Holiness conferenceI hope to see you there!

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