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Fear of God Devotional: What Family Reformation Looks Like



What does family reformation look like?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that family reformation involves a family understanding how they can better align their family life to Scripture. There are always areas of our lives that need reforming. 

He shares a personal example of how he and his wife would study Scripture together as a family once a week, but they realized that Scripture commands fathers to study God’s Word together as a family on a regular basis. 

Deuteronomy 11:19 (NKJV) – “You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: How Repentance Changes How You Think and Act



How does repentance change the way a person thinks and acts?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that when a person is saved, their perspective is changed. Their faith is linked with repentance. They begin to realize that they are a lost sinner. They see Christ as the Lamb of God who bears the sins of the world and takes on the wrath of God. They understand that sin is a grievous sin against God. 

In essence, salvation leads to a radical change of mind. This change of mind leads to a subsequent change of life. 

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV) – “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” 

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Coloring Book off to Printer

At our upcoming National Conference, we welcome and encourage entire families to attend the sessions. This year, as we prepare to focus our attention on the topic of repentance, we designed a mini coloring book with your younger children in mind. 

This book features a coloring page, study questions, Bible verses, and an area your children can write down notes for each of the keynote sessions. We hope it will encourage your children to ponder and explore what Scripture has to say about repentance.  

Today, we sent the coloring book files over to the printer and received our shipment of crayons.  

It's still not too late to register – we would love to see you there! To learn more, visit: http://bit.ly/RepentanceConf

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Fear of God Devotional: The Timing of Repentance and Faith



Does repentance precede faith or does faith come first?

Curt Daniels explains in this video that both faith and repentance occur at the same time. He references John Murray who explained in his book, Redemption – Accomplished and Applied, that “[t]here is no priority. The faith that is unto salvation is a penitent faith and the repentance that is unto life is a believing repentance … saving faith is permeated with repentance and repentance is permeated with saving faith.”  In short, faith and repentance go hand in hand and are inseparable.

Mark 1:14-15 (NKJV) – “Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.’”

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“Missions Interest” meeting during the Repentance Conference



You are invited to a “Missions Interest” meeting during the Repentance Conference at Ridgecrest.

This gathering will focus on the missions work currently being done among churches which affiliate with the NCFIC. This gathering provides an opportunity for like-minded churches to meet and learn from one another. For example, are they targeting unreached peoples? Are they actively preparing to send families to the mission field? Do they have a desire to partner with like-minded churches to pool resources to send families?

We hope to facilitate relationships in order to encourage the work of global missions among churches.

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Fear of God Devotional: The Importance of Humility and Repentance



How are humility and repentance related?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that humility is naturally coupled with repentance. Humility involves a contrite heart, a recognition of sin, and an understanding that we are the created not the Creator. It is a realization that we are helpless without God. 

Without a spirit of humility before a holy God, we are arrogant. We must see God as holy. Repentance is the essence of the Christian life. It is the posture that God requires in those that have accepted Him. 

Luke 18:14 (NKJV) – “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Three Elements of Repentance



What are elements of repentance?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that Proverbs 28:13 gives us a good definition of repentance: “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

There are three elements of repentance that can be extrapolated from the verse: the first element involves confessing sin and acknowledging that you have sinned. The second element involves the forsaking of sin. The third element of repentance is that it is a matter of the heart and involves a willingness to bring it to the light.

2 Timothy 2:22 (NKJV) – “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Reformation Affected All Areas of Life



Is the Reformation still relevant today? How does it continue to affect our lives?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that reformation has everything to do with the church today and profits us in all kinds of ways. Its importance and relevance did not come to an end 500 years ago. Rather, it affects the way we see everything.

The lessons we learn and take away from the Reformation impact our view on marriage, parenting, ethics, and all of life. Our ultimate goal of glorifying God is that we want to be filled with praise to God. The Reformation helped us to better understand who God is and be filled with a greater sense of worship towards Him. 

1 Corinthians 6:11 (NKJV) – “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”   

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Fear of God Devotional: Helping One Another Deal With Sin



How can we help other people deal with sin in their lives?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that it is helpful to not only address sin and repentance from the pulpit but to also build individual relationships with people in the congregation. Connecting with people on an individual basis will help those individuals to know how to combat sin.  

Sermons inform doctrine, but it is also important to not neglect the personal discipleship of others. It is vital that another person walk with others in the congregation, hold them accountable, be there to talk about particular struggles, and point them to Scripture.  

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV) – “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”  

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Fear of God Devotional: How Is Reformation Poorly Implemented?



How do fathers poorly implement reforms within their family and churches?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that one way that reformation can be poorly implemented is by a father who quickly applies the new truths that he has learned in his family in an iron-fisted manner.

While we do need strong men within families and churches, fathers also need a healthy dose of patient love to go along the truth that they are coming in contact with. They must care for those under their authority in the home and in the church. Ultimately, fathers are to point families and churches to God and not to themselves.

Colossians 3:21 (NKJV) – “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What is the Source of True Repentance?



What is the source of true repentance?

Michael Beasley explains in this video that the starting point of repentance and the source of repentance is the Spirit of God working in the heart of a sinner. It is a blessing to us that the Spirit of God brings about the conviction of sin.

One lesson that we can learn from the book of James is that when we sin, we must understand that we are the ones who sin. We are not to blame God when we are tempted and carried away and enticed by our own lusts. We cannot blame others for our sins. Repentance begins with the acknowledgment that we have sinned and it is imperative that we acknowledge our own culpability and responsibility for sin. Without this, there is only mere sorrow without actual responsibility for sin. 

1 John 1:9 (NKJV) – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Effect of Evolution Upon Our Children



What is the effect of evolution upon our children?

Ken Ham explains in this video that the Bible makes it clear that it is our sin that brought death into the world. God is a holy God and He judges the wickedness of man. And yet, an evolutionist would directly oppose Scripture and claim that there are alternative reasons for death. 

Despite our sin, God is long-suffering. We don’t deserve to exist, yet, God loves us so much that He died for us, rose again, and offers us salvation. But, young people have left the church because they have heard that evolution is true from a young age and see it conflict with the Bible. For them, it means that you can’t trust the Bible. Consequently, they doubt the Bible and ultimately walk away from the church.

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) – “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Is Repentance Required for Salvation?



How are salvation and repentance related?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that Jesus Christ is a Savior of sinners. When a sinner, by God’s grace, sees His sin, that sinner is going to Christ by faith while turning His back on sin. They are always connected. You cannot do one without the other.

Paul preached repentance toward God and faith towards Christ. Without repentance, there was no salvation. Without repentance, there is no salvation. Peter also called people to repent. Their messages contain the need to both repent and believe in the gospel. 

Mark 1:15 (NKJV) – “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Is Repentance Required for Salvation?



How are salvation and repentance related?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that Jesus Christ is a Savior of sinners. When a sinner, by God’s grace, sees His sin, that sinner is going to Christ by faith while turning His back on sin. They are always connected. You cannot do one without the other.

Paul preached repentance toward God and faith towards Christ. Without repentance, there was no salvation. Without repentance, there is no salvation. Peter also called people to repent. Their messages contain the need to both repent and believe in the gospel. 

Mark 1:15 (NKJV) – “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

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Healthy Self Examination at the Lord’s Table

Here is a very helpful article on self examination… in our church we celebrate the Lord’s Table weekly and so we are often faced with the issue of self examination as the Lord requires in 1 Cor 11. Self examination is good, but it can to astray as Jared Mellinger says in his article, “Self Examination Speaks a Thousand Lies.” I’m not particularly fond of the title of Mellinger’s article because the Lord Himself commanded us to enter into self examination, but he makes some helpful points to keep us from a wrong kind of self examination,

He quotes Charles Spurgeon: 

“Any practice that detracts from faith is an evil practice, but especially that kind of self-examination which would take us away from the cross-foot proceeds in a wrong direction.”

He quotes Thomas Chalmers on the matter saying that he …

“… once compared self-examination to a dark room full of objects. We can’t see what is there because the room is pitch black. This darkness is the reason looking at ourselves is often so unfruitful.

How do we brighten the room? Not by straining our eyes or taking more time and effort to examine the darkness. We will never see ourselves clearly simply by focusing more intently on ourselves.

Instead, Chalmers says we must to go to the window and open the curtains. Let the light of Christ break into the darkness of your soul. The sunlight in Chalmers’s image is the truth of God’s word: “If we derive no good from the work of self-examination, because we find that all is confusion and mistiness within,” he says, “then let us go forth upon the truths which are without, and these will pour a flood of light into all the mazes and intricacies of the soul, and, at length, render that work easy, which before was impracticable.”

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