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Fear of God Devotional: How is Worldly Sorrow Distinct from Godly Sorrow?



How is worldly sorrow distinct from godly sorrow?

John Snyder explains in this video that worldly sorrow is focused on one’s self instead of God. God does not need our obedience and our disobedience does not subtract from Him. He is infinitely full. Our repentance is something we want to do for God. 

We want things to be made right between God and us. We want His name to be made right. Godly sorrow is a sorrow that arises out of a love for God. It is a grieving that you have aggrieved God. Worldly sorrow is something you do for yourself. You want to flee the consequences of sin. 

1 Peter 2:23-24 (NKJV) – “[He] Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance: Changing Your Mind About the Most Important Things



What does it mean to repent?

David Eddy explains in this video that the Greek word for repentance is “to change your mind.” When you use the word, “repentance,” this is not about merely changing your mind about basic, everyday decisions but it refers to your relationship with God.

Repentance is a realization that you are sinful. It also involves a subsequent change of mind so that it is in agreement with God. A repentant person does not continue to sin but they turn to God and His ways. They desire after the things of God.    

Acts 3:19 (NKJV) – “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” 

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Would you like to support our work? What do we do anyway?

If you would like to support the NCFIC consider three things

First, we are almost a 100% donation based ministry. We don’t operate like a business. We are a 501c3. We give our resources away except for hard goods like books and CD’s which we must sell. And, you can get most them for free online on our web site. We are most interested in spreading a message and care very little about selling products.

Second, if you would like to receive some of our resources – books, CD’s DVD's, – and are strapped for funds, please let us know. We would like to get them into your hands. We just ask that you pay what you can.

Third, If our work has been helpful to you, would you consider supporting us financially?

We believe that encouraging gospel centered biblically ordered churches and families is a huge need in our day.

This is why we need financial supporters to grow our work. Click here to donate

What do we do anyway?

Below is a description of what we do with the resources the Lord gives us. We have a simple agenda: to proclaim the sufficiency of scripture for church and family life in order to restore the true worship of God in our cities. Our prayer is for the maturation and multiplication of gospel centered, biblically ordered churches and families who glorify God by the spread of the gospel from one generation to the next.

There are four facets of our ministry to proclaim the sufficiency of scripture. Here is our project list going forward that fit into the four categories of activity.

1. Furnish conferences

We plan to continue to sponsor conferences around the world along with our annual national conference as well as regional conferences on church and family life. This year, our national conference is called, “Repentance.” It takes our staff all year long to produce our national conference. These conferences are very unique among the conference scene. Whole families come to hear the Word of God preached. We also provide for free regional marriage retreats for couples married seven years and under as well as other marriage gatherings. Our ministry internationally has been expanding over the years. We have been invited to minister in New Zealand, Malawi, South Korea and South America.

2. Produce resources

Here are a few resources which are currently in the works: 1. Repentance devotional videos. We are producing around 300 short video clips on the doctrine of “Repentance” by various speakers. 2. The person and work of Jesus Christ devotional video project. In 2018, our plan to focus our national conference on the beauty and supremacy of Christ. We plan to shoot devotional video clips to post throughout 2018. 3. Spanish translation of doctrinal and family discipleship resources. We have a Spanish web site where we post these Spanish resources. We have several other writing projects in the works. 4. We would like to produce a Spanish version of Feminine By Design. 5. We are also going to release a “Family Worship Bible Survey Course – Journey Through the Bible” – by Scott Brown that summarizes every book of the Bible and gives families tools to understand each book as they read it together. 6. Further, we have a significant backlog of video and audio from various conferences that we would like to produce into six session study courses for churches and families. Some examples are The Worship of God, The Power of the Gospel and the Highway of Holiness, the Fear of God and Repentance.

3. Connect churches and families

There are approximately 500 churches which affiliate with the NCFIC with more added each month. Our desire is to provide a tool where people can easily find gospel centered, biblically ordered, family integrated churches in their areas. Our web site is a critical tool for connecting families with churches and families with families. We are also decentralizing and multiplying our efforts through the Regional Facilitators. These men foster local and personal on the ground relationship building. We now have 11 regional facilitators on our payroll and we would like to expand this to 15 men. These leaders facilitate regional leadership meetings and conferences for local pastors. We have found that these men have been helpful in encouraging pastors and strengthening of churches in the regions we have established.

4. Conduct personal discipleship

Our staff is focused personal discipleship with church leaders and lay people around the world. 

Further, the NCFIC internship is an annual men's discipleship program which takes place in Wake Forest NC. It is designed to prepare young men for leadership in church and family life. It features various academic exercises consisting of reading, writing, and personal study. Interns benefit from local church involvement and mentorship by the men and families at Hope Baptist Church. During the internship, they are engaged in ministry to families and churches across the nation through travel and their work at the office of the NCFICOur overarching goal is that these young men would depart from the internship with an expanded view of the majesty of God, the power of the gospel, and God’s order for church and family life.

There are many encouraging signs that God is prospering our message and ministry. We are very grateful for that. I believe our best years are ahead.

Would you consider doing one of the following things to help us?

1. Consider giving a large donation in the next couple of months.

2. Put us on your monthly missions giving.

3. Introduce us to someone who loves our ministry and would like to help us financially spread the message of the sufficiency of scripture for church and family life. You can send them my email ([email protected]) so we can get connected.

Scott Brown

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Fear of God Devotional: The Effect of Repentance Upon a Believer



What are the effects of repentance upon the believer?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that when a person is truly repentant, their heart is turned to the Word of God. They want to hear what the preacher has to say because they want the Word of God to guide them. They desire more of God.

A repentant person is not concerned about their own reputation but they want to learn more about Christ and see Christ as so valuable. Their view of worship is changed. A repentant person wants to worship God, sees Christ as so valuable, and acknowledges that there is nothing better than to know God, to walk in His ways, and to be pleasing in His sight.

Romans 6:4 (NKJV) – “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Times of Refreshing Hinge on Repentance



What leads to reformation within the church and family?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that there can be no reformation of life or family without the reformation of heart or mind. This reformation of the mind comes about by the Word of God. We need a radical shift in the way that we see things.

If we come to church expecting the pastor to affirm everything we’ve done or thought, whether sinful or not, it is the wrong church. And yet, churches have largely ignored the idea of repentance. We need to desire that people come to a shift in their mindset towards the law of God, sin, and the atonement.

Titus 3:4-5 (NKJV) – “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”  

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance Involves a “Change of Mind”



What is repentance and what are the implications of that definition?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that we must go back to the biblical words used to describe repentance to understand what it is. Repentance is described in Scripture as: “turn,” “regret,” and most importantly, “a change of mind.” A proper understanding of repentance is crucial. 

“Change of mind” is not the mere changing of one’s mind like one would do when deciding what to eat or what to do. This “changing of mind” is not superficial or trivial. Rather, it is a renewing of mind at a fundamental level. This is a radical change of mind about important topics like God, man, sin, and Christ. It is more than a change of mind, but it involves a change of behavior. 

Revelations 3:19 (NKJV) – “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.”

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Ministry Update Q3 2017

Pray for Our National Conference on Repentance on October 26-29

Our prayer for this conference is that it would bring us all into a deeper sense of humility and joy among both churches and families. 

Daily Devotionals

We've been publishing a new daily devotional video on the topic of repentance every day for the past few months in preparation for the conference. You can see the videos and subscribe to the daily devotional here: ncfic.org/devotional.

Speaking Engagements and Pre-Conference Meetings Across the United States

I just finished speaking in Fraser, Colorado for a Father-Son Retreat, and Kerrville, Texas for a conference hosted by FORGE Ministries with the theme of “Overflowing with Thankfulness.“On September 16th I spoke at a fatherhood conference hosted by Dr. Carlton McLeod at Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake. This is a church that has taken our messages and resources to heart and the Lord has seen fit to create a church full of families living very differently compared to their surrounding culture. It really is amazing to see the reformation that has occurred within this church. Finally, in October I will travel to Seattle to speak at the Noah Conference hosted by Generations. 

At each of these conferences, my goal is to meet with local pastors of family-integrated churches. I am grateful for these meetings and see them as critically important since they allow me to make connections with both pastors and churches in these regions. 

Regional Connections Accross the Nation

Our team of regional facilitators continues to make connections with local churches to provide prayer, encouragement, and resources, establishing strong connections amongst sound churches on our network.

Modesty Sermons

I recently completed a four-part sermon series on the subject of modesty at church. I wanted to lay a foundation regarding the doctrine of clothing and modesty to help our church understand the matter in the context of Scripture. Here is a link to the four messages on the doctrine of clothing and its implications on modesty. I refrained from doing much application until I thought we understood the doctrine of clothing… The second half of Part 2 and almost all of Part 4 contains the applications, but the rest was laying the foundation. I covered the following areas over the course of these messages: 1. God’s zeal to cover shame, Gen. 3:7,13, 21; Isa. 61:1-11; Rev. 3:5. 2. God’s devotion to beauty, Ex. 28:2-8; Ps. 45:13-14al Isa. 52:1-12; Isa. 59:17. Isa. 62:5; Eph 5:27; Ezekiel 1. 3. God’s blessing of humility, 1 Tim. 2:9-10; Isa. 3:16-26. 4. God’s care for unfading adornment, 1 Pet. 3:3-6. 5. God’s passion for purity, Prov. 7:4-27; Matt. 5:29-30. 6. God’s design for gender distinction, Deut. 22:5. 7. God’s favor for non-conformity, Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 4:1-7; 1 Cor. 6:13-20; Jer. 10:2-4.

Father-Son Retreat in Wake Forest 

Hope Baptist Church and the NCFIC and Sovereign Redeemer Community Church have teamed up to host a Father-Son Retreat here in Wake Forest on September 29-30 to address the topic, “21st Century Battlefields.” Eleven local pastors will be speaking on many current issues that face us today.

A New Tool for Reading Through the Bible: “Journey Through the Bible.” And… You can Pre-Order it Now

We are finishing up a new book to assist fathers that are reading through the Bible with their families called, “Journey Through the Bible.” I’ve encouraged families to read through the Bible several times before their children leave home. So, I have written a guide for fathers that includes basic information on each book of the Bible, an applicable hymn to sing, the main point of the book, a memory verse, and the top five facts about each book. Also, there are corresponding audio messages for each book of the Bible that they can listen to online. 

You can pre-order the book here at half price by clicking here. We will ship it to you in November.

We are trying to make it available for families at the Repentance Conference in October. Please pray that families would read the Bible from cover to cover as they are raising their children. Much of this book has come out of my own notes on each book of the Bible that I used when our family was reading the Bible together. Here is a screenshot of one of the pages:

Everything we do and every dollar we spend is directed for the prosperity of the church of Jesus Christ and the health of the families in those churches.

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Fear of God Devotional: How Are We Brought to Repentance?



What is the source of repentance?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that the source of repentance is the grace and mercy of God. Without Him, we are unable to see our sinfulness. If He didn’t show us, we wouldn’t see our sin and understand how exceedingly sinful we are.

God uses many means to show how sinful we are. He uses preachers and other people to convey His Word to people. But ultimately, He alone saves men.  

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV) – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: Who Is Leading Church and Family Reformation Today?



Who are the individuals that drive reformation in the church and family today?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that the people in our day who are leading key reforms in the church, family, and culture are those who are constantly studying the Scriptures, seeking to know God, and proclaiming Him as He has revealed Himself in Scripture.

We need preachers who will stand in the pulpit faithfully proclaiming the glad tidings of Christ. We need them to hold up the splendor and majesty of our Lord so that people would be drawn to Him and that their lives would be radically altered through the preaching of the Gospel.

Hebrews 13:7 (NKJV) – “Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Holiness of God Brings Us to Repentance



How does the holiness of God bring us to repentance?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that the source of repentance is the holiness of God. A sinner will not recognize they oppose God, that there is no good to be found in their actions, or that they are an enemy of God if they do not glimpse the holiness of God. You will not be able to see that you need to repent.

The Christian must understand that all of life will be spent in a continual, necessary position of repenting. Even after salvation, there are still other areas they need to repent of. In short, we are on a continual journey of always repenting.

James 5:16 (NKJV) – “Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance: Fleeing From My Own Ways



What does repentance involve?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that repentance is fleeing from and leaving behind your old ways and taking on God’s ways and thoughts. It involves meditating on the things of God instead of dwelling on sinful or idle things. 

Repentance involves the turning to God from idols to serve Him, the true and living God. It involves the putting to death of sinful areas in your life. 

Colossians 3:5 (NKJV) – “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: The Word of God Guides Us to Repentance



Is Scripture just as relevant today as it was during the Reformation?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that we need to learn is how critical loving Scripture is. Reading Scripture was not just for the 15th or 16th century but God’s Word has always and will always be applicable and true.

Reformation is always ongoing – it never is complete, no matter what century we live in, because we are never fully conformed to Scripture. It is our responsibility to find out how our practices and thinking are not fully conformed to Scripture. We then need to go to the Word of God and conform our lives to it.

Psalm 19:7 (NKJV) – “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance for a Person Deeply Embedded In Sin



How does a person who is trapped in sin repent and fight against that particular sin?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that if a person is trapped in a life of sin and does not know how to repent and to conquer a particular sin, they need to first recognize that repentance is going to be a gradual change.

They must resolve to live a life for the glory of God and understand that they will be constantly having to repent. It may be a long process. A high level of accountability may be helpful. Additionally, it is important that they are transparent with other godly individuals regarding their struggle with sin. 

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV) – ‘Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What Is Godly Sorrow?



What does godly sorrow involve?

Don Hart explains in this video that godly sorrow is a grieving heart and mind because we know that we have sinned against God who gave His only begotten Son for us. We realize that we have failed to follow the Savior that came and lived a perfect life, died unjustly, was abused and mocked, and took the wrath of God upon Himself.

When a Christian sins against their Savior, they grieve. They are not grieved because of the consequences or the trouble that they have gotten themselves in. Their heart breaks and their mind aches because they know that they have sinned against God. 

1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV) Christ “Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

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Fear of God Devotional: An Example of Genuine Repentance



What is an example of a person demonstrating genuine, godly repentance?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that there was a man in his congregation that was deeply involved in pornography. This man sought the Lord, spent time alone in prayer and in the Word, he confessed to his wife and made himself accountable to her and to his elders.

In time, this man utterly broke the chains of that sin. He has gone on as a changed man. This was evidence and fruit of true repentance.

Luke 3:8 (NKJV) – “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.”

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