An Update on the Road


[vimeo 12458360 581 327]


An Update on the Road from NCFIC on Vimeo.

Continue Reading »

Breakdown in Greenlawn, NY


[vimeo 12458308 581 327]


Breakdown in Greenlawn, NY from NCFIC on Vimeo.

Continue Reading »

Road Trip Stop at Iglesia Biblica de La Gracia


[vimeo 12457904 581 327]


Josue and Jennifer Reymundo on Reformation from NCFIC on Vimeo.

Our second Road Trip Stop took us to McLean, Virginia where “Iglesia Biblica de La Gracia” hosted us. Josue Raimundo is a missionary to the Spanish speaking community and the pastor of this Spanish speaking church. Here he and his daughter, Jennifer discuss the centrality of scripture in family and educational life.Josue is in the process of translating our book, “Building God Centered Families” which is an edited version of Matthew Henry’s sermon, “A Church in the House.” This book contains some of the very best advice for families for how to build a God centered family.”

Continue Reading »

Dan Horn on Reformation


[vimeo 12303232 581 327]


Dan Horn on Reformation from NCFIC on Vimeo.

Continue Reading »

How God is Reforming my Family

Here are 12 ways God is reforming me and my family – Tommy Vestal

1) We are helpless to move forward in life as a family by our own understanding and that we must flee from the things of this world when they conflict with scripture regardless of their perceived insignificance.

2) We must use God’s word to guide our actions, form our priorities, direct our paths. Especially but not limited to entertainment, education and child training, discipline (for ourselves and the children), work life, finances and spending and the use of our time.

3) We do that by reading His word daily as a family and studying what the Word means and how to apply it to our family and our lives as individuals.

4) As parents He has broadened our understanding of the scope of our jurisdiction.

5) He has revealed to us as parents, and convicted us of our responsibility and authority through the light of His word that we would not waste the time that is given and entrusted to us. And that we would invest heavily in the lives of our children by making a daily deposit of God’s Word and Truth.

6) He has given me a greater awareness of my sin and a hatred of it.

7) The works of my hands and feet are rubbish before the Lord and that salvation is supremely and wholly by faith in Him, freely given to us by His mercy and wholly by His choice. This affects me everyday and cuts at my very core.

8) Grace and mercy are meant to be and must be applied in life just as God freely showed and shows grace and mercy to me.

9) We are convinced that God’s moral law reveals His character to us and that He desires that we keep it in order to glorify Him and not to save ourselves.

10) He has shown us the joy of serving our family, neighbors, and church through hospitality which ultimately displays that grace and mercy of Jesus Christ,

11) that the joy of the Lord is our strength and all hope is in salvation through Christ Jesus,

12) and a continued understanding that God is sovereign in all of heaven and earth and that all things do work together for good for those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose.

Continue Reading »

Wake Forest Road Trip Stop


[youtube uGvV-TUW-sg 581 327]


Approximately 350 people came to participate in kicking off the Road Trip in Wake Forest. We heard seven messages from seven pastors who told their stories of church and family reform. Boyd Dellinger, Steve Breagy, Jimmy Ferebee, Ken Auer, Dan Horn, Jason Dohm and myself all gave messages.

Dan Horn, “It gives us great concern that people withdraw from the church.”

Jimmy Ferebee, “I was going the wrong way – in earnest”

Boyd Dellinger, “The NCFIC is like a house of many rooms, and many activities going on in those rooms. If you go into the living room, you will find a father conducting family worship, and if you go into the kitchen you will find,… but the roof of that house is the sufficiency of scripture.”

Jason Dohm, elder at Hope Baptist, “I want to show how the first command and Deuteronomy 6 relate and how they are inseparable. There is no such thing as a faithful obedience to the first commandment which leads the life of a home untouched. The first commandment always works itself out in what you do when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up.”

Ken Auer, of Southwest Wake Assembly, said, “I grew up in the mainstream as a fish swimming down stream with all the other fish. I was a fish and did not know I was wet.”

Steve Breagy, “I was a pastor and thought I was wise, but realized that God said, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise.’ I realized that my wisdom was worldly wisdom.”

Harry Upchurch, of Anchor Baptist Church in Bunn, NC, “The greatest reformation happens when we reject extrabiblical practices. Jesus did not break people up by age, and I want to do what Jesus did. The more we get away from that pattern the more damage we do. If we take the whole bible and apply it to our church, God will bless us.”

Dan Horn, “The indispensable center of church and family life is the glory of God. If we change focus in our families and begin to do the right things and are doing it for self-improvement rather than the glory of God we are robbing God. We have forgotten God.”

Continue Reading »

Nations are Nothing but a Collection of Families

In a day of extreme individualism and neglect of family life principles, it often helps to hear voices from the past. J.C. Ryle, in his commentary on the gospel of Matthew, writes about the extreme importance of families.

It is difficult to overrate the importance of these two subjects. The well-being of nations, and the happiness of society, are closely connected with right views upon them. Nations are nothing but a collection of families. The good order of families depends entirely on keeping up the highest standard of respect for the marriage tie, and on the right training of children. We ought to be thankful, that on both these points, the great Head of the Church has pronounced judgment so clearly.

-J.C. Ryle

Continue Reading »

Road Trip: Fellowship Over Tea with Deborah Brown – Preparing our daughters to be Proverbs 31 Women



At various stops along the Reforming Church and Family Road Trip, we will be hosting ladies teas. Join Deborah Brown and her daughters Kelly, Blair, Claudia and her new daughter, Monica as they share their insights into the God-given role of a woman.

The culture would have a woman pour her heart and energy into a career outside the home to find blessing there. But the Bible paints a very different picture of a woman’s life. It is the occupation of the home, the care of a husband and children for the glory of God for many generations. It is a role she is uniquely gifted to fulfill. Because we as women are affected by the messages surrounding us, we find ourselves, at times, discouraged and confused. Could it be that we have listened to the wrong voices? Deborah and her daughters would like to bring the voice of Scripture as a light unto our feet and a lamp unto our paths. This lamp is “the same yesterday, today and forever.” It will never go out and will always be true. Herein lies the blessing for mothers and their daughters.

Continue Reading »

Psalm for the Sabbath Day

Psalm 92

A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:
But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.
For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Continue Reading »

Meet Us on the Road – An Invitation from Scott Brown and Peter Bradrick

[vimeo 11907966 581 327]

Meet Us On The Road from NCFIC on Vimeo.

Click HERE for more information.

Continue Reading »

Tags: ,

“Little Timothy Learned His ABC’s From the Bible”

The Bible commentator, Lenski explains in his own words how Timothy learned the sacred writings,

Little Timothy learned his ABC’s from the Bible, learned to read from the Bible, and thus from earliest childhood spelled out “sacred letters.” As he spelled out this and that word, mother and grandmother told the story. Soon he could read a little, ask questions, hear more. A lovely picture indeed! I like it better than our method of today which supplies secular matter for the primers and holds back the sacred letters until later years.

(R. C. H. Lenski, The Interpretation of St. Paul’s Epistles to the Colossians, to the Thessalonians, to Timothy, to Titus and to Philemon, 839 [Columbus, O.: Lutheran Book Concern, 1937]) accessed from Pyromaniacs Blog on May 15, 2010.

Continue Reading »

Visit Us On The Road

Road Trip: We Are Collecting Stories of Biblical Reformation – What’s Yours?

There is a reformation of practices that is sweeping our land. We want to document them on our Road Trip Across America. Would you be willing to come to the meeting nearest you, ready to share your own story of reformation? If so, I would like to either put you in front of a video camera to get a 1-3 minute testimony or to get it in writing. If you would like to submit it in writing, please email to me, Scott Brown at [email protected].

Continue Reading »

John MacArthur on The Sufficiency of Scripture

In the book, The Coming Evangelical Crisis, by John H. Armstrong, John MacArthur has a chapter on the Regulative Principle of Worship, entitled, “How Shall We Then Worship?”

He writes,
How does the sufficiency of Scripture apply to worship? The Reformers answered that question by applying sola Scriptura to worship in a tenet historically called the regulative principle. John Calvin was one of the first to articulate it succinctly:

We may not adopt any device [in our worship] which seems fit to ourselves, but look to the injunctions of him who alone is entitled to prescribe. Therefore, if we would have him approve our worship, this rule, which he everywhere enforces with the utmost strictness, must be carefully observed. . . . God disapproves of all modes of worship not expressly sanctioned by his word.

“Calvin supported this principle with a number of relevant biblical texts, including 1 Samuel 15:22: ‘To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.’ He also appealed to Matthew 15:9, which says, ‘In vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’

“An English Reformer and a contemporary of Calvin, John Hooper, stated the same principle in this way: “Nothing should be used in the Church which has not either the express Word of God to support it, or otherwise is a thing indifferent in itself, which brings no profit when done or used, but no harm when not done or omitted.” And nineteenth-century Scottish church historian William Cunningham defined the regulative principle in these terms: “It is unwarrantable and unlawful to introduce into the government and worship of the church anything which has not the positive sanction of Scripture.”

“The Reformers and Puritans applied the regulative principle against formal ritual, priestly vestments, church hierarchy, and other remnants of medieval Roman Catholic worship. The regulative principle was often cited, for example, by English Reformers who opposed elements of high-church Anglicanism that had been borrowed from Catholic tradition. It was the Puritans’ commitment to the regulative principle that caused hundreds of Puritan pastors to be ejected by decree from Church of England pulpits in 1662.

“Furthermore, the simplicity of worship forms in Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregational, and other evangelical traditions is the result of applying the regulative principle. Evangelicals today would do well to recover their spiritual ancestors’ confidence in sola Scriptura as it applies to worship and church leadership. A number of harmful trends that are gaining momentum these days reveal a diminishing evangelical confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture. On the one hand, there is, as we have noted, almost a circus atmosphere in some churches, where pragmatic methods that trivialize what is holy are being employed to boost attendance. On the other hand, growing numbers of former evangelicals are abandoning simple worship forms in favor of high-church formalism. Some are even leaving evangelicalism altogether and aligning with Eastern Orthodoxy or Roman Catholicism.

Continue Reading »

What is the NCFIC?

The NCFIC’s purpose is to correctly understand God’s unified vision for church and family, rightly diagnose the problems that impede this vision, and effectively communicate biblical solutions that rebuild family-affirming churches. We do not believe that family-integration is the only—or even the primary—issue in selecting or establishing a local church. But it is unquestionably a defining issue of our day as the modern church has lost the essential familistic culture that we see modeled in the New Testament.

The NCFIC is not a new denomination or confederation of churches but rather a network and resource for family-integrated churches and families seeking them. It is a ministry to America’s churches by Christian leaders who see faithful fathers and mothers struggling to find a meaningful, family-affirming relationship with their local church. All the men who work with the NCFIC believe in biblical church authority and are all under the oversight of their own local churches with regard to their moral life.

The NCFIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of the church and family for the glory of God. To this end, NCFIC provides a host of supportive resources including challenging articles, inspiring testimonies, national and regional conferences, instructive audiotapes, recommended books, pastoral training and a growing database of family-integrated churches near you.

Please meet us on the Road Trip Across America, and at our Love the Church conference this year. And don’t forget to look up our web site which is a treasure trove of resources for the reformation of church and family according to scripture.

We can be grateful that we are living in a time of reformation where God is bringing His church back to her roots in scripture. One of the marks of the current reformation is that church and family life are being re ordered according to scripture.

Continue Reading »

He Who Follows Frivolity

One of the messages we like to pound home is that young men should not spend their years of youth playing games. Here Solomon touches on one of the reasons why – it reflects a gigantic absence of “understanding,’ and the stupidity of following what is empty,

“He who tills the land will be satisfied with bread, But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.” Proverbs 12:11

Continue Reading »

Page 131 of 151« First...102030...129130131132133...140150...Last »