Come to The Highway of Holiness Conference


Consider joining us at our national conference, “The Highway of Holiness” at the Ridgecrest Christian Conference Center in Asheville, NC, Oct. 29-31.


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Robert Murray McCheyne on the “Vast Importance of Church Discipline”

Robert Murray McCheyne speaks of his early avoidance and abhorrence of church discipline, as well as the change that took place:

“When I first entered the work of the ministry among you, I was exceedingly ignorant of the vast importance of church discipline. I thought that my great and almost only work was to pray and preach. I saw your souls to be so precious, and the time so short, that I devoted all my time, and care, and strength, to labor in word and doctrine. When cases of discipline were brought before me and the elders, I regarded them with something like abhorrence. It was a duty I shrank from; and I may truly say it nearly drove me from the work of the ministry among you all altogether. But it pleased God, who teaches his servants in another way than man teaches, to bless some of the cases of discipline to the manifest and undeniable conversion of the souls of those under our care; and from that hour a new light broke in upon my mind, and I saw that if preaching be an ordinance of Christ, so is church discipline. I now feel very deeply persuaded that both are of God-that two keys are committed to us by Christ: the one the key of doctrine, by means of which we unlock the treasures of the Bible; the other the key of discipline, by which we open or shut the way to the sealing ordinances of the faith. Both are Christ’s gift, and neither is to be resigned without sin.”1

1Andrew A. Bonar, Memoir and Remains of R.M. McCheyne (Great Britain: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1966), 73.

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Free Download of Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine – Chapter 2


It is critical that our churches and families have a biblical understanding of the doctrine of God. Our view of God affects every aspect of our lives: our response to the trials of life, how we interpret Scripture, our view on current issues, and many other situations. 

This week, we are giving away a digital download of the second lecture from Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine. This lecture is on Chapter 2 of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, “Of God and of the Holy Trinity.” You can stream it or download it here.  

In the NCFIC store, you can buy the whole set for $129.95. The set includes: 32 DVD video lectures on all 32 chapters of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, the accompanying study guide, a paperback edition of the SLBC, as well as an audiobook version to listen to.  

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NCFIC Declaration: Article V – The Church is Eternal While the Family is Temporal

We affirm that the church is the bride of Christ and the family of God, and that in heaven people ‘neither marry nor are given in marriage,’ indicating that the family, which is part of the creation order, established for the fulfillment of the dominion mandate here on earth, ceases to exist in heaven, but that on earth and in Christ, the family becomes a vehicle for the demonstration of the relationship between Christ and His church and for raising children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Gen. 1:26-28; 18:19; Mal. 2:15; Matt. 22:29-32; Eph. 5:22-33; 6:1-4).

We deny/reject the notion that the family supersedes the church in time, function, or in the strategic and eternal place the church holds in the plan of redemption, the kingdom of Christ, and the fulfillment of the Great Commission.


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5 Tips for Corporate Prayer Meetings

Here are a few things to consider regarding corporate prayer meetings. There is much to say about the Godward focus of our prayer, which is the very most important matter. This most important matter in all prayer is the heartfelt acknowledgment of the majesty of God, expressing our love and gratitude to Him. Further, we bring our requests before Him. However, there are some mechanics that can help us as we pray in a corporate setting:

1. Pray All – to fulfill the command to pray.
Often a few end up praying and it’s the same old people.

2. Pray Short – so more can pray.
Long prayers should be avoided in order to allow all to pray.

3. Pray Sequentially – to redeem the time.
Often there are gaps in the prayers with long silences. The church should avoid these, and take up the time for more glory given to God.

4. Pray Together – to be unified
When we pray we should be praying the same thing together with heartfelt affirmation of the prayer.

5. Pray Responsively and say “Amen” – to share the joy
Letting a prayer fall to the ground without explicit agreement and saying “amen” either in your heart or with your mouth diminishes the weight of the prayer in your heart.

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A Call to Battle 2015 – Recap

We (Carlton McLeod, Voddie Baucham, B. Courtney McBath, and I) had a great time preaching on Friday and Saturday last week at Carlton McLeod’s, “A Call to Battle 2015: Taking Back the Family” conference.  The messages from the conference will be available sometime in the next couple of weeks. Check out Carlton McLeod’s blog later, as well as the D6 Reformation web site.


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Church Leader’s Luncheon in Iowa and Missouri


This year I have been traveling around the country to meet with church leaders for a day of prayer, encouragement, fellowship, and exhortation. It has been a blessing to meet with these men. I pray that our time together at these meetings were a blessing to their own soul as they continue to labor for the kingdom of God.

In a couple weeks, I will be traveling with Kirk Smith to the Midwest. We will be hosting two luncheons for church leaders: one in Davenport, IA on April 23, and the other in St. Louis, MO on April 24. If you are a church leader from that area, I pray that you will be able to join us. All church leaders, and aspiring church leaders, are welcome to attend. Our prayer is that church leaders will begin to get to know each other, and in turn work together for the advancement of the kingdom of God.

The cost to attend is $5, and lunch will be provided. We will also be giving away a free copy of our new book,A Theology of the Family to everyone who attends. If the location is too far for you to travel to, I encourage you to contact the regional facilitator for your region, Kirk Smith, and he might be able to schedule an event closer to you.

I hope to see you there!

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Church Leaders Meeting in NC – May 4th


Please join me (Scott Brown), Jason Dohm, and Michael Beasley for a day of prayer, exhortation, and fellowship for pastors from North Carolina and Southern Virginia. Aspiring pastors and deacons are welcome to attend as well. This event will be held at Peace Baptist Church in Germanton, NC.

Our prayer is that through these events, church leaders will begin to get to know each other, pray for one another, and work together for the spread of the Gospel in our country. The cost of registration is $5 per person, and lunch will be provided.

For more information, or to register for this conference, go to the events page for the Church Leader’s Luncheon – Winston-Salem, NC. I hope to see you there!

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Give-Away! Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine – Chapter 1


Over the coming months, we will be giving away a digital download of our series on the 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith titled, Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine. We will be releasing one chapter a week. This week, you can stream Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures. Watch here.

You can buy the whole Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine set from the NCFIC store for $129.95. The set includes: 32 DVD video sessions on all the chapters of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, the accompanying study guide, a printed copy of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, as well as an audiobook copy of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.

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NCFIC Declaration: Article IV – God Created the Church and the Family

We affirm that almighty God is the sovereign Creator and Preserver of His people and all the institutions that bring blessing to mankind, including the church and the family, are thus deserving of our honor and humble obedience to His Word (Gen. 1:28; Pss. 46:1; 77:13-15; 95:6-7; 100:3; 119:73; Prov. 18:10; Matt. 16:18; 19:6; John 14:15; Col. 1:16-17; James 1:17; 1 Peter 4:19).

 We deny/reject that we, being mere creatures, have a right to refashion the church and the family according to our vain imaginations by altering God’s prescribed government, worship, discipleship, gender roles, assignment of responsibilities, or any other normative patterns revealed in Scripture.


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Images of Jesus and the Second Commandment

Brian Cosby wrote a very helpful article titled, “The Second Commandment, Westminster and Images of Jesus.” Brian writes about how he has, “noticed an increasing number of candidates taking an “exception” to the Westminster Standards’ interpretation of the Second Commandment, mainly due to the interpretation of the use of “images” in worship.” Our understanding of the application of the Second Commandment is critical, given the increasing popularity of picture books and movies of Jesus in our day.

Here is the whole article:

No, the Westminster divines weren’t intentionally attacking The Jesus Storybook Biblebut they probably would have taken issue with the pictures of Jesus. (more…)

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How to Help Children Listen to and Apply a Sermon

Here is some great advice from Erik Raymond for parents and pastors on helping their children listen to and apply a sermon:

Helping Children Benefit from the Sermon 

As a pastor I often get the question, “Do you have any advice for helping my kids to benefit from the sermon?”

This is a question that I really appreciate because it recognizes the importance of the preaching of the Word of God and our reception of it. It recognizes that even the children are to hear, and to best of their ability, understand what is being preached.

What follows are some things that I have done as a Dad and also as a pastor.

Parents before the Sermon

Read the Passage as a family before Sunday morning. This is easy and so very important. They hear the passage read by Dad or Mom and see your commitment to the Word of God. This goes further than you can imagine. (more…)

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It’s Been a Busy Month for Sodomite Marriage Controversy

The pace of the discussion and the shifts that took place were monumental. CEO’s of companies like Salesforce and Apple were bringing their frowning disciplinary chastisements to states like Indiana and others. Rock stars and actors were scowling at the idea of man as male and female, and marriage between a man and a woman.

A new website “” has aggregated some of the most critical stories on the issue. Amazingly, the stories listed all broke over the last ten days – since March 23.

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The Cross as Medicine and Food on Good Friday

Today millions around the globe will be mindful of the cross. So should we. Don’t ignore the cross today. It is an opportunity to think and feel rightly about it – that is, biblically. For us, and for all true believers, the death of Christ on the cross is the center of atonement. In Isaiah 43:25, there is a prophesy that sins are “blotted out,” and He will “remember them no more.”

These words in Isaiah are a prophesy of our Lord Jesus hanging on a cross. Many have a fixation on the cross itself. That’s not what we should do. We don’t obsess about wooden crosses. But, we SHOULD BOAST, as Paul explains in Galatians 6:14,

“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

This means that our meditation on the cross ought to draw our attention is on the substitutionary atonement that was accomplished on the cross. Christ was crucified so that sinners would be rescued from being crucified for their sins. Further, God uses the cross to declare the foolishness of those who are perishing,

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” 1 Cor 1:18-19

For the apostle Paul, the cross was, as J.C. Ryle described it,

“the joy and delight, the comfort and the peace, the hope and the confidence, the foundation and the resting-place, the ark and the refuge, the food and the medicine of Paul’s soul.”

Samuel Rutherford explained how the cross means freedom,

“The believer is so freed from eternal wrath, that if Satan and conscience say, ‘You are a sinner, and under the curse of the law,’ he can say, ‘It is true, I am a sinner; but I was hanged on a tree and died, and was made a curse in my Head and Lawgiver Christ, and His payment and suffering is my payment and suffering.'”—Rutherford’s Christ Dying. 1647.

Ryle offers this citation, “By the cross of Christ the Apostle understands the all-sufficient, expiatory, and satisfactory sacrifice of Christ upon the cross, with the whole work of our redemption; in the saving knowledge of whereof he professes he will glory and boasts.”—Cudworth on Galatians. 1613.

Ryle concludes his sermon with these words, and so I conclude this letter,

“I lay these thoughts before your mind. What you think now about the cross of Christ, I cannot tell. But I can wish you nothing better than this—that you may be able to say with the Apostle Paul, before you die or meet the Lord, “God forbid that I should boast—except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ!”

J.C. Ryle’s Sermon and some of the above quotations were taken from J.C. Ryle’s sermon that can be found here.


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NCFIC Declaration: Article III – The Only Hope is Jesus Christ and His Gospel

We affirm that the only hope for the church, the family, and the fallen world is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (Mal. 4:6; Luke 1:17; John 14:6; Acts 2:39; 4:12; 16:30–34; Eph. 2:12–13).

We deny/reject that there is any hope for the church, the family, and the fallen world apart from Jesus Christ and His gospel or that family members are able to perform their functions, be properly reformed, or experience true blessing except by the power of the gospel saving and sanctifying its members.


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