Dan Horn speaks on “How War is a Parable of the Gospel”
She is in the airport on her way to Nome, Alaska – More on that later. Happy Birthday, Mom!
Nothing so defines a church like the preaching it receives.
The NCFIC is now offering selections from expository preaching conferences we have conducted over the years. You can now get the audio for free.
To get a feel for the series, listen to Thunder, Water, Light and Sword by Scott Brown.
From a heart clearly burning for the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom, Paul Washer gave his last message of the conference on the subject of the importance of Biblical family life for the spread of the gospel.
Too many missionaries labor fruitlessly because, in contrast with their words, their families are not examples of what Christ can do in the midst of a people. When Christ is in the middle of a home, when it is all about Him, that home overflows with love and joy.
“My home should be such that when someone walks in they say, ‘I want this. I really want this.'” People need to know what it looks like when a man filled with the Spirit loves his wife and children.
When they see what Christ can do in the context of our closest relationships, they see the power of the Gospel.
Two things are about to happen. Soon, we are launching a more focused NCFIC blog, AND an old yet revived, revamped, improved www.scottbrownonline.com.
Here are the details:
A More Focused NCFIC Blog:
First, we will make a change to the NCFIC blog by focusing the topics and having FIC church leaders around the nation contribute to it. This will do three things:
1. It will focus the blog on FIC issues.
2. It will give exposure to other FIC leaders.
3. It will show people who they can talk to in their regions.
Why? There are so many more new churches and families that are engaging this discussion. It needs a laser beam focus in order to answer questions and frame discussions. We want the people coming to the NCFIC blog to quickly get the scoop on FIC issues. So our goal is to provide a highly-targeted information source for the new wave of existing church transformations.
An Old Yet Revived, Revamped, Improved www.scottbrownonline.com:
Before we launched the new NCFIC web site in January 2009, my blog was known as www.scottbrownonline.com. It was more general, but it was always filled with things related to the reformation of church and family life — because that is an area I am keenly interested in. In 2009, we simply folded my blog into the new NCFIC site.
Before that time on www.scottbrownonline, I spoke about a much wider range of issues than I have been on the NCFIC blog. Now, I am going back to that with the new version of www.scottbrownonline.com.
The trend lines are running in favor of a genderless society – so called. We recently heard of the “genderless baby” in Canada and the ghastly reports of “gendercide” in India. Now we have the genderless preschool in Sweden. It is a government funded, “No ‘him’ or ‘her’; preschool [that] fights against gender bias.” This school, for children age 1-6, is part of a radical, government initiative to erase gender distinctions and give the female gender a competitive edge.
AP staff writer Jenny Soffel reports that, “At the ‘Egalia’ preschool, staff avoid using words like ‘him’ or ‘her’ and address the 33 kids as ‘friends’ rather than girls and boys.”
Everything breathes of gender freedom. “From the color and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children don’t fall into gender stereotypes.”
A 31-year-old teacher at the school, Jenny Johnson, argues, “Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing…Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.”
“Breaking down gender roles is a core mission in the national curriculum for preschools, underpinned by the theory that even in highly egalitarian-minded Sweden, society gives boys an unfair edge.”
One of the most telling and tragic scenarios is this one: “‘A concrete example could be when they’re playing ‘house’ and the role of the mom already is taken and they start to squabble,’ she says. ‘Then we suggest two moms or three moms and so on.’”
One of the requirements of achieving this genderless society is the management of language. For example, “Staff try to shed masculine and feminine references from their speech, including the pronouns him or her — ‘han’ or ‘hon’ in Swedish. Instead, they’ve have adopted the genderless ‘hen,’ a word that doesn’t exist in Swedish but is used in some feminist and gay circles. ‘We use the word ‘Hen’ for example when a doctor, police, electrician or plumber or such is coming to the kindergarten,’ Rajalin says. ‘We don’t know if it’s a he or a she so we just say ‘Hen is coming around 2 p.m.’ Then the children can imagine both a man or a woman. This widens their view.’”
These efforts will fail. It is impossible to wipe out the imprint of manhood and womanhood, no matter how hard people try. The innermost being is irrevocably stamped male and female. Under the garments is the unassailable witness to it. In the end, manhood and womanhood is not wiped out. Rather, human beings are terribly sickened and truncated and abused.
“It is not falling into water that drowns, but lying in it. It is not falling into sin that damns, but lying in it without repentance.”
Thomas Watson, The Doctrine of Repentance, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2009; written 1668), 62.
On July 4, 2011 at 3:00 PM, we are gathering several local churches to fellowship, hear speeches from FIC elders, and enjoy the goodness of the Lord that rests upon our land. If you would like to bring your church, please RSVP to email@example.com with the name of your church and the estimated number of attendees. RSVP deadline is June 30, 2011 at 5 PM. This event will be located at the large tent at 3721 Quarry Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587.
Whether it be for your church or your family, the topic of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is of key importance in the Christian life.
With more than 30 messages ranging from speakers like Scott Brown, Doug Phillips, Paul Washer, and Dr. Joel Beeke, this set speaks to a wide range of topics including Christ’s love for the Church, Church planting, evangelism, Church membership, the controversial topic of parachurch organizations, and much more.
To aid in either study or family worship, the NCFIC has put together a companion study guide, which contains outlines and questions for many of the messages in this audio set.
God values the church, such that He sent His Son to die for her. He calls her “His inheritance” and “the apple of His eye” (Deuteronomy 32:9-10). This is the reason why the people of God should prize her.
In Matthew 5, Jesus contrasts two voices, “You have heard that it was said” vs. “But, I say to you.” When Jesus says, “You have heard it said” (Matt 5:27-32), He is referring to those vain add-ons and short sighted simplifications to the law. These sayings had made the Old Testament law a concoction of human imagination and invention rather than the revealed nature and character of God. Jesus gives the remedy with the statement, “But, I say to you.” With this statement, the Son of God offers an accurate exposition on the law. He offers the true antithesis to false teaching and exposes how a proper understanding of the law regarding adultery is actually a focus on the desires of the heart and not on the works of man. This true understanding shows how every law of God unleashes and promotes love and reveals that it is a true treasure profitable for our soul. Listen here.
In a few weeks, we plan to make available a companion Bible study to Divided and A Weed in the Church – the Reunited Bible Study Challenge. As a resource for individuals, your church, or small groups, this Bible study will take you into the Word of God to examine it on the issue of youth ministry in the church. It challenges you to ask, “Is the Bible sufficient for youth ministry?” With this set – the film, book, and Bible study, you will be prepared to learn and engage the Scriptures on a subject which runs deep in Christianity: “How does the church reach the next generation with the gospel?”
I have posted this before, and am doing it again because it is so helpful… On April 16,1604, Matthew Henry preached an abundantly practical sermon to the families gathered in his congregation. (You can get the entire sermon from our store, under the title, Building a God-Centered Family.) One part of the sermon was for equipping them for prayer in their households. Here is what he said,
Five things especially you should have upon your heart in your family prayer, and should endeavor to bring something of each into every prayer with your families:
1. You ought to make family-Acknowledgements on your Dependence upon God and his Providences as you are a family.
give unto the Lord the Glory due unto his Name;
Give honor to God as the Founder of Families by his Ordinance, because it was not good for man to be alone; as the founder of your Families by his Providence, for he it is that buildeth the House, and setteth the Solitary in Families. Give Honor to him as the owner and Ruler of families…
2. You ought to make Family-Confessions of your Sins against God; those Sins you have contracted the Guilt of your Family…
How sad is the Condition of those Families that sin together, and never pray together, that by concurring in Frauds, Quarrels and Excesses, by Strengthening one another’s Hands in Impiety and Profaneness, fill the measure of Family-Guilt, and never agree together to do any thing to empty it.’
And even Religious Families, that are not polluted with gross and scandalous Sins, yet have need to join every Day in the Solemn Acts and Expressions of Repentance before God for their Sins of daily infirmity. Their vain words, and unprofitable conversation among themselves; their manifold defects in relative duties, provoking one another…
3. You ought to offer up Family Thanksgivings for the blessings which you, with our Families, receive from God.
Many are the mercies which you enjoy the Sweetness and Benefit of in common; which if wanting to one, all the Family would be sensible of it. Hath not God made a Hedge of Protection about you and your houses and all that you have…
4. You ought to present your Family-Petitions for the Mercy and Grace which your Families stand in need of.
Daily Bread is received by Families together, and we are taught not only to pray for it every day, but to pray together for it, saying ‘Our Father, give it us’. There are Affairs and Employments which the Family is jointly concerned in the Success of, and therefore should jointly ask of God Wisdom for the Management of them, and Prosperity therein. There are family cares to be cast upon God, by Prayer, Family Comforts to be fought for, and Family-Crosses which they should together beg for the Sanctification and Removal of.
5. You ought to make Family-Intercessions for others also.
There are Families you stand related to, or which by Neighborhood, Friendship or Acquaintance, …
utmost Corners of the Earth, and to them that are afar off upon the Sea.”
A Church in the House, A Sermon concerning Family-Religion, by Matthew Henry