​What is Faith?



Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

What is faith? In Chapter 11, the doctrine of justification was explained, and we know from Scripture that justification is by faith alone. Faith is knowing that the Gospel is true, and then throwing all of your faith on the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who truly believe abandon all other hopes, whatever it may be, and cast it all on the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is no hope apart from Christ. Even if you have done many good deeds, in the world’s eyes, you still cannot barter with God. Isaiah 64:6 says that “all our righteousnesses are like rags.” Romans 3:12 says, “There is none who does good, no, not one.”

The only hope that people have is to repent of their sins and put all their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting in God alone for their salvation. There is nothing that they can do to earn it. Faith acknowledges that there is nothing that we can bring to the table, and that “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12), the only name is Christ.

Here is our session on chapter 14 of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith titled, “Of Saving Faith.” 

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Church Ministry Facilitates Family Ministry

We affirm that God’s people must be nurtured through the example and instruction of their church’s elders and members in everyday life, and of the importance of fathers and mothers training their families to fulfill the Great Commission through ministry to the saints and witness to the lost (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:46-47; 8:4; 18:24-26; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Titus 2:2-6; Heb. 3:13).

We deny/reject the emphasis on family-fragmenting methods or programs that disregard the nature of the church as God’s people in community and that displace or discourage family ministry outreach.

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What Does a Holy Man or Woman Look Like?



What does true holiness look like in a person? In this video, Joel Beeke gives three important things that manifest themselves in the life of a holy person: humility (the more they are sanctified, the more unholy they realize they are), mortification motivated by a love for Christ, and a desire to plant themselves in the means of grace, so that they do not wander from the path.

If you would like to hear more from Joel Beeke on the subject of holiness, come to the Highway of Holiness conference in Asheville, NC, Oct. 29-31. 

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God Destroys Nations that Mistreat the Poor and Defenseless



The Center for Medical Progress just released their fourth video on the illegal activities of Planned Parenthood.  God will judge nations that abuse and mistreat those that are weak and poor. Proverbs 31:8 says, “Open your mouth for the speechless, / In the cause of all who are appointed to die.” Christians have a duty to open their mouths and speak for those who do not have a voice – in this case, unborn children.

Nahum, speaking to the “bloody city” (Nahum 3:1) of Ninevah, said, “You also will be drunk; / You will be hidden; / You also will seek refuge from the enemy” (Nahum 3:11). This is the judgment of God upon a wicked nation that mistreats the weak and the poor. 

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​The Reading of Scripture in the Assembly of the Saints

The Reading of Scripture in the Assembly of the Saints

“Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”
– 1 Timothy 4:13

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

– Isaiah 55:11

It happens every Sunday – someone opens the Bible and reads it to the congregation. When this happens, the voice of God Himself is heard in the congregation. The weightiness of the moment calls those who read scripture publicly to be deliberate and prepared. It is perhaps one of the most important parts of our corporate gatherings. The Bible makes this very clear.

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Registration for Getting the Picture Right is Now Open!





Today, registration for the Getting the Picture Right marriage retreat is officially open. This event will take place December 4-5 in my home in Wake Forest, NC. This is an event for couples who have been married for seven years or less, and we are limiting it to only 20 couples, so don’t wait too long to register!

There is no cost for registration, and we will be providing housing and food. For more information, and to register for the conference, go to the event page for Getting the Picture Right. 

I hope to see you there!

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​​​Are You Being Sanctified?



In this session, we discuss chapter 13 of the 1689 confession, titled, “Of Sanctification.” It is important that we have a biblical view of sanctification, and avoid the traps that lie on both sides of the road on this issue. Justification and sanctification are different, but they are always together. Those whom God has saved and justified, He will sanctify. You cannot have justification without sanctification. 

We need to avoid the view that one can be saved, yet show no signs of being sanctified. If you are not being chastised and disciplined by the Lord, you are not His child (Heb. 12:8). You will not see the Lord if you are not holy (Heb. 12:14).  

We also need to avoid the view that there can be a point in this life where we are perfect, completely free of sin. Though we are sanctified by our Father in heaven in this life, we will never be perfect until we are glorified and in His presence for all eternity.  

Even when we are saved, corruptions still remain. There is a battle that must be fought. We need to be mortifying our sin, by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:13). We must never forget the means of sanctification: the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. The Word of God is our guide, showing us the way of righteousness, and it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can walk in His statutes (Ezek. 36:27). 

What comes to your mind when you think of sanctification? You can download our lecture on this doctrine. Go to the download page for the lecture on chapter 13  

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​Article XVII – The Mission of the Church and the Family is Generational

We affirm that God commands churches, families, and individuals to teach the gospel and make disciples in every generation, “that thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son” (Ex. 12:26-27; 13:14; Deut. 4:9; 6:1-9; Pss. 78:1-8; 127; 135:13; 145:4-7; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 1:50; 24:45-47; Acts 16:10; Rom. 10:14-15; Eph. 6:4).

We deny/reject those contemporary, individualistic philosophies, that fail to convey the responsibility of the church and the family to proclaim the gospel to the next generation, thereby ignoring the mission of the church and the family to evangelize, teach, and equip every generation to worship and serve the Lord.

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What is Your View of God?



What is your view of God? Do you view Him as holy? This is the most defining question for all of life. Everything flows from our view of God, from our understanding of theology, holiness, and other areas.

As you look at the world around us, and consider the times we live in, what is your view of it all? If we do not have a right understanding of who God is, then we will not rightly discern the times in which we live in. 

At the Highway of Holiness conference, we would like to capture a glimpse of the beauty of the holiness of God! I hope that you will be able to join us for this conference! For more information, or to register, please go to the Highway of Holiness conference events page

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Little Hands, Little Feet


The latest video on Planned Parenthood selling body parts has been released by the Center for Medical Progress.

Its makes your ears tingle to hear of selling body parts. It’s massively disturbing, but it’s not the selling of body parts that should disturb us the most. It’s the fact that we are dismembering children. We’ve been doing it for a very long time. These videos are important because they say something that the pro-life people have been saying since the beginning – it is a baby.

The baby has a head, hands, feet, a liver, and a pancreas. It is a PERSON. We’ve been crushing and chopping up children. Now we know, and the pro-abortion crowd has known this all along despite its PR campaigns to the contrary. They knew they were not aborting fetus material. The ultrasounds were plain enough. They knew they were crushing and burning children – Little hands, Little feet. We’ve known this all along.

At the very beginning of the battle that began in 1973, Phil Keaggy sang a song all around America titled, “Little Ones.” Hearing it again is just as riveting and heartbreaking as it was when I first heard it. It’s just as real and contemporary as when it was written.

Here’s the live version of him singing the song.

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Why a Marriage Retreat for Young Couples?





Why a separate retreat for young couples? Our prayer for this retreat is to lay a foundation for young married couples. There are many people I have spoken to who, when they come to our marriage retreat, say, “We wish we had known these things 20 years ago.” There are things that I wish I had known when I was first married! Thus, we decided to hold a marriage retreat for young couples, to teach them the things that we wish we had known when we were young.
 
Also, this retreat will be free of charge, and we will be providing housing. However, space for this retreat is limited. The official dates for this event are: Dec. 4-5. Registration officially opens this coming Monday (Aug. 3). I hope that you will be able to make it!  

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Taking Back the Family Conference



I highly recommend the messages from this conference. My good friend Carlton McLeod posted this on his blog:

Friends, in April 2015 we had the honor of hosting our Call to Battle 2015 Conference, Taking back the Family.  The messages preached by Voddie Baucham, Scott Brown, Courtney McBath and myself, in my opinion, laid out a good biblical road map for beginning the journey to recover and reform family:

CONFERENCE MESSAGES:

  • Session 1: McLeod- First things First: The Gospel
  • Session 2: McBath-The State of the Family: How We Got Here
  • Session 3: Baucham-It’s Not Like Being Black Part 1
  • Session 4: Baucham- It’s Not Like Being Black Part 2
  • Session 5: Baucham- Understanding Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
  • Session 6: Brown- Discipling Children: Family Worship & Education
  • Session 7: McLeod- Financial Stewardship in the Home
  • Session 8: Brown- Family Economies
  • Session 9: Brown- Encouraging Singles & Solutions for the Single-Parent Home
  • Session 10: Baucham- The Role of the Church in the Home

I cannot recommend these messages strongly enough.  They are VERY timely, particularly Dr. Baucham’s messages on “It’s Not Like Being Black” where he explodes the thought that homosexual rights are civil rights. You can find all the messages HERE.

We have simplified the purchased options and lowered the prices: $50 for all the audio messages, and $90 for all the DVDs.

It was a great conference and we are very thankful to God.  Below are a few pics.  Thanks for considering the  messages, and DO NOT QUIT working and trusting God for reformation!

Solus Christus!
CCM

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​​​Are You Being Sanctified?



The lecture for this week is on chapter 13 of the confession, titled, “Of Sanctification.” It is important that we have a biblical view of sanctification, and avoid the traps that lie on both sides of the road on this issue. Justification and sanctification are different, but they are always together. Those whom God has saved and justified, He will sanctify. You cannot have justification without sanctification. 

We need to avoid the view that one can be saved, yet show no signs of being sanctified. If you are not being chastised and disciplined by the Lord, you are not His child (Heb. 12:8). You will not see the Lord if you are not holy (Heb. 12:14).  

We also need to avoid the view that there can be a point in this life where we are perfect, completely free of sin. Though we are sanctified by our Father in heaven in this life, we will never be perfect until we are glorified and in His presence for all eternity.  

Even when we are saved, corruptions still remain. There is a battle that must be fought. We need to be mortifying our sin, by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:13). We must never forget the means of sanctification: the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. The Word of God is our guide, showing us the way of righteousness, and it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can walk in His statutes (Ezek. 36:27). 

What comes to your mind when you think of sanctification? You can download our lecture on this doctrine. Go to the download page for the lecture on chapter 13  

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The Church Should Move On This


One of the interesting qualities of family integrated churches across America is that many of them visit abortion clinics to share the gospel, and to proclaim a message of hope in Jesus Christ. This is how Hope Baptist and Sovereign Redeemer Community Church operate in our ministry, Hope Before the Door.

With the recent revelations of Planned Parenthood’s selling body parts, there is an opportunity for the church to raise their voices.  Please use Facebook and whatever means you have to support further investigation.

Here are two video clips that vividly demonstrate Planned Parenthood’s culpability:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjxwVuozMnU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjCs_gvImyw

Spring to action and spread the word. God has provided an opportunity for the church to express herself.

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Article XV – The Importance of Age-Integrated Discipleship

We affirm that returning to a biblically-ordered, age-integrated methodology for the worship of God and discipleship in a local church is consistent with Holy Scripture and critical for the restoration of the kind of worship and discipleship culture we see demonstrated in both the Old and New Testaments (Deut. 31:12-13; 2 Chron. 20:13; Ezra. 10:1; Ps. 148:12-13; Matt. 19:13-14; Mark. 9:36; 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17; Col. 3:20; Eph. 6:1-4). 

We deny/reject that an age integrated-ministry methodology should be the only or even the primary consideration for selecting or for establishing a local church because priority of consideration should be given to the preaching of the gospel and the teaching of sound doctrine while recognizing that the purest churches under heaven are subject to mixture and error.

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