Fear of God Devotional: How Is Reformation Poorly Implemented?

How do fathers poorly implement reforms within their family and churches?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that one way that reformation can be poorly implemented is by a father who quickly applies the new truths that he has learned in his family in an iron-fisted manner.

While we do need strong men within families and churches, fathers also need a healthy dose of patient love to go along the truth that they are coming in contact with. They must care for those under their authority in the home and in the church. Ultimately, fathers are to point families and churches to God and not to themselves.

Colossians 3:21 (NKJV) – “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What is the Source of True Repentance?

What is the source of true repentance?

Michael Beasley explains in this video that the starting point of repentance and the source of repentance is the Spirit of God working in the heart of a sinner. It is a blessing to us that the Spirit of God brings about the conviction of sin.

One lesson that we can learn from the book of James is that when we sin, we must understand that we are the ones who sin. We are not to blame God when we are tempted and carried away and enticed by our own lusts. We cannot blame others for our sins. Repentance begins with the acknowledgment that we have sinned and it is imperative that we acknowledge our own culpability and responsibility for sin. Without this, there is only mere sorrow without actual responsibility for sin. 

1 John 1:9 (NKJV) – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Effect of Evolution Upon Our Children

What is the effect of evolution upon our children?

Ken Ham explains in this video that the Bible makes it clear that it is our sin that brought death into the world. God is a holy God and He judges the wickedness of man. And yet, an evolutionist would directly oppose Scripture and claim that there are alternative reasons for death. 

Despite our sin, God is long-suffering. We don’t deserve to exist, yet, God loves us so much that He died for us, rose again, and offers us salvation. But, young people have left the church because they have heard that evolution is true from a young age and see it conflict with the Bible. For them, it means that you can’t trust the Bible. Consequently, they doubt the Bible and ultimately walk away from the church.

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) – “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Is Repentance Required for Salvation?

How are salvation and repentance related?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that Jesus Christ is a Savior of sinners. When a sinner, by God’s grace, sees His sin, that sinner is going to Christ by faith while turning His back on sin. They are always connected. You cannot do one without the other.

Paul preached repentance toward God and faith towards Christ. Without repentance, there was no salvation. Without repentance, there is no salvation. Peter also called people to repent. Their messages contain the need to both repent and believe in the gospel. 

Mark 1:15 (NKJV) – “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Is Repentance Required for Salvation?

How are salvation and repentance related?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that Jesus Christ is a Savior of sinners. When a sinner, by God’s grace, sees His sin, that sinner is going to Christ by faith while turning His back on sin. They are always connected. You cannot do one without the other.

Paul preached repentance toward God and faith towards Christ. Without repentance, there was no salvation. Without repentance, there is no salvation. Peter also called people to repent. Their messages contain the need to both repent and believe in the gospel. 

Mark 1:15 (NKJV) – “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

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Healthy Self Examination at the Lord’s Table

Here is a very helpful article on self examination… in our church we celebrate the Lord’s Table weekly and so we are often faced with the issue of self examination as the Lord requires in 1 Cor 11. Self examination is good, but it can to astray as Jared Mellinger says in his article, “Self Examination Speaks a Thousand Lies.” I’m not particularly fond of the title of Mellinger’s article because the Lord Himself commanded us to enter into self examination, but he makes some helpful points to keep us from a wrong kind of self examination,

He quotes Charles Spurgeon: 

“Any practice that detracts from faith is an evil practice, but especially that kind of self-examination which would take us away from the cross-foot proceeds in a wrong direction.”

He quotes Thomas Chalmers on the matter saying that he …

“… once compared self-examination to a dark room full of objects. We can’t see what is there because the room is pitch black. This darkness is the reason looking at ourselves is often so unfruitful.

How do we brighten the room? Not by straining our eyes or taking more time and effort to examine the darkness. We will never see ourselves clearly simply by focusing more intently on ourselves.

Instead, Chalmers says we must to go to the window and open the curtains. Let the light of Christ break into the darkness of your soul. The sunlight in Chalmers’s image is the truth of God’s word: “If we derive no good from the work of self-examination, because we find that all is confusion and mistiness within,” he says, “then let us go forth upon the truths which are without, and these will pour a flood of light into all the mazes and intricacies of the soul, and, at length, render that work easy, which before was impracticable.”

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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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