Fear of God Devotional: The Responsibilities of a Pastor and the Congregation



What are the responsibilities of a pastor and the congregation?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that pastors and elders are appointed by God to administer His Word to His people. They are shepherds of the church. It is vital for them to preach faithfully and strive to live godly and holy lives. 

The responsibility of the members of the church is to take the Word preached, to be Bereans, and to apply the truths of Scripture to their lives. They must obey Christ and walk according to the Word of God. 

Acts 20:28 (NKJV) – “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”

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Fear of God Devotional: What about the Reformation Should Give Us Hope?



What about the Reformation should give us hope?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that one of the things from the Reformation that should give us hope is how much change can happen in such a short time when men advocate without apology and without compromise certain truths from the Word of God.

God used reformers to bring about a monumental shift in entire nations. Christians should never be a hopeless people. God can reach into history at any time to accomplish His purposes. We shouldn’t hopelessly forget God but seek Him and ask that He would reform us today. When reformation comes to an individual, their life becomes conformed to Scripture. An individual will be more and more reformed into the image of Christ. 

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, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

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Fear of God Devotional: An Important Issue Facing Millennials



What is one of the primary problems that Millenials face today?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that one of the primary problems that many Millenials face today is a skepticism and an unwillingness to deal with the true realities of God, sin, and His judgment.

Many young people are not sober — they blindly follow the ways of the world. Part of this stems from a lack of the fear of God. Another issue that the current generation deals with is pride. The current generation is very proud. They need to embrace humility. They need to demonstrate true repentance. They must thirst after and wholeheartedly believe in the Word of God.

Proverbs 16:18-19 (NKJV) – “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” 

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Fear of God Devotional: What is a Characteristic of False Repentance?



What is a characteristic of false repentance?

David Eddy explains in this video that one characteristic of an individual who shows false repentance is that they inevitably return back to their sin and embrace it. 

One of the more tragic examples of false repentance that he has seen involves young men who pretend that they’re saved in order to pursue a girl that they are interested in within the church. To most people, it appears that they’re eager to learn about the Word of God when in reality, they never were repentant and never desired the things of God. They continued to pursue the desires of their flesh. Ultimately, they rejected what they previously proclaimed as true and turned their back on God and His ways. 

Proverbs 26:11 (NKJV) – “As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.”

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Fear of God Devotional: John Bunyan Was A Bigger Sinner Than Paul



So this is a faithful saying it never fails to be accepted of all the Christ Jesus came into the world for this very purpose to save sinners of my chief. Can you be beyond the chief sinner. Well John Bunyan actually was a Puritan and he said the reason Paul can say I am the chief sinner because he didn’t know John Bunyan. Buyon said that I’ve got the most wicked sinner in all of England and I have found grace amazing grace for an amazing sinner. That’s what you want to cultivate your people. Show them the enormity. Pastor. Show them the enormity of their sin and show them the enormity of grace. That’s your work. And that’s what the world doesn’t want that’s what Saint doesn’t want. And that’s what a natural hardness and you know Satan wants to do. He must have minimized sin and he wants to minimize Grace citizens that he says and them and you do said he says you can’t be saved. You sin to much, comes as the roaring lion comes as an angel like he’s always trying to minimize sin and minimize grace. The world does the same thing. Yes that’s not so bad. You can do that once. So in some notable sin then they minimized grace because they don’t flee to Christ alone. But when you’re a pastor your goal is to show people the dreadfulness of sin every sin the smallest sin deserves hell because God is holy and God cannot allow that to happen anything that is stained with sin you need a savior.

But then the beauty is this the savior covers all iniquity all sin his blood cleanses for all said first John mongers. So you preach both. 

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Fear of God Devotional: A Worthy Investment of Resources, Time, and Effort



What are the benefits of attending the NCFIC’s National Conference later this year?

Don Hart explains in this video that people and families should come to the National Conference. Not because the speakers might be amazing or for other typical reasons that they might come. True believers need to invest in what they treasure, value, and believe in.

It is an investment of resources, time, and effort. We need to make a priority of investing in experiences with our family, opportunities to be discipled, and opportunities to be amidst like-minded, Christian families. We need each other. We need preaching. It is such a beautiful time. 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NKJV) – “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance in Marriage



What is the importance of repentance in marriage?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that when a husband and wife understand their sinfulness and responsibilities before God and they realize that they both really mess it up a lot, they must continually repent to God and each other throughout their marriage. There must be a constant communication and care shown between a husband and wife.

A repentant heart keeps the marriage in such a peaceful state. In contrast, an unrepentant person will not care about how their actions might negatively hurt their spouse.  

Ephesians 5:25 (NKJV) – “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.”

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Fear of God Devotional: The Importance of Time Spent in Prayer



How important is time spent in prayer?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that it is absolutely vital for Christians to have a real, living communion with the living Christ. If we do not know the love of God for us in Christ and if our hearts are not captured by the love of God for us, it would be too easy to fall for the lies, the distractions, outright attacks, and subtle insidious attacks of the world and the devil.

We must be men and women of prayer and feed our souls with God’s wonderful truth as we prepare ourselves to go out into the world. We want to be calling upon Christ as we begin our day. Our hearts and souls must live in a communion with Christ. There must be a recognization that a Christian will enter a battle every day and a desire to begin our day with prayer.

Matthew 26:41 (NKJV) – “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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Fear of God Devotional: “I Can’t Live With My Boyfriend Anymore”



What is an example of repentance?

Michael Beasley explains in this video that he remembers an example of repentance that involved a young lady that he and his wife had come to know. The Lord graciously opened the eyes of her heart and she believed in Christ. 

On one evening, as they were studying the Scriptures, this young lady, a new believer, said,  “I can’t live with my boyfriend anymore.” We were so thrilled. The Lord brought this about. The power of the Scriptures and the Spirit to transform her thoughts was amazing and overwhelming. She eventually married a godly young man. It is such an encouraging story. She showed the fruit of repentance as she continued to live her life serving Christ.

Acts 2:38 (NKJV) – “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

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How to Find Hope in the Hard Times (Ps. 46-63; Rom. 2-6)



Join me live with Jason Young as we discuss the things we read over the past week as we are reading through the Bible. This discussion is about 20 minutes. Our hope is to give some practical insights for families for the reading from the past week.

You can view the webinar here.

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Fear of God Devotional: What Should The Church Be Doing



We need to come back to ask the question in terms of the tasks of the church. What does God say the church should be doing and refuse to make the church the engine of a thousand fine things that are not the task of the church. We need to come back and say what did God say the church should do and worship. What did God say the church should do we need better come back and make those things central. And anything else we do is simply the circumstantial applications of those things to the worship of the church. We need to come back to the government of the church and ask what are the Biblical offices for the church. How is the church biblically to be organized. What is the biblical relationship between the congregation and the elders? And we need to ask also what is the doctrine of the church and insist that that doctrine is not something that is merely an idea we have that seems to be generally consistent with the word of God that the doctrine of the church must be scripture alone. That is to say, it must be explicitly to taught the scripture or by good and necessary inference deduced from it.

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Fear of God Devotional: How Do I Foster Repentance In My Family



I do believe that the father needs to be the leader in this process in the home. Wherever there’s something that’s falling short in the home, the father needs to take the mantle of responsibility for that and lead his family away from the direction that they were going into the direction that honors God. Leaders in the local church in like manner their leadership responsibility is to do the same to acknowledge where they fall short and to take the mantle of responsibility and to lead the flock in the right direction. This requires that the Scriptures be laid out in order to know where to go. We need to know the pathway that God has ordained. Many times people are very frustrated about where they’ve been or acknowledged that they’ve been in sin in some way, but they don’t necessarily clarify where they need to go from there. And I think that that’s a very dangerous moment because your eagerness to flee from one thing may end up taking you into something else that maybe isn’t biblical. So charting your course by Scripture is crucial and this is why the father needs to take responsibility in leading his family in reform. This is why the leadership of the local church needs to lead their flocks by virtue of Scripture on the basis of the authority of scripture in order to chart a course that is in the right direction that honors God.

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance Requires A Rethinking Of The Gospel



We do have to rethink the Gospel. If God is a big God and I’m a small person and sin is a heinous crime, a thief of God’s glory then what’s the gospel it has to be something more than just asking Jesus into my heart. It’s more than just Jesus loves me and has a plan for my life. There would be a mountain range of truths the greatness of God revealed in the redemptive labors of Christ that stretch from eternity past to eternity future and all the wonderful facets of redemption. But if I have a small view of God and I have a big deal of myself and a wrong view of sin and I don’t need much for salvation. I just need a little help. Perhaps I think I need a second chance. I only want God to get me off the hook. But the idea of being rescued from me is not really prominent in my mind. If we want to be a part of a real reformation one that brings about a lasting and deep a thorough and a happy repentance. We’re going to have to start with rethinking these great issues. God, me, sin and salvation.

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance Is The Key To Family Reformation



Family reformation is necessary because families often don’t look like the picture that God gives us in His Word of godly families. And so when families awaken to that reality there is a disconnect between an ordinary family life that they’re experiencing and the picture that the Bible sets forth as a godly family life. Then a father who has fallen and following the Lord will begin to lead his family and begin to try to eradicate the things that don’t match Scripture and to bring into practice the things that do match scripture and the worship of God begins to be established. And it’s not just a duty that is being performed but people began to worship God from the heart and families begin to change and they begin to love and serve the Lord together.

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Fear of God Devotional: Repentance Flows When The Word Of God Is Preached



If we preach the Word of God, if we hold this book for our people, the work of the spirit will come naturally. We read of Zacchaeus and Christ walking down the streets and come down from that tree Zacchaeus for today salvation has come to your house. What did what was the result of that. The result was Zacchaeus stood there in his house before Jesus Christ and said Lord I’m going to give away half of my goods to the poor and where I have wronged someone and stolen. I am going to restore it fourfold and so we see that when salvation came to that house we see the outworking of repentance that just flowed. Christ didn’t say what are you going to do about these areas. Where are you going to reform Zacchaeus stood there and said oh lord This is on my heart to do as my lord and savior. I’m going to make these things. This is my repentance and this is my reformation. And so when we’re faithful to God in His ways God will bring repentance. God will bring restoration.

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