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Fear of God Devotional: Training for Evangelism

  How should pastors train those in their congregation to evangelize? Joel Beeke explains in this video that pastors must train and equip members in their congregations to evangelize and not simply just send them out as soon as they are saved. The best technique to teach evangelism is not necessarily an evangelism class, but […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Holiness and Pragmatism

  What happens when we substitute pragmatism in place of scriptural commands and principles? Geoff Botkin explains in this video that people in America generally conduct their life in a largely pragmatic manner. But, in order to understand something like holiness, we cannot learn about holiness without first going to Scripture. Our understanding of holiness […]

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The Hottest Thing in the Church Today Is…

The Hottest Thing at Church Today is… Tim Challies posted a good article about church life today – The Hottest Thing at Church Today. The article is really about pragmatism… and how a new wave of interest in preaching through the Bible could ignite more of the same old saw in pastors – pragmatism. He […]

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Fear of God Devotional: What is Christ’s Great Commission for the Church?

  What is the message of the Great Commission? Joel Beeke explains in this video that the message of the Great Commission is to bring the Gospel to everyone in the world and to see every unconverted person as a mission field. We are called to be faithful to bring the Word of God to […]

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Penance or Repentance

Misunderstanding the difference between penance and repentance will bring disaster in a persons life. It is an eternally significant disaster. The Lord revealed this to Martin Luther as he was translating the Greek New Testament and comparing it to the Latin Vulgate, Luther had been studying the new edition of the Greek New Testament published by […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Church Programs for Evangelism?

  How should the Church approach and witness to unbelievers? Kevin Swanson explains in this video that the Church be balanced in that there must be love shown to both the believers in the Church and unbelievers outside the Church. The Church must reach out to unbelievers but also to the believers. Elders ought exemplify […]

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Fear of God Devotional: A Shortcoming Amongst Youth Groups

  What is a common shortcoming amongst typical youth groups today? Paul Washer explains in this video that when he visits a typical youth group, many youth attend only because their friends are there and they are entertained. Unfortunately, oftentimes, the Word of God is not preached and made the focal point of the gathering. […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Biblical Evangelism – Effectively Communicating the Gospel

  How should Christians more effectively evangelize unbelievers? Kevin Swanson explains in this video that an effective way to evangelize is to preach the Word of God in a public forum and actually interact and converse with people. Many times, people will simply pass out a tract but not take the time to sit down […]

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Fear of God Devotional: Can We Ever Stray from the Commands of God?

  Is there ever a situation where we should stray from the commands of God found in Scripture? Paul Washer explains in this video that much of the modern church’s energy is invested in youth ministry. Generally speaking, it is a key aspect of modern church life. However, the Bible does not command us to […]

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A Hatred of Sin and Apprehension of the Mercy of God

Here is the section on repentance in Benjamin Keach’s Baptist Catechism: Q. 94. What is repentance unto life? A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Root Cause Behind the Exodus of Our Youth

What is the root cause behind the exodus of our children from the modern church? Scott Brown explains in this video that youth ministry is not the cause of our children leaving the church. Rather, it stems from ignoring the things that are plainly taught in Scripture. The root problem is the failure to trust […]

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Fish Will Not Be Fishermen

Modern folks seem to feel that they need to become like the world in order to win the world. They think that If they look and talk and act like worldlings, then they will be able to relate with them. Nothing could be further from the truth. The world needs to see holiness not worldliness, […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Comprehensive Nature of the Great Commission

How should Christians view the work of evangelism? Don Hart explains in this video that evangelism is critically important. We have been given a great commission. We are called not only to make disciples but to make disciples of nations. It is a comprehensive work. We need to influence with the Gospel, not just the […]

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How Should We Think about Parachurch Ministries?

How should we think about parachurch ministries? The Nine Marks Journal has given us several helpful articles in “Church and Parachurch – Friends or Foes.” These articles deal with issues of accountability, prioritization, the creation of a celebrity culture and… particularly, the centrality of the local church. In this Nine Marks Journal issue you will read […]

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Fear of God Devotional: The Four-Fold Way of Puritan Evangelism in the Church

How would Puritan ministers go about evangelizing? Joel Beeke explains that there were four distinct characteristics of Puritan evangelism. First, their evangelism was biblical. They always used biblical texts. They were men of the book. Second, they evangelized doctrinally. They knew how to take biblical truths and use Scripture to convict people of sin. Third, […]

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