One Thousand Thoughts About Church #688

“We live in an age where, whatever the rhetoric, evangelicalism has its agenda set by individual churches and parachurch groups who write their own doctrinal bases.  That is not theologically obnoxious in itself: many such bases are quite orthodox, if somewhat minimal.  It is arguably a bit odd: it is hard to imagine the automobile industry being run by groups who keep redesigning the wheel and claiming it as a major breakthrough, after all.  And, of course, it does nothing to fuel respect for biblically normed historical confessional and ecclesiastical tradition.  So, if you have the choice, try to define your church in terms of something historic, not a half-decent document put together last week by a bunch of Top Men in a hotel conference room.” – Carl Trueman

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One Thousand Thoughts About Church #689

“A church without godly leaders is an endangered church. A church that does not train leaders is an unfaithful church. God has given leaders to the church for the maturity, unity, soundness of each local congregation. Without godly, faithful, replicating leadership, churches suffer deeply.” - Thabiti Anyabwile

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One Thousand Thoughts About Church…#690

“To this day, Christian Churches, especially in the Reformation tradition, use a powerful tool for ‘maintaining the form of sound words’ and for spreading the gospel to the world—their confessional documents.” – Douglas Kelly

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One Thousand Thoughts About Church…#691

“As for the false Church, it ascribes more power and authority to itself and its ordinances than to the Word of God, and will not submit itself to the yoke of Christ. Neither does it administer the sacraments as appointed by Christ in His Word, but adds to and takes from, as it thinks proper; it relies more upon men than upon Christ; and persecutes those who live holily according to the Word of God and rebuke it for its errors, covetousness, and idolatry” – Belgic Confession

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One Thousand Thoughts About Church…#692

“’Tis the Duty of every Member to pray for their Pastor and Teachers…They that neglect this Duty seem not to care either for their Minister, or their own Souls, or whether Sinners be converted, and the Church edified or not. They pray for their daily Bread, and will they not pray to have the Bread of Life plentifully broken to them?” – Benjamin Keach

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One Thousand Thoughts About Church…#693

“Your pastors and elders need your help to live out the calling of Acts 6:4: ‘But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.’ Because everything seems more important and seems more urgent than being in the word and prayer. Everything.

What happens if all the lights are burnt out and the heat doesn’t work and the pews are upside down and the sound is off? People will notice. People will say something. People will be upset.

But what if your elders didn’t pray more than five minutes at their meeting last month? Would you know? No one would, not right away….

But over time, church members will think to themselves, “Something’s missing. There’s some power not here that used to be here…

Elders and pastors must fight to keep it and congregations must fight to support it, to encourage it, to give time for it. Because most pastors and most parishoners don’t notice Acts 6:4 is missing until it’s too late.”

– Kevin DeYoung

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One Thousand Thoughts About Church…#694

“The communion of saints is essential to the proclamation and vindication of the gospel. That is why it is so greivous when people in church do not show love to one another. If we profess a Savior that laid down his life for us and we are part of his family, we ought to be willing to lay down our lives for other members of the family. We should uphold them, serve them, and sacrifice for them.” – Joel Beeke in The Epistles of John, p.120

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One Thousand Thoughts About Church…#695

“The New Testament is clear about the duty of church members in watching out for one another and helping one another persevere (see esp. Heb 3:12-14; 4:1-2, 11; 12:15-16; James 5:19-20).” – Ray Van Neste

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