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Being a Disciple of Jesus

Being a Disciple of Jesus

The final words of Jesus before his Ascension give the Christian church its marching orders: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with… Continue Reading

“Not all preferences are autonomous and selfish.”

“Not all preferences are autonomous and selfish.”

Mark Snoeberger helpfully explains here why some preferences are bad reasons to leave a church, while other preferences may rightfully lead someone to change membership. This can include preference concerning preaching, baptism, communion, and music. He concludes, Of course, there will always be occasions in which believers, after careful study, disagree about what the Scriptures teach… Continue Reading

Why join a church?

Why join a church?

Many professing believers today are asking, “Is it really necessary at all to be a member of a visible, local church? If I am a member of the invisible, Universal Church by nature of my spirit baptism, then why should I join a local church?” I think the Bible teaches that it is necessary to… Continue Reading

Being Committed to the Gospel

Being Committed to the Gospel

This entry is part 3 of 32 in the series Toward Conservative Christian Churches You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

As important as understanding the gospel is, it is not sufficient. Churches must be committed to the gospel. That is, churches must be devoted to the application of the gospel throughout church life. We have already spoken of how the meaning of the gospel must be taught, and reiterated. Beyond this, the believer’s position in Christ,… Continue Reading

Membership at Saddleback

Membership at Saddleback

Greg Gilbert posts a recent e-mail from Rick Warren. By the way, does Warren’s math seem a bit off to you? I was born in 1980, and I’m turning 29 in a week, not 30! What am I missing? Continue Reading