Monday, February 24, 2014

When Church People Can't Get Along

Sometimes the hardest people to get along with are the folks we go to church with.  Jesus said that we'll be known by our love for each other.  Therefore, we have some work to do. 
[I]f Christians share the same spirit and mind - the Spirit of Christ - then unity is a natural expression of that Spirit.  Given the sin which remains in believers in this life, however, unity often requires effort.  Thus Christians "stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel."  Strife should be actively avoided.  Mark Dever, The Church: The Gospel Made Visible

Monday, February 17, 2014

Church Teaching Must Be Gospel Centered

Right teaching about the gospel...requires a right understanding not only about God but also about humanity.  If a church's teaching depicts people as merely spiritually sick, not spiritually dead, teh gospel has been distorted.  Mark Dever, The Church: The Gospel Made Visible
If our teaching simply encourages people to feel better about themselves or gives them some hope that they'll get better eventually, then we've done them a terrible disservice.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Promise Of The Church

There are many reasons the Church exists, and one is to give believers a glimpse of the future day when believers of all ages will gather together in one place for worship.
In the heavenly city Christians will enter fully and eternally into the love of God. The church on earth today presents the glimmering and growing picture of this coming reality. Mark Dever, The Church: The Gospel Made Visible

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Influence of Church Membership

Are you a member only on Sunday mornings?  Consider the following quote from Mark Dever's The Church: The Gospel Made Visible :
A married man goes to work as a married man and goes tot he store as a married man, and the fact that he's married affects how he interacts with others at work and the sore, but neither his work nor shipping are in intrinsic part of being married.  In the same way, a member of a church follows Christ in all sorts of ways  that are not tied to the work that God entrusts to the local church in any institutional fashion.  But the individual's membership should affect how he does everything outside the gathered church.