How To Use Cross References When Studying The Bible


How can a Christian use a cross reference when they’re studying the Bible? How can this help? Does this help?Cross Reference Bibles Most Bibles have cross references in Scripture passages so that a person can look at the other Bible passages that relate to the one that had a cross reference on it. For example, Paul wrote in Romans 1:17 that “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” My Bible has a cross referen … [Read more...]

How To Study The Bible


What things can you do to help you study the Bible better?Praying to the Helper Just before Jesus was about to go to the cross to die for our sins and take upon Himself the wrath of God, He said that He would send a Helper. Jesus said “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26). Very shortly He says “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be wit … [Read more...]

How Should A Pastor Officiate A Funeral?


How can a pastor preside over or officiate a funeral? What are some helpful guidelines?Consultation The eulogy can be read by the pastor officiating the service, which could be a memorial or a graveside service, or both. The preferences of the family obviously are of first and foremost consideration. What they seem to feel is important must become important for the minister. Out of respect for the deceased family member, their family will have the final say on what they want read at the … [Read more...]

How Should a Pastor Officiate a Wedding?


Are there certain ways that a pastor or minister should officiate a wedding? What are the guidelines?The Traditions of Marriage I love tradition and some of the weddings I’ve had the privilege of officiating had some of the most beautiful vows I have ever heard and came complete with the most cherished traditions I’ve ever seen. Things like the father giving the bride away, the couples throwing rice or better yet, bird seed at the newly married couple, the bride tossing the bouquet, the mix … [Read more...]

How To Pastor A Small Church Effectively

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Many people judge churches by the number of cars in a parking lot or people in the pew so how can a man pastor a small church effectively?God is in the Small Things God has no respect for persons any more than He does for size. God looks at the heart and not at the outward appearance and He is not interested in how large a church is but how the member’s hearts are bent toward serving and glorifying Him so we must always remember that “God shows no partiality” (Rom 2:11) and “the Lord sees no … [Read more...]

How To Choose A New Deacon For A Church


How does a church choose a deacon? What are the qualifications and disqualifications for a deacon?The Bible Model If a church is deciding on who to choose and church deacon and how it must be done, we need look no further than the Bible to find the outline of the qualifications. These biblical qualifications must take precedence over the man’s personality, popularity, and personal appearance. I’m not saying these things are not important. I am saying that they are not as crucial as those men … [Read more...]