Should a Pastor Be Open To Correction By His Congregation?

Is it acceptable for a church member or members to correct their pastor?  If so, what are these circumstances and how should it be done?Open Rebuke? I do not believe that anyone, pastors included, should be confronted in an antagonistic way by someone who believes there are mistakes or doctrinal errors are being taught in the church.  This should be done privately, one on one, to avoid humiliating anyone. As a pastor myself, I have had to go to some church members privately and speak to t … [Read more...]

When is it Time to Disciple a Church Member? When Should they be Disfellowshipped?

When does a pastor or church board or membership know when it’s time to discipline a church member?  When do you know when it’s time to have them disfellowshipped?The Matthew 18 Model One of the most difficult things that a church has to do is to discipline a sinning church member.  I don’t mean sin in general for if every church member had to be disciplined who ever sinned that would mean everyone would have to be, including the pastor and every church leader because all have sinned (Rom 3: … [Read more...]

Is Mark Dever’s “9 Marks of a Healthy Church” True?

Have you read or heard about Mark Dever’s book “9 Marks of a Healthy Church?”  If so, do you think it’s true?Marks of a Healthy Church The book “9 Marks of a Healthy Church” by Mark Dever is an exceptional book that clarifies what a healthy church should look like.  He covers nearly every essential for a biblical church to feed and equip the congregation, from biblical preaching, church discipline, what is true conversion, biblical principles on church leadership and membership, and having t … [Read more...]

What Is The 3rd Commandment?

3rd Commandment

What is the 3rd Commandment?  What does it mean that we shouldn’t take the Lord’s name in vain?  Is this commandment still relevant today and for all people?The 3rd CommandmentExodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”Israel's Treatment of God’s Name The Jews were so terrified of mispronouncing God’s Holy Name that they didn’t even say it out loud.  Today, even some non-orthodox Jews spe … [Read more...]

What Is The 8th Commandment?

8th Commandment

What is the 8th Commandment?   Was the commandment to not steal given only to Israel or is it given for all people for all time?The 8th CommandmentExodus 20:15 “You shall not steal.”The commandment, “You shall not steal” was given by God to Israel at Mount Sinai as a direct order but this applies to every person on the face of the earth.  Today, the 8th commandment is one of the most broken of all the commandments that God gave to Israel even though this commandment surely applies to … [Read more...]

What Is The 4th Commandment?

What is the 4th Commandment?  Is the Sabbath command written only for the Jews?  Are Christians to observe a Saturday Sabbath? The 4th Commandment Exodus 20:8-11 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.  For in si … [Read more...]