Why Is Baptism So Important For Christians?

It is not uncommon today to find Christians who have never been baptized. Likewise, many people who have trusted Jesus as their Savior as adults see no need for baptism because they were baptized as infants. However, the Bible teaches that baptism is very important. For this reason, it is important to know why baptism in so important for Christians.What did Jesus say about baptism? Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave His last earthly instructions to the disciples. He commanded His … [Read more...]

Does The Bible Have Hate Speech?

What Is Hate Speect

Some call what is preached in the Bible hate speech.  Does the Bible actually have hate speech?What is Hate? There are laws in Canada that make it a crime to preach against certain things that exist in their society and these laws may soon be coming to the U.S but is there really hate speech in the Bible?  Can we say that with authority?  We know that God hates sin and it is said that God hates divorce but it never says that God hates divorced people.  Psalm 7:11 says that “God judges the ri … [Read more...]

Three Essentials For A Biblical Church

What would you consider 3 essentials for a biblical church?  Is your church using these three “essentials?”  Why are they essential?Three Essentials What would you consider 3 essentials of not just a healthy church but of a biblical church?  For many centuries, these 3 things have been found in the church on a consistent basis since the founding of the church in the first century but they seem to be disappearing in the churches of today.  Why does the lack of these 3 three things in particu … [Read more...]

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...]