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Church

Church

Do you take church seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While they will indeed acknowledge a place for church in their busy lives, it seems that few regard the visible church as the earthly and institutional manifestation of the spiritual kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If more Christians did take the church seriously, they would not only honor its ministry, oracles, ordinances, and officers; but they would also enable the church to grow through their commitment to and cooperation in the work of ministry.

God calls you to take the church seriously:

For Jesus promised, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…” and proved it by ascending “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come… to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” (Matt. 16:18 and Eph. 2:21-23)


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Discipline

Discipline

Do you take church discipline seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. In fact many (if not most) have never even heard of the concept. Even if they have, it seems that most dismiss the practice as out-dated, unfair, and out-of-place in our luke-warm and laissez-faire culture.

If more Christians did take church discipline seriously, they would be far more faithful in their own walk with the Lord and their churches would not be filled with worldlings, false-professors, fornicators, heretics, and schismatics.

God calls you to take church discipline seriously:

“I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner — not even to eat with such a person…” rather,  “deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (2 Cor. 5:11, 4-5)


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Apologetics

Apologetics

Do you take apologetics seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While many may be willingly to share their personal feelings about what Jesus personally means to them, it seems that very few are convinced of the objective truths of Christianity as revealed in the Bible and even far less who are capable of defending it.

If more Christians did take apologetics seriously, they would know exactly what they believe, why they believe it, and would always be ready to defend their faith through presuppositional, logical, and evidentiary argumentation.

God calls you to take apologetics seriously:

“Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…” (1 Peter 3:15) and “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3)


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Creation

Creation

Do you take creation seriously?

Many Christians do not. While most do indeed appreciate and enjoy various aspects of the natural world, it seems that there are relatively few who recognize theses things as the general revelation from God and then respond appropriately through repentance, faith, and worship.

If more Christians did take the creation seriously, they would repent of their purely-naturalistic and Darwinian presuppositions, reconsider their interpretation of the creation account in Genesis 1, recognize the glory of God as it is declared daily, and realize their responsibility as stewards of the earth.

God calls you to take creation seriously:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” and “the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork…” and “since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead…” (Gen. 1:1, Ps. 19:1, and Rom. 1:20)


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Providence

Providence

Do you take providence seriously?

Many Christians do not. In fact, the word “providence” itself has been replaced in our culture with purely naturalistic expressions concerning “luck” and “chance” and even by purely pagan concepts such as “good fortune” and “positive thinking”.

If more Christians did take providence seriously, they would not regard reality as a result of random chance, realize that there is technically no such thing as an accident, forsake their many foolish superstitions, and find rest for their frantic souls in the hands of their almighty, only-wise, and ever-loving Father in heaven.

God calls you to take providence seriously:

For “are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matt. 10:29-31)


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Anointing

Anointing

Do you take anointing seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. In fact, many have never even heard of the practice of anointing the sick with oil. It seems that when most Christians become ill or injured, they call upon doctors before (and sometimes even instead of) calling upon the elders of the church.

If more Christians did take seriously the ministry of anointing and prayer, they would be sick less often, recover more quickly, experience occasional healings, and also be forgiven of those sins which caused their ailments in the first place.

God calls you to take anointing seriously:

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:14-16)


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