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Posted 4/11/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

The Minister as Leader of Evangelism in the Local Church

How ought a pastor or elder train others to evangelize?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that the Puritans believed that the believers should learn how to evangelize from the pastor in the church. The pastor would evangelize the various families in the pulpit and in the home. He would teach them how to do family worship and how to evangelize their children.

Pastors and elders today ought to be concerned for the salvation of their congregation. Ensuring that the Gospel is preached should be their first priority. There are many other minor concerns that a pastor is faced with, but he must always faithfully deliver the Gospel to his congregation.

Hebrews 13:17 (NKJV) - "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you."

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Posted 4/11/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

You Must Know This

It is popular for the millennial generation and many others to say that you can't know the answer to important questions regarding your soul. The spirit of the age is uncertainty and tentativeness. To have a firm opinion on a matter of morality or spirituality is not considered socially acceptable. For some, having a firm opinion is unwise because of the trouble it can get you in. It's more popular to have questions and to have problems with different things, rather than to embrace a fixed truth. John the apostle does not think that way at all. Nor does he want his children to be that way.

In 1 John 5:18-21 we learn that you can have certainty. God desires that His people are not tossed about like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 

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Posted 4/10/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Do Family-Integrated Churches Ignore the Lost?

How should family-integrated churches address unsaved individuals?

Kevin Swanson explains that a lack of evangelism stems from a lack of faith and courage to communicate the Gospel. Some individuals say that one way to evangelize the world is to send their young children to public schools. But this is not wise and goes against Scriptural commands, principles, and patterns.

Rather, God wants men to preach the Word of God in the public forum and to call people to repentance. This is what Paul and Peter did. They went wherever they could to get the Word of God preached and we ought to strive to do the same. We are not called to hide the Gospel under a bushel. Instead, we are to desire to share the Gospel to a people that desperately need to hear it.

Mark 16:15 (NKJV) – “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

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Posted 4/10/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Unity in Your Family, and Harmony with the Local Church

Scripture makes it clear that parents are primarily responsible for the discipleship of their children. But that’s not all. The local church has also been given a significant role in that same work of discipleship through preaching, fellowship, hospitality, discipleship, prayer and evangelism. At the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, one of our missions is to communicate God’s beautiful design for discipleship in the home and in the church. On the NCFIC website, you will find resources which point out biblical solutions to the problems that exist in modern church and family discipleship.

Yet, I would like to offer a word of caution, In responding to concerns about the local churches' age segregated youth and adult programs, some parents may over react and become disconnected or even divisive in their local churches. They may even abandon the local church all together. These ungodly responses only add more sin and confusion. The Church is the bride and the body of Christ. This means that faithfulness and involvement in a local church is an integral part of walking with Christ. This is why one aspect of our mission at the NCFIC is to use Scripture to show God's wonderful design for building harmony between churches and families, not dislocation.
Our prayer is that the resources you find here will point you to Scripture to discover a rich and fruitful pattern of church and family life that is defined by love, faithfulness, obedience, and unity. After many decades of innovation and creativity in our church programs, it is time to return to Scripture and fulfill God’s design for discipleship.

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Posted 4/7/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

How Important Is the Issue of Age Segregation?

How does our view of Scripture affect our beliefs regarding age segregation?

Scott Brown explains in this video that the most devastating problem that the Church faces is the distortion of the Gospel. The church must always strive to present the Gospel clearly. Accordingly, perversions of the Gospel should be met with the most aggressive stance and persuasive arguments as modeled by Paul in Galatians.

The issue of age-segregation is a serious matter. While it may not be the only or primary issue in selecting a church, we see that is something that is modeled throughout Scripture. Age integration should not be just an option that may be considered among other ideas for disciplining the next generation. When patterns in Scripture are ignored, it demonstrates a wrong view of Scripture.

Galatians 1:8-9 (NKJV) - "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed."

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Posted 4/6/17 at 3:13 PM | Scott Brown

Evangelism is First and Foremost a Family Event

Should fathers evangelize with their families present?

Don Hart explains in this video that evangelism ought to be a family event.
Some individuals prefer to divide their children when it comes to evangelism, but there is not a command in Scripture to divide the family or examples of a family being divided during evangelism. Rather, there can be great benefits that result from evangelizing alongside your family.

For instance, your children and wife are able to witness you sharing the Gospel with unbelievers. They get to see and hear the Gospel being shared within the home or in everyday interactions. Family evangelism can help to facilitate dialogue with unbelievers and present even more opportunities for sharing the Gospel.

Psalm 128:3 (NKJV) – “Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around your table.”

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Posted 11/27/14 at 12:38 AM | Scott Brown

Thirteen Thanksgiving Celebration Tips

A national holiday to give thanks? What a country! It has always amazed me that we live in a nation where a holiday is given to the people for the purpose of thanksgiving. Let’s seize the day! It is a marvelous opportunity for us to lead our families in thanksgiving. In doing so, we are building cultures of happiness and gratitude in our families that spill over into the church and the society at large.

What follows are THIRTEEN Thanksgiving Celebration Tips. I write this that we “may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving,” and to tell of His “wondrous works.” (Psalm 26:7), and to declare the praises of our Lord Jesus Christ across the land. In it you will find encouragement to read the Scripture, sing the songs, recount the history and dedicate your family to building a culture of thankfulness.

1. Do what a fun family in our church does.

We have a family in our church that has a large and fantastic Thanksgiving celebration that engages all ages in the pilgrim story. It is educational and engaging for all. Anyone who comes must be dressed as a character of someone on the Mayflower, and ready to tell the story of their lives, reciting a speech to all – from the littlest to the oldest. FULL POST

Posted 7/22/14 at 9:29 AM | Scott Brown

The Way of Modesty is the Way of the Gospel

As a daughter of Zion, you have been clothed in robes of righteousness, you've been given a new heart and God will give you a new crown and a new name and from that point you have your whole life ahead of you to demonstrate the beauty of what has happened in your heart. You have been clothed with the "robes of righteousness." Isaiah 61 makes this clear. Every morning when you awaken, you have such a wonderful opportunity to stand before your wardrobe and ask, “How can I express how thankful I am for His covering me with these robes of righteousness to cover my nakedness? How can my apparel reflect my robes of righteousness? How can my blouse and my skirt be like the wedding garments of my King and my Savior and my Shepherd? How can I represent my sin and my shame and how it has been paid for by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ?”

Fathers, it is given to you to be her teacher and her protector and it's for you to look at her in the morning and to see that it's your duty before God to help her from a man's perspective to know whether she has missed the mark and to help her live her life out of the Scriptures, to be a reflection of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. A woman's clothing and a man's clothing is either an expression of the gospel of Christ or it's an expression of the religion of man being made righteous by its own deeds. FULL POST

Posted 7/17/14 at 1:55 PM | Scott Brown

How I Prepare for a Sermon

One of the greatest joys of my life is to preach the Word of God in the church. Scripture is true treasure, it reveals a beautiful Savior and a wonderful life. I am so very thankful for the privilege to preach. I usually spend 10-20 hours on a sermon per week. This might sound contradictory, but while I am grateful and happy to preach and I love the beneficial nature of it, I must admit that it has always been taxing, terrifying and humiliating to prepare sermons. Here are the basic elements of my sermon research process:

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Posted 7/3/12 at 11:02 AM | Scott Brown

Children Destroy the Church’s Worshipful Atmosphere

A radical idea has been embraced by some modern churches: “No kids allowed in the adult worship service.”

Having children in the adult worship service is too distracting for the parents, it is said, and it’s too boring for the kids. Leaders have concluded that children learn better with Bible stories tailored to their level and delivered via the youth group or Sunday school while their parents worship in peace.

As with all areas of life, we need to ask if this attitude is what God wants the Church’s attitude to be? Or, is this consistent with the Bible?

One pastor, when asked what the purpose of Sunday school was, replied, “To keep the children out of our hair so we can worship.”

This idea was taken to an extreme level at one church (to remain anonymous), when a man was asked to remove his children from the adult church service. When he chose to remain together as a family, he was handed the church’s written policy, which stated:

Policy regarding children in church FULL POST