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Posted 8/18/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

The Distinction Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow

What is the distinction between worldly and godly sorrow?

John Snyder explains in this video that not all repentance is the same. The Bible explains that there is a distinction between godly and worldly sorrow. Specifically, 2 Corinthians 7:10 states that, "[G]odly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death."

Worldly sorrow focuses on self instead of on God. To an individual who demonstrates worldly sorrow, sin is not a thing that will bring dishonor to God or rob God of His glory. In contrast, as God's Word indicates, godly sorrow produces true, biblical repentance. 

Isaiah 1:16 (NKJV) – “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil.” 

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Posted 8/17/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

The Effect of Seeing Scripture as Sufficient

What is the effect of seeing Scripture as sufficient?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that it is one thing to believe that Scripture is infallible and inspired, but it is another to believe that it is sufficient for all of life. In Scripture, we find everything we need for life, ministry, and discipleship. God's Word should not be one of many guides that we turn to for guidance and direction - rather, it is the only source of wisdom and truth.  

All that we need for instruction, wisdom, and learning about God can be found in Scripture. Scripture is sufficient in that it requires no adding or removing of certain sections for it to be both relevant and authoritative today. 

Deuteronomy 12:32 (NKJV) – “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.” 

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Watch the video here: The Effect of Seeing Scripture as Sufficient

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Posted 8/16/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Repentance Continues Throughout Our Lives

Is repentance a one-time act?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that repentance is a change of mind that brings about a change of direction. It is an about-face, a 180-degree turn. One example of repentance comes from the life of the prodigal son, who confessed that he had sinned against God and his father and rejected the sinful life that he had lived. 

Repentance involves the turning to God and a rejection of sin and naturally is at the heart of the Gospel. It is not a one-time act. We are called to continually repent of sins. We repent and believe at conversion but the remainder of our lives is characterized by repentance.

1 Thessalonians 1:9 (NKJV) – “For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.”

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Posted 8/16/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Do Not Be Discouraged, Dearly Beloved

Robert Murray M’Cheyne, in one of his pastoral letters, puts his finger in the wound and reveals what is often upon us in our sorrows… we pray for breakthrough, but it may be long time in coming,

"Do not be discouraged, dearly beloved, because God bears long with you- because He does not seem to answer your prayers. Your prayers are not lost. When the merchant sends his ships to distant shores, he does not expect them to come back richly laden in a single day: he has long patience. 'It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.' Perhaps your prayers will come back, like the ships of the merchant, all the more heavily laden with blessings, because of the delay." 

Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray M'Cheyne, Andrew A. Bonar, Banner of Truth 2014, p.231

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Posted 8/15/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

What Repentance Can Be Compared To

What can repentance be compared to?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that repentance can be illustrated by a vehicle driving in one direction and then making a 180-degree turn. Repentance does not involve continuing to live the same life that you used to live and following the same, sinful patterns. 

Rather, repentance is marked by a complete change in action and in thinking. Repentance involves the taking of deliberate action as opposed to aimless, purposeless action.

Mark 8:34 (NKJV) – “When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” 

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Posted 8/15/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Work, For I Am With You

Our text brings us to a moment in the lives of the people of Jerusalem when the Word of the Lord came to them, to disrupt their lives and change the course of their labors. These were the years of distraction and wilderness. Only God could shake them. In this message you will hear the voices of two prophets of God who awakened the Old Testament church out of its self serving routines that had become ingrained for sixteen years.

The prophets call out to the people to ask them to re-allocate their time and their money.

  • How is the maintenance of my life getting in the way of building the kingdom of God?
  • How are my affections distracting me from a greater work?
  • How, in my daily routines am I neglecting building the temple of God?

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Posted 8/14/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

What are the Components of Repentance?

What are the components of repentance?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that there are two elements of repentance. Repentance first involves a turning to God and a subsequent turning away from sin. You cannot serve both God and indulge in your sin.

There cannot be an association or connection between God and sin. Repentance involves the understanding of how sinful you are and a turning to God. A mere turning away from sin is not sufficient.  

1 Thessalonians 1:9 (NKJV) – “For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” 

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Watch the video here: What are the Components of Repentance?

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Posted 8/14/17 at 8:00 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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Watch the video here: Unity in Your Family, and Harmony with the Local Church

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 8/11/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

The Difference Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow

How is worldly sorrow different from godly sorrow?

Don Hart explains in this video that every person has experienced worldly sorrow, but only Christians have experienced godly sorrow.

Worldly sorrow involves regret or remorse over committing sin, but there is no sorrow for grieving a holy God. Worldly sorrow does not involve sorrow over the sin itself – rather, it involves sorrow or sadness over the earthly consequences of the sin.

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV) – “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

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Watch the video here: The Difference Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 8/10/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

The Source of Repentance and Its Effect on a Christian

What does repentance look like?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that the source of repentance begins with God – it is a gift of God. God allows a man to see himself for who he is in the light of who He is.

Once that person is saved, his ideas of God are changed where he begins to align his life with God’s ways that are laid out in Scripture. He forsakes his old, sinful practices and pursues godliness. 

Isaiah 55:7 (NKJV) – “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” 

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Watch the video here: The Source of Repentance and Its Effect on a Christian

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

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