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Posted 10/16/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

The Importance of Humility and Repentance

How are humility and repentance related?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that humility is naturally coupled with repentance. Humility involves a contrite heart, a recognition of sin, and an understanding that we are the created not the Creator. It is a realization that we are helpless without God. 

Without a spirit of humility before a holy God, we are arrogant. We must see God as holy. Repentance is the essence of the Christian life. It is the posture that God requires in those that have accepted Him. 

Luke 18:14 (NKJV) - "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

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Watch the video here: The Importance of Humility and Repentance

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

Posted 10/13/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Three Elements of Repentance

What are elements of repentance?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that Proverbs 28:13 gives us a good definition of repentance: “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

There are three elements of repentance that can be extrapolated from the verse: the first element involves confessing sin and acknowledging that you have sinned. The second element involves the forsaking of sin. The third element of repentance is that it is a matter of the heart and involves a willingness to bring it to the light.

2 Timothy 2:22 (NKJV) - "Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart."

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Watch the video here: Three Elements of Repentance

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

Posted 10/9/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

What is the Source of True Repentance?

What is the source of true repentance?

Michael Beasley explains in this video that the starting point of repentance and the source of repentance is the Spirit of God working in the heart of a sinner. It is a blessing to us that the Spirit of God brings about the conviction of sin.

One lesson that we can learn from the book of James is that when we sin, we must understand that we are the ones who sin. We are not to blame God when we are tempted and carried away and enticed by our own lusts. We cannot blame others for our sins. Repentance begins with the acknowledgment that we have sinned and it is imperative that we acknowledge our own culpability and responsibility for sin. Without this, there is only mere sorrow without actual responsibility for sin. 

1 John 1:9 (NKJV) - "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

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Watch the video here: What is the Source of True Repentance?

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

Posted 10/9/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Welcome, Pastors

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

- EPHESIANS 4:11-12

The role of leadership that you have been called to as a pastor is of significant importance in the Kingdom of God. Much like every other age of the church, the role of pastoring in the 21st century presents many unique challenges. The one which we address may seem marginal when compared to the great foundational doctrines of the faith. However, it is hard to calculate the importance of the design for discipleship. It is obvious that it is very important to know and implement the methodology God intended us to use to communicate the great foundational doctrines of the faith to the next generation in our churches. Whether you are here searching for biblical answers or are actually troubled by "family integrated church" conversations in your church, we want to help you.

At the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, we believe that God has laid out in patterns, precepts, and principles all throughout Scripture a beautiful program for the effective discipleship of the whole congregation, including children. However, these are significantly different from the approach of the modern church. In the following resources, you will find biblical solutions to the problems that exist in modern churches in the area of family discipleship. Our earnest desire is that the resources on this website would effectively and faithfully communicate what the Scripture says about building churches which reflect the beautiful design for discipleship that Christ has established.

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Watch the video here: Welcome, Pastors

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

Posted 10/6/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

The Effect of Evolution Upon Our Children

What is the effect of evolution upon our children?

Ken Ham explains in this video that the Bible makes it clear that it is our sin that brought death into the world. God is a holy God and He judges the wickedness of man. And yet, an evolutionist would directly oppose Scripture and claim that there are alternative reasons for death. 

Despite our sin, God is long-suffering. We don’t deserve to exist, yet, God loves us so much that He died for us, rose again, and offers us salvation. But, young people have left the church because they have heard that evolution is true from a young age and see it conflict with the Bible. For them, it means that you can’t trust the Bible. Consequently, they doubt the Bible and ultimately walk away from the church.

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) - "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."

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Watch the video here: The Effect of Evolution Upon Our Children

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

Posted 10/5/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Is Repentance Required for Salvation?

How are salvation and repentance related?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that Jesus Christ is a Savior of sinners. When a sinner, by God’s grace, sees His sin, that sinner is going to Christ by faith while turning His back on sin. They are always connected. You cannot do one without the other.

Paul preached repentance toward God and faith towards Christ. Without repentance, there was no salvation. Without repentance, there is no salvation. Peter also called people to repent. Their messages contain the need to both repent and believe in the gospel. 

Mark 1:15 (NKJV) - "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

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Watch the video here: Is Repentance Required for Salvation?

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

Posted 10/5/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

How You Can Support Our Work at the NCFIC

Our work at the NCFIC is sustained largely by the generous donations from believers across the nation. Every gift, regardless of size, is greatly needed and appreciated. Would you consider doing one of the following things to financially help support our work? 

- Consider giving a financial gift in the next couple of months.

- Include us in your monthly missions giving.

- Introduce us to someone who loves our ministry and would like to help us financially to spread the message of the sufficiency of Scripture for church and family life. You can send them my email (scott@ncfic.org) so we can get connected.

How We Use Your Financial Gifts

Everything we do is focused on producing resources and connecting people for the purpose of encouraging gospel-centered, biblically-ordered churches and families.

To that end, almost all of our online resources are free. Many of our books and audio sets on our website can be downloaded for free. If you cannot afford to pay for a particular resource, please let us know. We would like to get it into your hands, we only ask that you pay what you can.

We have a simple goal: to proclaim the sufficiency of Scripture for church and family life in order to restore the true worship of God in our cities. Our prayer is for the maturation and multiplication of gospel-centered, biblically-ordered churches and families who glorify God by the spread of the gospel from one generation to the next.

There are four ways we are currently focusing our efforts to carry out the purpose of the NCFIC:  

1. Hosting National and Regional Conferences

Our staff has been working all year to put on our annual National Conference at the end of the month. Whole families travel to Asheville, North Carolina to hear the Word of God preached. This year, the conference is themed, “Repentance.” We also provide conferences targeted to church and family life, including free regional marriage retreats for couples married seven years and under.  We also host other marriage gatherings.

Our ministry has also been expanding internationally over the years. We have been invited to minister in New Zealand, Malawi, South Korea, and South America.

2. Producing Resources for the Church and Family

Here are a few resources that we are currently working on:

Repentance Devotional Videos. We are producing around 300 short video clips that feature various speakers discussing various aspects of the doctrine of repentance.  

- The Person and Work of Jesus Christ devotional video project. In 2018, our plan is to focus our National Conference on the beauty and supremacy of Christ. We plan to shoot devotional video clips to post throughout 2018.

- Translation of our doctrinal and family discipleship resources to Spanish. We have a Spanish website where we post these Spanish resources. We are hoping to produce a Spanish version of Feminine By Design.  

- We are also releasing a new book, “Journey Through the Bible” which is a family worship tool that summarizes every book of the Bible and gives families tools to understand each book as they read it together.

- Lastly, we have video and audio from past conferences that we would like to produce into six-week study courses for churches and families. We are hoping to create courses based on content from: The Worship of God, The Power of the Gospel, The Highway of Holiness, The Fear of God, and this year's conference on Repentance.

3. Connecting Churches and Families

There are over 500 churches listed on our network with more joining each month. Our desire is to provide a tool where people can easily find gospel-centered, biblically-ordered, and family-integrated churches in their area.

We are also decentralizing and multiplying our efforts through our Regional Facilitators. These men foster personal, on-the-ground relationship building. We now have 11 regional facilitators on our payroll and we would like to expand this to 15 men. These leaders facilitate regional leadership meetings and conferences for local pastors. These men have been helpful in encouraging pastors and strengthening churches.

4. Facilitating Personal Discipleship

Our staff is focused personal discipleship with church leaders and lay people around the world. 

We also facilitate an annual men's discipleship program which takes place in Wake Forest. North Carolina. This internship is designed to prepare young men for leadership in church and family life. It features various academic exercises consisting of reading, writing, and personal study. Interns benefit from local church involvement and mentorship by the men and families at Hope Baptist Church.

During the internship, they are engaged in ministry to families and churches across the nation through travel and their work at the office of the NCFIC. Our overarching goal is that these young men would depart from the internship with an expanded view of the majesty of God, the power of the gospel, and God’s order for church and family life.

There are many encouraging signs that God is prospering our message and ministry. We are very grateful for that. I believe our best years are ahead.

We are honored and greatly appreciate your support of our work at the NCFIC.

Scott Brown

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

Posted 10/4/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

How is Worldly Sorrow Distinct from Godly Sorrow?

How is worldly sorrow distinct from godly sorrow?

John Snyder explains in this video that worldly sorrow is focused on one’s self instead of God. God does not need our obedience and our disobedience does not subtract from Him. He is infinitely full. Our repentance is something we want to do for God. 

We want things to be made right between God and us. We want His name to be made right. Godly sorrow is a sorrow that arises out of a love for God. It is a grieving that you have aggrieved God. Worldly sorrow is something you do for yourself. You want to flee the consequences of sin. 

1 Peter 2:23-24 (NKJV) – “[He] Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

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Watch the video here: How is Worldly Sorrow Distinct from Godly Sorrow?

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

Posted 10/3/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Would you like to support our work? What do we do anyway?

If you would like to support the NCFIC consider three things

First, we are almost a 100% donation based ministry. We don’t operate like a business. We are a 501c3. We give our resources away except for hard goods like books and CD’s which we must sell. And, you can get most them for free online on our web site. We are most interested in spreading a message and care very little about selling products.

Second, if you would like to receive some of our resources - books, CD’s DVD's, - and are strapped for funds, please let us know. We would like to get them into your hands. We just ask that you pay what you can.

Third, If our work has been helpful to you, would you consider supporting us financially?

We believe that encouraging gospel centered biblically ordered churches and families is a huge need in our day.

This is why we need financial supporters to grow our work. Click here to donate

What do we do anyway?

Below is a description of what we do with the resources the Lord gives us. We have a simple agenda: to proclaim the sufficiency of scripture for church and family life in order to restore the true worship of God in our cities. Our prayer is for the maturation and multiplication of gospel centered, biblically ordered churches and families who glorify God by the spread of the gospel from one generation to the next.

There are four facets of our ministry to proclaim the sufficiency of scripture. Here is our project list going forward that fit into the four categories of activity.

1. Furnish conferences

We plan to continue to sponsor conferences around the world along with our annual national conference as well as regional conferences on church and family life. This year, our national conference is called, “Repentance.” It takes our staff all year long to produce our national conference. These conferences are very unique among the conference scene. Whole families come to hear the Word of God preached. We also provide for free regional marriage retreats for couples married seven years and under as well as other marriage gatherings. Our ministry internationally has been expanding over the years. We have been invited to minister in New Zealand, Malawi, South Korea and South America.

2. Produce resources

Here are a few resources which are currently in the works: 1. Repentance devotional videos. We are producing around 300 short video clips on the doctrine of “Repentance” by various speakers. 2. The person and work of Jesus Christ devotional video project. In 2018, our plan to focus our national conference on the beauty and supremacy of Christ. We plan to shoot devotional video clips to post throughout 2018. 3. Spanish translation of doctrinal and family discipleship resources. We have a Spanish web site where we post these Spanish resources. We have several other writing projects in the works. 4. We would like to produce a Spanish version of Feminine By Design. 5. We are also going to release a “Family Worship Bible Survey Course – Journey Through the Bible” - by Scott Brown that summarizes every book of the Bible and gives families tools to understand each book as they read it together. 6. Further, we have a significant backlog of video and audio from various conferences that we would like to produce into six session study courses for churches and families. Some examples are The Worship of God, The Power of the Gospel and the Highway of Holiness, the Fear of God and Repentance.

3. Connect churches and families

There are approximately 500 churches which affiliate with the NCFIC with more added each month. Our desire is to provide a tool where people can easily find gospel centered, biblically ordered, family integrated churches in their areas. Our web site is a critical tool for connecting families with churches and families with families. We are also decentralizing and multiplying our efforts through the Regional Facilitators. These men foster local and personal on the ground relationship building. We now have 11 regional facilitators on our payroll and we would like to expand this to 15 men. These leaders facilitate regional leadership meetings and conferences for local pastors. We have found that these men have been helpful in encouraging pastors and strengthening of churches in the regions we have established.

4. Conduct personal discipleship

Our staff is focused personal discipleship with church leaders and lay people around the world. 

Further, the NCFIC internship is an annual men's discipleship program which takes place in Wake Forest NC. It is designed to prepare young men for leadership in church and family life. It features various academic exercises consisting of reading, writing, and personal study. Interns benefit from local church involvement and mentorship by the men and families at Hope Baptist Church. During the internship, they are engaged in ministry to families and churches across the nation through travel and their work at the office of the NCFICOur overarching goal is that these young men would depart from the internship with an expanded view of the majesty of God, the power of the gospel, and God’s order for church and family life.

There are many encouraging signs that God is prospering our message and ministry. We are very grateful for that. I believe our best years are ahead.

Would you consider doing one of the following things to help us?

1. Consider giving a large donation in the next couple of months.

2. Put us on your monthly missions giving.

3. Introduce us to someone who loves our ministry and would like to help us financially spread the message of the sufficiency of scripture for church and family life. You can send them my email (scott@ncfic.org) so we can get connected.

Scott Brown

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

Posted 10/2/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

The Effect of Repentance Upon a Believer

What are the effects of repentance upon the believer?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that when a person is truly repentant, their heart is turned to the Word of God. They want to hear what the preacher has to say because they want the Word of God to guide them. They desire more of God.

A repentant person is not concerned about their own reputation but they want to learn more about Christ and see Christ as so valuable. Their view of worship is changed. A repentant person wants to worship God, sees Christ as so valuable, and acknowledges that there is nothing better than to know God, to walk in His ways, and to be pleasing in His sight.

Romans 6:4 (NKJV) – “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

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Watch the video here: The Effect of Repentance Upon a Believer

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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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