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Scott Brown

Scott T. Brown is a pastor at Hope Baptist Church and the director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches.

Posted 11/17/17 at 7:00 AM | Scott Brown

Journey Through the Bible Now in Stock

Newsflash: We just received our first shipment of Journey Through the Bible

Through the month of November, we are selling these for HALF PRICE - $14.96.

This 600 page, hard copy book came about from our family worship times as we read the Bible together as a family, my own personal study as well as preaching through the Bible.

As our children were growing up, our family made it our practice to read the Bible from cover to cover. We did this for many years. Some of our children learned to read by reading progressively more words as we read the Bible together.

We took turns reading going around the circle. The little ones would repeat one or two words that we coached them to pronounce. Those who could read would read one to five verses and the best readers would read five verses each. We would read around four chapters per day, usually in the morning.

As each year passed, I kept adding to a document which contained introductory information about each book. I used this document to give my family background information for each book and to record the things I felt were important about it. By the time our children were adults, I had over 400 pages of notes. These notes documented the following kinds of information:

  • The historical context of each book of the Bible.
  • The questions I asked them.
  • An explanation of the meaning of each book.
  • A list of the important matters of each book.
  • A list of key memory verses.
  • A basic outline of each book

This book is a compilation of these notes as well as notes I collected as I studied these books on my own and as I preached through them over the years.

Sincerely,
Scott Brown

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Watch the video here: Journey Through the Bible Now in Stock

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

Posted 11/16/17 at 7:00 AM | Scott Brown

What Is the Pivotal Factor in Reformation?

What needs to occur for a reformation of thinking in our day?

One of the most important things is a person’s view of God. Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that if we were to have a reformation of thinking in our day, we would need to realize that as A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

Accordingly, if we were to have a reformation in our thinking, we must think rightly about God. Therefore, we should go to Scripture. We need to see who He is, what He says about Himself, and how we should interact with Him. We must endeavor to think more about God according to Scripture.

Isaiah 28:16 (NKJV) – “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily.” 

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Watch the video here: What Is the Pivotal Factor in Reformation?

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

Posted 11/15/17 at 7:00 AM | Scott Brown

How Repentance and Faith Work Together

What is the relationship between faith and repentance?

John Snyder explains in this video that faith and repentance are two sides of one coin. No one would turn to God from their sin apart from a saving faith. After conversion, we believe what God has said about us and the world and sin. We want to make room for God and to turn away from all other substitutes.

Repentance is not a one-time event. Similarly, faith has a beginning and it continues throughout the life of a believer. There is a life of believing God and responding to God. In the same way, in regards to repentance, there is an ongoing turning. We turn away from all, that we may turn afresh to God.

Acts 20:20-21 (NKJV) – “I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

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Watch the video here: How Repentance and Faith Work Together

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

Posted 11/10/17 at 7:00 AM | Scott Brown

What Brings People To Repentance?

Is repentance something we can bring about by our own efforts?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that repentance is a gift from God. Repentance is not something that occurs naturally in the life of an unbeliever. Rather, apart from the grace of God, an unbeliever would never repent and turn their back on sin. 

Repentance is not something that comes about as a result of man's efforts but it comes from God. He is incredibly patient and merciful towards us despite our rebellion against Him. Repentance is not something that we can earn based on our own actions. 

2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV) – “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 

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Watch the video here: What Brings People To Repentance?

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Posted 11/9/17 at 7:00 AM | Scott Brown

How Did the Reformation Help Us Better Understand the Trinity?

How did the Reformation bring about a better understanding of the Trinity?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that the Reformation helped to point individuals to the Scripture and come to the understanding that there is only one Mediator between God and man. There are not individuals that we go to in place of Christ.

The Reformation gives us a Trinitarian theology in which our life can serve God. Samuel Rutherford exclaimed, “I know not which Divine Person I love the most–Father, Son, or Holy Ghost–but I know that I love each of them and need them all!”

1 Corinthians 8:6 (NKJV) – “[Y]et for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.”

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Watch the video here: How Did the Reformation Help Us Better Understand the Trinity?

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Posted 11/8/17 at 7:00 AM | Scott Brown

How Church Leaders Can Promote a Culture of Transparency and Accountability

How should church leaders promote a culture of transparency and accountability?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that leaders in the church should be real and let others know that they are fellow brothers in the faith. They shouldn’t be distant from their congregation. 

It is important to share that they as pastors are not invulnerable from sin and that they need close friends who will hold them accountable. That is why multiple elders is important. Having only one pastor sometimes prevents him from having relationships with others with whom he can receive accountability. 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NKJV) – “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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Watch the video here: How Church Leaders Can Promote a Culture of Transparency and Accountability

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

Posted 11/7/17 at 7:00 AM | Scott Brown

"Lord, Stamp Eternity on My Eyeballs"

How important is it to keep in the mind the reality of eternity and Hell?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that it is important to remember the eternal reality of Hell. When you think of the millions of people who will be spending eternity in a place of eternal torment, how can you keep going on as normal? 

One Puritan explained it that 5 million years from now, a soul in Hell will be no closer to being released than the first day that they entered. Jonathan Edwards once stated, "Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs." We ought to have a similar urgency in the church for holiness and for the souls of men. 

2 Thessalonians 1:9 (NKJV) – “These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

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Watch the video here: "Lord, Stamp Eternity on My Eyeballs"

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

Posted 11/6/17 at 7:00 AM | Scott Brown

Is My Church a Repentant Church?

Is your church a repentant church? How can you tell?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that a repentant church that lives out true repentance in the 21st century is the same church that lived it out in the 1st century. It is the church that understands the Beatitudes. It is a church that understands that it needs to be reforming.

There has to be a mourning over sin and repentance for sin in the church before there is a comforting. There has to be a distraugtness. The same Holy Spirit that brings the convicting force also brings great joy. If there is a church that has no conviction for sin, there is no mourning. That is not a true church.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV) – “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

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Watch the video here: Is My Church a Repentant Church?

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

Posted 11/4/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Church Leaders Luncheon, Pensacola, FL

On November 10, we will be gathering church leaders for teaching, fellowship, and prayer at Mt. Zion Bible Church in Pensacola Florida.

The meeting will begin at 12:00 pm and will conclude at 4:00 pm.

Several church leaders including Scott Brown, Jeff Pollard, Malamulo Chindongo, Jason Dohm, Clarence Simmons will be delivering messages.

Also note Mt. Zion Bible Church's family conference on Awakening will be taking place Thursday night, Friday night, and all day Saturday.

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

Posted 11/3/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

The Distinction Between Wordly and Godly Sorrow

What is the distinction between worldly and godly sorrow?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that worldly sorrow is primarily concerned about the consequences of sin, getting caught, or the loss that results. Worldly sorrow is selfish in that it is only concerned about how sin makes you feel. Worldly sorrow is deceiving. We can easily think that another person is demonstrating godly repentance when in fact, they are only putting on a show.

We can look at the Parable of the Sower and see how worldly sorrow led to a falling away but how godly sorrow and repentance led to bearing much fruit. Holy sorrow is focused on God and causes a person to grieve that they have offended a holy God.

James 3:16 (NKJV) – “For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” 

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Watch the video here: The Distinction Between Wordly and Godly Sorrow

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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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