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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 10/20/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Is Repentance Required For Salvation?

Is it possible to separate faith from repentance?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that a sinner cannot be saved without them first believing on Christ and repenting from sin. That sinner will go to Christ by faith by turning his back on sin and repenting for them. They are always connected.  

There are many instances in Scripture of men preaching a message of both repentance and faith. It is not possible to separate the two. Without repentance toward God and faith in Christ, there is no salvation.

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: 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 10/19/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

What Family Reformation Looks Like

What does family reformation look like?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that family reformation involves a family understanding how they can better align their family life to Scripture. There are always areas of our lives that need reforming. 

He shares a personal example of how he and his wife would study Scripture together as a family once a week, but they realized that Scripture commands fathers to study God’s Word together as a family on a regular basis. 

Deuteronomy 11:19 (NKJV) – “You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” 

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Watch the video here: What Family Reformation Looks Like

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

Posted 10/18/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

How Repentance Changes How You Think and Act

How does repentance change the way a person thinks and acts?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that when a person is saved, their perspective is changed. Their faith is linked with repentance. They begin to realize that they are a lost sinner. They see Christ as the Lamb of God who bears the sins of the world and takes on the wrath of God. They understand that sin is a grievous sin against God. 

In essence, salvation leads to a radical change of mind. This change of mind leads to a subsequent change of life. 

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: How Repentance Changes How You Think and Act

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

Posted 10/18/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Coloring Book off to Printer

At our upcoming National Conference, we welcome and encourage entire families to attend the sessions. This year, as we prepare to focus our attention on the topic of repentance, we designed a mini coloring book with your younger children in mind. 

This book features a coloring page, study questions, Bible verses, and an area your children can write down notes for each of the keynote sessions. We hope it will encourage your children to ponder and explore what Scripture has to say about repentance.  

Today, we sent the coloring book files over to the printer and received our shipment of crayons.  

It's still not too late to register - we would love to see you there! To learn more, visit: bit.ly/RepentanceConf

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

Posted 10/17/17 at 8:59 AM | Scott Brown

The Timing of Repentance and Faith

Does repentance precede faith or does faith come first?

Curt Daniels explains in this video that both faith and repentance occur at the same time. He references John Murray who explained in his book, Redemption – Accomplished and Applied, that “[t]here is no priority. The faith that is unto salvation is a penitent faith and the repentance that is unto life is a believing repentance … saving faith is permeated with repentance and repentance is permeated with saving faith.”  In short, faith and repentance go hand in hand and are inseparable.

Mark 1:14-15 (NKJV) – “Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘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: The Timing of Repentance and Faith

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

Posted 10/17/17 at 8:59 AM | Scott Brown

Upcoming Missions Interest Meeting during the Repentance Conference

We invite you to attend a Missions Interest Meeting during the Repentance Conference at 7 PM on Saturday, October 28th. 

This gathering will focus on missions work currently being done by NCFIC-affiliated churches and provide an opportunity for like-minded individuals to meet, pray with, and learn from one another. Some of the issues we expect to cover involve whether churches are preparing to send families to the mission field and whether they have a desire to partner with like-minded churches to pool resources.

We hope to facilitate relationships in order to encourage the work of global missions among churches. If you are a church leader or an individual who feels called to minister to other people, please consider attending this meeting. 

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Watch the video here: Upcoming Missions Interest Meeting during the Repentance Conference

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

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.

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