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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 8/28/17 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. 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 NCFIC we believe that God has laid out in patterns, precepts, and principals 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 8/25/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Ways in Which the Reformation Fell Short

In what ways did the Reformation fall short?  

Sam Waldron explains in this video that while generally speaking, the Reformation made significant progress in conforming life to Scripture, there were still certain areas where reforms were incomplete or they did go far enough. These shortcomings still negatively affect the Church today.

For instance, Martin Luther held to the state church doctrine and of infant baptism because they were assumed to be part of the Church. Yet, these two false beliefs were rooted in tradition and not in Scripture. We must continually be reforming and seek to understand how we might conform our lives and beliefs more closely to Scripture. 

Psalm 71:18 (NKJV) – “Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.”

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Watch the video here: Ways in Which the Reformation Fell Short

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

Posted 8/24/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Mere Guilt And Tears Cannot Merit Salvation

How is worldly sorrow different from godly sorrow?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that the difference between worldly and godly sorrow is night and day. People can cry genuine tears and experience guilt, but it is not godly sorrow if they don’t repent of their sin. Worldly sorrow does not lead to repentance, a change of heart, and salvation.

Godly sorrow involves a clinging to the Lord, a recognition that if He does not save us, we are completely undone. Worldly sorrow does not result in any permanent change or affection for God. Godly sorrow totally changes our view and our affection for God.

2 Corinthians 7:9 (NKJV) – “Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.” 

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Watch the video here: Mere Guilt And Tears Cannot Merit Salvation

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

Posted 8/23/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

What Areas Need Reformation Today?

How are we to engage in reformation today?

Kevin Swanson explains that we are called to not necessarily repeat the Reformation and address the same issues that they faced. Instead, we are called to reform the various issues relevant to and affecting the Church and family today. For instance, we are called to engage in the reformation of our children's education.

We are called to bring reformation into the education sphere – otherwise, we may lose successive generations. Today, education has been institutionalized where personal discipleship and training has been removed and parents abdicate their responsibility to train their children to other, unbelieving individuals. While the Reformation took place nearly 500 years ago, semper reformanda ("always reforming")  continues to be just as applicable today as it was then. 

Ephesians 4:21-23 (NKJV) – “[P]ut off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”

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Watch the video here: What Areas Need Reformation Today?

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

Posted 8/22/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

How a Family is Reformed

How does a family participate in reformation?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that family reformation occurs when a family looks to Scripture and does away with the things in their life that do not line up with Scripture and begins to do the things that are commanded in Scripture. It is a doing away of sin and a following of the things that are clearly prescribed.

The father must take a leadership role in this process and guide his family to Scripture to align their family life in accordance with the Word of God. Each family will face its own unique struggles and challenges, but one thing remains the same for each family – that the Word of God is applicable, true, and needed for the reformation of the family.

2 Timothy 3:15 (NKJV) – “[F]rom childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 

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Watch the video here: How a Family is Reformed

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

Posted 8/21/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Characteristics of Repentance

What are some of the characteristics of repentance?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that true, biblical repentance has certain characteristics that Paul lays out in 2 Corinthians 7. Specifically, repentance brings about a sorrow for sin, an indignation and a hatred towards sin, and a zeal to strive after godly things.

Those who have repented realize that they have offended God and they seek to be reconciled with God. They desire to make restitution and do whatever it takes to forsake sin. They yearn to walk with Christ and have their lives honor Him. 

2 Corinthians 7:11 (NKJV) – “For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.”  

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Watch the video here: Characteristics of Repentance

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

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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Watch the video here: The Distinction 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 8/17/17 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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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

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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Watch the video here: Repentance Continues Throughout Our Lives

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

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

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