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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 8/15/17 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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Watch the video here: What Repentance Can Be Compared To

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

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

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

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.

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

Are We To Continue Reforming Today?

How do we continue reforming even today?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that one of the themes or mottos of the Reformation was, Semper Reformanda or, “always reforming” in accordance with Scripture. Today, we stand on the shoulders of the Reformers. We are called to hold onto these great truths of the Word of God.

Reformation for the Christian does not stop at conversion. Rather, the Christian is continually being sanctified, growing, and maturing spiritually. Christians should not pursue change merely to be “different” – rather, everything must always be based upon Scripture.

James 1:22-25 (NKJV) – “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

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Watch the video here: Are We To Continue Reforming Today?

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

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

Repentance Conference

Our national conference in 2017 is taking place just a few days before the 500 year anniversary of the reformationand Luther’s 95 Theses nailed to the Wittenberg Door October 31, 1517. This is why we are directing our attention to the doctrine and the fruit of the Protestant Reformation.

The heart of the Reformation was repentance. This is the source of all times of refreshing. At this conference, we will be hearkening back to some of the great doctrines of the Protestant Reformation but it will be even more focused on the reformations of church and family that are in motion today as God continues to reform His church.

We will be bringing preachers to Ridgecrest from all over the world to speak of the times of refreshing that they are experiencing in their areas. They will be explaining the great doctrines that lead to refreshing and the fruit of repentance they are observing.

The apostle Peter spoke of this in his sermon, when he declared, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord...” (Acts 3:19).

The first of Luther’s 95 Theses reads this way, “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mt. 4:17), He willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”

It is in this spirit that we will be conducting our national conference in 2017. 

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Watch the video here: Repentance Conference

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

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

Repentance: A One-Time Event in the Life of a Christian?

Is repentance a one-time event in the life of a Christian?

Curt Daniels explains in this video that repentance is not a one-time event in the life of a Christian – rather, it is something that continues throughout the life of a Christian. The first of Martin Luther’s 95 theses reads: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said ‘Repent,’ he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance.”

The Christian life starts with repentance at conversion and it is something that continues throughout the life of a Christian. In essence, it is at the heart of the Christian life. 

Mark 1:14-15 (NKJV) – “Now after John was put in prison, 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: Repentance: A One-Time Event in the Life of a Christian?

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

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

He Is Good, for His Mercy Endures Forever Toward Israel

Is the journey harder than you thought it would be? Is the trial lasting longer than you thought it would? In Ezra 3:8-13, it is very clear that the returned captives walked out of one difficult situation into another – 70 years of captivity, and into another situation, that had it’s own challenges. Has that ever happened to you? the Lord led you out of one difficulty, and it was clear that He was delivering you, but then when you arrived at your new destination, everything was not perfect. This story is for anyone who wants to trust the Lord through the trials and tribulations of life. The reality is, when you get to certain times of your life, you realize it did not turn out like you thought it would. It is often harder and lasts longer than you anticipated. However, in this passage, we see how the people gathered together and declared “The Lord is Good and His mercy endures forever" (8:11).

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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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