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Posted 4/25/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

A Shortcoming Amongst Youth Groups

What is a common shortcoming amongst typical youth groups today?

Paul Washer explains in this video that when he visits a typical youth group, many youth attend only because their friends are there and they are entertained. Unfortunately, oftentimes, the Word of God is not preached and made the focal point of the gathering.

Perhaps one of the most important things that our youth need at that critical stage in life is to be instructed by the Word of God. As they transition into adulthood, they ought to be desiring solid food and not just milk. When we promote an entertainment lifestyle amongst our children and youth, we perpetuate spiritual immaturity when we ought to be encouraging them instead to pursue godliness with all of their might.

Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV) – “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.”

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Watch the video here: A Shortcoming Amongst Youth Groups

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Watch the video here: A Shortcoming Amongst Youth Groups

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Posted 4/25/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Family Worship - a Tool of Evangelism in the Home

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Watch the video here: Family Worship - a Tool of Evangelism in the Home

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Watch the video here: Family Worship - a Tool of Evangelism in the Home

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Posted 4/24/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Biblical Evangelism - Effectively Communicating the Gospel

How should Christians more effectively evangelize unbelievers?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that an effective way to evangelize is to preach the Word of God in a public forum and actually interact and converse with people. Many times, people will simply pass out a tract but not take the time to sit down with an individual and open up the Scripture or pray with them.

We see in Scripture a pattern of individuals actually preaching the Gospel to an individual or to a crowd. We see interaction and conversations between believers and unbelievers. We see believers using Scripture to rebut the ideas and arguments of unbelievers. While evangelizing in this manner may take time and effort, it is something we are called to do as Christians and the reward is great, for the harvest truly is plentiful.

Mark 16:15 (NKJV) – “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

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Watch the video here: Biblical Evangelism - Effectively Communicating the Gospel

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Watch the video here: Biblical Evangelism - Effectively Communicating the Gospel

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

Posted 4/24/17 at 8:01 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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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 4/21/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Can We Ever Stray from the Commands of God?

Is there ever a situation where we should stray from the commands of God found in Scripture?

Paul Washer explains in this video that much of the modern church's energy is invested in youth ministry. Generally speaking, it is a key aspect of modern church life. However, the Bible does not command us to delegate a father's responsibility to disciple and instruct our children to other individuals. There is no commandment in Scripture telling us to do these things. It isn’t the plan that God has commanded.

It is important to remember that successes in youth ministry, no matter how great, does not matter if it contradicts what Scripture commands. Church staff are not commanded to teach and instruct the youth. There never ought to be a situation where the commands of God are trumped by an allegedly superior method or technique created by man.

Romans 12:2 (NKJV) – “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

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Watch the video here: Can We Ever Stray from the Commands of God?

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Watch the video here: Can We Ever Stray from the Commands of God?

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Posted 4/20/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

The Root Cause Behind the Exodus of Our Youth

What is the root cause behind the exodus of our children from the modern church?

Scott Brown explains in this video that youth ministry is not the cause of our children leaving the church. Rather, it stems from ignoring the things that are plainly taught in Scripture. The root problem is the failure to trust what Scripture has to say and the resulting disobedience of it. In short, we have stopped believing that Scripture is sufficient.

There are a variety of things that have caused this crisis among our youth. But all of them have the same root cause – a lack of appreciation for the Word of God and an appreciation for modern traditions. The Bible can be trusted to guide the way we lead our youth. Yet, the modern church has set aside Scripture and has done something that is foreign to Scripture and actually contradicts it.

Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) – “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

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Watch the video here: The Root Cause Behind the Exodus of Our Youth

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Watch the video here: The Root Cause Behind the Exodus of Our Youth

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Posted 4/20/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

A Hatred of Sin and Apprehension of the Mercy of God

Here is the section on repentance in Benjamin Keach’s Baptist Catechism:

Q. 94. What is repentance unto life?

A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience. (Acts 2:37; Joel 2:13; Jer. 31:18,19: 2 Cor. 7:10,11; Rom. 6:18)

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

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

Posted 4/19/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

The Comprehensive Nature of the Great Commission

How should Christians view the work of evangelism?

Don Hart explains in this video that evangelism is critically important. We have been given a great commission. We are called not only to make disciples but to make disciples of nations. It is a comprehensive work. We need to influence with the Gospel, not just the people we might meet on the street, but also with the leaders of nations.

Often, Christians lose sight of the comprehensiveness, scope, and reach of the Gospel. It is not just about individuals, but the Gospel also has an impact upon nations. Thus, we are called to evangelize as an individual and alongside our families. We ought to be encouraged that entire nations are to be transformed by the power of the Gospel.

Matthew 9:37-38 (NKJV) – “Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

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Watch the video here: The Comprehensive Nature of the Great Commission

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Watch the video here: The Comprehensive Nature of the Great Commission

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

Posted 4/19/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Fish Will Not Be Fishermen

Modern folks seem to feel that they need to become like the world in order to win the world. They think that If they look and talk and act like worldlings, then they will be able to relate with them. Nothing could be further from the truth. The world needs to see holiness not worldliness, as Charles Spurgeon declares:

“We cannot be fishers of men if we remain among the men in the same element with them. Fish will not be fishers. The sinner will not convert the sinner. The ungodly man will not convert the ungodly man. What is more to the point, the worldly Christian will not convert the world. If you are of the world, no doubt the world will love its own, but you cannot save the world. If you are dark and belong to the kingdom of darkness, you cannot remove the darkness. If you march with the armies of the wicked one, you cannot defeat them. I believe that one reason why the Church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.”1

Luke 5:10 “and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”

1. Spurgeon, C. H. The soul-winner, or, How to lead sinners to the Saviour. Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications, 2007, pp. 277-278

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Posted 4/18/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

The Four-Fold Way of Puritan Evangelism in the Church

How would Puritan ministers go about evangelizing?

Joel Beeke explains that there were four distinct characteristics of Puritan evangelism.

First, their evangelism was biblical. They always used biblical texts. They were men of the book. Second, they evangelized doctrinally. They knew how to take biblical truths and use Scripture to convict people of sin.

Third, they evangelized experientially. They taught their congregations how the believer experiences the doctrines of grace and what he should experience if he is a true believer. Fourth, they evangelized symmetrically. They were balanced. They taught the gravity and enormity of sin and the beauty of Christ.

Additionally, Puritan ministers not only taught the Gospel from the pulpit, but they modeled an evangelistic lifestyle in their own lives. A minister was the same in the church as he was at home. There was no disconnect. He prayed for his congregation.

Puritan ministers commonly declared, “Wherever I go, wherever I do, and wherever I visit, I must leave the savor of Christ behind me.”

Titus 2:1 (NKJV) – “[S]peak the things which are proper for sound doctrine.”

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Watch the video here: The Four-Fold Way of Puritan Evangelism in the Church

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Watch the video here: The Four-Fold Way of Puritan Evangelism in the Church

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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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