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

How Should We Think about Parachurch Ministries?

How should we think about parachurch ministries? The Nine Marks Journal has given us several helpful articles in “Church and Parachurch - Friends or Foes.” These articles deal with issues of accountability, prioritization, the creation of a celebrity culture and… particularly, the centrality of the local church.

In this Nine Marks Journal issue you will read articles like,

Nine Marks of a Healthy Parachurch Ministry, by Mack Stiles

Aaron Menikoff writes about, “Are Parachurch Ministries Good or Evil:Bad and Good Arguments for the Parachurch"

Carl Truman speaks to the issue of, “How Parachurch Ministries go off the Rails."

Jonathan Leeman deals with the issue of church discipline and, “How Church Discipline Will Save the Parachurch.”

 In, For the Church: How Can You Support Parachurch Ministries? Jeremy Rinne offers help to churches for how to minister to those who are involved in parachurch ministries. 

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

Does Your Home Need to be in Order to Evangelize?

Is there an excuse for a man to not disciple his family?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that God wants a man to disciple his children. It doesn’t matter if his life is in order or not. The Bible calls for a man to teach the Word of God on a daily basis to all who are in his home. This needs to be something that occurs on a daily basis.

Even if it has been a long day or the father does not feel qualified, a father is still commanded to read and study the Scripture and spend time in prayer with his family. God doesn’t want us to read His Word only if we’re in the right mood or if we're theologians. We are to be faithful to obey His commands no matter what.

Psalm 119:1-2 (NKJV) – “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!”

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Watch the video here: Does Your Home Need to be in Order to Evangelize?

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Watch the video here: Does Your Home Need to be in Order to Evangelize?

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Posted 4/14/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Church Leaders Who Embrace Worldliness

How does a pastor’s embracing of worldliness hurt both believers and unbelievers within the church?

Paul Washer explains in this video that when pastors do not preach the true Gospel and use worldly means to attract people, churches become filled with carnal people. A pastor who embraces such a methodology hurts both the believers and unbelievers within the church. The unbelievers hear a watered-down or a non-existent Gospel and the true believers do not receive the “meat” which they so desperately need.

Frequently, within the church, there are many unconverted people. Though there is a group of true believers who want to hear the truth and to hear the Gospel, the pastor oftentimes tries to appease the unconverted in order to keep them within the church. When he does this, he is also starving the true believers. They long to hear sound, biblical doctrine but the pastor sadly prefers to hold onto the unbelievers within his congregation.

Hebrews 5:12 (NKJV) – “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.” FULL POST

Posted 4/13/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Scripture's Silence Concerning Age-Segregation

Why is youth ministry, something not found in Scripture, wrong when there are many things within the church today that are also not found in Scripture?

Scott Brown explains in this video that we see that positive commands and examples regarding the youth and worship in Scripture each call for age-integrated discipleship and worship in the church. We also see throughout Scripture how it is the responsibility of parents to disciple their own children.

Age-segregation goes against Scripture in two ways. First, to engage the church in systematic youth ministry adds to Scripture regarding how youth are to be taught. Second, such a practice takes away from God’s commands for parents to teach their own children.

In addition, age-integration is plainly taught in Scripture. The Bible is clear about this matter. When you split youth up according to age, it goes against Scripture. These methods of discipleship are clearly laid out in Scripture. We ought not to employ our own methods instead of what God has commanded.

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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Posted 4/12/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

The Church's Duty to Equip the Saints

How is a church to equip the saints for evangelism?

Don Hart explains in this video that the modern church needs to realize and understand that as pastors preach and exposit the Scripture, they are preparing the members of the church to go out and evangelize throughout the week.

Many modern churches have become misguided in their application of evangelism. They have become seeker-oriented churches. However, worship is not about man, but about God. It is about doing what is pleasing to the Lord. It comports with the regulative principle.

In the meeting of the church, we worship a perfect God. We prepare saints to go out and do the work of God. We don’t tailor the meetings of the church to show greater concern for unbelievers instead of teaching and strengthening believers who are to evangelize to the lost. We are to worship the One who came to seek and save the lost.

Acts 4:11-12 (NKJV) – “This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

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Posted 4/11/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

The Minister as Leader of Evangelism in the Local Church

How ought a pastor or elder train others to evangelize?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that the Puritans believed that the believers should learn how to evangelize from the pastor in the church. The pastor would evangelize the various families in the pulpit and in the home. He would teach them how to do family worship and how to evangelize their children.

Pastors and elders today ought to be concerned for the salvation of their congregation. Ensuring that the Gospel is preached should be their first priority. There are many other minor concerns that a pastor is faced with, but he must always faithfully deliver the Gospel to his congregation.

Hebrews 13:17 (NKJV) - "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you."

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Posted 4/11/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

You Must Know This

It is popular for the millennial generation and many others to say that you can't know the answer to important questions regarding your soul. The spirit of the age is uncertainty and tentativeness. To have a firm opinion on a matter of morality or spirituality is not considered socially acceptable. For some, having a firm opinion is unwise because of the trouble it can get you in. It's more popular to have questions and to have problems with different things, rather than to embrace a fixed truth. John the apostle does not think that way at all. Nor does he want his children to be that way.

In 1 John 5:18-21 we learn that you can have certainty. God desires that His people are not tossed about like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 

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Posted 4/10/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Do Family-Integrated Churches Ignore the Lost?

How should family-integrated churches address unsaved individuals?

Kevin Swanson explains that a lack of evangelism stems from a lack of faith and courage to communicate the Gospel. Some individuals say that one way to evangelize the world is to send their young children to public schools. But this is not wise and goes against Scriptural commands, principles, and patterns.

Rather, God wants men to preach the Word of God in the public forum and to call people to repentance. This is what Paul and Peter did. They went wherever they could to get the Word of God preached and we ought to strive to do the same. We are not called to hide the Gospel under a bushel. Instead, we are to desire to share the Gospel to a people that desperately need to hear it.

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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Posted 4/10/17 at 8:01 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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Posted 4/7/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

How Important Is the Issue of Age Segregation?

How does our view of Scripture affect our beliefs regarding age segregation?

Scott Brown explains in this video that the most devastating problem that the Church faces is the distortion of the Gospel. The church must always strive to present the Gospel clearly. Accordingly, perversions of the Gospel should be met with the most aggressive stance and persuasive arguments as modeled by Paul in Galatians.

The issue of age-segregation is a serious matter. While it may not be the only or primary issue in selecting a church, we see that is something that is modeled throughout Scripture. Age integration should not be just an option that may be considered among other ideas for disciplining the next generation. When patterns in Scripture are ignored, it demonstrates a wrong view of Scripture.

Galatians 1:8-9 (NKJV) - "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed."

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