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Posted 4/6/17 at 3:13 PM | Scott Brown

Evangelism is First and Foremost a Family Event

Should fathers evangelize with their families present?

Don Hart explains in this video that evangelism ought to be a family event.
Some individuals prefer to divide their children when it comes to evangelism, but there is not a command in Scripture to divide the family or examples of a family being divided during evangelism. Rather, there can be great benefits that result from evangelizing alongside your family.

For instance, your children and wife are able to witness you sharing the Gospel with unbelievers. They get to see and hear the Gospel being shared within the home or in everyday interactions. Family evangelism can help to facilitate dialogue with unbelievers and present even more opportunities for sharing the Gospel.

Psalm 128:3 (NKJV) – “Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around your table.”

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Posted 11/27/14 at 12:38 AM | Scott Brown

Thirteen Thanksgiving Celebration Tips

A national holiday to give thanks? What a country! It has always amazed me that we live in a nation where a holiday is given to the people for the purpose of thanksgiving. Let’s seize the day! It is a marvelous opportunity for us to lead our families in thanksgiving. In doing so, we are building cultures of happiness and gratitude in our families that spill over into the church and the society at large.

What follows are THIRTEEN Thanksgiving Celebration Tips. I write this that we “may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving,” and to tell of His “wondrous works.” (Psalm 26:7), and to declare the praises of our Lord Jesus Christ across the land. In it you will find encouragement to read the Scripture, sing the songs, recount the history and dedicate your family to building a culture of thankfulness.

1. Do what a fun family in our church does.

We have a family in our church that has a large and fantastic Thanksgiving celebration that engages all ages in the pilgrim story. It is educational and engaging for all. Anyone who comes must be dressed as a character of someone on the Mayflower, and ready to tell the story of their lives, reciting a speech to all – from the littlest to the oldest. FULL POST

Posted 7/22/14 at 9:29 AM | Scott Brown

The Way of Modesty is the Way of the Gospel

As a daughter of Zion, you have been clothed in robes of righteousness, you've been given a new heart and God will give you a new crown and a new name and from that point you have your whole life ahead of you to demonstrate the beauty of what has happened in your heart. You have been clothed with the "robes of righteousness." Isaiah 61 makes this clear. Every morning when you awaken, you have such a wonderful opportunity to stand before your wardrobe and ask, “How can I express how thankful I am for His covering me with these robes of righteousness to cover my nakedness? How can my apparel reflect my robes of righteousness? How can my blouse and my skirt be like the wedding garments of my King and my Savior and my Shepherd? How can I represent my sin and my shame and how it has been paid for by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ?”

Fathers, it is given to you to be her teacher and her protector and it's for you to look at her in the morning and to see that it's your duty before God to help her from a man's perspective to know whether she has missed the mark and to help her live her life out of the Scriptures, to be a reflection of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. A woman's clothing and a man's clothing is either an expression of the gospel of Christ or it's an expression of the religion of man being made righteous by its own deeds. FULL POST

Posted 7/17/14 at 1:55 PM | Scott Brown

How I Prepare for a Sermon

One of the greatest joys of my life is to preach the Word of God in the church. Scripture is true treasure, it reveals a beautiful Savior and a wonderful life. I am so very thankful for the privilege to preach. I usually spend 10-20 hours on a sermon per week. This might sound contradictory, but while I am grateful and happy to preach and I love the beneficial nature of it, I must admit that it has always been taxing, terrifying and humiliating to prepare sermons. Here are the basic elements of my sermon research process:

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Posted 7/3/12 at 11:02 AM | Scott Brown

Children Destroy the Church’s Worshipful Atmosphere

A radical idea has been embraced by some modern churches: “No kids allowed in the adult worship service.”

Having children in the adult worship service is too distracting for the parents, it is said, and it’s too boring for the kids. Leaders have concluded that children learn better with Bible stories tailored to their level and delivered via the youth group or Sunday school while their parents worship in peace.

As with all areas of life, we need to ask if this attitude is what God wants the Church’s attitude to be? Or, is this consistent with the Bible?

One pastor, when asked what the purpose of Sunday school was, replied, “To keep the children out of our hair so we can worship.”

This idea was taken to an extreme level at one church (to remain anonymous), when a man was asked to remove his children from the adult church service. When he chose to remain together as a family, he was handed the church’s written policy, which stated:

Policy regarding children in church FULL POST

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