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Posted 10/6/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

The Effect of Evolution Upon Our Children

What is the effect of evolution upon our children?

Ken Ham explains in this video that the Bible makes it clear that it is our sin that brought death into the world. God is a holy God and He judges the wickedness of man. And yet, an evolutionist would directly oppose Scripture and claim that there are alternative reasons for death. 

Despite our sin, God is long-suffering. We don’t deserve to exist, yet, God loves us so much that He died for us, rose again, and offers us salvation. But, young people have left the church because they have heard that evolution is true from a young age and see it conflict with the Bible. For them, it means that you can’t trust the Bible. Consequently, they doubt the Bible and ultimately walk away from the church.

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) - "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."

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Watch the video here: The Effect of Evolution Upon Our Children

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Posted 10/5/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Is Repentance Required for Salvation?

How are salvation and repentance related?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that Jesus Christ is a Savior of sinners. When a sinner, by God’s grace, sees His sin, that sinner is going to Christ by faith while turning His back on sin. They are always connected. You cannot do one without the other.

Paul preached repentance toward God and faith towards Christ. Without repentance, there was no salvation. Without repentance, there is no salvation. Peter also called people to repent. Their messages contain the need to both repent and believe in the gospel. 

Mark 1:15 (NKJV) - "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: Is Repentance Required for Salvation?

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

Posted 10/5/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

How You Can Support Our Work at the NCFIC

Our work at the NCFIC is sustained largely by the generous donations from believers across the nation. Every gift, regardless of size, is greatly needed and appreciated. Would you consider doing one of the following things to financially help support our work? 

- Consider giving a financial gift in the next couple of months.

- Include us in your monthly missions giving.

- Introduce us to someone who loves our ministry and would like to help us financially to spread the message of the sufficiency of Scripture for church and family life. You can send them my email (scott@ncfic.org) so we can get connected.

How We Use Your Financial Gifts

Everything we do is focused on producing resources and connecting people for the purpose of encouraging gospel-centered, biblically-ordered churches and families.

To that end, almost all of our online resources are free. Many of our books and audio sets on our website can be downloaded for free. If you cannot afford to pay for a particular resource, please let us know. We would like to get it into your hands, we only ask that you pay what you can.

We have a simple goal: to proclaim the sufficiency of Scripture for church and family life in order to restore the true worship of God in our cities. Our prayer is for the maturation and multiplication of gospel-centered, biblically-ordered churches and families who glorify God by the spread of the gospel from one generation to the next.

There are four ways we are currently focusing our efforts to carry out the purpose of the NCFIC:  

1. Hosting National and Regional Conferences

Our staff has been working all year to put on our annual National Conference at the end of the month. Whole families travel to Asheville, North Carolina to hear the Word of God preached. This year, the conference is themed, “Repentance.” We also provide conferences targeted to church and family life, including free regional marriage retreats for couples married seven years and under.  We also host other marriage gatherings.

Our ministry has also been expanding internationally over the years. We have been invited to minister in New Zealand, Malawi, South Korea, and South America.

2. Producing Resources for the Church and Family

Here are a few resources that we are currently working on:

Repentance Devotional Videos. We are producing around 300 short video clips that feature various speakers discussing various aspects of the doctrine of repentance.  

- The Person and Work of Jesus Christ devotional video project. In 2018, our plan is to focus our National Conference on the beauty and supremacy of Christ. We plan to shoot devotional video clips to post throughout 2018.

- Translation of our doctrinal and family discipleship resources to Spanish. We have a Spanish website where we post these Spanish resources. We are hoping to produce a Spanish version of Feminine By Design.  

- We are also releasing a new book, “Journey Through the Bible” which is a family worship tool that summarizes every book of the Bible and gives families tools to understand each book as they read it together.

- Lastly, we have video and audio from past conferences that we would like to produce into six-week study courses for churches and families. We are hoping to create courses based on content from: The Worship of God, The Power of the Gospel, The Highway of Holiness, The Fear of God, and this year's conference on Repentance.

3. Connecting Churches and Families

There are over 500 churches listed on our network with more joining each month. Our desire is to provide a tool where people can easily find gospel-centered, biblically-ordered, and family-integrated churches in their area.

We are also decentralizing and multiplying our efforts through our Regional Facilitators. These men foster personal, on-the-ground relationship building. We now have 11 regional facilitators on our payroll and we would like to expand this to 15 men. These leaders facilitate regional leadership meetings and conferences for local pastors. These men have been helpful in encouraging pastors and strengthening churches.

4. Facilitating Personal Discipleship

Our staff is focused personal discipleship with church leaders and lay people around the world. 

We also facilitate an annual men's discipleship program which takes place in Wake Forest. North Carolina. This internship is designed to prepare young men for leadership in church and family life. It features various academic exercises consisting of reading, writing, and personal study. Interns benefit from local church involvement and mentorship by the men and families at Hope Baptist Church.

During the internship, they are engaged in ministry to families and churches across the nation through travel and their work at the office of the NCFIC. Our overarching goal is that these young men would depart from the internship with an expanded view of the majesty of God, the power of the gospel, and God’s order for church and family life.

There are many encouraging signs that God is prospering our message and ministry. We are very grateful for that. I believe our best years are ahead.

We are honored and greatly appreciate your support of our work at the NCFIC.

Scott Brown

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

Posted 10/4/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

How is Worldly Sorrow Distinct from Godly Sorrow?

How is worldly sorrow distinct from godly sorrow?

John Snyder explains in this video that worldly sorrow is focused on one’s self instead of God. God does not need our obedience and our disobedience does not subtract from Him. He is infinitely full. Our repentance is something we want to do for God. 

We want things to be made right between God and us. We want His name to be made right. Godly sorrow is a sorrow that arises out of a love for God. It is a grieving that you have aggrieved God. Worldly sorrow is something you do for yourself. You want to flee the consequences of sin. 

1 Peter 2:23-24 (NKJV) – “[He] Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

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Watch the video here: How is Worldly Sorrow Distinct from Godly Sorrow?

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

Posted 10/3/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Would you like to support our work? What do we do anyway?

If you would like to support the NCFIC consider three things

First, we are almost a 100% donation based ministry. We don’t operate like a business. We are a 501c3. We give our resources away except for hard goods like books and CD’s which we must sell. And, you can get most them for free online on our web site. We are most interested in spreading a message and care very little about selling products.

Second, if you would like to receive some of our resources - books, CD’s DVD's, - and are strapped for funds, please let us know. We would like to get them into your hands. We just ask that you pay what you can.

Third, If our work has been helpful to you, would you consider supporting us financially?

We believe that encouraging gospel centered biblically ordered churches and families is a huge need in our day.

This is why we need financial supporters to grow our work. Click here to donate

What do we do anyway?

Below is a description of what we do with the resources the Lord gives us. We have a simple agenda: to proclaim the sufficiency of scripture for church and family life in order to restore the true worship of God in our cities. Our prayer is for the maturation and multiplication of gospel centered, biblically ordered churches and families who glorify God by the spread of the gospel from one generation to the next.

There are four facets of our ministry to proclaim the sufficiency of scripture. Here is our project list going forward that fit into the four categories of activity.

1. Furnish conferences

We plan to continue to sponsor conferences around the world along with our annual national conference as well as regional conferences on church and family life. This year, our national conference is called, “Repentance.” It takes our staff all year long to produce our national conference. These conferences are very unique among the conference scene. Whole families come to hear the Word of God preached. We also provide for free regional marriage retreats for couples married seven years and under as well as other marriage gatherings. Our ministry internationally has been expanding over the years. We have been invited to minister in New Zealand, Malawi, South Korea and South America.

2. Produce resources

Here are a few resources which are currently in the works: 1. Repentance devotional videos. We are producing around 300 short video clips on the doctrine of “Repentance” by various speakers. 2. The person and work of Jesus Christ devotional video project. In 2018, our plan to focus our national conference on the beauty and supremacy of Christ. We plan to shoot devotional video clips to post throughout 2018. 3. Spanish translation of doctrinal and family discipleship resources. We have a Spanish web site where we post these Spanish resources. We have several other writing projects in the works. 4. We would like to produce a Spanish version of Feminine By Design. 5. We are also going to release a “Family Worship Bible Survey Course – Journey Through the Bible” - by Scott Brown that summarizes every book of the Bible and gives families tools to understand each book as they read it together. 6. Further, we have a significant backlog of video and audio from various conferences that we would like to produce into six session study courses for churches and families. Some examples are The Worship of God, The Power of the Gospel and the Highway of Holiness, the Fear of God and Repentance.

3. Connect churches and families

There are approximately 500 churches which affiliate with the NCFIC with more added each month. Our desire is to provide a tool where people can easily find gospel centered, biblically ordered, family integrated churches in their areas. Our web site is a critical tool for connecting families with churches and families with families. We are also decentralizing and multiplying our efforts through the Regional Facilitators. These men foster local and personal on the ground relationship building. We now have 11 regional facilitators on our payroll and we would like to expand this to 15 men. These leaders facilitate regional leadership meetings and conferences for local pastors. We have found that these men have been helpful in encouraging pastors and strengthening of churches in the regions we have established.

4. Conduct personal discipleship

Our staff is focused personal discipleship with church leaders and lay people around the world. 

Further, the NCFIC internship is an annual men's discipleship program which takes place in Wake Forest NC. It is designed to prepare young men for leadership in church and family life. It features various academic exercises consisting of reading, writing, and personal study. Interns benefit from local church involvement and mentorship by the men and families at Hope Baptist Church. During the internship, they are engaged in ministry to families and churches across the nation through travel and their work at the office of the NCFICOur overarching goal is that these young men would depart from the internship with an expanded view of the majesty of God, the power of the gospel, and God’s order for church and family life.

There are many encouraging signs that God is prospering our message and ministry. We are very grateful for that. I believe our best years are ahead.

Would you consider doing one of the following things to help us?

1. Consider giving a large donation in the next couple of months.

2. Put us on your monthly missions giving.

3. Introduce us to someone who loves our ministry and would like to help us financially spread the message of the sufficiency of scripture for church and family life. You can send them my email (scott@ncfic.org) so we can get connected.

Scott Brown

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

Posted 10/2/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

The Effect of Repentance Upon a Believer

What are the effects of repentance upon the believer?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that when a person is truly repentant, their heart is turned to the Word of God. They want to hear what the preacher has to say because they want the Word of God to guide them. They desire more of God.

A repentant person is not concerned about their own reputation but they want to learn more about Christ and see Christ as so valuable. Their view of worship is changed. A repentant person wants to worship God, sees Christ as so valuable, and acknowledges that there is nothing better than to know God, to walk in His ways, and to be pleasing in His sight.

Romans 6:4 (NKJV) – “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

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Watch the video here: The Effect of Repentance Upon a Believer

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

Posted 9/29/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Times of Refreshing Hinge on Repentance

What leads to reformation within the church and family?

Kevin Swanson explains in this video that there can be no reformation of life or family without the reformation of heart or mind. This reformation of the mind comes about by the Word of God. We need a radical shift in the way that we see things.

If we come to church expecting the pastor to affirm everything we’ve done or thought, whether sinful or not, it is the wrong church. And yet, churches have largely ignored the idea of repentance. We need to desire that people come to a shift in their mindset towards the law of God, sin, and the atonement.

Titus 3:4-5 (NKJV) – “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”  

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Watch the video here: Times of Refreshing Hinge on Repentance

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

Posted 9/28/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Repentance Involves a "Change of Mind"

What is repentance and what are the implications of that definition?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that we must go back to the biblical words used to describe repentance to understand what it is. Repentance is described in Scripture as: "turn," "regret," and most importantly, "a change of mind." A proper understanding of repentance is crucial. 

"Change of mind" is not the mere changing of one's mind like one would do when deciding what to eat or what to do. This "changing of mind" is not superficial or trivial. Rather, it is a renewing of mind at a fundamental level. This is a radical change of mind about important topics like God, man, sin, and Christ. It is more than a change of mind, but it involves a change of behavior. 

Revelations 3:19 (NKJV) – “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.”

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Watch the video here: Repentance Involves a "Change of Mind"

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

Posted 9/27/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

How Are We Brought to Repentance?

What is the source of repentance?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that the source of repentance is the grace and mercy of God. Without Him, we are unable to see our sinfulness. If He didn’t show us, we wouldn’t see our sin and understand how exceedingly sinful we are.

God uses many means to show how sinful we are. He uses preachers and other people to convey His Word to people. But ultimately, He alone saves men.  

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV) – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.” 

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Watch the video here: How Are We Brought to Repentance?

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

Posted 9/27/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Ministry Update Q3 2017

Pray for Our National Conference on Repentance on October 26-29

Our prayer for this conference is that it would bring us all into a deeper sense of humility and joy among both churches and families. 

Daily Devotionals

We've been publishing a new daily devotional video on the topic of repentance every day for the past few months in preparation for the conference. You can see the videos and subscribe to the daily devotional here: ncfic.org/devotional.

Speaking Engagements and Pre-Conference Meetings Across the United States

I just finished speaking in Fraser, Colorado for a Father-Son Retreat, and Kerrville, Texas for a conference hosted by FORGE Ministries with the theme of “Overflowing with Thankfulness.“On September 16th I spoke at a fatherhood conference hosted by Dr. Carlton McLeod at Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake. This is a church that has taken our messages and resources to heart and the Lord has seen fit to create a church full of families living very differently compared to their surrounding culture. It really is amazing to see the reformation that has occurred within this church. Finally, in October I will travel to Seattle to speak at the Noah Conference hosted by Generations. 

At each of these conferences, my goal is to meet with local pastors of family-integrated churches. I am grateful for these meetings and see them as critically important since they allow me to make connections with both pastors and churches in these regions. 

Regional Connections Accross the Nation

Our team of regional facilitators continues to make connections with local churches to provide prayer, encouragement, and resources, establishing strong connections amongst sound churches on our network.

Modesty Sermons

I recently completed a four-part sermon series on the subject of modesty at church. I wanted to lay a foundation regarding the doctrine of clothing and modesty to help our church understand the matter in the context of Scripture. Here is a link to the four messages on the doctrine of clothing and its implications on modesty. I refrained from doing much application until I thought we understood the doctrine of clothing… The second half of Part 2 and almost all of Part 4 contains the applications, but the rest was laying the foundation. I covered the following areas over the course of these messages: 1. God’s zeal to cover shame, Gen. 3:7,13, 21; Isa. 61:1-11; Rev. 3:5. 2. God’s devotion to beauty, Ex. 28:2-8; Ps. 45:13-14al Isa. 52:1-12; Isa. 59:17. Isa. 62:5; Eph 5:27; Ezekiel 1. 3. God’s blessing of humility, 1 Tim. 2:9-10; Isa. 3:16-26. 4. God’s care for unfading adornment, 1 Pet. 3:3-6. 5. God’s passion for purity, Prov. 7:4-27; Matt. 5:29-30. 6. God’s design for gender distinction, Deut. 22:5. 7. God’s favor for non-conformity, Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 4:1-7; 1 Cor. 6:13-20; Jer. 10:2-4.

Father-Son Retreat in Wake Forest 

Hope Baptist Church and the NCFIC and Sovereign Redeemer Community Church have teamed up to host a Father-Son Retreat here in Wake Forest on September 29-30 to address the topic, "21st Century Battlefields.” Eleven local pastors will be speaking on many current issues that face us today.

A New Tool for Reading Through the Bible: "Journey Through the Bible.” And… You can Pre-Order it Now

We are finishing up a new book to assist fathers that are reading through the Bible with their families called, “Journey Through the Bible.” I’ve encouraged families to read through the Bible several times before their children leave home. So, I have written a guide for fathers that includes basic information on each book of the Bible, an applicable hymn to sing, the main point of the book, a memory verse, and the top five facts about each book. Also, there are corresponding audio messages for each book of the Bible that they can listen to online. 

You can pre-order the book here at half price by clicking here. We will ship it to you in November.

We are trying to make it available for families at the Repentance Conference in October. Please pray that families would read the Bible from cover to cover as they are raising their children. Much of this book has come out of my own notes on each book of the Bible that I used when our family was reading the Bible together. Here is a screenshot of one of the pages:

Everything we do and every dollar we spend is directed for the prosperity of the church of Jesus Christ and the health of the families in those churches.

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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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