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

What Does Reformation in the Church Look Like?

What does reformation within the church look like?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that one aspect of reformation within the Church today involves pastors revisiting the Word of God to determine who can be an elder or deacon. It is important to give attention to the leadership of the Church and ensure that those who are preaching meet the qualifications in Scripture.

God hasn’t left us on our own to determine how to worship Him. Pastors need to turn to the Word of God to find direction for all matters related to church life.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct[a] your paths.” 

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Posted 9/7/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Which Reformation Doctrines Do We Need the Most Today?

Which doctrines from the Reformation are most needed today?

Gary Powers explains in this video that many modern churches today fail to believe that Scripture is sufficient for all matters of life. But, once the church strays away from the foundation of Scripture, all aspects of church life and doctrine are negatively affected. 

Without Scripture to act as an unchanging standard, the church has no direction and will undoubtedly stray from Scripture. Acknowledging that Scripture is sufficient is the first important step towards reformation.

Psalm 102:25-27 (NKJV) – “Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will have no end.”

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Posted 9/6/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

What Is Repentance?

What is repentance?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video what repentance is. Repentance is the wonderful work of the Spirit of God where we become aware of our law breaking and sinfulness and turn from sin to the living God. 

It is not the mere feeling of remorse - rather, it is a change in lifestyle, a forsaking of sin, and a complete change in how you live. Thomas Watson stated in his book, Doctrine of Repentance, that "Repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed." 

Acts 2:38 (NKJV) - "Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'"

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Posted 9/4/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Can Evolution and Scripture Coexist?

What is the effect of believing that the earth is millions of years old?

Ken Ham explains in this video that if you believe that the earth is millions of years old, you cannot also believe that God's Word is true. The idea of evolution was invented by atheists - they didn’t want to use the Bible. They wanted to be able to explain the creation of the world without resorting to Scripture and God. 

The fossil record shows evidence of animals eating each other, of cancer, of thorns. Yet, at the time of creation, God called everything “very good.” The Bible says that it was only after sin entered the world that death and suffering began. Thus, believing that the earth is millions of years old directly contradicts Scripture on this point. Evolution and the Bible cannot coexist. 

Yet, pastors in churches today tell their congregations that they can believe in evolution so long as they believe in Christ as well. We cannot teach our children that evolution is true and that sin brought about death. Doing so would prevent them from realizing the effects of sin and about the holiness of God.    

Matthew 6:24 (NKJV) – “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

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Posted 9/3/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

What Does it Look Like When Fathers and Sons Follow Jesus?

This weekend, I'm speaking at the Father-Son Retreat in Fraser, Colorado. Yesterday, during my morning session, I asked the question, “What does it look like when fathers and sons follow Jesus?” Below are the six answers I gave:

  1. When fathers follow Jesus, it is because their hearts are miraculously turned.
    Malachi 4 :5-6
     
  2. When fathers follow Jesus, they walk with their sons and teach them what they love.
    Deut 6:5-9
     
  3. When fathers follow Jesus, they explain the greatness of God.
    Psalm 78
     
  4. When fathers follow Jesus, they take their sons on a journey of obedience.
    Gen 18:19
     
  5. When fathers follow Jesus, they nurture their sons and their sons honor their fathers and mothers.
    Eph 6:1-4:
     
  6. When fathers follow Jesus, they become like Jesus.
    John 5:17-22

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Posted 9/1/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

What Is the Source of Repentance?

What is the source of repentance?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that God is the source of repentance. It has been granted to us from God. Repentance and faith have their source in God. Unregenerate men cannot repent or believe. 

God in His sovereign grace, chooses who He will give faith and repentance. We should be grateful to God when we repent and believe because God has gifted them to us. 

Acts 11:18 (NKJV) - "When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life."

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Posted 8/31/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

When Scripture Contradicts the Teachings of Men

What happens when Scripture and the words and teachings of men conflict and contradict each other?

David Eddy explains in this video that in the Bible, you have God’s Word and His Word is understandable. That is the foundation of a pastor’s ministry. The Bible contains the very words of God. 

The Roman Catholic was afraid of the Bible being translated into the common language because they knew Scripture did not line up with their words. They claimed that the Pope was the authority and Scripture backed up his words. However, the correct way to view Scripture is that if a person’s opinion contradicts Scripture, then Scripture wins every time. 

John 14:8 (NKJV) - "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"

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Posted 8/30/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Home Is the Ideal Place for Repentance

Where is the best place to learn repentance?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that the home is the ideal place to learn repentance. It is where we are most prone to sin against others because we're most familiar with each other with members of our family. Familiarity can breed contempt.

In Christian families, repentance should be a part of the fabric of everyday life. We are living together in close quarters and are prone to sin against each other. A Christian home should be a place where repentance is on display regularly. Fathers should be examples of repentance to their families. 

Ephesians 6:4 (NKJV) - "And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." 

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

Grace Alone

What was the Puritan's view of Scripture and of grace?

Joel Beeke explains in this video that everything that comes to us is by God's grace. The Reformers and the Puritans loved Scripture. They meditated on it. They were guided by it. They understood that everything was a gift from God. They were saved by grace. 

Living by grace alone, by faith alone, and by Scripture alone fosters a genuine piety in the life of the believer. It is distinct from the Roman Catholic idea that piety is based on one's owns works. Rather, true piety flows out of a gratitude for God's grace and the gift of salvation. 

Hebrews 12:28 (NKJV) – “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” 

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

Characteristics of Worldly Sorrow

What are characteristics of worldly sorrow?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that those who demonstrate only worldly sorrow are absorbed with the consequences of their sin in relation to other people and don’t recognize the breach of fellowship with God when they sin. They fail to have a deep enough of a relationship with God to realize that repentance must be oriented to Him. It is to God that we must turn to.

Unless we have turned from sin and turned towards God, it is not true repentance. True repentance does not result from merely wanting to please others or wishing to avoid temporary, earthly consequences of one's actions. 

1 John 1:9 (NKJV) – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

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