• What God Requires of the Church: The Ordinary Means of Grace

    by Tom Hicks on August 27, 2014

    (This is part three of a series entitled, “What God Requires of the Church.” The posts in this series include: 1. Individualism vs. Christ, 2. The Ordinary Means of Grace. 3. Participation. 4. Evangelism and Missions.)

    Many churches design elaborate programs and creative ministries to edify the church and reach the community. Most of this church programming is very well-intentioned. But when churches shift their focus to methodologies not revealed in the Bible, they often (more…)

  • What God Requires of the Church: Individualism vs. Christ

    by Tom Hicks on August 26, 2014

    (This is part one of a series entitled, “What God Requires of the Church.” The posts in this series include: 1. Individualism vs. Christ, 2. The Ordinary Means of Grace. 3. Participation. 4. Evangelism and Missions.)

     We live in a time when God’s people are often very confused about what the church is and what it is supposed to do. What does it mean to be a devoted church member? What’s the role of the church in my walk with Christ? What should the church be doing? How do we know the answers to these questions? In today’s culture, many Christians have (more…)

  • Why have a Corporate Prayer Time?

    by Tom Hicks on August 22, 2014

     Beginning this fall, our church will have a regular time of corporate prayer each Sunday. This emphasis on praying together will be a part of a larger vision to do all that the Bible requires us to do without adding time to our Sunday schedule. In a few weeks, we’ll be
    rolling out this vision so you’ll be able to see how all the parts work together. For now, consider the following reasons that we believe our church should be praying together.

    Trinity1. The Trinity. God is not merely “one.” He’s also a community of three persons. Each person of the Trinity communes with each of the other persons of the Trinity. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit all pray to one another (Matt 3:16-17). What does that have to do with corporate prayer in the (more…)

  • Baptist Identity: The Interconnected Nature of Baptist Theology

    by Tom Hicks on August 21, 2014

    1. Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura)

    The Bible alone is sufficient special revelation in the life of the individual and in the life of the church (2 Tim 3:17; Prov 30:6; Matt 15:6; Jn 17:17). This doctrine was the “formal cause” of the Reformation. Tradition and personal experience do not have authority equal to or above the Bible. Sola Scriptura is the sine qua non of Baptist identity because without it, Baptists would never (more…)

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