• Dear Christian: THINK Before You Jump On The Bandwagon Against Indiana

    by Shawn Merithew on April 1, 2015

    photo-1427348693976-99e4aca06bb9 We are obligated by Scripture to serve, love, and even sacrifice for the sake of manifesting Christ and communicating His gospel to all persons, whether they be homosexuals, racists, liars, murderers, idolaters, fornicators, tyrants, or any other type of sinner. Christ has instructed us to love even those who are our personal enemies, even when they are persecuting us and pouring out hate upon us. (Matt 5:44, Luke 6:27,35) We are to live this way because we ourselves were once murderers, liars, fornicators, racists, homosexuals, and persecutors of Christians (1 Cor 6:9-11). The only difference between us and any other sinner is the fact that we have been forgiven through faith in Christ. And because we now love Him, we are compelled to actively demonstrate His love and communicate the truth of His grace and forgiveness to all of our fellow sinners, without exception. (Titus 3:1-8) (more…)

  • Why are we having special topical and thematic studies in Sunday School?

    by Tom Hicks on January 20, 2015

    StudyOn February 15, we’ll begin having special topical and thematic study classes during the Sunday School hour that will work very much like MIT did on Sunday evenings. After 10 weeks of special studies, we’ll switch back to the expositional model of Sunday School. Later in the year, we’ll introduce another 10 weeks of special studies, and then we’ll switch back again. So, why are we doing this? What are the reasons for the change? Consider these four reasons. (more…)

  • Answering Some Objections to Sabbath Day Observance

    by Tom Hicks on November 19, 2014

    SabbathIn a previous post, I briefly sketched the Bible’s doctrine of the Sabbath day. Like nearly every doctrine of the Christian faith, the doctrine of the Sabbath is controversial among some Christians today. In this post, I’ll try to answer some of the most common objections to Sabbath observance.

    1. New Testament Passages. Those who say Christians are not obligated to observe the Sabbath day often point to four key New Testament passages to make their case: Romans 14:1-9, Galatians 4:10, Colossians 2:16, and Hebrews 4:3-10. Let’s consider these one at a time. (more…)

  • Corporate Prayer and Fear

    by Tom Hicks on September 16, 2014

    FearI have a confession to make. I often feel fearful when I have to pray with other people. Part of my fear comes from the fact that I’m an introvert, which means (among other things) that I like to process thoughts in my mind before I speak. I often find myself thinking about what I’m going to say while others are praying, which can compound my feelings of guilt and fear. Sometimes people who pray before me preempt what I was planning to say; so, I feel like I have to (more…)

  • What God Requires of the Church: Evangelism and Missions

    by Tom Hicks on September 5, 2014

    (This is part four 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.)

    Global MissionsThe last couple of posts in this series (here and here) have focused on the “ordinary means of grace” in the church. We’ve seen that when the church practices these ordinary means, “the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the prayers” (Acts 2:42), our eyes of faith are set directly upon the Lord Jesus Christ. When we appropriate God’s (more…)

  • What God Requires of the Church: Participation

    by Tom Hicks on September 1, 2014
  • 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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