• 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…)

  • Our New Logo and New Look

    by TJ Weaver on September 7, 2014

    As you can see, things look a little different around here. Our old website and logo had gotten to be a little outdated and didn’t really reflect the culture of our congregation anymore. As we have grown and changed, we thought that our website and logo should (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

    (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.)

    ParticipationToday, it’s possible to listen to sermons on the internet from whichever preachers we prefer. We can choose to study and learn from whichever Bible teachers suit our preferences. We can choose to “fellowship” with (more…)

  • 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…)

  • Is “How People Change” in Sunday School really a “Bible study?”

    by Tom Hicks on August 29, 2013

    How People Change

    Interestingly enough, Bible teaches us that there are many different ways to study the Bible. If we focus on just one of the ways we’re supposed to study the Bible, then our knowledge of the Bible, of Christ, and of ourselves will be greatly impoverished. Let me list (more…)

  • Why Study "How People Change" in Sunday School?

    by Tom Hicks on August 5, 2013

    How People Change
    Tim Lane and Paul Tripp
    September 8 – December 8

    I don’t normally favor having video series and workbook studies in Sunday school. But Tim Lane and Paul Tripp’s study, How People Change, is an important exception. The pastors body has asked us to have this fourteen week study in (more…)

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