How Often Should a Church Take the Lord’s Supper? – Some object that taking the Lord’s supper every week will demean its significance. I think boring preaching and bad music demeans the significance of preaching and singing, but most Baptists churches take the risk and have preaching and singing every week. So I don’t think this argument that taking the Lord’s supper every week will make it dull is either convincing or significant. We should take the same steps to keep the Lord’s supper from becoming rote that we (should) take to keep the preaching from being boring or the music from being bad. – James Hamilton
My latest RCCS chapel message. This message is taken from the book of Jude and speaks to the command to contend for the faith once delivered.
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said,“This is my body, which is for you; occasionally do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this infrequently so as not to get old, the few times you drink it, do it in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you feel comfortable with it, eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. – I Corinthians 11:23-26
Will Christians be Secretly Raptured? – There are no biblical texts that explicitly teach it or anything like a two-stage coming of Jesus. Passages that supposedly describe the secret rapture could just as easily be read as referring to the glorious second coming, and in fact have been read that way throughout the church’s history. – Jeramie Rinne
Three comments that won’t help matters in Ferguson – We don’t know all the facts. But this dodge is the equivalent of “I don’t see race” in that it allows the speaker to ignore what’s going on. It is a convenient way to duck asking or fielding tough questions of themselves or others. You don’t have to have all the facts to listen to, acknowledge or understand why people took to the streets of Ferguson. – Jonathan Capehart
In The Promises of God, Dr. R. C. Sproul shows how God—the one true Promise Keeper—always keeps His promises. Drawing from his expansive theological background, Dr. Sproul addresses questions such as these:· How do we know that God will fulfill His promises to us?· What can we learn about God’s faithfulness as we wait for His promises to be fulfilled?· What was the agreement God the Father had with Jesus before the beginning of the world?· What does God’s covenant with Adam mean for us today?· What common covenant do atheists and other non-Christians participate in with God?· What does God’s covenant have to do with His forgiveness of our sins today?· Why did Jesus have to die to complete God’s covenant with us?God’s promises throughout history are the foundation for your relationship with Him. Here you will see how and why He keeps His promises to you, from now through eternity.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month—a time to thank God for our church leaders and to think through practical ways we can love and serve our pastors. For the next few Mondays, in honor of this special month, we’re hosting a series of exclusive drawings, giveaways, and sales featuring resources pastors might find helpful.
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Once again I headed up north to Lake Waubesa Bible Camp with my students for our annual beginning of the year retreat. This year the theme was. “Dangerous Truth.” Below are the three messages I preached during the retreat.