Does church membership really matter? Is it something that we should take seriously? Can you be a Christian without the local church? Tim Challies provides some helpful advice on this subject.
The Word-less “Church” — “Many American churches are in a mess. Theologically they are indifferent, confused, or dangerously wrong. Liturgically they are the captives of superficial fads. Morally they live lives indistinguishable from the world. They often have a lot of people, money, and activities. But are they really churches, or have they degenerated into peculiar clubs?”
Hope in This Broken-Down World — “The Bible is not only honest in its diagnostic observations, but in graphic, real-life, fallen-world stories as well.”
Your Testimony Is Not the Gospel — “Sharing our personal testimonies is not evangelism. It’s merely pre-evangelism, sort of a warm-up for evangelism.”
Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Jesus — “Whenever you meet God in his word, keep your eyes open for Jesus. Don’t come away without learning more about who he is.”
What Seminary Didn’t Teach Alistair Begg — “Many hopeful men emerge from seminary eager to dive headfirst into ministry. Confident that seminary equipped them with the tools they need for the journey ahead, they find themselves discouraged when the realities of their first call don’t line up with what they came to expect from assigned readings and classroom discussions.”
Book Review: High King of Heaven — “Knowing more about Jesus deepens your capacity to love Him and serve Him. If you are looking for a book that will stretch you in your previous contemplation of Christ, you want to worship Him in ways you may have previously neglected, or if you just want your soul enriched and nourished, this book is for you.”