Baptism and the Unity of the Church

In dealing with the numerous struggles with fellow believers within the local church, I am constantly drawn to the same question that was raised by the apostle Paul regarding our sanctification: Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Romans 6:3 Paul’s question…

Outgrowing the Church?

As mentioned in the previous blog(s), we are called and commanded to love the fellow members of our local church. You may now agree that God calls all Christians to join (i.e. to be committed to) a local church and that God calls you to love the family of God in your local church. However,…

Loving the Local Church

As mentioned in the previous blog, the local church is the ordinary and primary means in which God sanctifies and grows believers, which means that church membership is non-negotiable for Christians. However, the trends in church membership and church attendance have created a new category of Christians in social science research who “love Jesus but…

Why Church Membership

As mentioned in the previous blog, God visits and dwells with His people in a special way within your local church. However, our anti-institutional age has convinced us that we can piece together all of what we need from the local church through 21st century technological advances. Consider the number of ways in which technology…

The Beauty of the Local Church

When considering the role of the church in our lives, it’s always important to consider the age in which we live. As discussed in the previous blog, I believe that it is self-evident that we live in a deeply anti-authoritarian age. Outside the church, this is often observed within national politics where disrespect and irreverence…

How Much Do You Need the Church?

To the reader of this blog, may I ask you some questions: Do you love the church? Do you believe that the church is still necessary or has the church become merely a convenience in your life? Do you believe that church attendance is a necessary component of your sanctification? Do you prize the local…

A Reformed Baptist Perspective on Public Theology: The Pauline Epistles, Part VII – 1 Corinthians 11

You can read earlier posts in this series by clicking on the links below: An Introduction Augustine’s Two Cities Two Kingdoms in Luther The Reformed Confessions (Part I) The Reformed Confessions (Part II) The Reformed Confessions (Part III) Sphere Sovereignty in Kuyper Redemption and Creation in Kuyper John the Baptist The Prophet Amos The Incarnate…