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SERMON: We Affirm the Biblical Model of Church Membership | Hebrews 10:25

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We Affirm the Biblical Model of Church Membership | Hebrews 10:25
GBC DISTINCTIVE SERIES | HEBREWS 10:25 | JUNE 17, 2018

Our current study is a series of sermons that attempt to define the distinctive markers of our church, and we affirm today the responsibility we have as Christians to the local church.  What we read is that God indeed calls us to be committed to a local church congregation, to participate in the life of the body of Christ.  We can see both a clear precedent and rationale for church membership in His Word.  There, we can also see benefits to church membership.

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What we see today is a clear directive from Scripture.  Still. for decades, we’ve been seeing a shift in attitudes in regards both to church attendance and to membership.  Some major denominations like Calvary Chapel (which would say that it’s not a denomination) purposefully lacks church membership, though they would also say commitment and involvement is important.  Many Christians go a …

SERMON: We Affirm the Biblical Model of Church Government | 1 Timothy 3:1–12

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“We Affirm the Biblical Model of Church Government,” 1 Timothy 3:1–12
GBC Distinctive Series, Shaun Marksbury

We'll be looking today at the church Jesus established through His Word—two offices for the church, described here in 1 Timothy 3 as overseers (vv. 1–7) and deacons (vv. 8–13).  Churches should be governed by a plurality of biblically-qualified elders, ruling independently from others, dependently upon the grace and power of God, and subordinately to His Word.  Alongside come deacons, helping to serve the needs of the church, but who do not have ruling authority.  Let’s start with the first of those.

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We arrive at perhaps the least interesting but nonetheless contentious question, that of church government.  Even though some churches might come away with convictions differing from ours (and we should show them appropriate grace), we still strive to allow the whole council of God to develop our convictions on the subject.  We also need to identify if ou…

SERMON: We Affirm Biblical Worship

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GBC DISTINCTIVE SERIES | VARIOUS TEXTS | JUNE 3, 2018

We’re not going to have time to focus on everything equally today, so we’re only going to highlight key features of church worship; most of our time today will be spent untying the knot of worship music. May everything we do be decent and in order.

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1 COR 14:6–10, 26, 40

We’re spending several weeks to highlight our convictions from Scripture on a number of issues that make us distinctive from other churches.  We said we might be making some changes to this series as we go, and this sermon is an addition to the original list of sermons we had.  You might think that, from what we just read, that we’re going to talk about spiritual gifts.  We will have that sermon, Lord willing, but there’s another aspect of this passage we should consider first.
The fact that we’ve been needing to define what we believe about the conduct of our worship services has been in the back of my mind for a while.  The Lord provide…