• The Keys of the Kingdom

    Matthew 16:13–20

    There are two extremes when it comes to church authority. One extreme says that the church is always right no matter what it says. The other extreme says the church has no authority over the individual Christian. God’s Word ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Holy Temple

    Ephesians 2:21

    Because every believer is a stone in God’s temple, to sin against another Christian is to assault His holy dwelling place and thus a most grievous act. We must therefore strive not to harm other Christians with our words ...Read More

  • The Love and Peace of Christ

    Colossians 3:14-15

    When church elders, committees, and other bodies need to make a decision, their choice should in large measure be based upon what will bring peace to the church in the matter without compromising the gospel of Jesus Christ. Similarly, as ...Read More

  • The Marks of the Church

    1 Corinthians 11:17–34

    First Corinthians 11:17–34 gives us the marks of the church specifically and through good and necessary deduction. The whole passage concerns the Lord’s Supper, a reference to the sacraments. Paul also gives the words of institution, a ...Read More

  • The Marks of the Church

    Acts 2:42

    True churches are identified by their faithfulness to the Word of God, not by their size or influence in the community. A church that hears and obeys Scripture cannot help but reach out to the society around it, but the ...Read More

  • The Mystery of the Faith

    1 Timothy 3:9

    John Calvin also says, “It would be exceedingly absurd to hold a public office in the Church, while they were ill-informed in the Christian faith, more especially since they must frequently be laid under the necessity of administering advice and ...Read More

  • The Nature of the Church

    John 1:35-43

    The New Testament shows that it is in the local assembly of the faithful that the great issues of life are fought out. Do not be one of those believers who has abandoned the church because she has “problems.” Realize ...Read More

  • The Pastor’s Priorities

    1 Timothy 4:13

    Without even knowing it, our expectations can be part of the problem in the church’s lack of focus on teaching in our day. When we choose churches based simply on the extent of their youth activities or the style ...Read More

  • The People of God

    1 Peter 2:9–10

    That the church is the Israel of God does not mean that every church member has authentic faith. Throughout history, the visible church has always included those who are not true believers because of their inauthentic faith (Rom. 9:6 ...Read More

  • The Revelation of Character

    1 Timothy 5:24-25

    A man cannot hide his character from God, but it can remain unknown to others. This practical observation should always be kept in mind as men are considered for church office. But even if we are not candidates for leadership ...Read More

  • The Sober Judgement of the Members

    Romans 12:3-5

    Ultimately speaking, God does not need us for His plan to succeed. However, He has deemed it wise to use us—to use His church—to accomplish His purposes in the world. The Lord has ordered things so that all ...Read More

  • The Sword and the Keys

    Romans 13:3–7

    Based on the distinct vocations of the church and the state, the principle of the separation of church and state, rightly administered, is biblical. Unfortunately, the separation of church and state in our day is often distorted into the separation ...Read More

  • The Sword and the Keys

    Romans 13:3–7

    Chapter 23 of the Westminster Confession of Faith is an excellent summary of the biblical teaching on the relationship between the church and the state. According to the confession, Christians may lawfully engage the government and serve in its various ...Read More

  • The Testing of Deacons

    1 Timothy 3:10

    John Calvin also explains that “those men are to be chosen who are approved by their past life in such a manner that, after what may be called full inquiry, they are ascertained to be well qualified.” The concern is ...Read More

  • Timothy’s High Calling

    1 Timothy 4:11-12

    Besides the many difficulties of ministry that young pastors must learn to deal with, they have the extra hurdle of youth, which can unfairly render them suspect in the eyes of many congregants. We should treat young leaders with understanding ...Read More