• How can I commune more closely with God? Question and Answer

    Hebrews 10:24-25

    I believe, as I’ve said to a question or two before, that prayer is vital to drawing near to God. I believe Bible intake—reading it, meditating on it, studying it, memorizing it—is vital to drawing closer to God. I also believe that being a participating member of a local church is vital to being drawn closer to God. To grow as a believer, I need to be under the authority of shepherds in a local church and be fed a consistent diet of God’s Word. I need to be in fellowship with other believers so that I am having others … View Resource

  • How can we encourage our leaders in the church? Question and Answer

    1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

    Firstly, it’s good for the church to encourage their elders. Elders need encouragement. The Bible, in fact, commands God’s people to encourage their elders, to respect them, and to show them honor (1 Thess. 5:12–13; 1 Tim. 5:17). But people don’t realize how much we really do need encouragement. When I speak of elders, I’m speaking not only of ordained pastors but all ordained elders in the church. I would also say that goes for deacons as well. We need encouragement. Too often people think that those of us who are elders, particularly those of us who are preachers, are … View Resource

  • Why should I become a formal church member? Question and Answer

    By however a church does it, and churches do it in different ways, what we are actually doing by becoming a formal member is saying “I’m committing myself to you. I’m committing myself to the Lord, and I’m committing myself to you.” That brings together two really important elements in the Christian life: our faith and trust in Christ and our life for Him; but also our commitment to all those in the fellowship to whom He has committed Himself. Becoming a formal member of the church is very, very important, because if you don’t do it, in a sense … View Resource