Tag: Church

College and Christian Fellowship: Now What?

Part 1: Welcome to College! Now Find a Church
Part 2: You Need Christian Fellowship in College
Part 3: Four Marks of a Faithful Campus Ministry
Part 4: Campus Ministries and the Priority of the Local Church
Part 5: College and Christian Fellowship: Now What? 

What are the implications of all we’ve examined in the last four posts? How do you apply these important truths to your life as you enter your first year of higher education? First, the most important thing you can do the moment you step on campus—or, better: before you step on campus—is find Christian fellowship in the place you will spend most of the next four years. Continue reading “College and Christian Fellowship: Now What?”

Campus Ministries and the Priority of the Local Church

Part 1: Welcome to College! Now Find a Church
Part 2: You Need Christian Fellowship in College
Part 3: Four Marks of a Faithful Campus Ministry
Part 4: Campus Ministries and the Priority of the Local Church
Part 5: College and Christian Fellowship: Now What? 

In the last post, I noted that the first mark of a faithful campus ministry is their prioritization of the local church. But not all campus ministries make a serious effort teach or model to their students how to love and prioritize the local church. Yet, as we saw in the last post, this is not a healthy or safe pattern. Christ has designed our salvation in such a way that the local church plays a central role in our spiritual growth and perseverance in the faith. To neglect the local church is to undermine our sanctification and put our final salvation in peril. Continue reading “Campus Ministries and the Priority of the Local Church”

Four Marks of a Faithful Campus Ministry

Part 1: Welcome to College! Now Find a Church
Part 2: You Need Christian Fellowship in College
Part 3: Four Marks of a Faithful Campus Ministry
Part 4: Campus Ministries and the Priority of the Local Church
Part 5: College and Christian Fellowship: Now What? 

I trust that we are in agreement that Christian fellowship during college is vital to your walk with Christ. Without Christian fellowship during college, you will untether yourself from the security and comfort of God’s Word and God’s people, leaving you open to attack from your great adversary. As we saw in the last post, you need fellowship for the sake of your Christian convictions and your spiritual growth. Continue reading “Four Marks of a Faithful Campus Ministry”

You Need Christian Fellowship in College

Part 1: Welcome to College! Now Find a Church
Part 2: You Need Christian Fellowship in College
Part 3: Four Marks of a Faithful Campus Ministry
Part 4: Campus Ministries and the Priority of the Local Church
Part 5: College and Christian Fellowship: Now What? 

You may not realize it right now (although I hope you realize it by the time you finish this series of posts) but the most important facet of your college experience is not the day and time of your classes, what intramural sports you might participate in, who your roommate is, or even your major. Yes, these are important issues to which you must give your attention, but they are subordinate to an even greater concern. What is that concern? Where you will find faithful, live-giving, faith-sustaining, Christ-centered fellowship. This Christian fellowship is vital during your college experience because your enemy, Satan, has a time-tested, two-pronged strategy to spiritually sideline Christian college students. First, he undermines your convictions; meanwhile, he tempts you with sin. Continue reading “You Need Christian Fellowship in College”

7 Practices for Preserving Unity On Your Elder Team

Six months ago I was ordained as an elder at Grace Bible Fellowship in Sunnyvale, CA. Prior to my ordination, I was required to complete an oral examination. This two-hour, 70-question theological interview and was the final step in a multi-step ordination process that was designed to respect Paul’s admonishment to Timothy: “Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands” (1 Tim 5:22). These elders were not hasty, and I am grateful for their patience and care.
Continue reading “7 Practices for Preserving Unity On Your Elder Team”

How To Listen To a Sermon: Eagerness and Examination

In the spring of 1741 Jonathan Edwards visited and ministered to a small congregation in Suffield, Connecticut.  This little church was without a pastor for a short time but was blessed with a few excellent servants, including Edwards himself and the great evangelist George Whitefield.

A few months after Edwards visited the church, Elizabeth Hatheway, a member of the congregation, asked Edwards for some spiritual guidance.  In response, Edwards wrote this young lady a lengthy letter with 19 points of advice on Christian living.  Several years later, the letter was published under the title, Advice to Young Converts.  It is currently published along with Edwards resolutions by P & R Publishing.

On point #3, Edwards gives some timely advice on how to listen to sermons.

When you hear sermons, hear them for yourself, even though what is spoken in them may be especially directed to the unconverted or to those that in other respects are in different circumstances from yourself.  Let the chief intent of your mind be to consider what ways you can apply the things that you are hearing in the sermon.  You should ask, What improvement should I make, based on these things, for my own soul’s good? Continue reading “How To Listen To a Sermon: Eagerness and Examination”