In terms of spiritual institutions formed by and composed of Christians, the New Testament only knows of the church, and, more specifically, the local church.
Discipleship, in the words of Mark Dever, is helping another person follow Jesus. Said another way (by Dever): Discipleship is doing deliberate spiritual good to another Christian. Jesus commands Christians to make disciples (Matt 28:18-20), and Christians should count it a privilege to come alongside others to aid them in their walk with the Savior. … Continue reading Age, Humility, and Discipleship
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 … Continue reading 7 Practices for Preserving Unity On Your Elder Team
Pastors need to be courageous. Many of Paul's exhortations to Timothy highlight this truth. Timothy, though sincere, gifted, and discipled by the most eminent of apostles, apparently lacked courage in some areas (2 Timothy 1:7), and was perhaps even guilty of over-correcting and being too harsh with the way he instructed those who were not … Continue reading The Righteous are Bold as a Lion
The second book I came upon was C.H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership by Steve Miller. I read this book about 3 months after I read MacArthur's The Book on Leadership. I came to love Spurgeon while listening to a great pastoral biography on his life by Dr. John Piper. He was a man who truly … Continue reading 'Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership' by Steve Miller
I think a lot about leadership. One, because I recently was married and I desire to know how to lead my wife in a Christlike, God-honoring way; and two, my job as youth pastor requires that I know something about leadership since I am, well, the leader. Interestingly, however, I didn't actually plan to immerse … Continue reading The Book on Leadership by John MacArthur