Jonathan Leeman on “what is a local church?”

Jonathan Leeman writes, “a local church is a group of Christians who regularly gather in Christ’s name to officially affirm and oversee one another’s membership in Jesus Christ and his kingdom through gospel preaching and gospel ordinances.” The five parts of this definition are: A group of Christians A regular gathering A congregation-wide exercise of…

What is a Local Church?

Jonathan Leeman writes, “a local church is a group of Christians who regularly gather in Christ’s name to officially affirm and oversee one another’s membership in Jesus Christ and his kingdom through gospel preaching and gospel ordinances.” The five parts of this definition are: A group of Christians A regular gathering A congregation-wide exercise of…

Five Principles of Community-Based, Gospel-Centered Mutual Care

Tim Chester and Steve Timmis in Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission give five principles of community-based, gospel-centered, mutual pastoral care that are very helpful in answering the question, “What does everyday pastoral care look like?” And just as a preface, “pastoral care is not the sole responsibility of pastors anymore than evangelism is the sole…

Five Principles of Community-Based, Gospel-Centered Mutual Care

Tim Chester and Steve Timmis in Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission give five principles of community-based, gospel-centered, mutual pastoral care that are very helpful in answering the question, “What does everyday pastoral care look like?” And just as a preface, “pastoral care is not the sole responsibility of pastors anymore than evangelism is the sole…

10 Important Questions To Ask When Considering A Church

  Joshua Harris wrote a fantastic little book entitled Stop Dating The Church: Fall In Love With The Family Of God, where he walks through the beauty of the local church and the expectation that God puts forth in His Word that believers be connected to a local church. To that end, here are ten questions he gives…

Pastor, do you labor for your people?

Paul tells us in Colossians 2:1-2, “For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of…

Jesus loves the church

Here are some brief thoughts on a biblical understanding of the church from a Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling: The church is one (Eph 4:3-6) The church is one body with many functions; each member has a purpose (Rom 12:4-8; 1 Cor 12-14) Together, Christians comprise God’s household, in which the Spirit of God lives…