Richard is a steady student of God’s Word and brings a kind heart to his tasks as Resource Coordinator at CEP. He is a graduate of Belhaven College and Covenant Theological Seminary and has pastored churches in Missouri and Illinois. He now travels extensively throughout the denomination working with churches in strategic planning, officer training and other areas of leadership development. His skill and experience in development and promotion will help your church leaders sharpen their vision for the future of your congregation.
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In this particular article, I want to focus your attention on the theme expressed in the title above; the church as a believing community learning to live in communion. As our Westminster Confession of Faith says in 26-1, “All saints that are united to Jesus Christ their head by his Spirit, and by faith, have fellowship with him in his graces, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory: and, being united to one another in love, they have communion in each other’s gifts and graces.”
This book is written for officers of the church, particularly the pastoral officers, ruling and teaching elders. Every section of the book has a “Points to Ponder” with very perceptive questions. It would do every Session good to discuss these in the context of their ministry.
As the title says, this book is written for pastors. They are the key to teaching on stewardship and need to take the lead in this very important area of spiritual growth and discipleship.
The objective of this commentary series is to provide pastors, teachers and other Christians a narrative commentary on the books of the Bible. The commentaries are and will continue to be doctrinally Reformed and concentrate on the unifying theme of redemptive history.
There are more to be learned, but you really need to read the book that will inspire you to defend the truth more courageously, to love Christ and the Church more deeply, and to live life with more holiness.
The very nature of the growth of the Kingdom comes through evangelism. Christians cannot bear a peace mentality when it comes to proclaiming the gospel of reconciliation and emancipation. Christians are urged to understand that we are not living in peacetime, but in a great conflict between two kingdoms, that of Satan and God.
This is a good book for pastors and elders to read and use in training men involved in leading men’s ministry in the local church.
One issue that makes stewardship a struggle for Christians is the culture of postmodernism. Dr. Albert Mohler wrote, “The postmodernists reject both the Christian and modernist approaches to the question of truth. According to postmodern theory, truth is not universal, is not objective or absolute and cannot be determined by a commonly accepted method. Instead, postmodernists believe truth is socially constructed, plural, and inaccessible to universal reason.” There are ways in which this thinking has impacted the church’s view of stewardship.