Here, in the midst of this land of death and despair, drunkenness and debauchery, there is a thriving local church. Many have been spiritually born again and are alive in a way that they’ve never known.
Spiritual eldership is a sobering and serious responsibility for God-called and God-gifted men to serve God’s church in God’s way for God’s glory. We must evaluate our heart and ministry in light of the certainty of the coming of Jesus Christ
Love for the Lord will motivate elders to imitate the care of the Good Shepherd. God directed his people as a flock, leading them through the wilderness. So too, Jesus leads his sheep going before them. The elder-shepherd is not a cowboy, driving his flock like cattle. He leads them as a shepherd would, walking on ahead
The final chapter of Peter’s first letter to suffering saints begins with an exhortation to the elders within the local …
“Somehow, having the building full with people who want to be there for a game, but not for God’s saving service to sinners, is “missional.” In any case, the evening service has fallen by the wayside in many churches anyway—no conflict there. Yet even where there are such services, many sympathize with one pastor who said that it’s “a bit of a luxury,” especially “when it falls on a legal holy day [you read that right: holy day] like Super Bowl Sunday” (Michael Horton).
Have you ever wished you had a better understanding of how the books of the Bible fit together? Or maybe …
January 1, 1951. Today, the Calvary Bible Church is one year old. Today is our birthday! This day, just one short year ago, the Calvary Bible Church was founded on a Sunday morning, January 1, 1950, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Curvin (Pat) Crumbling in Martinsville, Pennsylvania, with only thirteen persons in attendance, including the children. Now that a year has passed, it would seem fitting and proper for us all to pause a moment and consider what great things the Lord has done for us!
“Nothing makes a church grow fat and strong like the precious Word of God. How we delight to have the Lord talk to us from His Word” (Pastor Warren Helder).
I love the Local Church. In eternity we will forever be joined together–this present joy is simply the appetizer to heaven!
I suppose that from my earliest days I remember being involved with the local church. The actual earliest memory that I have of “church things” is sitting near the back of a building on a pew (organ side) and eating a snack of fruit loops or some kind of cereal from a plastic baggie. That is, as honestly as I can say it, my earliest memory of the church. And that was actually in the church I currently serve, Calvary Bible Church.