2016 Assembly Address Book Now Available

2016 Assembly Address Book

 

The Assembly Address Book is an excellent resource offering a wealth of helpful information regarding assemblies, assembly ministries and commended workers across North America.

While the Address Book is an obvious choice for anyone who regularly travels, the book also serves as a prayer guide. You will also find the book useful in providing resource information to family and friends or evangelistic contacts.

For more information visit the ECS Ministries website here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wonderful Reminders of What it Means to Break Bread

Rethinking what church growth means. Is small the new big?Shane Johnson has an excellent post over at the assemblyHUB blog today entitled “How NOT to Break Bread.” If you have not seen his post yet, I suggest heading over there and checking it out.

In his post Shane beautifully expresses why the Lord’s Supper is precious to both himself and the Lord Jesus Christ. Shane writes:

The Lord’s Supper is precious – both to the Lord and to the believer. Most of what I have learned about the person of Christ, His peerless character, and priestly work on the cross I have learned during that joyous hour we call the breaking of bread.

 

The bread and cup re-fix my eyes on the Lord better than any sermon can ever do, re-anchoring my heart on the hope-filled empty tomb.

Shane also reminds us that the Breaking of Bread is not about us:

Whenever I attend a wedding, it also helps me appreciate the meaning of the breaking of bread in a greater way. The best man’s speech is always focused on the groom, never on anyone or anything else. The best man speaks of the groom’s qualities – his loyalty, his selflessness, his humility, etc. The best man does not speak about what he has done for the groom.

 

To center our attention directly on the groom is the best man’s job, to heighten our appreciation and evaluation of him, and to reveal things about him that we may not have known or have forgotten. The best man does not speak about other interesting things, facts about history, or his own personal interests, which only serve to take the focus off the all-important groom, but solely on the bridegroom’s glory. After all, it’s his day not ours.

The Breaking of Bread is really all about Him… The Lord Jesus Christ…

We should filter our thoughts. Only those thoughts that reveal, remember or refine our understanding of His character and work should receive “air time” at the meeting. All other thoughts should be kept to ourselves. The Holy Spirit seeks to glorify Christ (John 16:14) not us.

 

When we speak at the Lord’s Supper, we influence and direct the worship of the entire congregation and should be careful not to disrupt the incense of adoration being raised up to the Lord. Before we share we should ask ourselves: does this reveal something about His character? Does this cause us to remember or revisit what He did for us? How does this refine our understanding of Him?

I encourage you to check out the entire post over at assemlbyHUB.

Link: How NOT to Break Bread

 

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Should Local Assemblies Have Recognized Elders?

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Brother Gary McBride has an excellent post today on the assemblyHUB blog entitled Should We Have Elders Today? In his article brother Gary outlines why he believes local assemblies (churches) should have elders. He supports his position by looking at relevant scriptures passages and by exploring a few real life considerations.

While this topic may seem strange– most Protestant church groups practice some form of eldership and the New Testament seems to clearly teach eldership– there are some groups who hold to the teaching that elders are not for today.

Gary writes in part:

The premise of this article is that the office was introduced at the beginning of this age and is applicable for the whole period. In the epistles there are at least six references to elders. The references are as follows: Philippians 1:1, 1Timothy 3:1-7; 5:17-20; Titus 1:5-9; James 5:14; and 1Peter 5:1-4. To these could be added Acts 20:17 and 28, though Acts is narrative and not necessarily normative. Paul is giving a discourse that includes doctrine. There are also four verses that reference those who rule or who are in authority: 1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13; and Hebrews 13:7, 17.

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A plurality in leadership, elders or overseers is the most likely expectation of the reader of the New Testament. Most individuals reading through the Bible would assume that the pattern seen and the topic spread thoughout the New Testament would be visible today. It may be true that the church in the Western world is far from the simplicity and spirituality of the early church, but that is not necessarily true in the entire world. In addition, there is no scripture either stated or implied that indicates the office of elder is to cease.

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Experientially I have found that with or without recognition someone has to take leadership. Regardless of the size of the assembly and the mechanics of decision making, someone or a plurality has to take the lead. In assemblies without designated elders either the majority of the men take leadership or only certain men are invited to be in leadership. It seems to me that in many ways it is merely a matter of semantics – there are men in leadership but the word “elders” is not used.

I encourage you to read Gary’s full article here.

 

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The Headcovering – Redux

I’m pleasantly surprised that my recent post concerning headship and it’s symbolic practice generated some buzz on various social media sites– which translated into a greater than usual number of page views.

 

 

If you are interested in this topic here are some resources that I have found helpful….

As always, be a good Berean!

 

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The Headcovering – It’s Not Just An Assembly Thing [updated]


 

 

If you were to visit my church on a Sunday morning one of the first things you would probably notice is that the sisters have their heads covered, and the brothers have their heads uncovered. If you are not accustomed to this practice you would probably wonder why.

One might think it is simply based on longstanding tradition and not on God’s Word. The practice, however, is based on 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 and other related passages that deal with the subject of headship.

I find it interesting that as many assemblies move away from the symbolic practice of headship there is a growing rediscovery of this truth and practice in other congregations.

By way of example I have posted the above video. The accompanying sermon notes can be found here.

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Video credit:
Published on May 13, 2014
Dr. Carlton C. McLeod, Senior Founding Pastor
Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake
740 Great Bridge Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23323
www.crcchesapeake.org

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6.6.2014 13:12 EST update

This is a follow up video from Dr. Carlton C. McLeod:

 

 

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Like this post? See a follow up post: The Headcovering – Redux

 

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Jottings – Worship and Relationship

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On Matthew 23:5-12 – “The New People of God have one Teacher, the Christ; one level, all are brethren; one Father before whom all bow, the Father in heaven; and one measure of greatness, that of being servants who humble themselves in service. This is a remarkable outline of worship and relationship in the ekklēsia, among those called by Christ to be His disciples.”

 

Myron S. Augsburger, Matthew, The Preacher’s Commentary Series, Vol. 24, ed. Lloyd J. Ogilvie. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc, 1982), p. n/a.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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1 Corinthians 5:9-13 Christians- Be Careful Who Your Friends Are

 

 

“I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 KJV

 

Paul is still discussing in this section the purity of the local church but as a by-product he talks about who Christians have as their friends.

It’s an important lesson. Hope it helps you.

 

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This is the 32nd video in a series of teaching videos on the book of First Corinthians.

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1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Churches Should Be Pure

 

 

“Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 KJV

 

Does it really matter if one member of a church commits a moral sin? Surely as long as most people are ok, the church is ok. That is not what the Bible teaches.

Watch this one to see how one person’s sin can affect a whole church.

 

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This is the 31st video in a series of teaching videos on the book of First Corinthians.

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The Apostles Song

Last week my wife and I had the privilege of teaching the children’s morning class during Greenwood Hills Camp & Conference Center’s annual 3rd Family Conference. Because of the children’s enthusiasm to learn more of God’s Word we always enjoy working with young people.

This year we introduced the children to a simple, new song that they really loved to sing. So I thought you might like to learn this song as well and if you work with Children give it a try!

It is called “The Apostles Song” and is sung to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me.”

        Jesus called them one by one, Peter, Andrew, James and John,
        Next came Philip, Thomas, too, Matthew and Bartholomew.

                (Chorus)
                Yes, Jesus called them, Yes, Jesus called them,
                Yes, Jesus called them, The Bible tells me so.

        James the one they called the less, Simon, also Thaddeus,
        The twelfth apostle Judas made, Jesus was by him betrayed.

                (Chorus)

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1 Corinthians 5:1-5 — Sexual Sin and Discipline

 

 

“It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 5:1-5 KJV

 

Things are really hotting up in this letter. Paul deals with incest in the Church. The local church elders and members had ignored it but God calls Paul to spell out what should have happened and what they now need to do to rectify matters. Scary stuff! Not too far from the reality of the world we live in!

These were hard recordings. I trust I have dealt with them properly and that the Lord will bless His word.

 

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This is the 30th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of First Corinthians.

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