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What Is an Evangelist?

Only three verses in the NT in use the title “evangelist”: “On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him” (Acts 21:8 ESV); “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and […]

Can a Pastor, Deacon, or Their Wives Be Divorced and Remarried?

The titled question is difficult to answer. When divorce happens, there has been a failure and breakdown somewhere by one or both people in a marriage. Tears, frustration, and pain are the result. Nonetheless, each church has to answer this question for itself, and below is the answer by me for my own church on […]

Receiving Those Who Are for Us: the Thoughts of a Pastor of an Independent Church

Our church has been recently going through the end of Mark 9. Jesus teaches us to receive His people, whatever their social standing may be (Mark 9:37). We are not stop others from serving Him even though their context is different from our own (9:39–41), and we greatly sin if we reject other believers and […]

Apostles: A Wrap-up

My graduation and a number of church matters busied me away from a series on apostles, and this post will be a final few thoughts on the matter for now. The NT gives requirements for what it is to be an apostle (see here and here), and Paul’s description of himself helps to explain his apostleship as well. It is […]

Congregational Authority (Part 3)

I’ve given two points in support of congregational authority thus far in this mini-series. First, the congregation is involved in the selection and election of deacons and elders. Second, the congregation chooses individuals for specific tasks, sends them on their way, and holds them accountable for their ministries This third and final point is somewhat […]

Was Barnabas an Apostle?

Was Barnabas an apostle? This question is important because it is related to the larger question of whether or not apostles exist today. If the NT gave a pattern of apostles being added to the original Twelve (and Paul), could there be apostles today? I explained in previous posts that the Twelve and Paul had […]

The Apostleship of the Apostle Paul: One Untimely Born

Over the last couple of weeks, I examined Acts 1:21–26 for the requirements laid out by the early church for one be an apostle (part 1, part 2). The three such requirements were as follows: 1. An apostle followed Jesus during His entire earthly ministry from His baptism by John to His ascension into heaven (Acts 1:21–22a). […]

Congregational Authority (part 1)

There are several examples from Scripture that demonstrate the fact that congregations exercise authority over certain matters. For my own sake, I have divided a number of these examples into three categories. Here is the first of those categories with the passages that give it support.1 (1) The congregation chooses individuals for specific tasks, sends […]

Some Thoughts on From Embers to a Flame

Some time ago, I posted an article summarizing Harry Reeder’s biblical basis for church revitalization. This is a follow-up article I wrote for my church bulletin. — Our church has been studying a number of topics in God’s Word through the help of From Embers to a Flame (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2008), a book by Harry Reeder, […]

Elders, Deacons, and Congregation – A Biblical Understanding of Congregational Church Governement

We  recently went through 1 Timothy 3:1-13 during Sunday mornings at my church, and Kevin Bauder has been writing some articles on church government that I found helpful in my preparation for each Sunday. Click the titles below for each article. Did They Vote? Who Selected Elders? Elders Rule! But Congregations Decide