Mark Dever

I cannot recomend highly enough the book: The Trellis and The Vine" if you are interested in seeing your church turned around into a true Disciplemaking Church, where people are mentoring others in their Christian life and service.  Please watch this video recommendation from Pastor Mark Dever of Capital Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C.:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfg9z7jsbKw *|YOUTUBE:Yfg9z7jsbKw|* see also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]

Understanding the Big Picture Options of Eschatology and its relationship to Ecclesiology

This chart of mine is used to explain the overall landscape of the relationship Ecclesiology (doctrine of the church) to Eschatology (Doctrine of last things or end times).  Along the spectrum of Ecclesological position that people take today is Classical Covenant Theology (CCT) at one end and Classical Dispensational theology (CDT) at the other end (CCT---------------------------------------CDT), with several options in the middle (one of which is New Covenant Theology (what is what I currently hold at leas in one the various branches).  All sides would claim that they hold to a literal interpretation of the Bible.   To help one understand this a little better one needs to know how that Ecclesiastical position: defines the people of God throughout time  places the covenants (both biblical and theological) in relationship to each other, and  especially the relationship between the the church with respect to Israel.   In Classical Covenant Theology (held by some church fathers - … [Read more...]

Eschatology + Ecclesiology Equation is a Big Variable in Your Biblical Theology

The chart below is used to explain the overall landscape of the relationship Ecclesiology (doctrine of the church) to Eschatology (Doctrine of last things or end times).  Along the spectrum of Ecclesological position that people take today is Classical Covenant Theology (CCT) at one end and Classical Dispensational theology (CDT) at the other end (CCT---------------------------------------CDT), with several options in the middle (one of which is New Covenant Theology (what is what I currently hold to).  Both sides would claim that they hold to a literal interpretation of the bible. Chart Link:Understanding the Big picture of Eschatology and its relationship to Ecclesiology v 2 - Powered by Google Docs To help one understand this a little better one needs to know how that Ecclesiastical position  defines the people of God throughout time  places the covenants (both biblical and theological) in relationship to each other, and  especially the relationship between the the church with … [Read more...]

Eschatology + Ecclesiology

Does the following chart that I have created trying to show the relationship between how you see the Relationship between the OT and NT and the relationship between the church and Israel, communicate the alternatives that one could hold to well?Understanding the Big picture of Eschatology and its relationship to Ecclesiology v 2 - Powered by Google Docssee also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]

Pragmatism: Modernism Recycled

Pragmatism: Modernism Recycled: "(By John MacArthur)Is Pragmatism Really a Serious Threat? I am convinced that pragmatism poses precisely the same subtle threat to the church in our age that modernism represented nearly a century ago.Modernism was a movement that embraced higher criticism and liberal theology while denying nearly all the supernatural aspects of Christianity. But modernism did not first surface as an overt attack on orthodox doctrine. The earliest modernists seemed concerned primarily with interdenominational unity. They were willing to downplay doctrine for that goal, because they believed doctrine was inherently divisive and a fragmented church would become irrelevant in the modern age. To heighten Christianity's relevance, modernists sought to synthesize Christian teachings with the latest insights from science, philosophy, and literary criticism.Modernists viewed doctrine as a secondary issue. They emphasized brotherhood and experience and de-emphasized doctrinal … [Read more...]

Articles | I Will Build My Church (the challenge of church planting) | Phillip Jensen

I appreciate this article on Church planting by Phillip JensenI Will Build My Church (the challenge of church planting) by Phillip Jensen Perhaps it is because whenever we read the verse, we think of claims to papal power and the need to prove that Peter was not the first pope. Whatever the reason, we often forget the other more positive side of Matthew 16:18.“I will build my church.”This is a momentous statement, for it describes Jesus’ program for the future. At this point in Matthew’s Gospel, the storm clouds are gathering. In the very next paragraph Jesus tells his disciples for the first time about the violent death that awaits him. But Jesus’ vision for the future goes beyond his death. The big plan is to build his church—to gather his people from all over the world to himself.In the rest of the New Testament, we see this grand purpose begin to be realised. As the disciples scatter throughout the Roman Empire, they take the gospel of Jesus with them. They preach it, and churches … [Read more...]

A Paradigm for Unity

http://dev.leaderu.com/isot/docs/enjoygod/chapter1.html What Christianity is All About How to Know and Enjoy Godby Dr. Alan K. Scholes Chapter 1: Our Approach:Convictions, Persuasions, and Opinions see also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]

The Trellis and the Vine Workshops

I would greatly recommend the The Trellis and the Vine Worshops for any pastor, Elder, or church leader who wants to help their church to develope a good infrastructure for Disciplemaking.see also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]