Pastor Geoff answers the question: "What if a pastor/elder continues in sin?" What if a pastor does not repent of a known sin and brings reproach on Christ, no longer lives a blameless/above-reproach life?
How should this situation be handled with a pastor/elder who persists in sin?
The Bible, in 1 Timothy 5:20, provides clear biblical help in this situation.
PODCAST: What if my kids don’t like our Church?
A few encouragements...
Pray — seek the elders’ help and encouragement and prayer
Persevere — keep enduring and persevering patiently and prayerfully
Inquire — for help/encouragement/accountability
Engage — even more in ministry life
Capitalize — use it as opportunity to shepherd them on what a local church is to be/do
Pastor Geoff provides some pastoral counsel to someone who may ask: What if my church isn't evangelizing?
1. Be praying.
2. Be communicating (with your pastors)
3. Be initiating (start)
4. Be developing (find someone and bring them with you
5. Be hoping (many may be evangelizing yore not aware of -- moms, family worship, work, etc)
6. Be conversing (about gospel conversations you have. Share this with others)
The doctrine of the Bible is sorely attacked by many in our day -- not only from outside the church but also from *inside* the church.
But what was Jesus' view of Scripture? How did He view the Word of God?
INFALLIBLE (cannot be broken) - John 10.35
USEFUL (have you not read...)
KNOWABLE (Mark 12.10 - have you not even read)
SUFFICIENT - Luke 4 - temptations (fought Satan with Scripture)
RELEVANT -- he used it in communication (Matt 19 - divorce; Deut)
TRANSFORMING --- John 7.38 - whoever believes, from his innermost being will come rivers of living water
GOD-BREATHED -- God's very words: Has not GOD said (Matt 15.4)
Since this is Jesus' own view of Scripture, let us recover and wholeheartedly embrace this high view of God's Word and trust everything it says -- from beginning to end.
"What Is Marriage & Is Yours As Good As It Could Be?"
Pastor Geoff shows from Psalm 51 what true repentance looks like. He practically takes the enduring truth from God's Word and specifically applies it to various life situations today so that we can learn how to repent and be reconciled to Christ.
Defining what a local church is - podcast
Defining the church
Who enters/how to enter the church
Who is the church
the marks of the church
the Governance of the church
the ordinances of the church
membership in the church
protection of the church (church discipline)
the mission of the church
the culmination of the church
A final plea to intentional involvement and sacrificial love in your local church.