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Characteristics of a Thriving Church
Written by Benjamin C. Winslett   
Thursday, 28 November 2013 18:57

 

The past 100 years have not been kind to the Primitive Baptists in regards to total membership and number of churches. Rather than growing, or even holding our own, churches have often declined in number, some even to death, and the average age of those in our congregations has steadily increased leaving few to replace departing saints at the end of their respective lives. Supposedly, in an era in which the population of our country increased by over 300 million, our numbers decreased by half.

 

This is not exclusively a PB problem. In the largest denomination in North Alabama, the Southern Baptists, nearly 9 out of 10 youths (88%) leave the church as they enter college.i While some mega-churches seem to go against this trend, average attendance in the nation's largest denominations is on the decline. ii Spirituality in America is greatly shifting for the worse.

 

 

I am reminded of the words of a friend who once remarked “Never show me the statistics!” Indeed. But, but rather than be the proverbial ostrich with my head firmly placed in the sand, I hope I will heed the words of Haggai the prophet and “consider my ways.” iii

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Seven Gifts in the Church
Written by Michael Ivey   
Friday, 22 November 2013 19:47

In 1Co 12 Paul identified several gifts, some of which were sign gifts which were unique to the first century church, such as the miraculous ability to speak a foreign language without any prior knowledge of the language. In Eph 2:20 Paul distinguished the foundational gifts of prophets and apostles which were also unique to the first century church. In Eph 4:11 he identified the ministerial gifts of evangelist and pastor/teacher which yet exist. In Ro 12 Paul identified seven additional gifts which are yet found in the church. They are prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, ruling, and showing mercy. The context of Ro 12 indicates that these gifts are not restricted by church office. They are found among the membership in general. He makes no distinction as to the value of one category of gift over another, indicating that the gifts are given as a measure of God's grace. He suggests that not every member has every gift and also notes that there are different administrations of the same gifts. That is, the use or application of the same gift may be different from one person to the next. Paul tells us that gifts are to be used in proportion to one's faith. From this we may conclude that God directs the proper use of gifts. The numerous administrations and operations of these seven gifts attend to the physical, emotional and, to a certain degree, spiritual necessities of church members. There is no circumstance of essential physical or emotional need that, from a godly perspective, cannot be addressed by the various ministrations of one or more of the gifts.

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Why Do Primitive Baptists Rebaptize
Written by Michael Ivey   
Friday, 22 November 2013 08:54

“One Lord, one faith, one baptism” -Ephesians 4:5

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Update from the Philippines after the Super Typhoon
Written by Dan Delmo   
Saturday, 09 November 2013 16:22

If you are not aware, there was a super typhoon which reaped destruction throughout the islands of the Philippines this week. There have been reports of thousands of floating bodies in the aftermath of these storms. God has many children in this land. Among them, are some who worship as we do. Regardless, pray for His mercy on this afflicted people and consider donating to recovery causes from such organizations who provide relief. - Editor

 

UPDATES FROM THE PHILIPPINES by Dan Delmo

I am writing this for the sake of our American PB brethren, as well as for those PBs all over the world, who have expressed their concern over our condition after the super typhoon. PBs are scattered all over the country, but the typhoon hit the strongest in the central part. We are located hundreds of kilometers from that area. Our region has already been declared under the state of calamity. The city where we live has not really suffered major casualties; however, in remote areas like the outskirts and smaller islands, the destruction was unimaginable. The reports about floating corpses in the water are true.


There are a few PBs in that area, but we have not received any updates from them up to this moment since the telecommunication system and electricity are down and might take weeks or a month to be restored. We are happy about how our local goverment has responded to the situation, especially in the distribution of provision among the worst hit areas.


On a personal note, what CNN had to say about Filipinos was really encouraging, but the prayers offered to God by our PB brethren on your side of the planet for us are much more heartwarming, encouraging, and edifying.


The mighty hand of the Lord was upon us during the storm. He, indeed, is our refuge and present help!


I'll do my best to keep you all posted. May God bless us all.

 
Reclaiming the Community of the Church
Written by Michael Ivey   
Saturday, 09 November 2013 09:32

Editor's note: We live in a culture that is lacking community. This lack of community in America has bled over into churches and has created the mentality of Sunday club Christianity instead of a community of believers. We now prefer the impersonal outlets of social media over personal daily ministry and fellowship with Christians. In this article, Elder Mike Ivey details the ever growing problem of our impersonal compartmentalizing culture and the real solutions found in the word of God.

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Bible Rules For Bible Study
Written by Vernon Johnson   
Monday, 28 October 2013 14:59


A study of the scriptures is a most noble undertaking. It was said of the Bereans in Ac 17:11, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word will all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” As we begin a study of the scriptures it is important that we know that there are rules or principles the scriptures give us to study by. By using these rules or principles we will come to increase our knowledge of the scriptures and be able to correct any errors in our own knowledge base as well as discuss and reason biblically any differences of understanding we may encounter with our fellow Christian travelers.

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Unfathomable Love
Written by Josh Winslett   
Sunday, 20 October 2013 21:23

As unfathomable as God's love is in quality, it is equally unfathomable in quantity and duration.

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The Five Phases of Salvation
Written by Gus Harter   
Saturday, 12 October 2013 08:42

 

This was taken from a pamphlet written by Elder Gus Harter, with minor editing.

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