FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, Pastor of Summit Church (Raleigh-Durham, NC), "How can a church know it is on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?"
It is clear that men and women need each other if they are to accomplish the task God gave humanity to fill and subdue the earth, bringing glory to God in the process.
Brokenness is our condition; wholeness is our goal.
What advice would you give a young couple struggling with family worship?
The church must always bear witness to the risen Christ.
While God’s will in particular circumstances may seem very unclear, God has already stated clearly in his word his desire to use us to glorify his name and spread his gospel to the nations.
Whether a fly is in your face or a dove is on your shoulder, keep preaching and keep praying.
FTC.co asks Dan Darling, Vice President for Communications, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "Should pastors write? Why or why not?"
How can a church know it is on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?
One mark of a truly gospel-centered pastor is the willingness to be seen as a complete fool, so long as Christ is honored.
The Bible itself describes our lives as vapors that vanish quickly. We must recognize today that we are not promised tomorrow.
Preaching the gospel with creativity and novelty is nothing to celebrate when it comes at the expense of the truth.
The pastor doesn’t take a poll to see what people want to hear. He reads the Word and gives people what they need to hear.
When you join a local church, you’re committing to helping other covenant members faithfully follow Jesus.
What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?
Pastors, let your church know they should listen to your sermons with one ear to the pulpit and one ear to the heavens.
In the midst of it all, brothers and sisters, do not forget to follow up with those the Lord has providentially guided to your church on any given Sunday.
Discipline can be exercised in unloving ways, but Hebrews reminds us that discipline is, in fact, a mark of God’s love
Until pastors discover and embrace their identity in Christ they will keep trying to find their identity in their position, their preaching, their persona, and their programs.
Singing at church should be passionate but never devoid of Biblical truth and teaching.
What are some key components to discipling young men?
As my Father takes me down life’s uncertain roads, I pray he will help me to respond by trusting him.
When you see Jesus correctly, the right response is fear.
But this thing is far too hard without the Father’s love coursing through me. The truth is that I don’t love like he does.
It isn’t wrong to have strong opinions. It is wrong to hold so tightly to these beliefs that we dismiss and destroy our neighbors.
What leadership qualities are needed in transitioning a church to greater gospel-centrality?
As pastors, we are vulnerable to paint ourselves as victims on the one hand or to become bullies or crooks or adulterers on the other.
The commitments the Bible illustrates for us are for our good. They are not to shackle us to burdens or to place weight.
It can be a monumental challenge to stomach the obscurity that comes from consistent “decrease,” but it’s part of every pastor’s journey.
The Enemy of our souls and our sinful flesh has a way of adding terrible fuel to the raging fires of shame.
The human spirit, to be healthy as God intended it to be, cannot veg-out inside our bodies with its feet kicked up.
True expository preaching strives to be faithful to the text and clear in the presentation.
No, the answer, if there is one, isn’t to heap another burden onto the weary. It is, instead, to look to Jesus for our rest.
Principles of interpretation are what stand behind your approach to a text.
FTC.co asks Nathan Finn, Dean of The School of Theology and Missions at Union University, "What kind of books should pastors read?"
What are some key things churches can do to influence the culture for Christ?
God disciplines his people so that they learn not to rely on themselves and run after other gods, but to seek all and find all in him.
Pastor, give yourself to sound doctrine and make much of it from now on. If you cannot do this, resign.
Jesus has come and he is ushering in Eden day-by-day.
Our culture is not only opposed at present to the gospel. It is opposed to the very concept of reality itself.
While God’s Word does condemn all sexual sin, it also offers healing and forgiveness from all sexual sin.
Before I am anything else, I am a man who has been saved and sustained by the God of the gospel.
His identity was not connected with those to whom he was commissioned; rather, his identity was connected to the one who commissioned him.
There is something powerful about having the profound glories of almighty God brought to bear in a palpable way.
What people need the most is a renewed perspective that hinges on a kingdom that is not of this world.
What does Gospel-Centered teaching sound like?
If you want to consider theological education, you must first consider if you are in Christ at all.
FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, TX: "What should a pastor do when his church is tired of hearing the Gospel?"
Laypeople have no biblical warrant to leave the duty of doctrine up to pastors and professors alone.
What can a young pastor do to start cultivating a healthy legacy?