Listen as Pastor Matt explains how Col. 2:11-12 proves that Baptism is not the New Testament counterpart of Old Testament Circumcision. We lose a lot when we misunderstand the nature of the New Covenant and the role of the Church in pursuing regenerate church membership. A pure church is a powerful church! May we minister […]
Many times baptism is treated as a cute little rite of passage, but baptism is a big deal. With baptism comes covenant commitments where the candidate is brought under the protection, provision, and authority of the Church. Listen as Pastor Matt preaches a baptismal charge to four baptismal candidates encouraging them to count the costs […]
Last week we looked at how Jesus is the final revelation of God and how that baptism communicates our intention to immerse ourselves in His teaching and obey His commands. But what about out guilt? Listen as Pastor Matt explains how baptism also points to the completed work of Christ who died to pay the […]
Mt 28:19-20 Go therefore & make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father & the Son & the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you. These verses contain only one command; Make disciples. Going, baptizing, & teaching are all participles which indicate that they […]
In our last two sermons on Philippians 2:14-15 we saw how eliminating grumbling and disputing 1)Alters our sinful practices and motives, and 2) how it Adorns the Gospel in the midst of the unconverted. In this last sermon in this series Pastor Matt shows from the text how that the church should also be motivated […]
Open communion, close communion, closed communion; we’ve heard so many arguments, but what do the Scriptures say? Listen as Pastor Matt leads a dialogue designed to prepare the hearts of the saints at Maynardville Fellowship to FINALLY partake of the table as we receive members for the first time since being sent out from Basswood […]
Last week Pastor Matt made a case for church discipline, and briefly connected church discipline to the Lord’s Supper. But how can that be? What role does the church play in deciding whether or not an individual takes communion? Doesn’t the bible simply say that a man should examine himself (I Corinthians 11:28)? Follow along […]
You have probably heard of church discipline, but doesn’t it seem harsh and mean spirited; perhaps even self-righteous and pharisaical? Isn’t everyone a sinner? Who is to say that one person’s sin is worse than another’s? But the question must be, is church discipline biblical? If it is, then, how is it not self righteous […]
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Is church membership Biblical?