How should the body of Christ take care of each other? According to Acts chapter 2, we’re designed to demonstrate our love for Jesus through acts of compassion and generosity. On Truth For Life, Alistair Begg calls this one of Seven Marks of an Effective Church.
What makes a church effective? Is it having a functional building, excellent worship music, a vibrant youth program or a teaching ministry? Our answers may vary, but the burgeoning church in the book of Acts clearly provides us with seven elements to which every church should strive. These marks include: The Apostle’s Teaching, Fellowship, The Sacraments, Prayer, Mutual Care, Worship, and Continuous Evangelism.
No church will ever master all of these elements, but they should be the marks to which church leaders are guiding their people. Is your church on the right course? If you're searching for a church in which to be involved, then these are the elements the early church displayed and should be the marks for which we look in an effective church.
The truth was in Gaius, and Gaius walked in the truth. If the first had not been the case, the second could never have occurred; and if the second could not be said of him, the first would have been a mere pretense. Truth must enter into the soul, penetrate and saturate it, or else it is of no value.Doctrines held as a matter of creed are like bread in the hand, which provides no nourishment to the body; but ...
It’s easy to become distracted and overwhelmed by the trouble in our world. Court decisions, refugees, and hostile governments can cause us to wonder if God is still in charge. Yet similar struggles have always existed and this brand new study from Alistair Begg in the book of Daniel reminds us that God sets up and removes earthly leaders, and His sovereignty reigns supreme from day to day, and from age to age.