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And He Himself gave some to be....evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ...
- Ephesians 4:11-12

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Pastor - Providence Reformed Baptist Church
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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Seven Marks of a Sound Church (continued)

TIME in the Word - Daily Devotional
Introduction for the Week

Seven Marks of a Sound Church
Selected Scriptures


This week we will conclude our examination of the Seven Marks of a Sound Church as well as investigate what the Bible has to say about the responsibilities and duties for pastors and elders within the church.

On Monday and Tuesday we will cover Marks #6 and #7:

6. Discipline of the membership is Biblically administered - 1 Cor.5:10-13; Mat.18:15-17

7. Church government and leadership as instituted by the Apostles is established - Acts 14:23, 6:2-3; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9

On Wednesday we will take a look at the purpose(s) for the New Testament Church. And Thursday and Friday we will delve into the Roles and Duties of Pastors.

I have given a format for family worship or private devotions which includes a verse for the day, study of the Puritan Catechism, time in the Word, devotional thoughts, daily readings from a sermon by Charles H. Spurgeon titled The First Christmas Carol from Luke 2:14, recommended Scriptures for further study and meditation, and recommended songs to sing to God’s glory.

The hymns are taken from our church hymnal, "The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration". Note for Church Members: If you do not have this hymnal at home, you are encouraged to take one home from church for use during the week. These hymns appear in most hymnals available today and the words are also listed in the links provided for musical accompaniment at the Cyber Hymnal.


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