Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Faith — August 21, 2018
Simple Church — August 20, 2018

Simple Church

On Sunday, many go hear their pastor as part of his congregation.

In contrast, I am part of a participatory congregation that ministers – pastorally and otherwise – one to another …

Without the distraction of those solo and monologue “pastor” things others do.

Interestingly, churches in the New Testament did fine without them also.

Simple Faith — August 19, 2018

Simple Faith

There’s nothing entertaining …

About authentic worship as the New Testament actually defines it.

Because worship in the New Testament means serving God with lives of humble obeisance and steadfast obedience.

Which is why authentic worship among many “churches” and “believers” …

Is so rare today.

Simple Church — August 18, 2018
Simple Truth — August 17, 2018
Simple Love — August 16, 2018

Simple Love

Guys in jail often ask me how to find a good church when they get out.

I tell them that if they visit a couple of times on Sunday and no one ever invites them home to share friendship and a meal together, move on …

It’s just a meeting, not a church.

Simple Virtue — August 15, 2018

Simple Virtue

When people say “worship” today …

They mean reverent singing.

When the New Testament says “worship” …

It means reverent obedience.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the former.

It has its place, when done as the New Testament actually says …

But not as a substitute or new definition for the latter.

That was never God’s intent.

Simple Church — August 14, 2018
Simple Church — August 13, 2018
Simple Faith — August 12, 2018
Simple Truth — August 11, 2018
Simple Faith — August 10, 2018
Simple Truth — August 9, 2018
Simple Faith — August 8, 2018

Simple Faith

Jesus never told people they were saved by asking him into their heart …

But through faith to submit to his Kingdom rule by doing his Father’s will.

That’s called repenting.

Those who proclaim anything less …

Are preaching a lie.

Simple Church — August 7, 2018

Simple Church

How we measure “church” success:

Ministry by one gifted man who attracts fifty others to his “service” each Sunday morning …

That’s nice.

Ministry by one gifted man who attracts hundreds …

Now you’re talkin’!

Ministry by one gifted man who attracts thousands …

Mega success!!

How the New Testament measures church success:

Believers who gather together as a community, with each using their gifts …

For ministry one to another.

Simple Discipleship — August 6, 2018

Simple Discipleship

The me-centered, contrived intensity that many call “worship” these days …

Is an affront to God’s holiness.

True worship is living lives of obeisance and obedience to Him on His terms …

Rather than pursuing our own concepts of Him to feed our own insecurities.

Simple Truth — August 5, 2018
Simple Truth — August 4, 2018
Simple Faith — August 3, 2018

Simple Faith

It’s ironic how some think that elevating Christ as the Living Word …

Means discounting His written Word of Scripture.

Is Christ divided?

He’s all or nothing …

Because there is no pick-and-choose Jesus.

Simple Faith — August 2, 2018

Simple Faith

A “relationship” with a purely subjective Jesus, apart from His plenary authority of Scripture as His written Word …

Leads to inauthentic faith.

Likewise, “truth” from the plenary authority of Scripture without Jesus alive in us …

Also leads to an inauthentic faith.

Each extreme – born of an endless cycle of reaction to the other – chronicles two tragic trends of Church history.

Unfortunately, we still see these extremes all too evident today.

Authentic faith embraces the fulness of Christ:

Both His Person …

And what He has revealed in His written Word of Scripture.

Yet where my subjective perception of Him parts with His written self-disclosure, objective precepts and propositional truths of Scripture …

I must yield to Scripture.

There can be no maturity in Christ apart from these essentials.

Simple Faith — August 1, 2018

Simple Faith

Salvation isn’t about “asking Jesus into your heart”.

There’s nothing in the New Testament which says that.

Rather, it’s about repenting and submitting to His Kingdom …

On His terms, not ours.

In the final day …

It’s the only Gospel that counts.

Simple Church — July 31, 2018

Simple Church

There are no “worship leaders” in the New Testament.

Nope, not, nada.

In fact, the very concept is utterly missing from “church” and “worship” as actually taught in the New Testament.

Why is that?

Could it be that our notions of “church” and “worship” are more about post-Biblical presumptions …

Than what God actually says in His written Word?

Simple Church — July 30, 2018

Simple Church

Functional, sustainable ekklesia is impossible …

Among those who reject God’s plenary authority of Scripture as His revealed, transcendent and propositional truth.

It’s like cats trying to herd themselves.

Simple Church — July 29, 2018

Simple Church

Someone asked if I believe in women clergy.

No way, no how!

But then again, I don’t believe in men clergy either. 😉

Seriously, there is no clergy/laity divide in the New Testament.

Instead, we are ALL commanded to submit one to another as we minister to each other …

No matter the level of grace, differing function or diverse gifts we’ve been given.

Simple Faith — July 28, 2018