Aug 13, 2014
This article originally appeared on the Gospel Coalition Website. It's hard to deny that homosexual marriage appears to be a foregone conclusion in America. This is a frightening prospect not only for those of us who understand marriage to be a testimony of the relationship between Christ and his bride, the church, but also for all who value the family and its contribution to the well-being of society and human thriving. And while it's difficult to watch a coordinated, well-funded, well-connected propaganda strategy undermine thousands of years of human history, it's especially disconcerting to witness the use ...
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May 18, 2014
Part 8 of a 9-week series on basic presuppositional apologetics. Pastor Stephen gives his view on how we can reconcile the existence of God with the existence of evil.
May 11, 2014
Part 7 of an 9-week series on basic presuppositional apologetics. Pastor Stephen discusses a myriad of different explanations of evil in the world that Christians have tried to make, but saves the best view for next week.
May 4, 2014
Apr 27, 2014
Part 5 of an 9-week series on basic presuppositional apologetics. Mr. Wright lists expounds on several of the most common arguments for God's existence:• The Moral argument• The Epistemological argument• The Teleological argument• The Cosmological Argument• The Ontological Argument• The Transcendental Argument
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 16, 2014
Church Family, I have talked during the service and prayer meetings as well as individually with many of you about our church planting work. This next Sunday April 20th will be our last Lord's Day worship with you, our dear brothers and sisters in Christ at GFBC (as members at least...we do plan on visiting and keeping up!). April 27th I will be preaching at West Oaks Baptist Church and then on May 4th we will have an official joining of our church-plant group to that body as they reconstitute and we join together under a new Covenant ...
Apr 13, 2014
Apr 5, 2014
Each Sunday, GfBC quotes a small portion of a catechism or creed during the service. This month, we will begin walking through the Heidelberg Catechism. The following is a short history of this catechism: I. History. Soon after the introduction of Protestantism into the Palatinate in 1546, the controversy between Lutherans and Calvinists broke out, and for years, especially under the elector Otto Heinrich (1556-59), it raged with great violence in Heidelberg. Frederick III, who came into power in 1559, adopted the Calvinistic view on the Lord's Supper, and favored that side with all his princely power. He reorganized ...
Mar 30, 2014
No matter how much evidence we lay down, a person can always come up with a "rescuing device." Dr. Lisle explains that to correctly do apologetics we must attack a person's foundational presuppositions, and show them the inconsistencies of a naturalist worldview.
Mar 26, 2014
Dr. Jason Lisle uses a plethora of fields of science to confirm creationism and deny secularism. These fields include genetics, information study, paleontology, and geology. As Director of Research, Dr. Lisle leads ICR’s gifted team of scientists who continue to investigate and demonstrate the evidence for creation. He graduated summa cum laudefrom Ohio Wesleyan University where he double-majored in physics and astronomy and minored in mathematics. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Colorado. Dr. Lisle specialized in solar astrophysics and has made a number of scientific discoveries regarding the ...
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Jan 27, 2014
After several years of searching, we are pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 papers for the new property located in Tomball, TX were signed. This process has taken over two years and has included many different places in which we were hopeful about building. The location of this property is very exciting as it will be close to both the Grand Parkway (scheduled completion in late 2015) and the proposed new Tomball Medical Parkway, giving quick access to anyone in the Houston Metro area. The close proximty to Hwy 249 and the short distance from GfBC's ...
Join Dr. Jason Lisle at GfBC on Wednesday, March 26th at 7:00 PM and again on Sunday, March 30th at 9:30 AM. As Director of Research, Dr. Lisle leads ICR’s gifted team of scientists who continue to investigate and demonstrate the evidence for creation. He graduated summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University where he double-majored in physics and astronomy and minored in mathematics. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Colorado. Dr. Lisle specialized in solar astrophysics and has made a number of scientific discoveries regarding the ...
Jan 26, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
Part 1 of a series explaining TULIP, an acronym representing the calvinistic view of soteriolgy. Pastor Stephen opens the series with a call to have a properly weighty view of God, and an exposition of several of the most important verses that reveal God's sovereignty in salvation.
Jan 12, 2014
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Dec 29, 2013
Part 34 of an exposition of systematic theology. Mr. Wright teaches on the belief that Roman Catholics, Mormons, and Baptists all believe in: the second coming of Christ. He gives several reasons why Christ has chosen to come to earth twice, rather than simply having taken his people home at the end of his first coming.
Dec 22, 2013
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Part 31 of an exposition of systematic theology. Mr. Brogden explains the Baptist view of Baptism, another means of Grace, teaching the history and flaws of paedobaptism, but more importantly the significance of this ordinance and what it teaches us about salvation.
Nov 24, 2013
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Part 28 of an exposition of systematic theology. Mr. Loyd explains the doctrine of the Sabbath day, establishing a proper understanding of what the Sabbath was in the Old Testament, and teaching us ways in which the Sabbath has changed in the New Covenant, so that we may properly observe this day.
Nov 3, 2013
Notes on Church Gov't & PowerPart 27 of an exposition of systematic theology. Pastor Stephen addresses the issue of church structure and government, listing the most common views on the subject, focusing on the eldership view, also known as Reformed Baptist Congregationalism.
Oct 21, 2013
Once a year Grace Family Baptist Church relocates to accomadate the congregation of the Seventh Day Adventist Church where we meet. We generally try and make that weekend coincide with the Semper Reformanda conference. However, this year we were unable to make those dates match. This Sunday—October 27, 2013—GfBC will meet at Hassler Elementary School located at 9325 Lochlea Ridge Dr, Spring, TX 77379. Because of this location change, our schedule will also be adjusted. There will be no 1689 or Sunday School classes. We will also NOT have our fellowship meal following the service. Our Worship service ...
Oct 20, 2013
Dr. James White gives a concise, scholarly apologetic for the historical reliability of the New Testament manuscripts, giving us the basic information we need to combat the argument that the New Testament is an unoriginal, erroneous document filled with translation error.
Oct 13, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
VBM IsraelDear Friends, Reading about the Grand Canyon and standing near the edge of it to gaze at its splendor are two different experiences. Similarly, walking in the very places we read about in the Scriptures is a unique, once in a lifetime experience. Imagine standing on Mount Olivet, the very place from which our Lord ascended, or riding a boat across the Sea of Galilee where he walked across the waters. Imagine kneeling in the Garden of Gethsemane and reading about our Lord praying with drops of blood on the night before his crucifixion. February 15-25, 2014 we will ...
Oct 6, 2013
Part 25 of an exposition of systematic theology. Mr. Brogden teaches about the doctrine of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, answering questions such as what it means to be baptized by the Spirit, whether we can have other experiences with the Spirit after regeneration, and how we should understand "second experience" narratives found in the Bible.
Sep 15, 2013
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Jul 20, 2013
Being a member in a local body includes many responsibilities and benefits. One of the greatest benefits is that of having a Elder/Pastor/Shepherd to watch over you and care for your spiritual well-being. But many people – including Elders – don't know what the Bible says about the responsibilities of Eldership. Listen to Pastor Thabiti Anybwile as he takes us through "The Responsibility of Elders".
Jul 12, 2013
What do you do when you have a theological disagreement with the leadership of your church? How do you handle a situation in which you have gained a new insight from scripture, but your church hasn't embraced it with you? How do you handle that type of problem without being divisive? Join Pastor Ken Jones as you helps people walk through the muddy waters of conflict between a laypersons understanding or beliefs, and that of the church leadership.
Jul 11, 2013
Michael Horton discusses the history of church membership at the Semper Reformanda Conference presented by Grace Family Baptist Church.
Jul 8, 2013
Dec 10, 2012
While preaching through the book of Revelation, we have mentioned the understanding of Progressive Parallelism. Here is a more full description of this hermeneutic from Anthony Hoekema. This is taken from a broader article that he wrote explaining chapter 20 verses 1-6 and the understanding of the Millenial reign. Here is a link to the full article: http://www.the-highway.com/amila_Hoekema.html The Interpretation of the Book of Revelation To see the background for the amillennial view of the millennium, we should first of all concern ourselves with the question of the interpretation of the book of Revelation. Let ...
Oct 18, 2012
One of the hallmarks of reformed theology is captured in the cry of Sola Scriptura! We recall from 2 Peter 1:3 that the Lord has given us all we need for life and godliness – and this applies no less to life in the local church than to the individual Christian. As we consider the various way local churches deploy the office of deacon, it is painfully apparent that many of us have lost sight of the completeness of the wisdom our Lord has provided us and the reason for it – that how we serve Him and one another would ...
Sep 19, 2012
Jun 7, 2012
The recent debate in the SBC (see here, here, here, and here) has stirred up a great deal of controversy. Questions about who signed the document, who wrote the document, and who opposes the document have filled the blogosphere and the “tweetosphere”. However, in all of this, there is a familiar refrain that simply will not subside. “Why all the labels?” some ask. “I don’t follow men; I follow Christ!” others exclaim. While still others blame the labels (not the doctrinal distinctives they represent) for the entire matter. But those bemoaning labels are guilty of begging the question. They ...
May 23, 2012
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By David Shiflet As elders of two autonomous reformed Baptist churches (Grace Family Baptist Church Spring & Grace Family Baptist Church Conroe), we’re very excited about one of the most tangible expressions of both our associational unity and also our shared commitment to the Great Commission, church planting. Our unified prayer is that the Lord of the harvest, the vine-dresser, will raise men up to labor faithfully in the fields He has prepared. In accordance with this vision, we have established the Grace Family Institute (GFI) for the purpose of training and equipping men for the work of Gospel ministry ...
Apr 23, 2012
Questions about the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, are nothing new to confessional and reformed churches. Our forefathers wrestled with many of the same questions we often receive, and in fact, the divines who wrote our Confession of Faith (2nd London Baptist Confession, 1689) included eight paragraphs to express the doctrine and practice necessary for a Biblical observance of the Lord’s Table. Our Baptist Confession tracks very nearly with The Westminster Confession of Faith, so among both Reformed Baptists and Presbyterians, widespread agreement exists on the mode, duties and significance of the Lord’s Table in the worship of ...
Apr 4, 2012
Doug Brown has joined a long list of pastors, professors, bloggers, theologians, and otherwise interested parties in writing a critique of the Family Integrated Church Movement (FICM).1 This critique comes from a “Fundamental Independent Baptist” perspective. His motivation is the fact that “The (FICM) is having a growing impact within fundamental Baptist churches.” Brown notes: Since the mid-1990s an increasing number of families within fundamental churches have gravitated toward the family-integrated approach. In addition, families entrenched in the movement have been drawn to fundamental churches because of their emphasis on Biblical preaching and conservatism.”2 And of course, like ...
Feb 29, 2012
Was one of Jesus’ apostles really crucified upside down? Which apostle gave his name to a type of cross? Why does that cross appear on the flag of a great nation today? How many of the apostles became martyrs? Did any of them die natural deaths? The answers to questions such as these add little to our understanding of the gospel, but they do intrigue us. Actually, we know little about most of the apostles, even the months they walked with Jesus. The New Testament gives scarcely more than the names of some of them; of others, only scanty bits ...
Feb 9, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
This past week a firestorm erupted over the recent “Elephant Room 2.” The controversy centers around the decision to invite Bishop T.D. Jakes to participate in the event. The central questions in the debate are 1) whether or not Bishop Jakes holds to the historic, orthodox doctrine of the Trinity, 2) whether it was appropriate to invite (and feature) him without first having clarified his position on this cardinal doctrine, and 3) whether he cleared up the matter. I was scheduled to speak at Harvest Bible Chapel on the weekend following ER2 which raised significant questions about my stance ...
Jan 16, 2012
"Voddie, because I have a great respect for you and your opinion I would really like to know why you are voting for Ron Paul ? I have not liked some of the things I have heard him say and I am wondering if I missed something?" -Pamela Wolfe (via Facebook Fan Page) Since posting a passing comment on my Facebook fan page about Ron Paul, I have been inundated with questions and concerns about my support of the Texas Congressman in the current Republican Primary race. In one of my many political posts (frequently, I post videos, news articles, etc ...
Jan 7, 2012
Voddie Baucham equips men to model and transfer God’s truth within their homes, covering topics that span from marriage and parenting to media habits and overcoming difficult family dynamics. Baucham recently sat down with Dane Ortlund to discuss his forthcoming new book, Family Shepherds. Watch the full video below, or jump ahead to one of these topics: 0:22 – Voddie shares why he wrote Family Shepherds 2:26 – TV’s portrayal of a man versus Scripture’s portrayal of a man 5:05 – The influence of Titus on Voddie’s writing 7:05 – What Voddie hopes will stick with ...
Dec 7, 2011
Dec 1, 2011
Family shepherds must know the difference between law and gospel. We must know the difference between committing ourselves to leadership in our families because it’s “right,” and looking to Christ as the Good Shepherd who, by his grace, will conform us to the will of his Father as we trust and obey him. We must also know the difference between condemning our family with the law and shepherding them with the gospel. We must know the difference between what the gospel requires and what the gospel produces. WHAT THE GOSPEL REQUIRESAll the gospel requires from us is repentance and ...
Nov 30, 2011
There is sometimes a tendency to prioritize our children to the neglect of our marriage. There are at least three reasons that make prioritizing our children over our marriage both foolish and dangerous: 1. Our children will eventually leave home. Prepare your marriage for the empty nest:To my knowledge, I’ve never talked to a person who divorced after twenty-five or thirty years who didn’t say something like this: “Once the kids were gone, we realized we really didn’t have much of a marriage.” Building a marriage on the foundation of the preeminence of children is like ...
Nov 7, 2011
Life’s Ultimate Questions Every human being who has ever lived or will ever live has asked, is asking or will ask four basic questions:Who am I? Why am I here? What is wrong with the world? and How can what is wrong be made right?While we may not say them, it is in the soul of every person to wrestle with these questions. Allow me to answer these questions first from the perspective of our culture and then from the perspective of the Bible. ANSWERS FROM OUR CULTURE Who am I? You are an accident. You are ...
Oct 14, 2011
At GfBC, we understand the responsibility that we have as Christians to care for the fatherless. God commands us in His word to, “Visit the fatherless...” and Matthew 28:19 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” We believe that adoption is not just about couples who want more children or cannot have their own; but also it is a way we can fulfil the Great Commission. It is a picture of the Gospel itself. We believe adoption at its core is evangelism ...
Sep 29, 2011
Once again we are coming up to our semi-annual meeting (Oct 26, 2011). We are asking our members to submit deacon nominations for this coming meeting. At the bottom of this page, you will find a nomination form. If you know someone whom you believe is qualified, talk with them and let them know you would like to nominate them for deacon. After discussing this with them, fill out the enclosed form and return it to the one of our elders. We will be presenting any nominations that we have on Sunday the 9th of October to give the church ...
Sep 28, 2011
Our men meet on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss reading assignments that have been given. The books below are what will be discussed at each meeting. 2011 Lifestyle Evaluation November 2nd The Tragedy of American Compassion by Marvin Olasky December 7th How Can I Change by CJ Mahaney Mortification of Sin by John Owen http://www.jesus.org.uk/vault/library/owen_mortification.pdf January 4th Worldviews in Conflict by Ronald Nash 2012 Family Evangelism/ Discipleship February 1st The Church and the Suprising Offense of God’s Love by Jonathan Leeman March 7th The Church and the Suprising ...
Sep 26, 2011
Lusaka, Zambia Grace Family Baptist Church has teamed up with Sola5 and Conrad Mbewe for several years. GFBC has taken trips to the annual Reformed Conference in Lusaka and Pastor Voddie has been a regular speaker for the event. This year, the church was priviledged to partner with Crossway to help provide 900 ESV Study Bibles to the attendees of the conference. Crossway was able to donate the bibles to give away and GFBC payed to have them shipped to Zambia. In the coming years, GFBC plans on continuing to support this conference by sending teams to help teach and ...
Sep 22, 2011
This weekend, Grace Family Baptist Church is releasing a new version of the website. For several years, the need for a new website has been something that was desired by the church. But over the last few months enough things fell into place that the church was able to make it happen. As our society spends more time on the web and as the influence of GFBC has grown, having a better organized and user friendly website to disseminate information became a much higher priority. Research was begun in April and GFBC contracted with FiveQ Communications to scrap the website ...
Aug 22, 2011
What is a Good Catechism? You've probably heard it said that there are no bad questions. Well... that's not exactly true. There are bad questions, and one of them is, "What is a good catechism?" Actually, it is not as much of a bad question as it is an inadequate, incomplete one. Asking "what is a good confession" is a bit like asking "what is a good bait?" Every good fisherman knows that a bait is only as good as its ability to attract the fish we're pursuing. In the same way, a catechism is only as ...
Jul 14, 2011
Do you consider yourself a "Fundamentalist"? - Anonymous I am delighted to have an opportunity to answer this question. I get this question more than you might think. Fundamentalists ask me this question because they've heard people call me a Fundamentalist, but have not seen evidence of it in my life and/or ministry. Others ask me the question because they've heard media outlets (or liberal Christians) use the term to describe me and/or my ministry. Fundamentalism vs. Reformed Evangelicalism. The easy answer to this question is a resounding no! I am absolutely not a Fundamentalist. Moreover, any ...
Mar 10, 2010
As I continue to post The Continuing Collapse each month on this blog, there is a steady stream of public school defenders who insist that, although TCC has been finding and publishing evidence of widespread corruption, under-achievement, radical Gramscian marxism, violence, fraud and more in the American education establishment from coast-to-coast, this has no impact on these people’s educational choice because (altogether now) “their schools are different!” Of course, the main difference is the presence of Christian teachers. Of course any attempt to point out the lack of biblical worldview of most professing Christians in America, the socialist/neo-marxist ...
Mar 26, 2009
Any church that does not look like the ‘norm’ is always trying to explain itself. This is a fact we know all too well at Grace Family Baptist Church. We explain ourselves to those who visit us, those who call us trying to determine if it is a good idea to visit, those who are interested in finding or starting a church like ours, and those who are sure that we are some kind of “Patriarchy” cult. Sometimes we explain ourselves in painstaking detail. At other times we use shorthand. One example of that ‘shorthand’ is our ubiquitous and somewhat ...
Feb 16, 2009
If you’ve walked into a church service lately with a baby in your arms, chances are you are well aware of the new anti-child atmosphere that dominates much of the modern American church. There are smiling men and women stationed at every door ready to “guide” you to the nursery where your child “will have a very enjoyable experience” and be cared for by the best childcare staff in the history of the universe. Rebuff these helpful people and their smiles will soon be replaced with determined glares. Things escalate slowly at first, but eventually the truth comes out ...
Children in Old Testament Gatherings Another major problem with the Nehemiah’s Nursery argument is that it is inconsistent with what we see in other Old Testament passages. For example, Deuteronomy 31 paints quite a different picture than the one suggested by nursery advocates: “Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law, and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God ...