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Sep 14, 2014

Interpreting Acts

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Pastor Stephen teaches us the principles for correctly interpreting the book of Acts.

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Sep 7, 2014

Interpreting the Gospels

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Mr. Wright discusses how the Gospels are unique from the other genres of literature in the Bible, and gives some techniques for correctly gleaning the truths they contain.

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Aug 31, 2014

Interpreting the Epistles

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Now that we have laid the foundation for proper Bible interpretation, we now start interpreting different genres. Mr. Wright addresses the simplest of all of the genres to study: the epistles.

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Aug 24, 2014

Meaning vs. Application

Mr. Wright addresses the common pitfall of carelessly applying the "face-value" meaning Bible verses without considering the textual and historical context in which it was written.

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Aug 17, 2014

The Holy Spirit's Role in Bible Study

Pastor Stephen explains the role of the Holy Spirit in the study of God's Word, discussing issues such as levels of Scriptural understanding, the blindness of unbelievers, and lectio divina.

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Aug 13, 2014

Gay is Not the New Black

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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Aug 10, 2014

Is There A Hidden Spiritual Meaning?

Mr. Wright discusses the issue of extracting secret, spiritual meaning out of a scriptural passage that is not plainly revealed in the text.

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Jul 20, 2014

Finding the Literary Context

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Pastor Stephen shows us how crucial it is to properly understand the textual surroundings of the whatever Bible passage we are studying.

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Jul 13, 2014

What We Bring To The Bible

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Mr. Wright discusses the difficulty that our preconceived notions and ideas give us when we attempt to properly understand the Bible.

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Jul 6, 2014

Finding the Historical Context

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Mr. Wright gives us tips on how to find the historical context of a passage, in order to properly glean truth from God's Word.

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Jun 29, 2014

Studying the Bible: Discourses

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Mr. Wright addresses the third largest unit of thought in Scripture: discourses. He teaches about several common structures and plots that we can recognize to help us better understand the Bible.

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Jun 22, 2014

Studying the Bible: Paragraphs

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Pastor Stephen teaches us how to study paragraphs in the Bible, including a case study from Psalms.

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Jun 15, 2014

Studying the Bible: Sentences

Mr. Wright teaches us a grammar lesson on sentence structure that help us mine for the truths found in the individual sentences in Scripture.

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Jun 8, 2014

The Interpretive Journey

Pastor Stephen gives us the five steps of proper biblical interpretation.

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May 25, 2014

Idolatrous Atheism/Conclusion

The final installment of a 9-week series on basic presuppositional apologetics. Pastor Stephen wraps up by showing how atheism is idolatry, summarizes the reason for our study in apologetics, and gives a teaser for the next series.

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May 18, 2014

Apologetics as Defense: The Problem of Evil, Part 2

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.

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May 11, 2014

Apologetics as Defense: The Problem of Evil, Part 1

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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.

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May 4, 2014

Apologetics as Proof, Part 3

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Part 6 of an 9-week series on basic presuppositional apologetics. Mr. Wright argues for for the testimony of Scripture itself as proof of Scripture itself, especially emphasizing the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

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Apr 27, 2014

Apologetics as Proof, Part 2

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

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Apr 20, 2014

Apologetics as Proof, Part 1

Pastor Stephen defines faith from a biblical perspective, and discusses how it relates to proof and evidence for Christianity.

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Apr 16, 2014

Letter From Pastor Josh

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 ...

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Apr 13, 2014

The Role of the Gospel in Apologetics

Part 3 of an 9-week series on basic presuppositional apologetics. Mr. Wright, an experienced evangelist, shares about the message and goal of apologetics; the Gospel. Without the Gospel, any apologetic effort is worthless.

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Apr 5, 2014

GfBC Begins the Heidelberg Catechism

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 ...

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Mar 30, 2014

The Ultimate Proof for Creation

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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.

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Mar 26, 2014

Science Confirms Creationism

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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Mar 23, 2014

Presuppositional Apologetics

Part 1 of an 8-week series on basic presuppositional apologetics. Pastor Stephen introduces our series by teaching the purpose and dangers of apologetics, and summarizing the different positions that apologists have historically taken.

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Mar 16, 2014

The Southern Baptist Heritage

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Pastor Stephen summarizes the history of Reformed Baptist theology, starting with the Reformation and ending with the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Mar 2, 2014

The Perseverance and Preservation of the Saints

Part 6 of a series explaining TULIP, an acronym representing the calvinistic view of soteriolgy. Mr. Wright reconciles how we are "once saved, always saved," and how we will be damned if we do not persevere.

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Feb 23, 2014

Irresitible Grace

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Part 6 of a series explaining TULIP, an acronym representing the calvinistic view of soteriolgy. Pastor Joshua makes a biblical case for the doctrine of Irresistible Grace, and answers many common objections people present to this doctrine.

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Feb 16, 2014

Limited Atonement

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Pastor Joshua tackles the most controversial letter in TULIP: the letter "L", which stand for limited atonement, better described as particular redemption.

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Feb 2, 2014

The Total Depravity of Man

Part 3 of a series explaining TULIP, an acronym representing the calvinistic view of soteriolgy. Mr. Wright explains how the doctrine of total depravity affects the world, how it is not incompatible with free will, and how depraved man can be saved.

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Jan 27, 2014

GfBC Owns Land!

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 ...

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Dr. Jason Lisle at GfBC

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 ...

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Jan 26, 2014

The History of the Debate

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Part 2 of a series explaining TULIP, an acronym representing the calvinistic view of soteriolgy. Pastor Stephen gives us the history of this very old debate, and paints the whole spectrum of views, from pelagianism to hyper-calvinism.

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Jan 19, 2014

The TULIP: An Introdution

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.

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Jan 12, 2014

"Postlegomena"

Part 36 of an exposition of systematic theology. Pastor Stephen wraps up our 36-week study by reiterating the history and purpose of systematic theology.

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Jan 5, 2014

The Millenium

Part 35 of an exposition of systematic theology. Pastor Stephen gives an overview of each of the different views of Revelation 20.

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Dec 29, 2013

The Second Coming of Christ

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.

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Dec 22, 2013

Death and the Afterlife

Part 33 of an exposition of systematic theology. Pastor Stephen discusses what the Bible teaches about life, death, and life after death, also touching on subjects such as purgatory, reincarnation, and the history of the belief of the afterlife.

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Dec 8, 2013

The Lord's Supper as a Means of Grace

Part 32 of an exposition of systematic theology. Mr. Brogden teaches us about the history of the Lord's Supper and how it is a means of grace for the Christian.

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Dec 1, 2013

Baptism as a Means of Grace

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.

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Nov 24, 2013

God's Word as a Means of Grace

Part 30 in an exposition of systematic theology. Mr. Wright elevates God's Word as our primary means of Grace, from which all other means flow.

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Nov 17, 2013

The Regulative Principle of Worship

Part 29 of an exposition of systematic theology. Mr. Loyd defines the regulative principle as it applies to worship, using passages from the both Old and New Testaments.

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Nov 10, 2013

The Sabbath Day

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.

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Nov 3, 2013

Church Government and Power

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.

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Oct 21, 2013

GfBC Location Change

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 ...

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Oct 20, 2013

The Reliability of the New Testament Manuscripts

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.

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Oct 13, 2013

The Doctrine of the Church

Part 26 of an exposition of systematic theology. Pastor Stephen teaches us what the church is, who it's members are, and the responsibilities of the leaders of the church.

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Oct 11, 2013

Join VBM for a Tour of Israel!

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 ...

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Oct 6, 2013

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

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.

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Sep 29, 2013

Soteriology

Notes on Soteriology

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Sep 22, 2013

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

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Sep 15, 2013

Common Grace: The Problem With Good in the World

Part 22 of an exposition of systematic theology. Mr. Wright explains the doctrine of God's Common Grace, exemplified in everything from homemade pizza to internal restraint of sin.

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Sep 8, 2013

The Three Offices of Christ

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Sep 1, 2013

The Humiliation and Exaltation of Christ

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Aug 25, 2013

Scriptural Names of Jesus Christ

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Aug 18, 2013

Covenant Theology

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Aug 4, 2013

The Origin of Evil

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Jul 28, 2013

Human Worth and Dignity

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Jul 21, 2013

The Creation of the Visible World

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Jul 20, 2013

The Responsibility of Elders

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".

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Jul 14, 2013

The Creation of the Invisible World

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Jul 12, 2013

What to Do When Your Church Seems Off Track

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.

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Effective Membership

Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile discusses what it takes to be an effective member of your local church. This keynote was given at Grace Family Baptist Church's Semper Reformanda conference in 2012.

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Jul 11, 2013

A History of Church Membership

Michael Horton discusses the history of church membership at the Semper Reformanda Conference presented by Grace Family Baptist Church.

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What Is A Church

Voddie Baucham's opening Keynote from the Semper Reformanda Conference 2012. This keynote focuses on laying a foundation by talking about the nature of the Church.

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Jul 8, 2013

How Can Homosexuality Be Wrong if It Doesn't Harm Anyone?

Voddie Baucham, J. D. Greear, and Russell Moore discuss one of the most complex and pressing questions of our day.

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Dec 10, 2012

Progressive Parallelism in Revelation

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 ...

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Oct 18, 2012

Deacon Ministry in a Reformed Baptist Church

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 ...

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Sep 19, 2012

Michael Horton and Ken Jones Discuss Semper Reformanda

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Jun 7, 2012

So Why All the labels?

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 ...

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May 23, 2012

Sex is a part of the Gospel

In this video, Voddie Baucham address the act of sex in relation to the return of Christ for His bride. See more at: http://www.wretchedradio.com

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May 9, 2012

Grace Family Institute…a Family-only Enterprise

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 ...

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Apr 23, 2012

The Lord's Table at GfBC

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 ...

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Apr 4, 2012

A Detailed Response to Doug Brown’s Critique of the FICM

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 ...

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Feb 29, 2012

The Apostles: Faithful to Death

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 ...

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Feb 9, 2012

An Answer to the Culture War

Voddie Baucham gives the answer to the "culture wars".  The answer is the same regardless of the battles we fight, be it abortion, homosexuality, moral decline, etc.  The answer is "The Gospel".

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Jan 30, 2012

The Elephant in the Room

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 ...

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Jan 16, 2012

Why Ron Paul?

"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 ...

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Jan 7, 2012

Voddie Baucham on Family Shepherds

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 ...

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Dec 7, 2011

Occupy Wallstreet Assessed

Mark Mellinger, evening news anchor for WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana, interviews Pastor Voddie regarding the "Occupy Movement".  For other resources on Worldview, try these resources:     

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Dec 1, 2011

Dads: Know the Difference Between What the Gospel Requires and What it Produces

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 ...

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Nov 30, 2011

3 Reasons to Prioritize Your Marriage Over Your Children

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 ...

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Nov 7, 2011

Life's Ultimate Questions

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 ...

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Oct 14, 2011

Adoption

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 ...

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Sep 29, 2011

GFBC Deacon Nomination

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 ...

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Sep 28, 2011

Men's Book of the Month

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 ...

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Sep 26, 2011

GFBC and Crossway Team Up For Missions

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 ...

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Sep 22, 2011

GfBC Releases New Website

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 ...

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Aug 22, 2011

What is a good catechism?

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 ...

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Jul 14, 2011

Question of the Month: July 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 ...

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Mar 10, 2010

More from the “Our School Has Christian Teachers” File

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 ...

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Mar 26, 2009

Is the Church a Family of Families? Part 1

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 ...

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Feb 16, 2009

Nehemiah's Nursery: Part 1

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 ...

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Nehemiah's Nursery: Part 2

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 ...

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