But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches - Apologetic Report
Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Holiness and Pragmatism

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image What happens when we substitute pragmatism in place of scriptural commands and principles? Geoff Botkin explains in this video that people in America generally conduct their life in a largely pragmatic manner. But, in order to understand something like holiness, we cannot learn...

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What is the message of the Great Commission? Joel Beeke explains in this video that the message of the Great Commission is to bring the Gospel to everyone in the world and to see every unconverted person as a mission field. We are called to be faithful to bring the Word of God to unbelievers that...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 21:00

Penance or Repentance

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Misunderstanding the difference between penance and repentance will bring disaster in a persons life. It is an eternally significant disaster. The Lord revealed this to Martin Luther as he was translating the Greek New Testament and comparing it to the Latin Vulgate,

Luther had been studying...

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How should the Church approach and witness to unbelievers? Kevin Swanson explains in this video that the Church be balanced in that there must be love shown to both the believers in the Church and unbelievers outside the Church. The Church must reach out to unbelievers but also to the believers....

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image What is a common shortcoming amongst typical youth groups today? Paul Washer explains in this video that when he visits a typical youth group, many youth attend only because their friends are there and they are entertained. Unfortunately, oftentimes, the Word of God is not...

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image How should Christians more effectively evangelize unbelievers? Kevin Swanson explains in this video that an effective way to evangelize is to preach the Word of God in a public forum and actually interact and converse with people. Many times, people will simply pass out a tract...

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image Is there ever a situation where we should stray from the commands of God found in Scripture? Paul Washer explains in this video that much of the modern church's energy is invested in youth ministry. Generally speaking, it is a key aspect of modern church life. However, the Bible...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:00

A Hatred of Sin and Apprehension of the Mercy of God

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Here is the section on repentance in Benjamin Keach’s Baptist Catechism:

Q. 94. What is repentance unto life?

A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his...

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image What is the root cause behind the exodus of our children from the modern church? Scott Brown explains in this video that youth ministry is not the cause of our children leaving the church. Rather, it stems from ignoring the things that are plainly taught in Scripture. The root...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 21:00

Fish Will Not Be Fishermen

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Modern folks seem to feel that they need to become like the world in order to win the world. They think that If they look and talk and act like worldlings, then they will be able to relate with them. Nothing could be further from the truth. The world needs to see holiness not worldliness, as...

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image How should Christians view the work of evangelism? Don Hart explains in this video that evangelism is critically important. We have been given a great commission. We are called not only to make disciples but to make disciples of nations. It is a comprehensive work. We need to...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 21:00

How Should We Think about Parachurch Ministries?

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How should we think about parachurch ministries? The Nine Marks Journal has given us several helpful articles in “Church and Parachurch - Friends or Foes.” These articles deal with issues of accountability, prioritization, the creation of a celebrity culture and…...

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image How would Puritan ministers go about evangelizing? Joel Beeke explains that there were four distinct characteristics of Puritan evangelism. First, their evangelism was biblical. They always used biblical texts. They were men of the book. Second, they evangelized doctrinally....

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image Is there an excuse for a man to not disciple his family? Kevin Swanson explains in this video that God wants a man to disciple his children. It doesn’t matter if his life is in order or not. The Bible calls for a man to teach the Word of God on a daily basis to all who are...

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image How does a pastor’s embracing of worldliness hurt both believers and unbelievers within the church? Paul Washer explains in this video that when pastors do not preach the true Gospel and use worldly means to attract people, churches become filled with carnal people. A...

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Why is youth ministry, something not found in Scripture, wrong when there are many things within the church today that are also not found in Scripture? Scott Brown explains in this video that we see that positive commands and examples regarding the youth and worship in Scripture each call for...

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How is a church to equip the saints for evangelism? Don Hart explains in this video that the modern church needs to realize and understand that as pastors preach and exposit the Scripture, they are preparing the members of the church to go out and evangelize throughout the week....

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Monday, 10 April 2017 21:00

You Must Know This

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It is popular for the millennial generation and many others to say that you can't know the answer to important questions regarding your soul. The spirit of the age is uncertainty and tentativeness. To have a firm opinion on a matter of morality or spirituality is not considered...

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How ought a pastor or elder train others to evangelize? Joel Beeke explains in this video that the Puritans believed that the believers should learn how to evangelize from the pastor in the church. The pastor would evangelize the various families in the pulpit and in the home. He...

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How should family-integrated churches address unsaved individuals? Kevin Swanson explains that a lack of evangelism stems from a lack of faith and courage to communicate the Gospel. Some individuals say that one way to evangelize the world is to send their young children to...

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How does our view of Scripture affect our beliefs regarding age segregation? Scott Brown explains in this video that the most devastating problem that the Church faces is the distortion of the Gospel. The church must always strive to present the Gospel clearly. Accordingly,...

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Should fathers evangelize with their families present? Don Hart explains in this video that evangelism ought to be a family event. Some individuals prefer to divide their children when it comes to evangelism, but there is not a command in Scripture to divide the family or...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Growing in Godliness

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Why is private prayer and the reading of Scripture so critical to building a relationship with God? Sam Waldron explains in this video that private prayer and the reading of Scripture is incredibly important in the life of a Christian. If we are going to have a relationship with...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Training for Evangelism

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How can we instruct young men in the church to effectively communicate the Gospel? Kevin Swanson explains in this video that it is important to teach young men to be leaders in the area of evangelism. Young men need to be equipped to courageously proclaim the Word of God within...

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Should we stop evangelizing if our home is out of order? Don Hart explains in this video that it is a scriptural command that a man’s home is in order. We see it described as a qualification of a leader within the church who preaches the Word to the congregation. In short,...

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