Accountability is a word that expresses the quality of a human relationship to others and to God. After the fall it became the means of sanctification and a fruit of repentance. This article calls for the practice of proactive accountability. It exposes counterfeit accountability, clarifies what biblical accountability is and its basis. This paves the way for proactive accountability, which is complete honesty within a loving relationship, meant to point toward Christ and to prevent sin.
Small groups play a role in the life of some churches. Here are ten benefits of such groups.
This article reflects on how churches can extend hospitality to visitors in their midst.
How do you shepherd small groups? This article offers six tips.
How can you spot a wolf in sheep's clothing? This article provides three things to be on the lookout for: wolves live for the love of power, they look and talk like sheep but bite like wolves, and are experts at deceit.
This article shows how Scripture defines fellowship in the church: it is an objective reality, grounded in one's relationship with the triune God, accomplished by the atoning work of Christ.
Every Christians need to be encouraged continually in living the Christian life. Where are the sources of encouragement for the Christian? This article mentions four.
When the Bible, especially the New Testament, speaks of brothers, what does it generally have in mind? This article explains, as it considers the call to brotherly love.
The church is called to live together as the body of Christ. Holding each other accountable is a way of living together. This article gives seven tips for pursuing accountability and confession within the church.
This article makes a case from church history and Scripture for prayer at set times of the day.
The danger facing the Reformed faith is that of uniformity, rather than celebrating the diversity God has given to his church. This article makes an appeal to the church to celebrate the diversity in the church.
Congregations, so long the normative form of church life, are under threat. Haddon Willmer demonstrates how the threats come from social and economic forces. The situation is made worse by the internal loss of bearings in churches themselves. In particular he identifies the flight from a critical intellectual life and the problems of inculturating faith in our twenty-first century world.