Perhaps, Hebrews 11 is still the most compelling biblical mandate for reading Christian biography. Together with Hebrews 13:7 all those biographical lessons in faith seem like an overwhelming summons to keep finding such stories and “considering” them.
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” (Hebrews 13:7).
1. The New Testament presumes church governance
2. The New Testament commands church discipline
3. The New Testament designates insiders and outsiders in relation to the church
4. The image of "the body" presumes unified order
5. The New Testament churches had recognizable structures. The apostles sent their letters to somebody
6. "Spirit-filled community or institutional organization" is a false dichotomy that presumes the Spirit is powerless against institution
A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life.
Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony.
But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony.
Christians sing together during corporate worship gatherings. Colossians 3:16-17 helps us understand why. Paul tells us that worshiping God together in song is meant to deepen the relationships we enjoy through the gospel. This happens in three ways (or three R’s):
1. Singing helps us remember God’s Word.
One day there was a gardner and he grew the biggest carrot he ever grew. And he brought it to the King and he says, “O Sovereign, this the greatest carrot I have ever grown or will ever grow. I want to give it to you as a token of my esteem and affection because you are a great King and I have always loved you. I just want you to have it.