Posted by admin on July 31, 2016
I recently taught a class on Ecclesiology. That's just a big word for "Doctrine of the Church." I mentioned to the students that most of the people who attend a local church have no concept of the "church."
One of the points of the lesson was local church government. Where does the authority of the local church reside? In nearly all local churches which are sanctioned as non-profit organizations by their state, there is a charter, constitution or by-laws on file.
Usually, when an individual unites with a local assembly, they are unaware of how the leadership of the church operates. Most people are unconcerned, or do not care. That is, until there is a problem. Then, it is too late.
As increased scrutiny continues on the local church, by government and outsiders, it is important to know your church's doctrine, mission and purpose. At New Piney Grove, we strive to keep members abreast by providing information pertaining to membership privilege and responsibilities. New members are issued a copy of our By-Laws and Church Policies and Procedures. But there is an old saying: "you can lead a horse to water, but..."
Posted by admin on July 3, 2016
I attended church all my life. As a young boy, my participation was mostly confined to Sunday school. When I grew older, I drifted away until I joined the Air Force. Occasionally, I would go to the chapel service and it made me feel like I had done my "Christian" duty.
I had never confessed the LORD as Savior, but thought my merits of doing more good than bad, would get me into heaven. I strongly rejected the ministries within the African-American church community because of traditions I did not understand. When I asked about the things that concerned me, no one could give me the answers that I needed. This lack continued even after I was saved.
I rejected the call upon my life to teach God's Word because I had been so critical of preachers. Then the LORD impressed upon me that if I think those preachers are wrong, then you go and do it right. It was at that point I began to pray and study. God gave me a love for learning and that led to intense research in the field of the African-American church.
I discovered that most of the traditions that I did not understand came from the slave experience of oppressed people. But I also discovered that when people come to faith, they are not taught the difference between being a Christian and becoming a disciple. This concept was the theme of our annual Vacation Bible School last week. If you want to know more contact me.
Posted by admin on June 1, 2016
If you are visiting the New Piney Grove Baptist Church's website for the very first time, it is not by chance, accident or mistake. You saw the Pastor's Blog and were interested in what he had to say.
Well, if you are seeking a worship environment where you can learn and have your faith developed, NPGBC might be just for you. We have some of God's best teachers and our main core value is Christian Education.
If you are seeking salvation and don't understand what being "saved" means, NPGBC is the place for you. You don't even have to join our church, but we would love to have you as a member of our church family.
Posted by admin on May 1, 2016
I was recently introduced to the term "faith development," which really tells the purpose of what is done when one faithfully attends Sunday school and Bible study.
Romans 10:17 tells us that no one can obtain faith without hearing the Word of God. Within the context of this passage, its believing what you hear.
In a society where we believe everything but the Word of God, it is no wonder that a law can get passed that violates it. But rest assured, God will judge.