True Church Conference 2012
True Church Conference live-streamed.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Question and Answer Session
Q. If you were coming into a new church that needed reformation, where would you start.
JN: Give your greatest energy to the pulpit. Preach to convert the lost. And then put energy into small groups. Have accountability among the small group leaders. Anticipate the need for church discipline because it will arise.
RH: Be patient and wait on the word of God to do work in the people’s lives. You will see fruit.
Q: How to know when going from preaching to implementing?
BB: When it came time to deal with regenerate active membership and church discipline.
RH: We are long on theology and short on application. We need to practice what the word of God says.
Q: Are there issues that should not be tackled first?
BK: A leadership change (i.e., moving to elder lead) would not be a good first move. Practical biblical exposition must come first. We need to think about change in terms of decades.
RH: Don’t start by preaching Calvinism and Aminianism.
DM: Begin with the importance of wisdom in our preaching. Don’t be dumb all of your life. You need to gain and maintain credibility with people. It is hard to reform a church, it is near impossible to regain credibility with a church once it has been lost.
JN: We need to work on biblical conflict resolution early on.
Q; How do you know the difference between difficult sheep and a wolf in sheep’s clothing?
BB: It is difficult. It takes spending time with the people. Look at their reception of the Word of God. They may disagree with the pastor and still love the Word.
RH: There is a difference between misunderstanding and obstinacy.
Q: From a morale standpoint, how do you encourage those who have had friends and family who have left the church over doctrinal issues?
BK: We must preach the doctrines of grace and practice the grace of the doctrines of grace. Those who have left need to be treated with grace. We are too quick to shun others.
RH: We need to love people who leave because many of them will return.
Q: About times of hardship, difficult seasons…how do you endure these times without quitting? Are there strategies to deal with the storms?
DM: We are not alone in our tribulations. Some of the greatest saints have been beset through history – Spurgeon, for instance. Tribulations are unique. It is easy to discuss this matter on the “post” side. It takes maturity to glorify God in the midst of tribulation. But it is easy to bless God for his Son Jesus Christ.
Q: What is the next step of reformation in your local church?
BK: The post-reformation generation. The children of those who went through the reformation must not just accept this as the way we do things. They will tend to revert back if the reformation is taken as staus quo. Each generation must understand that reformation is biblical.
RH: Young and restless Calvinists. They want to add to the reformation. And they may not understand the doctrines of grace, they just want to be a part of a reformed church. They are following a man and not following the Bible.
JN: To continue gospel humility to the next generations.