Approach to Ministry

Approach to Ministry

I.  Bible as Central; Simple Ministry of the Word, without Children’s and Youth Programs

Romans 10:17; Ephesians 6:17; 1 Peter 1:22-25; 2:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 3:1-2, 14-18; Hebrews 5:11-14

II.  Regulative Principle; Solemn and Joyful Worship, not Frivolous

Leviticus 10; Isaiah 6; Malachi 1:6-14; 1 Corinthians 11-14

III.  Husband as Head

Ephesians 5:22-33; 1 Corinthians 11:1-3

IV.  Godly Families

Ephesians 5:22-6:9; Colossians 3:18-4:1; 1 Peter 3:1-7

V.  Qualified Men as Elders and Deacons; Qualifications from Pastoral Epistles, not Programs; No Democracy and Committees

1 Timothy 1-6, 2 Timothy 1-4; Titus 1-3; 1 Peter 5:1-5

VI.  No denominations and highly paid executives

1 Timothy 1-6, 2 Timothy 1-4; Titus 1-3; 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19

VII.  Encouraging Righteousness among Members; Service to One Another, and Tithing, not Sports and Hobbies as Church Meetings

Hebrews 6:9-12; 10:32-34; 12:14-17; 1 Peter 4:11; 2 Peter 1:1-11

VIII.  Reformed Theology as Embodied in LBC of 1689, Westminster Confession, and Belgic Confession

IX.  Reading of Calvin, the Puritans, and Church Fathers above Modern Authors

X.  Doctrines of the Gospel of Grace (TULIP, unequivocally including Limited Atonement)

XI.  Covenant Theology or Gospel in the Old Testament

Luke 24:25-27; Galatians 3:6-14; 1 Peter 1:10-12

XII.  Five Solas of the Reformation: sola scriptura, sola gratia, sola fide, solus christus, soli deo glori

XIII.  Believer’s Baptism

John 3:23; Acts 8:36-40; 16:34

XIX.  Greatest Commandments, Ten Commandments, and Progressive Sanctification

Mark 12:28-34; Exodus 20:1-17; 1 Corinthians 9:21; Romans 6:1-23; 2 Peter 1:1-11; 1 John 2:3-6

XX.  Orthodoxy and Heresy; Naming Heresies and Heretics (like Liberalism, Prosperity Gospel, Marxist Liberation Theology, New Calvinism)

2 Timothy 1:15-18; 2:16-18; 3:8; 4:9-16; Revelation 2:6, 15, 20

XXI.  Contrastive Instructional Method

Matthew 7:13-29; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Hebrews 5:11-14; 1 John 1:5-10

XXII.  Teaching of Whole Counsel of God, whether Easy or Hard Teachings

Acts 20:26-27; 2 Peter 3:14-18

XXIII.  No False Dichotomies of Essential and Nonessential Doctrines

Matthew 5:17-20; 24:35; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 3:1-2; James 2:10

XXIV.  True Love and Grace

2 Corinthians 11:7-11, 20-30; Galatians 4:16

XXV.  Imprecations for Justice

Luke 18:1-8; James 5:1-6; 5:16-18; Revelation 6:9-11; 16:4-7

XXVI.  Missions, Evangelism, and Apologetics Ought to Cite Scripture Profusely

Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 10:14-17; Acts 17:2-3; 18:24-28