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Preparing for Worship - August 23, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Aug...

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Church Discipline: Motives Matter, Part 2

Last week, we started considering the right motives for church discipline. This week, we'll finish that list.A second proper motive is a genuine love for Christ, whose honor is diminished by the sin of his people. We have seen this all too vividly in the scandals of the Roman Catholic Church over the past 15 years. It is scandalous enough what some priests have done to tho...

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Preparing for Worship - August 16, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Aug...

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Church Discipline: Motives Matter

Last week we considered what church discipline is. This week I want to answer "Why do we do it?" The truth is, our motives in discipline matter! If the Session is motivated by a desire to wield power,to get retribution for perceived personal offenses, orto punish behavior, then their motives are not godly motives. There are several proper motives, however, that when combin...

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Preparing for Worship - August 9, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Aug...

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Church Discipline: A Call to Repentance

Before we can dive into many of the questions people often have about church discipline, we need to be clear about what it is and what it is not.Broadly speaking, there is a sense in which all of the teaching and exhortation ministry of the church is a kind of church discipline. We teach the standard for Christian living according to God's Word and call our members to live...

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Preparing for Worship - August 2, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Jul...

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Church Discipline: The Missing Mark of the Church

Few subjects create more anxiety, confusion, and even anger than the subject of church discipline. For most people, they have either never seen it done, or they've seen it done poorly. Mix in some rugged American individualism and the heart's natural dislike of being called to repentance, and you get a very thorough dislike and mistrust of church discipline on the part of ...

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Preparing for Worship - July 26, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Jul...

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But, About the Foreigner...

As my brother, Joel McCall, wrote last week, ELI is making major adjustments to serve our national partners in Africa, South Asia, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.It is humbling and thrilling to work with these retired pastors, missionaries, and professors who want to "finish well" by training pastors around the world who are unable to go to seminary.One of my...

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