This month: 176 - Church Governance
Exploring the Heart of Restoration

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Matt Dabbs

Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.

Homepage: http://mattdabbs.com

Teach sound doctrine?

Worship correctly?

How about plant more churches? That’s what I am talking about. If we don’t plant more churches, we are effectively gone in 30 years.

99.9% of churches don’t last 100 years. Most of our churches are 60-80 years old. That means, if we don’t plant new churches we are gone in 30…

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Humanism and Holy Spirit are antithetical to each other. If you don’t believe in the operation of the Spirit today, you are left to do things on your own. You are left to do things by your own power, your own ability.

Many of us have come to accept that the Spirit never stopped working. That is a BIG change for some of…

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1 – How are you raising up the next generation of leaders?

2 – How are you reaching the fastest growing group of non-Christians (the no religious affiliation people)?

3 – How are you making discipleship normal for the next generation (our kids)?

4 – How can you be more inclusive of women without violating your interpretation of…

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When it comes to elders the topic that always comes up is qualifications. We talk qualifications because we do Bible things Bible ways and call Bible things by Bible names…so you need biblical authorization for picking the right kind of people. So we go to Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3 for qualifications.We obsess over how an elder gets in and who gets but we are…

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Is our model of church governance biblical? Like so many things there are biblical principles in the way Churches of Christ lead the congregation but we also find some areas lacking.

In my experience we focus almost exclusively on what it takes to get in (the checklists in the pastorals) but pay little attention to the character and qualities of those who are elders/shepherds.

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What does it mean to restore the New Testament church? Does it mean getting five acts of worship right? Does it mean having correct, biblical governance? Does it mean preaching the five steps to salvation? What about how we live our lives the other 6 days a week? What does it mean to restore the New Testament church?

I am going to walk us…

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I cannot help but wonder if we aren’t getting positioned for change in our churches. COVID19 kicked it off. God has our attention. Now we have a lot of visible hurt in the Black community and we grieve injustice. With many churches just now getting started meeting in person and many others getting ready to, what do we do in a time like this?

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Are you looking for a way to serve others? Without leaving your home? I just found out that Let’s Start Talking has 50 people on a waitlist to learn English through reading the gospels.

I told them I would get the word out so I am putting this in front of you to ask if you would pray and ask God if this…

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What would Jesus do if he were here today? That is hard to answer in one sense because Jesus is at the right hand of God. But in another sense it can be very easy to answer because Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to empower the people of God in the absence of Jesus. We are His hands and feet. The church, in a sense, is the…

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About a year ago I was looking for good Christian content on YouTube and so much of what I found was lacking. I decided to start my own channel and I had hoped at that time to encourage others to do the same.

Now, we have so many churches putting their content online. I really hope that will continue on some level long…

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