A Critique of Family-Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham
A balanced and biblical look at the Family-Integrated Movement (FIC).
Essay on Irritability
When you come home from a tough day and your family demands attention, are you irritable? Children know when a parent is not walking according to the Scriptures and submitting themselves to the truth of God's Word. An irritable person is someone who cannot tolerate inconveniences in their life. This short essay examines irritability from God's Word and provide tools to build habits of looking at every challenge as from the Lord.
How Do I Know the Miraculous Gifts Aren't for Today?
"Are the miraculous spiritual gifts still active in the church? We must ask this question because of the increasing profession of the miraculous gifts among Christians today. How should we test this claim? Frederick Bruner once said, 'The test of anything calling itself Christian is not the significance of its success or its power, though these make the test more imperative. The test is truth.' Do these gifts still exist? I don't believe they do. How do I know this? The shortest answer is that God revealed it to me! God told me so in His Word."
Music and Worship Ministries: Seeking a Godly Balance
In this booklet you will find the following: An overview of the concept of worship in Scripture, Presuppositions underlying music and worship at GIBC, guiding principles for music and worship ministry, weaknesses to avoid in the music of worship ministry, and practical tips for blending timeless and contemporary styles into one service.
Navigating the Grey Areas of Life
"How do we make wholesome, wise, and Christ-honoring decisions when the Bible seems less definitive, giving us freedom of conscience in some areas? It is not enough to simply ask "what's wrong with it?" or to reason "I haven't found a Bible verse prohibiting it, therefore it's ok". The following is a brief list of helpful questions which promote honest reflection, and compel us to think biblically and critically not only about each decision but the motives behind them."
Thoughts for Young Women
Pastor Jerry Wragg writes with urgency and clarity on how to navigate the pitfalls and temptations common to young women. Adapted from a letter he wrote his daughters when they were heading into a new phase of life, "Thoughts for Young Women" calls young women to be "making the most of your time, because the days are evil" (Eph 5:16). The temptations in our hearts and in the culture, as well as the flurry of distractions in the social media age so easily lead us astray from our grounding in Scripture. Pastor Jerry lovingly warns that drifting from biblical moorings brings generational repercussions on our children and families: "I wanted them to know that nothing would ever be more important than preparing right now for what God has for them in the future."
Three vital principles:
– Walk Humbly with Your God
– Prepare Now for a Godly Home and Family
– Be Alert to a Woman's Particular Vulnerabilities
Ungodly Dating Relationships: How to Avoid Getting Stung
"Dating. The very word can evoke strong feelings, both good and bad. Many books in recent years have tried to clear up some of the confusion, but they've often raised additional questions that further cloud the issue. The principles outlined in this brief essay are not designed to critique the various views on dating. In fact, it's not really a discussion of dating at all. Rather, the purpose here is to get very specific about how relationships quickly get into trouble, and to articulate principles that help the people of God avoid the perils of an ungodly relationship."
Which Church is God's Will for Me?
"Should I stay in my church or find another one?" This booklet seeks to answer this question by explaining that God wants you to go to a church that has the following non-negotiable realities: (1) God's Voice Is the Only One Heard in the Church; (2) Qualified Men Lead the Church; (3) Kingdom Membership is Manifested in Church Membership.