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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

FIVE NON NEGOTIABLES OF THE BELIEVER



FIVE NON-NEGOTIABLES OF THE BELIEVER AND THE CHURCH


FIVE NON-NEGOTIABLE REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE TO BE IN VIEW IN THE CHRISTIAN MIND IF THEY ARE GOING TO BE A GODLY PERSON OR A GODLY CHURCH.

A HIGH VIEW OF GOD
  • It is absolutely essential that a local church, the believer, perceive themselves as an institution or person for the glory of God. Isaiah 6
THE ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE - RECOGNIZE ITS TOTAL SUFFICIENCY.
  • Matthew 4:4 If we are fed by every word that comes out of the mouth of God, then we ought to study every word. Its mostly today’s attitude, “I don’t need another sermon; I’d rather be fellowshipping.” Fellowship is important, but it does not replace the Word of God.

  • Every week it seems in my life that I learn something new from the Word of God that I never fully understood before.
SOUND DOCTRINE: CLARITY OF BIBLE TEACHING
  • Can you explain the truths from God’s word? Like, life, death, heaven, hell, sin, man, Christ, God, the Holy Spirit, the position of the believer, the flesh, the world, Satan? Etc. 1 Timothy
  • Here is the key to Scripture: you read the text, find out what it says and means, draw out a divine truth, and establish the truth in the mind, and then repeat it.
PERSONAL HOLINESS
  • We are victimized by an absolutely unholy society, and it gets our thinking mixed up. I cringe when I think of the philosophical and immoral filth that our society has created. People’s minds are corrupted and drawn away from God as a result of that.
  • Christian’s are called to live a pure life, and we can’t compromise that. 2 Corinthians 7:1. Some people know the Bible, but do not practice the doctrine of personal holiness in their life and in their living.
SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY: UNDERSTANDING THE NEED AND PRIORITY OF BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP
  • Christ is the head of the Church, the father is the head of the family, the elders, pastors, or head of the local assembly. Ephesians 1:22, 4:15, 5:12-13, Hebrews 13:7, 17

THUS, IF WE ARE GOING TO BE A CHURCH THAT IS GODLY AND HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE GODLY, WE MUST HAVE A RIGHT FRAMEWORK. IT HAS TO HAVE A HIGH VIEW OF GOD, THE PURSUIT OF A CHURCH BODY SHOULD BE TO KNOW GOD. IN SEEKING TO KNOW GOD, THE AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURE MUST BE RECOGNIZED, FOR IT IS THROUGH THE BIBLE THAT WE CAN KNOW GOD. A CHURCH BODY SHOULD A HAVE HIGH VIEW OF SCRIPTURE, AND A COMMITMENT TO THE TEACHING OF SOUND, CLEAR DOCTRINE. THE PEOPLE OF THE CHURCH ALSO SHOULD SEEK PERSONAL HOLINESS. AND SEEK TO SUBMIT THEIR SOULS TO THE CARE OF THOSE THE LORD HAS PLACED OVER THEM AS SPIRITUAL AUTHORITIES.

Photo: Choir at the Rivers of Joy Baptist Church.