Author: BCPM

Following is a sample of the Declaration of a Local Church, generally given on the last night of the Get-Acquainted Meetings. --sample-- A Declaration to Community Baptist Church Cascade, Michigan May 8, 2008 Be it known to all that will hear or read this declaration, both now and hereafter, on this 8th day of May in the year of our Lord 2008, on the premises of...

Soul-winning should be the heart and soul of every church, especially every new church. The pastor must set the tone for all the members. If the pastor is not a soul winner it is unlikely that other members will have a burden for the lost. The ministry has many demands of the pastor’s time, but every preacher must set the...

A recent graduate from Bible College gave his inaugural message in his home church. His title was, God, the Universe, and Other Things. It is amazing how four years of theological training can give you all the answers, but after 34 years of ministry you realize how little you really know. Every young pastor faces the same challenge of preparing three...

“The measure of a man’s success is determined by the extent of God’s control in his life.” How do we determine success? Are we wise to even consider measuring success? If we can and should measure success, by whose standard can we measure it? I have heard the statement, “The ministry is the same wherever you serve and the Bible still...

Of course I am being facetious; I don’t want anyone to become a Liberal. The label of Liberalism is one all fundamentalists seek to avoid. But, from where do Liberals and Modernists come? The origin of these compromisers and heretics, surprisingly, is from those who once were faithful to the truth. Like the Gnostics of the early church, Liberals invade...

In the 1730s and 1740s many rural folk rejected the enlightened and rational religion that came from the cosmopolitan pulpits and port cities of British North America . Instead, they were attracted to the evangelical religious movement that became known as the Great Awakening. The English Methodist George Whitefield and other itinerant ministers ignited this popular movement with their speaking...

The ministry is filled with failures, mistakes, and miscues. Though we all are pursuing success mistakes and failures are a normal part of life, especially for young men in the ministry. The greatest players in basketball do not shoot 100% and are considered a great success is they miss 50% of the time. I wish I could say I never...

A young preacher while giving his first sermon mentioned how Jesus blood was spilled on the ground at His crucifixion. Following the message an older seasoned saint standing near the rear of the auditorium, with a large Bible under his arm, tersely spoke to the emerging theologian, “I would have you know that Jesus blood was shed not spilled to...

This article is intended to be read primarily by the preacher’s wife. My intention in writing this article is to be helpful and encouraging to one of the most important leaders in the church, the pastor’s wife. My wife will review this article and I’m sure her suggestions will be helpful; however I am writing this article from my point...

Paul said, “Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation” (Rom 15:20). The burden upon Paul’s heart was to take the gospel to the unevangelized, where Christ was not named. His aim was lofty and his philosophy should be adopted by every church planter and preacher....