Training

“…grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” Ephesians 4:15 (ESV)

We are committed to training the members of Baldivis Church.

February 28, 2017: What Does a Healthy Church Look Like? 

Presentation powerpoint: Tuesday Night Tune-Ups – Church

Is it possible for a church to manifest the three marks of the true church and still be sick? How many marks are there? Is a true church the same as a perfect church? What elements or aspects should be present for a church to be true, healthy and vibrant? Do you know what an ingrown church looks like? Do you know what a three directional church is all about?

Suggested Readings:
C. John Miller, Outgrowing the Ingrown Church (Zondervan)

E. Clowney, The Church (InterVarsity Press)

February 21, 2017: The Way and Worth of Bible Study

Presentation powerpoint: Tuesday Tune-ups – Bible Study

In Christian circles no one disagrees with the need for Bible study. It is something that believers do. But how should it be done? Should it be done daily? Do you always have to read or study an entire chapter? What about the inductive approach? Is an essay required for group Bible study? How often should you read the entire Bible? Special attention will be paid to Psalm 134 and the Book of Revelation.

Suggested Readings:
Gordon Fee, How Should We Read the Bible? (YouTube)
R.C. Sproul, Knowing Scripture (InterVarsity Press)

February 14, 2017: Visitation: Need or Nuisance?

Presentation powerpoint: Tuesday Night Tune-Ups – Visitation

If you have never experienced a bad home visit, please raise your hands? Is this Reformed practice of visiting singles and families a necessary thing or an invasion of privacy? What does the Bible say? How is it being done? How should it be done? Should all the elders use the same theme? Do you have suggestions for improvement?

Suggested readings:
P. Feenstra, The Glorious Work of Home Visits (Premier Printing)
C. van Dam, The Elder (P&R Publishing)

February 7, 2017: The Beauty of Reformed Worship

Presentation powerpoint: Tuesday Tune-ups – Worship

Time was spent looking at the Biblical basics of worship, as well as its history and development. The suggested orders of worship will also receive attention, as well as issues related to it: why psalm singing? What about hymns? Why an organ or a piano? What about a band? Does a sermon need three points? Is there a difference between the first and second prayer? How should the Lord’s Supper be celebrated?

Suggested readings:
G. VanDooren, The Beauty of Reformed Worship (visit: www.opc.org)
G. van Rongen, The Liturgy of God’s Covenant (visit: www.spindleworks.com)