Christianity is the faith of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ abide all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is, therefore, a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. Moreover, the cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches. An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people.
In Christian education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. Freedom in any orderly relationship of human life is always limited and never absolute. The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Earlier this week the Missouri Baptist executive board voted to yank funding from Southern Baptist church plants affiliated with the Acts 29 Network. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. For the record, 42% of SBC sponsored church plants fail within the first 4 years. Acts 29 churches have a 100% success rate to go along with their strong commitment to high doctrinal standards and conservative evangelical theology. We ought to take notes from these guys instead of snubbing them.
Karis Community Church and Believer’s Church will lose their Missouri Baptist funding on January 1. The more level headed St. Louis Metro Baptist Association has started the” Show Me Church Planting Fund” that will supplement the lost revenue. Please consider giving to this fund to keep these successful church plants moving forward to the glory of God. Send designated contributions to:
St. Louis Metro Baptist Assoc.
“Show Me Church Planting Fund”
attn. Darren Casper
3859 Fee Fee Road
Bridgeton, Mo. 63044
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.