ecclesiology

  1. Travis Fentiman

    How Church Rulings Do & Do Not Bind, & of Breaking Them

    If the Church is not neglected today, it is often idolized; if Church authority is not disregarded, it is frequently turned absolute. The Biblical and historically presbyterian position is that Church authority is conditional, and can only confirm the truth and what is good; it binds only...
  2. Gwallard

    On an Elder's Ability to Ban Church Members

    Brothers and sisters in Christ, I am currently studying this issue, and I would be greatly blessed by your help. The question is on whether or not an elder may ban one of the members of his or any other flock from the church body. I am defining banning as "a public declaration by a session to...
  3. Travis Fentiman

    An Extraordinary Calling? Reformed Resources

    Sometimes persons claim to have an extraordinary calling to the ministry, not being under any Church government. Is this legitimate? Interestingly, this difficult, but Biblical topic of an extraordinary calling was well hammered out in the Reformation and puritan eras. Samuel Rutherford...
  4. C. Matthew McMahon

    Zeal for God’s House Quickened by Oliver Bowles B.D. (1574-1664?)

    Mr. Bowles, in this excellent and stirring treatise, fights diligently against false and hypocritical, zeal. He, instead, in this famous address, sets down the biblical zeal of a true reformer. Zeal for God’s House Quickened by Oliver Bowles B.D. (1574-1664?) Oliver Bowles B.D. (1574-1664?)...
  5. C. Matthew McMahon

    Discerning the Signs of the Times and the Church’s Reformation by Samuel Willard (1640-1707)

    Discerning the Signs of the Times and the Church’s Reformation by Samuel Willard (1640-1707) Samuel Willard (1640-1707) was a reformed preacher of the Gospel in the old South Boston Church in New England, president of Harvard University, and one of the great Protestant ministers of his day...
  6. C. Matthew McMahon

    The Main Points of Church Government and Discipline by Christopher Love (1618-1651)

    The Main Points of Church Government and Discipline by Christopher Love (1618-1651) Love's Question 13 on tithing in support of the church and minister is worth the whole study by itself. But, the whole work is very profitable and helpful in a number of ways. Christopher Love (1618-1651)...
  7. C. Matthew McMahon

    Christian Truths Necessary for Salvation by Nicholas Byfield (1579–1622)

    What is necessary truth in relationship to the Gospel? Byfield explains what central truths surround the Gospel in an easy to understand format. Great for family worship! Christian Truths Necessary for Salvation by Nicholas Byfield (1579–1622) (250 pages) Nicholas Byfield (1579–1622) was a...
  8. C. Matthew McMahon

    5 Marks of Biblical Commitment to the Visible Body of Christ by C. Matthew McMahon

    5 Marks of Biblical Commitment to the Visible Body of Christ by C. Matthew McMahon This work, in an effort to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in his church, demonstrates how Christians ought to have a sound theology surrounding biblical commitment to Christ’s visible body. This topic includes the...
  9. C. Matthew McMahon

    How to Hear the Preaching of God’s Word with Profit by Stephen Egerton (1555–1621)

    How to Hear the Preaching of God’s Word with Profit by Stephen Egerton (1555–1621) Have you ever taken time to learn what it means to hear the word of God preached with profit, and to understand what ought to be done before, during and after the sermon? Stephen Egerton (1555–1621) was an...
  10. oeco

    Reformed resources on the bounds of the authority of church leadership

    Cross posting this question from a user on the r/Reformed sub on Reddit. https://www.reddit.com/r/Reformed/comments/ax1j1u/reformed_resources_on_the_bounds_of_the_authority/ “I am looking for solidly Reformed resources on the extent to which church leadership may extend in the behaviour of the...
  11. C. Matthew McMahon

    5 Marks of a Biblical Disciple - Book 2 in the Series

    5 Marks of a Biblical Disciple by C. Matthew McMahon A biblical disciple is not merely aware of the teachings of Jesus Christ, or God’s prescription for being a follower of his word. It is one who holds certain distinguishable marks who has been supernaturally changed by God’s grace, and...
  12. C. Matthew McMahon

    5 Marks of a Biblical Church - Part of a New Series of Books by McMahon

    5 Marks of a Biblical Church by C. Matthew McMahon Scripture furnishes Christ’s blood-bought church with everything it needs to worship God effectively with the greatest degree of honor (John 4:24). The holy exaltation of God by his people is vital to giving him high praise in glorifying Christ...
  13. ChananBachiyr

    HRC & OPC...

    I was hoping y'all could help me identify the differences between the Heritage Reformed Church (HRC) and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC). I've done a small amount of study on the HRC, so I have at least some idea of what they're about, and I've been attending an OPC church for a year, so...
  14. Travis Fentiman

    Constitutionalism

    Friends, One of the great forces of downgrade in American Presbyterianism has been the erosion of the Church's adherence to her constitutional documents and maneuvers to change the very constitution of the church which the officers had previously sworn to uphold. Hence, I have made a webpage...
  15. Travis Fentiman

    Rutherford's Due Right of Presbyteries: Subject Index

    What is the definitive work in Church history arguing and delineating classic presbyterianism? Samuel Rutherford’s The Due Right of Presbyteries. Rutherford answers every detailed point of ecclesiology (things about the Church) that you ever thought of, and many, many more. The problem...
  16. A

    English-Speaking Reformed or Lutheran Church Near Zürich?

    I'll be moving to Zürich for six months and am looking for an English-Speaking Reformed or Lutheran church in the area. The closest I can find is a PCA mission 115 km north-west in Neuenburg, Germany. It's almost impossible to be a faithful member at such a distance. While I can speak and...
  17. P

    Book Suggestions About Presbyterian Church Government

    I hope this is the right thread for a question of this nature. I am a Reformed Baptist in a theololgical journey toward Presbyterianism. I am strongly questioning my Reformed Baptist views of Church Government and Baptism. I've read the book Who Runs the Church? Four Views on Church...
  18. Nathan Riese

    Is Dispensationalism considered Orthodox?

    Dispensationalists claim that they are just like the rest of evangelical, conservative, orthodox Christians. Are they? or are they pseudo-orthodox? Reformed theologians are taking strong stands against dispensationalism, should the stands be even stronger? Shouldn't there be more of an effort...
  19. Tim

    Are para-church organizations Biblical? Should we support them?

    I have been thinking about ministries such as Bible studies or missions being conducted outside the auspices of the local church or presbytery (which is also the church). Shouldn't all ministry fall under the structure of a church (people) that is presented in the Bible? I wonder whether...
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