The Pastor's Pen

The Pastor's Pen

Subscribe to the RSS Feed
  • Featured Posts
  • All Posts

Why a Sermon Series on the Parables of Jesus?

Parables web

Over the next few months we will observe and learn from Jesus teaching ministry through His parables. May these parables open our eyes to deeper insights into Christ and His kingdom and give us a greater desire for the sweet words of eternal life and to see His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven....

Keep Reading

Life Together

Back to Church

Yesterday (7 July) the TEC, received official confirmation from the Department of Community Development that the compound in Al Mushrif has been approved to enter Phase 1 of the re-opening process. As the government begins to relax some of the restrictions from this coronavirus lockdown, churches will soon be able to go back together with some conditions. ...

Keep Reading

It's Just Not the Same!

CLOSED

The Church gathering isn’t just a nice thing to do, it’s part of what a church is. Since the lockdown, we have been mourning the loss of the “great means of grace” which we normally enjoy every Friday here in the UAE. We are trying to do everything we can to encourage and to be encouraged. We are trying to do everything we can to offer praise to our Lord and drink ...

Keep Reading

Covid 19 and Family Prayer

Family Prayer

We all understand that “social distancing” is necessary from an epidemic-control point of view, but my fear is that during this time of isolation, many people will be tempted to “spiritually distance” themselves from God, from the church and from their families and basically go on a spiritual holiday. Even though we are isolated physically, we are united in the Spi...

Keep Reading

Defining our Church Membership

Welcome

In an individualistic and consumeristic culture, the very notion that church members bear significant responsibilities comes as a surprise to some Christians. But responsibility and church membership go hand-in-hand. This article is going to look at the Bible’s teaching on the responsibility of members to 'Define our Church’s Membership'. ...

Keep Reading

Protect the Gospel

Thorns

Ensuring faithfulness to the gospel isn’t the responsibility of pastors alone. Every church member is responsible to uphold and affirm the gospel. At a practical level, protecting the gospel means that church members should know and understand the gospel, and know it well. This means you must study it, understand it, be able to articulate it, and apply it....

Keep Reading

How to Vote for a Church Elder

Vote

The church is a living organism, with Jesus Christ as the living Head. The key question in church government is not, “What is the mind of the members?” but, “What is the mind of Christ?” The main function of church government is to allow Christ to exercise His headship over His church. Having that view of church government results in an entirely different way of co...

Keep Reading

Why Church Membership Matters

Membership Article

Local churches should work towards a church membership composed of those who truly believe the gospel and therefore are committed to growing in their commitment to take up their cross and follow Christ. That is easier said than done. Pastor Doug Van Meter writes about some of these challenges and how we should view church membership in light of eternity and God's glory....

Keep Reading

Why a Sermon Series on the Gospel of Luke?

Luke rotator

On Friday we will begin a new sermon series on The Gospel of Luke. The subtitle of this series is ‘The Mission of Jesus’. Preaching through Luke will help us see how the story of Jesus fulfils the Mission of God to bring salvation to the whole world. Read further to see 4 ways this series will help us as a church......

Keep Reading
1

Cherish or Perish!

suffering2

Whether we live in the labour camps or in the suburbs, Jesus came for us. Thank God for Jesus Christ! Thank God, Jesus came to save us from our sins! Sin is the enemy, sin is the reason for all our problems. We live in a broken corrupt world, where misery, sadness and heartache are very much part of our lives. But we live with hope, because Jesus came to set the captives f...

Keep Reading