Who Should Preach?

“Preaching is truth through personality” - Phillips Brooks

Each preacher is a unique individual, having been led by His Lord on a unique path of preparation and refinement. At my current church in Beijing, we are pleased that a team of men from various nations and Christian traditions are serving in the ministry of the Word. (Yes, the masculine pronoun is an intentional choice. Men are the preachers in BICF ZGC.)

We do not expect any two preachers to be identical, but we do examine two areas of the preacher’s life – “their life and their doctrine”

(1 Timothy 4.16).

Marriage Policy

BICF Marriage Policy

Marriage is the exclusive and sacred union of one man woman for life (Genesis 1:27, 2:23-25; Matthew 19:6; Malachi 2:14; Ephesians 5:22-33). It is a (symbolic) picture of Christ’s everlasting, unbreakable, love for His Church. Marriage is an everlasting, unbreakable, love for His Church. Marriage is an everlasting, unbreakable, love for His Church. Marriage is an expression of unity, where husband and wife become, in a sense, two persons one. This unity is not only physical unity; it is also a spiritual and emotional unity of profound dimensions. BICF Pastors will perform marriages for a man and woman who have not been divorced, this is God's ideal. We may consider exceptional cases after careful examination by the Elders (Matthew 19:3-9, 9, 5:32).

God's Will

Many Evangelicals see 3 Meanings of “God’s Will” in Scripture

1. Sovereign Will – God’s secret plan that determines all that happens in the universe.

Daniel 4. 35. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?"

Proverbs 21.1. The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.

Evidences of Spiritual Growth - What should we look for?

Evidences of a New Believer
1. Signs of a new life in Christ are seen in his* life (2 Corinthians 5.17).(* These evidences are to be seen in the lives of both men and women.)

2. He has a favorable attitude toward Jesus as Lord and Savior (John 1.49-51, 5.24).

3. He has an unfavorable attitude toward sin (Luke 19.8, 1 Thessalonians 1.9,10).

Questions from Ephesians for Personal / Corporate Reflection

1. Do I really know God’s Son, the Lord Jesus, as Savior?

2. Am I growing in my relationship with Him? What are the evidences of this knowledge and growth?

3. Do I know there is no limit to His love for me? Or do I doubt whether He even cares?

4. Do I question God’s wisdom? Or do I have confidence to rest in His sovereign plan?

Devotion and Declaration in our Church Music

I want to share some ideas about “theology” and song selection. My ideal is that our songs are balanced between declaration and devotion.

Devotion is our repentance, adoration, commitment, praise, exaltation of Him.

Declaration is teaching the facts of the Gospel. Who is God, and What has He done? “Great is thy Faithfulness” declares what He has done and is doing in terms of faithful provision. “You’re my friend and you are my brother, even though you are a King” is a great declaration line.

3 C's of Communion

1. Confession: Christ has Died
2. Celebration: Christ is Risen
3. Commission: Christ will Come Again

The Church of Jesus has been remembering Him in the Lord’s Supper/Eucharist/Communion for nearly two thousand years. There are many traditions and rituals that have developed among the global church.