The Church

Spirit-Empowered Change

A Video from the 2018 BCSPasCon

Weyland Leach serves as the pastor of The Heights Church in St. Paul, MN. He holds an MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is also a graduate of The Bethlehem Institute. In this video he discusses spirit-empowered change. 

Speaker: Weyland Leach

 

A Survey of Church History by Brian Borgman

A Survey of Church History

Brian Borgman is founding pastor of Grace Community Church, Minden, NV. He earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Biola University, a Master of Divinity from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Seminary. This course covers everything from "The Apostolic Church" to "The Church in the Late 20th Century".

Author: Brian Borgman
 

 

Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God by John Piper

This ebook — including four sermons and an interview with a man of a disabled son — focuses on John 5:1–18 and John 9:1–38 and is designed to serve pastors who will be called on to minister God’s Word to God’s people at decisive points in their lives. The question is not if disabilities will surface in your church, the question is how you will respond when they do? At that decisive moment, what will you say?

Authors: John Piper and Tony Reinke


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The Church, Why Bother? by: Jeffrey D. Johnson

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The Church: Why Bother? "In one way or another, virtually every troubling trend in the current world of evangelical Christianity is rooted in misunderstanding about the church. What is her proper mission? What is her role in an increasingly secular culture? What should her priorities be? How should a local church function? Why is church membership necessary? or is it? What is the basis for true unity? This excellent book shines the clear light of Scripture on those and many other questions. Since Christ loved the church enough to die for her, every believer ought to share that passion. Jeffrey Johnson clearly does, and I believe you will find his enthusiasm contagious." - John MacArthur

Author: Jeffrey D. Johnson


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The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel

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Pastors Mark Dever and Paul Alexander provide a model of a biblical church in this resource for pastors, elders, and others interested in the vitality of their church. This highly practical book proposes an attitude of complete reliance on and submission to the Gospel in building a healthy church.

Authors: Mark Dever & Paul Alexander


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Do We Have a Policy?

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Subtitled: ‘Paul's Ten Point Policy for Church Health and Growth’. What are our aims for the shaping of our church fellowship, and for its growth? Do we have an agenda or framework of desired objectives? 

The apostle Paul had a very definite policy, and called it his 'purpose', using a Greek word which means – a plan or strategy displayed for all to see. This book sets out ten policy ideals, gleaned from Paul's teaching, all of which are essential for the health and growth of a congregation today.

Author: Peter Masters


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Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life

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Edited by Mark Dever, this collection of writings reminds Baptists of their heritage of biblical church polity penned by Baptist leaders of centuries past and adds new essays by Albert Mohler, Gregory Wills and Mark Dever.

Edited By: Mark Dever


Free PDF provided by 9Marks.org here.
Print copies available via various vendors here.

Team Leadership and Church Planting

A Video from the 2017 BCS PasCon

Joe Rigney serves as Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Worldview at Bethlehem College & Seminary, where he teaches Bible, theology, history, philosophy, history, and Jonathan Edwards. When he’s not teaching college and seminary students, he spends time enjoying his lovely wife, laughing with his two sons, reading medieval theology, playing flag football, and eating fish tacos. He is the author of Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles and The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts.
Speaker: Joe Rigney

Grace in the Trenches of Church Planting | Tim Cain

A Video from the 2017 BCS PasCon

Tim Cain is the pastor of Kaleo Church which he planted in El Cajon, California, in 2009 after completing a one year church planting residency at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Kaleo is part of both the TCT and the Acts 29 church planting networks. Tim and his wife, Abbey, have three wonderful adopted children. Tim has a passion for preaching the Gospel, church planting, adoption, and feasting with the poor. His first book, The God of Great Reversals: Finding the Gospel in the Book of Esther, was released in 2016.

Speaker: Tim Cain