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What is NCFIC’s purpose?

NCFIC’s purpose is to correctly understand God’s unified vision for church and family, rightly diagnose the problems that impede this vision, and effectively communicate biblical solutions that rebuild family-affirming churches. We do not believe that family-integration is the only—or even the primary—issue in selecting or establishing a local church. But it is unquestionably a defining issue of our day as the modern church has lost the essential familistic culture that we see modeled in the New Testament.

This question and answer is taken from the “Frequently Asked Questions” page on the NCFIC web site

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The Mission of the National Center for Family Integrated Churches

1. Proclaim the sufficiency of scripture for church and family life

2. Promote the centrality of the church in God’s plan for families

3. Recover the biblical doctrines of manhood and womanhood in church, family and civil life

4. Identify the marks of worldliness in church and family in the 21st century

5. Explain the complimentary roles of church and family….

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Listen to A Church Covenant Song

Church covenants help to center a congregation on the biblical principles that every church member should uphold. Here is a song with the best elements that many church covenants contain. Click Here to Listen

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David Brainerd, “A Pure and Fervent Flame of Love to God”

Each year the elders at our church recommend that families read a missionary biography. For 2008, our recommendation was the biography of David Brainerd compiled by Jonathan Edwards.

Jonathan Edwards captures the essence of why it was important that we read Brainerd’s biography,

“that we may be in like manner faithful in our work; that we may be filled with the same spirit, animated with the like pure and fervent flame of love to God, and the like earnest concern to advance the kingdom and glory of our Lord and Master, and the prosperity of Zion!”

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R. Kent Hughes - Beloved Expositor

My appreciation runs high for my preaching professor in seminary - R. Kent Hughes. With all his heart he appealed to us to preach the Word using the expository method. That was 28 years ago. Now, a book on preaching has been dedicated to him: Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of R. Kent Hughes

The exposition of scripture was the focus of his life for over forty years. This book celebrates this legacy by bringing together fifteen of his friends to write about the things he loved so much. The Editor, Leland Ryken has included an article by D.A. Carson who speaks succinctly about critical issues for preaching by boiling it down to five observations.

Commenting on expository preaching he says that it is essentially, “unpacking what is there… If we expect God to re-reveal himself by his own words, then our expositions must reflect as faithfully as possible what God actually said…”

This was the heart of Kent Hughes’ ministry to young seminarians and I know several who continue to live the vision he cast so long ago. One Sunday morning a decade ago, my wife Deborah and I attended College Church where Kent was preaching. I could hardly hold back the tears as he preached - he was still doing the things he taught us to do so many years before and it was beautiful to me.

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My Parents, Bill and Mary Brown Celebrate 61 Years of Marriage Today

As the eldest son, I am perhaps one of the supreme authorities on this marriage since I have had the closest and longest inside view of almost anyone alive. As a long term observer, I must say that this has been a sweet marriage. Some of the more junior observers of this marriage say:

Grandson David says: “It is a blessing to watch the example of their interactions.”

Granddaughter Blair says: “I want a marriage like that.”

Granddaughter Claudia says: “We have had the benefit of 61 years of a marriage on the right path - their lives have been such a good example to me.”

Daughter in-law Deborah says: “Staying married this long has made them free to be with us and minister to us - like today when Grandmary helped Claudia bake.”

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2009 Calendar Events for the National Center for Family Integrated Churches

February 13-14 “Our Marriages and The Marriages of our Son’s and Daughters,” Wake Forest, NC

March 14-15 Reforming Church and Family | Unpacking Family Integrated Church Life - Wake Forest

September 18-19 Church Planters Symposium - Anderson Indiana

October 24-25 Reforming Church and Family | Unpacking Family Integrated Church Life - Wake Forest

December 10-12 National NCFIC Conference – The Sufficiency of Scripture for Church and Home Life

For more information email David Brown: [email protected]

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Expansion of the NCFIC

We are now engaged in a significant expansion of the ministry of the National Center for Family Integrated Churches. The NCFIC was founded on September 11, 2001 and after seven years of ministry and laying a foundation, we believe that now is the time to give the NCFIC a distinct internet presence. This will allow us to clarify and amplify the message, increase the services, multiply the theological resources and extend the reach of the ministry.

This expansion includes the following:

  1. Spinning the NCFIC web site out as a stand-alone resource.
  2. Locating the offices of the NCFIC in Wake Forest, NC.
  3. Getting to work on a big build-out of the web site content in audio, print and video.
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Internship of the National Center for Family Integrated Churches

Consider an exciting internship opportunity with the National Center for Family Integrated Churches. The NCFIC Internship is a men’s discipleship program consisting of personal study, local church involvement, and ministry to churches around the nation through conferences and internet communications.

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Activating The Affections Through Sermons and Books

Here is an insightful article from Tim Challies on the mind and the affections and their relationship to listening to sermons and reading books. It is true that we cannot remember everything we hear or read, but our affections are formed by them and that works for the glory of God and for our sanctification.

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