How Transparent Should Pastors Be from the Pulpit? - Dennis Gundersen

How transparent should pastors be from the pulpit?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that it is important for pastors to be transparent in their sermons but that they should exercise discretion on how transparent they are.

For instance, some pastors are too transparent in that their sermons become all about them. Sermons are not to be about ourselves entirely. There shouldn't be unnecessary distractions or digressions. 

Philippians 2:3 (NKJV) - "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself."

Scripture on Repentance in the Home - Sam Waldron

What does Scripture say about repentance and maintaining relationships within the home and in the church?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that Luke 17:3-4 tells us the divine recipe for maintaining healthy relationships in the home and in the church. It states that repentance looks like a husband and a wife confessing and forgiving sin to each other. It involves parents and children confessing sins to one another. It involves members of the church reconciling differences and disagreements between each other.

A husband should be able to admit where he was wrong. Repentance involves the confession of sin and the seeking of forgiveness. It 

Luke 17:3-4 (NKJV) - "Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him."

What Is the Effect of Churches That Are Reforming? - Anthony Mathenia

What is the effect of churches that are reforming and embrace the commands laid out in Scripture?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that reformation is occurring and is making a positive impact in the churches that remain faithful to Scripture. They aren't concerned about anything except for pleasing God. 

If we can design our church services and structure our ministries so that they are primarily and exclusively pleasing to the Lord, they will see positive reformation taking place and see the kingdom of God continue to expand. 

Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) - " But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

Fathers Cultivating a Culture of Repentance - Rob Ventura

How does repentance begin within the home?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that creating a culture of repentance begins with the father and the husband. They are the head of their family and are to lead their family in this. Husbands are to be men who regularly repent of their sins. They need to set the example. They must be men of prayer.

They must be able to humble themselves and apologize to their wife and their child. Christ is glorified in a home when the husband exemplifies repentance to his family. 

Psalm 103:13 (NKJV) - "As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him."

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