Church Discipline

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

It has been discovered that a man who had apparently been an upstanding church member for many years has really been living a double life. He is a drunkard and has physically abused his wife. Or he is guilty of adultery. Or he is unjustly divorcing his wife. But what should the church do? Does it have a right to do anything? Perhaps it would be best if the church just ignored this thorny problem. Maybe it will just go away.

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By | March 11th, 2015|Church, Herald|

Christ-Centered Ministry (4)

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

If a ministry is to be properly Christ-centered, it must give the Lord Jesus Christ prominence as Prophet, Priest, and King of His people. All too often in our generation of “we-wouldn’t-want-to-offend-anyone” Christianity, Christ’s kingship is conveniently ignored if not openly denied. As King, He rightfully demands His people’s obedience and supreme devotion and loyalty. The New Testament is crystal clear at this point. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). The Apostle John wrote, “He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4).

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By | March 6th, 2015|Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

Christ-Centered Ministry (3)

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

If a ministry is properly Christ-centered, it will give the Lord Jesus Christ prominence as the One who has been anointed prophet, priest, and king. In the last article, we considered His office as priest. Now we focus on giving Christ His rightful place as prophet. A prophet is one who speaks the words of God to men. Christ is the Greatest Prophet ever. How do we accord Him His rightful place in any ministry God grants to us?

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By | March 2nd, 2015|Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

Christ-Centered Ministry (2)

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

The name “Christ” means “Anointed One.” Theologians have pointed out that in the OT, prophets, priests and kings were all anointed for their offices. As the Anointed One, Christ is our prophet, priest, and king. This suggests a helpful way to evaluate whether a ministry is “Christ-centered.”

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By | February 28th, 2015|Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

Christ-Centered Ministry (1)

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

Every sincere Christian desires a “Christ-centered” ministry. But, what constitutes a “Christ-centered” ministry? Frequently, preachers or churches which address the subjects of sin, repentance, obedience, Christ’s commands, duty, or self-denial are criticized as being not “Christ-centered”, even though Christ’s own Word overflows with teaching on these topics.

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By | February 26th, 2015|Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

God’s Commands 5

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

Do you have a hard time trying to figure out how it can be that a Christian cannot be saved by works, but that he still must keep God’s commandments? Part of the problem is our sinful flesh. We all have enough remaining sin that we would make perfect Pharisees. That is, if we are going to be required to do something, we want to receive credit for it. When we are told that we are saved by grace, that means we get no credit for what we ourselves do. So when we hear that we must obey God, we say, “No we don’t have to—we’re saved by grace!” I mean, who wants to do something for nothing, anyways?

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By | October 31st, 2014|Herald, Law|

God’s Commands 4

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

One of the reasons so many people have difficulty with the notion that Christians are obligated to keep God’s commandments is that they think that keeping commandments is contrary to salvation by grace. But the problem is really one of ignorance regarding the clear teaching of the Bible. We must begin with the fact that the Bible teaches salvation by grace--that is, salvation is the work of God, not of men. You could never earn salvation. No matter how much you do, you will never deserve the favor of God. “By grace you have been saved...; not of works” (Ephesians 2:8-9; cf. Titus 3:5). Give up every notion that you can ever even add to the worth and merit of Christ’s work, let alone save yourself. At the same time, the Bible clearly teaches that Christians are under obligation to keep God’s laws and commands.

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By | September 30th, 2014|Herald, Law|

God’s Commands 3

Pastor Dave ChanskiDave Chanski

One of the reasons that God’s commands have fallen into disfavor, even among those who call themselves Christ’s disciples, is that such folks think of the word commandment as synonymous with harshness, severity, and oppression. What Christians must remember, however, is that the commandments are God’s commandments. It is the Lord who is our Master. Our master is not Pharaoh, who made the Israelites produce bricks without providing them with straw. God’s commands are the commands of a loving Father. This is why Jesus could say, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:30).” And this is why he could recommend that we take the same attitude toward His Father’s law: “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:10-11).

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By | September 3rd, 2014|Herald, Law|

When the Lion Roars

Pastor Dave ChanskiDave Chanski

Not long ago, some dear Christians fled from their church home of many years because a mouse had replaced the lion. That is to say, conversation had replaced preaching. Their church’s new pastor had removed the pulpit from the platform. He replaced it with four bar stools upon which sat four church members who discussed religious issues with their pastor while he sat cross-legged at their feet. The fleeing Christians reported that this innovation was the crowning touch in the pastor’s bid to banish any hint of authoritative preaching from the church. He told the congregation that church growth experts believe the conversational “open-forum” approach better appeals to the appetites of modern men who don’t appreciate being “preached at.”

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By | July 25th, 2014|Church, Herald|

God-Honoring Worship
Is Preaching Obsolete?

Pastor Dave ChanskiDave Chanski

Many people in our day view the authoritative preaching of the Word of God in the same way they view the telegraph. Both, they feel are outmoded and obsolete. "Why tap out our message in archaic Morse code when we have the advanced inventions of the fax machine, cellular phones, and e-mail?" Likewise, "Why grind out the gospel through the tedious instrument of preaching when we have available the sleek methods of dramatic and musical productions, multimedia slide presentations, and town meeting-like group discussions?" Unfortunately, many Christians and churches treat authoritative preaching as an embarrassing relic from a bygone era. God thinks otherwise. After His baptism, "Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God" (Mark 1:14). "He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him, and that He might send them out to preach" (Mark 3:14). The Spirit's coming at Pentecost issued in in Peter's preaching a mighty sermon (Acts 2:14ff.). Paul and Barnabas evangelized sinners and edified saints by preaching to them (Acts 13:5; 14:7,21, etc).

By | July 8th, 2014|Herald, Worship|