Dividends and Drawbacks of Small Groups
October 1, 2015 by Nicholas Batzig
The term "small group" (or its many variations) carries almost as much baggage as the word "missional." It means many different things to different people. Some envision small groups to be places of meals, sharing and service, while others see them as places of discipleship and spiritual growth. In his book, Outgrowing the Ingrown Church, Jack Miller explained that there are basically four small group models--the growth model, the healing model, the worker model and the missionary model. The growth model views a small group as a place that exist primarily for the spiritual growth of the members; the healing model as a place of transparency, support and care; the worker model as a place where service is encouraged and initiated; and the missionary model, as a place to fuel evangelism. Miller proceeded to point out some of the strengths and weaknesses of each of these models and then argued for something of a synthesizing of the various beneficial aspects of all four. Whatever else may be said, this much we can be sure of: There will always dividends and drawbacks to small groups.
Years ago, a colleague said to me, "For the church to get bigger it needs to get smaller." Considering the fact that 75-80% of the people in a church will likely commit--to some degree or another--to a small group, they become extremely beneficial ways of fostering community and fellowship among members and visitors. Here are some thoughts about how to implemented small groups, if you have never done so in your church:
- Intentionally grouped families and individuals together by geographical location, yet gave people the freedom to go to whatever small group they wanted.
- Approach several people to see if they would be willing to open their homes in those regions.
- Asked some men in the church (either officers or those who you might consider to be potential elders and deacons) to be facilitators.
- Communicate clearly and consistently with members about what you are doing. Consider asking them to sign up for one of the new small groups or to be willing to be placed in one geographically.
- Asked a couple if they would be willing to sit behind a display table every Sunday morning (for one month prior to launching the small groups). Set the table right outside of the worship room door so that we could get maximum sign up.
- Encourage the facilitators to appoint one person in their group to be a contact person who would call or email each person who signed up for that group to remind them of monthly meetings and events.
- Encourage each group to choose between going over the sermon with questions that I would write or to pick approved teaching material (e.g., the 22-24 minute Lionier teaching segments with study guides).
- Give each group the freedom to pick a day that they wanted to meet and asked that each group meet at least twice a month.
- Give each group the freedom to decide whether to eat a meal or dessert together--while strongly encouraging them to do one or the other.
- Offered to provide child care for all of the small groups.
Small groups also aid in helping to figure out the best way to assimilate new families and individuals into the life of the church. However, you may wish to have a plan to reproduce some of the small groups that are growing numerically by breaking them up and starting new ones. Be aware of the fact that there will always be dividends and drawbacks to a small group structure in a church. Here are five dividends and five drawbacks that we should always keep in mind:
- Small Groups should encourage greater commitment to the Lord's Day gatherings in the life of a church. A small group should serve as a springboard to propel the members to be committed to Sunday school and morning and evening worship. Small group facilitators should be encouraging the group wisely, lovingly and regularly to fulfill their vows to regularly attend Lord's Day services. If the small group is functioning as it should, the members should be willing to "exhort one another daily" not to forsake the assembling of themselves together. When members begin to slide away from regular worship, members of the small group should reach out and see how to best encourage restoration in a gentle and loving way.
- Small Groups should encourage close spiritual friendships among the members of the church. People only have so much time in a week and can only sustain so many close friendships in their lives. Small groups encourage people in the church to form close friendships with each other, to pray for one another, to serve one another in our daily needs and to build each other up on a week to week basis. A large church mid-week meeting doesn't encourage this dynamic to the same degree. Having many people in a larger setting often breeds frenetic conversations and relationships. Small groups can serve as a good corrective to this problem.
- Small Groups should encourage prayer in the life of the church. We should bemoan the fact that the weekly prayer meeting is the least frequented meeting in the life of the church. If we build prayer into every small group, we will have a good majority of the people in the church praying together on a weekly basis. Small group facilitators should be trained to lead a time of prayer where the members of a small group are encouraged to pray together. I have also found that people are more comfortable praying out loud in a small group setting in a way in which they are not in a larger corporate gathering. Small groups also encourage members of a church to share prayer requests that they might be more hesitant to share in a larger setting.
- Small Groups should encourage indiscriminate care for others in the church. In a church of over 100 members, care for others becomes increasingly difficult. The larger the church, the easier it becomes for cliques to form with people who are similar in age, cultural preferences and socio-economical status. Small groups that are arranged by geographical locations can help put members of a church together who might not otherwise get to know and deeply care for one another.
- Small Groups should encourage outreach and service in the church and the community. Because there are less voices in a small group, there can often be more unification and easier mobilization for outreach and service. Miller explained that "small groups are ideal for outreach. They form natural teams for evangelism if they are properly prepared and understand how to do this work." Additionally, small groups can be good places to bring unbelievers--especially if there is a meal and Gospel-centered teaching. If you have one elder and one deacon in a small group, this can help the session and the deaconate of the church disseminate and implement ideas for outreach and service. Small groups can also help the members of the church keep each other informed as to the prayer needs and material needs of members of the church. It is far easier to keep up with the needs of the members of a church through small groups. Finally, small groups can encourage members of the church to bring their ideas for outreach and service.
- Small Groups can become a replacement for corporate worship. This is an all too common problem in churches. People can get excited about getting together with their small group, but not about coming together to worship the Lord with all His people on the Lord's Day. We are commanded to worship together on the Lord's Day, not to meet in mid-week small groups. I cannot count the number of times people have said to me, "Our small group is really our church." This potential drawback needs to be proactively warned against by the facilitators and members of a small group see it beginning to occur.
- Small Groups can easily devolve into cliques. One very real danger of small groups is that they can become cliques that exist in the gathered assembly on the Lord's Day. This is especially likely to happen if the members of the small group are of a similar age demographic or stage of life. Living in close community with one another on a week-in and week-out basis can hinder people from pressing outward to fellowship with the other members of the body on Sunday and on other days of the week. We must guard against allowing this to happen. Helping the members of a small group be self-aware of this danger is imperative.
- Small Groups can become arenas for schism and division. One of the great drawbacks of a small group is that it can become a place that fosters complaining, gossip, slander and even divisive factions. This is a heart issue, but it is heightened in smaller settings where a problematic individual thinks that he or she will be able to sway others to join them in their discontentment. If they succeed, the damage can be irreparable. Small group facilitators and members should be warned about such a danger. The Scriptures teach us that one of the seven things that the Lord hates is "one who sows discord among brethren" (Proverbs 6:19).
- Small Groups can be used as therapy sessions for self-focused individuals. If an individual longs to be part of a small group for "healing" purposes, this can easily become a negative thing for them and all involved. People can monopolize a small group by constantly venting their problems and complaints. There are many who take great comfort in continually talking about their problems but never pursuing real change. While small groups should be places of transparency and healing, they can also become counseling centers or a functional priesthood in an unhealthy and damaging way. The group facilitator should encourage the group not to offer advice in the group setting, and to offer to meet with an extremely needy individual to talk and prayer outside of the small group setting.
- Small Groups can become ingrown. If a small groups are not accomplishing the purposes for which they were established they will easily become ingrown. It they lose the "worker model" aspects and the "missionary model" aspects they will simply exist for self-serving purposes. This defeats the entire purpose of establishing small groups. The facilitators need to constantly keep the "growth," "healing," "worker" and "missionary" model aspects of the small group in sight. This takes great intentionality and effort on the part of elders, deacons and other facilitators.
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February 20, 2014The Most Important Overlooked Doctrine (Part 2)
February 20, 2014The Most Important Overlooked Doctrine (Part 2)
February 18, 2014Jonathan Edwards on David as a Type of Christ
February 11, 2014The Most Important Overlooked Doctrine?
February 10, 2014The Most Important Overlooked Doctrine (Part 1)
February 5, 2014Pitfalls of Parachurch
January 29, 2014Geerhardus Vos on the Covenant of Works
January 22, 2014Reading and Preaching the Text in Context
January 14, 2014Death and Resurrection: The Key to the Old Testament
January 8, 2014A Biblical Theology of the Good Shepherd
December 30, 2013The Silence of Jesus in Judgment
December 27, 2013Lloyd-Jones on The Gospel and the Charge of Antinomianism
December 26, 2013A God-Determined Progress to a God-Determined End
December 25, 2013Ray Ortlund's Isaiah Sermon Series
December 21, 2013Learning to be a Grateful Critic
December 16, 2013Vos on the Historicity and Interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2
December 4, 2013John Calvin on the Great Exchange
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November 16, 2013Paul, the Law and Eschatological Justification: Three Views of Romans 2:13
November 7, 2013Does God the Father Love You Because of Jesus?
November 3, 2013The Anatomy of Saving Faith
November 2, 2013A Crisis In the Divine Government
October 31, 2013Individual Personalities and the Gospel
October 23, 2013The Strongest Evidence for the Deity of the Son
October 18, 2013Make It Your Own!
October 15, 2013The Parable of the Three Sons
October 15, 20139 Traces of the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Old Testament
October 13, 201320 Things Jesus Does As The Great Shepherd
October 9, 2013Four Things To Keep In Mind For Your "Last Sermon"
October 1, 2013What Would Jesus Drink?
September 28, 2013The Grace of Remembering
September 16, 2013Stuart Robinson's 8 Point Interpretation of Genesis 3:15
August 31, 2013Suffering, Chastisement and the Fatherly Love of God
August 21, 2013Baptism in the Reformed Tradition (Resources)
August 20, 2013A Biblical Theology of Darkness and Light
August 16, 2013A Faith That Triumphs And Suffers
August 14, 2013We See Jesus: New Testament Use of the Old in Hebrews 1:4
August 13, 2013The Apostolic "We" Passages
August 6, 2013A Biblical Theology of Exile/Restoration in the OT Prophets
August 5, 2013C.S. Lewis on the Right of Private Judgment
August 5, 2013No Greeting From the Holy Spirit?
July 26, 2013Because There Was No Sun...
July 24, 2013Old Testament Personal Types and Shadows of Christ
July 16, 2013A Bad Court In Which To Be Tried
July 9, 2013The Wisdom of the Son (Law and Gospel in the Proverbs)
July 8, 2013The Emmaus Sessions: Christ and Redemptive History
July 2, 2013Tolerance that Parodies Love
July 2, 2013C.S. Lewis on Beauty and Idolatry
July 1, 2013John's Use of the Song of Songs in the Book of Revelation
June 29, 2013Book of Hebrews Resources
June 28, 2013Jonathan Edwards on Christ and the Song of Songs
June 16, 2013Sinclair Ferguson, William Still and Eric Alexander Crieff Fellowship Lectures (1979-2007)
June 10, 2013Jesus on the Inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture
June 7, 20135 Reasons to Join (or Not Join) a Church Plant
May 22, 2013The Songs of the Son (Seeing Christ in the Psalms)
May 16, 2013No More Consciousness of Sin?
May 12, 2013A Pastor's Love for Christ
May 8, 2013Why We Fear Grace
May 4, 2013Why Was Christ Veiled in the Law?
May 1, 2013Proud vs. Broken People
April 26, 2013When God Swears to God
April 8, 2013Taking Up the Hammer and the Nails (A Theology of Apostasy)
April 2, 2013On Getting As Little Truth As Possible
March 22, 2013Jesus' Compassion for Sinners
March 7, 2013The Difference Between a Prophet and a Priest
February 17, 2013The Holy Spirit Says...
February 16, 2013John Newton's Olney Hymn of Gospel Types
February 12, 2013The Importance of Time Management
February 9, 2013Jesus and the General and Special Revelation of God
February 9, 2013Sinclair Ferguson Sermon Series Collective
February 8, 2013Warfield, Biblical Doctrines and Confessionalism
February 1, 2013"Textual, Expository, Redemptive-Historical, Applicatory" Preaching?
January 31, 2013The God Who Loves Finished Work
January 28, 2013Jesus and the World to Come
January 22, 2013East of Eden (Episode 12): Jesus Christ, the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever
January 19, 2013Top 10 (or 11) Volumes on the Suffering and Glory of Christ
January 16, 2013Eric Alexander Sermons
January 15, 2013Edwards on Intellectual vs. Spiritual Understanding
January 12, 2013John Owen on the Apostles' Christological Interpretation of Psalm 2
January 6, 2013"We See Jesus" Sermon Series
January 3, 2013Symbols of Christ in the Wilderness
December 29, 2012The Parable of Three Lost Sons
December 16, 2012The Glory of Man at Creation and in Redemption
December 15, 2012Jesus: The Omega of the Old Testament
December 6, 20127 Years of the 9Marks Journal
November 16, 2012The Aroma of Christ
November 14, 2012East of Eden: The Biblical and Systematic Theology of Jonathan Edwards
October 27, 2012The "Signs" of Tongues and Prophecy in 1 Cor. 14:20-25
October 26, 2012A Divinely Inspired Anachronism of Eschatological Hope (or 'How God Enabled Abraham to Long for Heav
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October 25, 2012When Christ Orchestrates a Prison Break
October 23, 2012Jesus Runs the Church
October 23, 2012Christ and the Tent in the Wilderness
October 20, 2012Jonathan Edwards on Righteous and Sinful Anger
October 18, 2012The Man Behind Monergism
October 17, 2012The Clean for the Unclean
October 15, 2012The Christology of Deut. 30:11-14
October 10, 2012East of Eden (Episode 7) - Christian Knowledge
October 10, 2012Christ's Gifts of the Spirit
October 8, 2012"Precious" New Puritan Press
September 25, 2012On Headship, Hats, Hair and Historical Context
September 22, 2012Sinclair Ferguson on the New Perspective
September 22, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: The Mosaic Covenant and Christ (Part 2)
September 18, 2012East of Eden (Episode 4): Dr. Ken Minkema & the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale
September 18, 2012Sinclair Ferguson on Preaching Poetry
September 12, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: The Mosaic Covenant and Christ (Part 1)
September 11, 2012Jonathan Edwards on the Typology of the Showbread and Lampstand in the Temple
September 11, 2012Samuel Miller Publications Online
September 11, 2012East of Eden (Episode 3): The Most High, A Prayer Hearing God
September 5, 2012How Redemptive History and Example Meet in the Book of Hebrews
September 4, 2012East of Eden: God Glorified in Man's Dependence (Episode 2)
August 28, 2012East of Eden: The Biblical and Systematic Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Episode 1)
August 11, 2012The Theological Driver's Seat and a M16
August 11, 2012Sinclair Ferguson Sermons from His Scotland Days
August 8, 2012Archibald Alexander Publications Online
August 7, 2012Vos on the Typical Role of Moses and the Exodus (Part 1)
July 31, 2012John Gerstner Lectures
July 28, 2012On the Sabbath, Ceremonial Sabbaths, the Lord's Day and the Day of the LORD
July 21, 2012Christ: The End of the Law for Justification and Sanctification
July 13, 2012Jonathan Edwards' Seven Steps for Growth in Divine Knowledge
July 10, 2012Christological Principles of Typology
July 9, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: Christ and Redemptive History
June 28, 2012Adolphe Monod on Jesus, the Mystery of Godliness
June 28, 2012The "Not I, but the Lord...I say, Not the Lord" Sayings of Paul
June 26, 2012Jonathan Edwards on Self-Righteousness in Believers
June 16, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: The Abrahamic Covenant and Christ
June 1, 2012Christ Crucified: the Center of Gravity in Preaching
May 29, 2012William Still Sermons
May 28, 2012Noah, Jesus and Preaching to Spirits
May 28, 2012Teaching One Another In...
May 25, 2012Jesus Christ: Savior or Example?
May 24, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: Adam, Covenant and Christ
May 20, 2012Three Ways the New Testament Writers Quote the Old Testament
May 18, 2012Four Points about the Noahic Covenant and Redemptive History
May 9, 2012"Confessing Our Faith in a Non-Confessing World" Conference (AK)
April 30, 2012Vern Poythress on the Different Approaches to Scripture
April 26, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: A Tale of Two Seeds
April 17, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: The Church as the True Israel
April 14, 2012Spurgeon on the Amusement-Driven Church
April 9, 2012The Sermon on the Mount and the Savior on the Mount
April 3, 2012The Emmaus Sessions - Jesus: True Israel
April 2, 2012The Justification of Imputation
March 17, 2012The Gracious Judgment of Charity
March 3, 2012A Dialogue to Die For
February 27, 2012Feeding on Christ - 2012 Giveaway
February 15, 2012A Biblical Theology of Food and Drink
February 11, 2012Gospel Justice
February 11, 2012"Filling the Shepherd's Fold" Seminar
February 9, 2012A Picture Worth 66 Books
February 4, 2012A Cheap and Easy Way to Support a Church Plant
January 31, 2012How Jesus Confronted and Corrected Others
January 9, 2012Free Martyn Lloyd-Jones Ephesians Sermon Series
January 7, 2012Paradise Restored Series
December 29, 2011"For Unto Us" Sermon Series
December 29, 2011M.I.C. iPhone/iPad Accessories
December 24, 2011The Magi and the Scriptures
December 23, 2011Seeing the Savior in a Poor, Beggar Baby
December 15, 2011Isaiah an OT Paul and Paul a NT Isaiah
December 10, 2011Sinclair Ferguson Christmas Sermons 2005-2012
December 4, 2011Take Heed (December 2011 Tabletalk Article)
December 1, 2011Identifying the Colossian Heresy
November 21, 2011Reading the Gospels in Light of the Gospel
November 19, 2011Sermon Preparation Resources
November 19, 2011Sermon Preparation Resources
November 18, 2011How to Handle Criticism
November 18, 2011Sinclair Ferguson Lectures on Marriage and Parenting
November 17, 2011The Marrow of Modern of Divinity
November 7, 2011The Most Jesus-centered Devotional in Church History!
November 5, 2011The Peril of Wandering (November 2011 Tabletalk Article)
October 29, 2011Preaching Christ in the Proverbs (Video and Audio)
October 28, 2011Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University Resources
October 27, 2011New Keith and Kristyn Getty Christmas Album
October 19, 2011Preaching Christ from the Proverbs (Lecture)
October 16, 2011The Obedience of the Second Adam and True Israel
October 15, 2011A Biblical Theology of Locusts
October 8, 2011The Inner Ring (October 2011 Tabletalk Devotional)
October 6, 2011The Double Crucifixion
September 30, 2011The Dangers of Seeking to Restore
September 28, 2011Sinclair Ferguson 2004-2011 Tabletalk Articles
September 26, 2011Don't Waste Your Grill or Boat
September 26, 2011The Astonishment of Jesus
September 16, 2011Luther and Calvin on Galatians 5:6
September 8, 2011One Thing Leads to Another
September 8, 2011Free Martyn Lloyd-Jones Sermons
September 5, 2011The Secret of Sanctification
August 31, 2011New James M. Boice Daily Devotional
August 31, 2011Second Annual Reformation Worship Conference (Oct. 20-23)
August 26, 2011The World Redeemed From Within
August 20, 2011The Spiritual Decline of Once-Healthy Churches
August 19, 2011The Hardships of Christian Ministry
August 17, 2011Purposes and Preaching of Parables
August 15, 2011Let Him Who Thinks He Stands...
August 13, 2011Holy War: Jesus Style
August 12, 2011PrCRT 2011 Conference - Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
August 11, 2011The Elemental Principles of World
August 8, 2011Archives
August 7, 2011The Spirit's First Word
August 6, 2011Making Much of God as Father
August 5, 2011Vern Poythress Redeeming Sociology Interview
July 30, 2011Paradise Restored (Video Series)
July 29, 2011Christ is the Wisdom of God
July 28, 2011The Revelation of the Father and the Son
July 26, 2011Jonathan Edwards on the Demand and Curse of the Law
July 22, 2011The Cursed Christ
July 21, 2011Christ, The Savior of Biblical Interpretation?
July 21, 2011Calvin on Legal Righteousness
July 19, 2011Machen on 'Do This and Live'
July 16, 2011Forthcoming Reformed Commentary Series
June 30, 2011R. A. Finlayson on the Sufferings of the Second Adam
June 28, 2011Vern Poythress on Redeeming Sociology
June 24, 2011Propaganda 4 min. Gospel Video
June 24, 2011William Still On Christ Within
June 21, 2011Selected Articles and Posts
June 21, 2011The Deep Things of Christ
June 20, 2011Galatians Sermon Series
June 14, 2011American Presbyterian Father of the Faith: Rev. Samuel Blair
June 13, 2011Isaac Watts' Absurdity of Infidelity
June 12, 2011The Symbolism of the Ark of the Covenant
June 12, 2011A Biblical Theology of Time
June 2, 2011Hymns of the Christian Faith Series
May 31, 2011Church Planting in the Most Dangerous City in the USA
May 26, 2011The Lord our Righteousness
May 23, 2011The Baptizer and the Betrayer in the Old Testament
May 23, 2011Implications of Trusting in Something
May 7, 2011The Converting Light of the Gospel
May 2, 2011The Allurement of Christ
April 29, 2011PCRT 2011 Children of God Conference and Live Webstream
April 23, 2011Eric Alexander on the Cup of Bitterness and Cup of Blessing
April 22, 2011Rejoice in the Murder of Jesus!
April 22, 2011Lloyd-Jones on Preaching and the Use of Media
April 20, 2011Twelve Years of GPTS Conference Audio Online
April 12, 2011Edwards on Spiritual Pride and Self-Righteousness
April 11, 2011Simeon and Levi: Destroying with the Gospel
April 6, 2011Spurgeon on the Church Planting Magnet
April 2, 2011Too Busy for the Son of God
April 2, 2011Darrin Patrick Audio from the Sovereign Grace PLANT Conference
March 28, 2011Derek Thomas Called as Associate Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC.
March 23, 2011Rare Antiquarian Theological Book Sale
March 23, 2011David, Goliath and Representative Warfare
March 21, 2011A Sinless Life
March 8, 2011GPTS Conference Live Webcast
March 8, 2011Mercy Triumphs Through Judgment
March 5, 2011Rowland Ward on the Covenant of Works
March 2, 2011The Blood of Jesus Shed for Angels?
February 24, 2011On Church Membership and Fencing the Lord's Table
February 20, 2011The Idol-Crushing King
February 9, 2011The Resurrection Power of Jesus
February 8, 2011Ligonier Academy Bible College: An Interview with Michael Morales
January 31, 2011Which Systematic Theology is Best?
January 27, 2011The Church: Organism or Organization
January 19, 2011A Life of Blessing and Rest
January 18, 2011The Firstborn, the Levites, Substitution and the Redemption Money
January 13, 2011Highland Theological College Lectures
January 10, 2011Liam Goligher Called to Tenth Presbyterian
January 2, 2011Liam Goligher Candidating at Tenth Presbyterian
December 31, 2010Modern Judaizers?
December 27, 2010The Christ of the Nunc Dimmitis
December 20, 2010The Humiliated and Poverty-Stricken Savior
December 18, 2010Derek Thomas & Ligon Duncan Lectures on the Songs of Christmas
December 16, 2010Jesus: True Israel of the First Gospel
December 15, 2010Eric Alexander on Living "Life in the Flesh"
December 14, 2010"Westminster Confession for Today" Conference Audio
December 13, 2010An Unexpected Announcement (Luke 1:26-38)
December 8, 2010New Dale Ralph Davis Book on Psalms 1-12
December 3, 2010T. Desmond Alexander Audio Lectures and Sermons
November 30, 2010New William Still Republications
November 27, 2010Sinclair Ferguson Basics Conference Videos on Union with Christ
November 27, 2010Elisabeth Elliot on Hymnody
November 26, 2010Pray for Martin Downes' Daughter
November 26, 2010Forthcoming Jonathan Edwards and Scotland Volume
November 25, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on the Apostle Paul, Patrick Hamilton and the Voice of the Gospel
November 25, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on the Westminster Assembly and Baptism
November 24, 2010Mark Dever and the "Reading Richard Sibbes Aloud Project" (MP3 Series)
November 24, 2010Free DeGraaf and Ridderbos PDFs from Paideia Press!
November 20, 2010Pray for Edward Donnelly
November 20, 2010Kim Riddlebarger Amillennialism Interview
November 19, 2010The Faith of the Centurion
November 18, 2010Pray for Our Persecuted Sister in Pakistan
November 13, 2010Rowland Ward on God's Covenant Unfolded: Creation to New Creation
November 12, 2010A Divine Dialogue
November 10, 2010Lectures from the Heidelberg Conference on Reformed Theology
November 5, 2010Next Conference 2011
November 4, 2010Of Time and Eternity
November 3, 2010Exile and Restoration in the Death and Resurrection of Christ
November 3, 2010Law/Gospel Distinction in Calvin
November 1, 2010Houston Chronicle on the Resurgence of Calvinism in America
October 30, 2010How the Actions of One Man Can Affect the World
October 29, 2010The Ark of the Covenant and the Empty Tomb
October 28, 2010The Last of the Levites
October 27, 2010Preaching that Paints the Shedding of Christ's Blood
October 22, 2010John Fesko Interview on Baptism
October 21, 2010The Unimportance of what God's People Think About Him
October 18, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on the Trinity in the Upper Room
October 15, 2010Is the Fourth Commandment Still Required for Christians?
October 8, 2010Dr. Dennis Prutow Interview
October 4, 2010The Letter of the Gospel (Acts 15:12-41)
October 1, 2010The Exodus Motif in Luke-Acts
September 28, 2010Expositor's Conference Live Feed
September 28, 2010The Biblical Theology of the Pilgrim's Progress
September 25, 2010The Circumcision of Christ in Redemptive-History
September 23, 2010Exodus: Symbols of Redemption
September 23, 2010Full Confidence Conference Live on ReformedForum.TV
September 22, 2010Listen Up! $1
September 20, 2010The Son of Man in the Midst of the Lampstands (Rev. 1:9-20)
September 20, 2010Driscoll on Tithing
September 18, 2010David Gooding: A Theologian Worth Knowing About
September 17, 2010Phil Ryken Installed at Wheaton
September 16, 2010Stipulations for Mercy Ministry?
September 16, 2010The Mark of Real Gospel Preaching
September 13, 2010Cleansed By Christ Alone (John 13:1-20)
September 10, 2010The Impact of 9/11
September 6, 2010Promises, Promises
September 2, 2010The Transmission and Identification of the Inerrant Text of Scripture
September 2, 2010Expository Preaching- Youth Ministry Style
August 30, 2010The Mission of God is the God of Missions
August 28, 2010Contentment in the Ministry
August 24, 2010The Bible Is Not About You
August 24, 2010Toxic Tribalism
August 23, 2010Dr. C.N. Willborn Sermons and Lectures
August 23, 2010The Kind of People We Can Learn From
August 22, 2010He Sets the Prisoner Free (Acts 12:1-24)
August 20, 2010Revelation Resources
August 18, 2010PCA Position Papers
August 17, 2010What's in a Name?
August 14, 2010A Christian By Any Other Name...
August 13, 2010The Acts of the Apostles
August 13, 2010The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards
August 9, 2010Pentecost 2: No Partiality (Acts 10:24-11:19)
August 7, 2010Was Cornelius Regenerate Prior to Peter's Preaching Christ to Him?
August 7, 2010Bringing Home the Bacon (Acts 10:1-23)
August 6, 2010Chad Van Dixhoorn & The Westminster Assembly Project
August 6, 2010Boaz: The Law-Keeping/Debt-Paying Redeemer
August 4, 2010Card's Biblical Lyricism
August 3, 2010WWSJ - (We Would See Jesus)
July 31, 2010A Brief Redemptive-History of Animals
July 29, 2010He Must Increase...
July 28, 2010B.B. Warfield's Confession of Faith
July 27, 2010Jesus Lives, and So Shall I
July 26, 2010Reasons to Leave a Church
July 25, 2010Gabriel Fluhrer Farewell Sermon
July 23, 2010Octavius Winslow Daily Readings
July 22, 2010Holy War: Jesus Style
July 17, 2010Anthony Selvaggio on Redemptive-Historical-Applicatory Preaching?
July 15, 2010Andrew Cherry and RUF at Georgia Southern Univeristy
July 13, 2010Phil Ryken's Final Service at Tenth Presbyterian Church
July 12, 2010On Being Shrewd
July 1, 2010Writings
June 30, 2010Keller on the Duty, Delight and Danger of Being Doctrinal
June 30, 2010Church Planting Dynamics: Gathering the Churched, De-Churched and Un-Churched
June 30, 2010The Presence of God Promised & Typified in the Death of Jacob and Joseph
June 30, 20102010 Ligonier National Conference Videos
June 25, 2010Koester on Revelation
June 24, 2010Ligonier's "Bits, Bytes, Blogs & Bibles" Pre-Conference Videos
June 23, 2010Was Adam a Servant or a Son Before the Fall?
June 23, 2010Spurgeon, Driscoll and Tickling the Oyster
June 23, 2010The Glorious Conquest (Acts 9:1-22)
June 23, 2010The Patriarchal Revelation of Job
June 21, 2010Improving Your Conversations
June 21, 2010The Three Days of Jonah, Jesus and Paul
June 14, 2010Tolle Lege: Take Up and Read (Acts 8:26-40)
June 14, 2010Ligonier Ministry National Conference Live Stream
June 12, 2010W.G.T. Shedd on the Genius of Augustine
June 11, 2010Tullian Tchividjian on the Nature of God-Centered Worship
June 11, 2010Alistair Begg "For the Sake of the Gospel" Audio
June 11, 2010Reformation Worship Conference
June 10, 2010Keller on Gospel-Ecosystems
June 9, 2010John Gerstner on Roman Catholicism
June 7, 2010Can't Buy Me Life
June 4, 2010Jay Harvey on Augustine
June 3, 2010What Made Paul So Great
June 2, 2010The Errors of an Inerrant Church
June 1, 2010On Dying Well
May 31, 2010To Die Is Gain (Acts 7:54-8:5)
May 29, 2010Australia's Sons of Korah
May 28, 2010Eric Alexander on Stephen's Martyrdom
May 27, 2010D.A. Carson's Advice to Pastors on Marriage Situations
May 25, 2010A Biblical Stategy for Church Growth
May 25, 2010Phil Ryken's Final Series at Tenth
May 24, 2010A Defense To Die For (Acts 7:1-60)
May 22, 2010The Continuing Acts of Jesus
May 21, 2010Theocratic Case Laws and the New Covenant Era
May 20, 2010The Apostolic Hermenuetic: Preaching Christ From All The Scriptures
May 20, 2010Britain's First Pro-Abortion Television Ad
May 19, 2010Beck, Lillback, Mohler and DeYoung on Social Justice
May 19, 2010Octavius Winslow Book Giveaway
May 17, 2010Why Did God Live in a Tent?
May 17, 2010A Day in the Life of an Extraordinary Man
May 16, 2010R.C. Sproul on the Importance of Tithing
May 15, 2010Tim Keller on Contentment
May 15, 2010Pipa Lecture on William Perkins
May 15, 2010Godly Men: The Divine Methodology
May 14, 2010On Earth As It Is In Heaven - Tullian Tchividjian's Blog
May 14, 2010R.C. Sproul and the Ligonier Teaching Fellows
May 13, 2010Acceptance and Persecution
May 13, 2010R.C. Sproul's Successor(s)
May 10, 2010Choosing Seven Servants (Acts 6:1-7)
May 10, 2010Michael Reeves on Adam and Eve
May 10, 2010On Not Being Good Enough for the Gospel
May 8, 2010Discrimination and the Seven Servants
May 7, 2010The Imperative of the Indicative: Preaching Christ from the Gospels
May 6, 2010Separated at Birth?
May 5, 2010Advice on Reading Noteworthy Theological Chapters, Articles and Sermons
May 4, 2010The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology
May 3, 2010Above All Earthly Powers
April 30, 2010Tim Keller on Proverbs, Community and Culture
April 30, 2010Roy Taylor's Presentation of the PCA Strategic Plan
April 30, 2010Christ and Culture: Common Grace, Natural Law and Eschatology
April 30, 2010The Donkey Driven Church
April 30, 2010The Love is in the Small Things
April 30, 2010The Connected Kingdom Podcast
April 28, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on the Nature of Grace
April 28, 2010Uncovering Noah's Ark?
April 28, 2010T4G Videos
April 28, 2010Martin Downes on the Heidelcast
April 28, 2010PCRT Live Feed April 30-May 2, 2010
April 26, 2010Poythress on the Role of the Presence of God in Exegesis
April 26, 2010The Devil's in the Resales
April 24, 2010"Me-Monsters" and Social Media
April 23, 2010Alexander Brown Called as Pastor of Golden Isles PCA
April 23, 2010The Proposed PCA Strategic Plan
April 21, 2010N.T. Wright's Redeemer Prebyterian Church Lecture
April 19, 2010Ligonier National Conference Ticket Giveaway
April 19, 2010Burk Parsons on the Wisdom of Listening
April 19, 2010...So Could I!
April 19, 2010Meditations on Isaiah 53 (Part 3)
April 17, 20102010 Greenville PCRT - Joel Beeke on "The Age of the Spirit"
April 17, 20102010 Greenville PCRT - Michael Horton "This Present Evil Age"
April 16, 20102010 T4G Audio
April 16, 2010Christ and Capitol Hill
April 16, 2010Meditations on Isaiah 53 (Part 2)
April 16, 2010PCRT Greenville Pre-Conference #2 - Cornel Venema on "The Olivet Discourse"
April 16, 2010PRCT Greenville Pre-Conference #1 - Rick Phillips on "What Cannot Be Shaken"
April 14, 2010Martin Downes "Heresy Never Dies" Twin Lakes Fellowship 2010
April 14, 2010Lex et Euangelium
April 14, 2010Meditations on Isaiah 53 (Part 1)
April 8, 2010Your Name in a Book
April 7, 2010Steps to Legalism
April 5, 2010PRTS "The Beauty and Glory of Christ" Conference
April 3, 2010Edward Donnelly Sermons on Preaching the Word
April 3, 2010More Walke on Evolution
April 2, 2010Free Sermon Hosting and Sermon Player Resource for Church Planters
March 31, 2010Ryken on Darwin
March 30, 2010Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Honesty of Scripture
March 29, 2010Ground Shaking Prayer (Acts 4:23-31)
March 29, 2010The Alien Righteousness of Christ
March 29, 2010Pride: The Pastor's Worst Enemy
March 28, 2010L'Abri Library Audio
March 27, 2010John Knox's Theology of Prayer
March 27, 2010Samuel Miller on Engaging in Theological Debate
March 27, 2010Waltke, Bavinck and Evolution
March 27, 2010Q & A on Israel and the Church
March 27, 2010Sinclair Ferguson den Dulk Lectures
March 26, 2010Sean Lucas on the Importance of Protestant Confessionalism
March 26, 2010Jeff Waddington on Daniel's Model Prayer
March 26, 2010Christ the Center Discusses the Historicity of Adam
March 24, 2010Can This Be Wright?
March 23, 2010In Battle Array
March 23, 2010The Supreme Foolishness of the Message Preached
March 22, 2010Alfred Poirier Sermons
March 20, 2010The Battle of Battles
March 19, 2010Will the Real First Adam Please Stand Up?
March 18, 2010Performance Driven vs Gospel Driven Churches
March 18, 2010Death and Resurrection in John's Gospel
March 17, 2010Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology in Greenville, SC
March 17, 2010Why Are You So Repetitive?
March 17, 2010Jonathan Edwards on the Covenant of Works
March 16, 2010Tim Keller on the Proverbs as a Mini-Guide to Life
March 16, 2010Should Ministers Preach Christ in Every Sermon?
March 14, 2010Richard Gaffin Perspectives on Pentecost Interview
March 14, 2010The Restoration
March 13, 2010How to Degospelise the Gospel
March 12, 2010Understanding the Law and its Uses
March 11, 2010The Progressive Aloneness of Jesus
March 11, 2010The Value of a Sheep, a Coin and a Son
March 11, 2010Vos on the Covenant of Works and Sinai
March 10, 2010John Piper on Abortion and Eugenics
March 9, 2010Thoughts on Sermon Preparation
March 9, 2010The Growing and Living Church
March 4, 2010Crushing Idols, the Brook Kidron and the Cross of Christ
March 1, 2010Thomas Sowell and the Intellectuals
March 1, 2010New Book on the Atonement
March 1, 2010Hear These Words (Acts 2:14-39)
February 25, 2010Church Planting Interview
February 22, 2010John Owen on the Meaning of Hebrews 13:20
February 21, 2010When Jesus Shows Up at Pentecost
February 20, 2010Phil Ryken is the New President of Wheaton
February 20, 2010Much More Then
February 19, 2010Michael Haykin Interview
February 18, 2010A Theology of the Cross or of the Breast?
February 17, 2010Witsius on the Apostle's Creed
February 17, 2010Covenantal Baptism
February 16, 2010Dennis Johnson on Infant Baptism
February 15, 2010The Purpose of Pentecost
February 15, 2010Better By the Dozen (Acts 1:12-26)
February 13, 2010Choosing Apostolic Number 12
February 12, 2010Muller on Confessing Five Points
February 12, 2010Pastoral Lessons from Larry King?
February 12, 2010Ian Hamilton Sermons
February 10, 2010Presbyterian Mission in Haiti Relief Efforts
February 10, 2010Hart and Bucey on Epistemology and Two Kingdoms
February 8, 2010Text, Context, Cultures PHD Program
February 8, 2010The Acts of the Ascended Christ
February 6, 2010The Progress of Doctrine
February 6, 2010Jonathan Edwards on Christ's Purchase of the Spirit
February 5, 2010New Year's Sermon
February 5, 2010On Biblical Numerology
February 5, 2010Jay Adams on Rescuing Straying Sheep
February 5, 2010When the Man Comes Around
February 5, 2010George Scipione on Drunkeness vs. Disease
February 4, 2010IPC Lord's Supper Conference
February 3, 2010Eric Alexander on the Work of the Spirit in the Book of Acts
February 3, 2010The Cross and the New Division
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