church membership

  1. D

    Why did EPC lose 27,826 members (18.54% of 2016 members) between 2016 and 2020?

    In 2016, the EPC had 150,042 members (Statistics EPC - 2016). In 2018, it reported having 145,210 members (Statistics EPC - 2018). In 2019, 136,336 members (Statistics - EPC 2019). And the latest stat, for the year 2020, had 122,216 members (Statistics EPC - 2020). What would be the cause for...
  2. Christopher Robin

    Advice needed

    My letter, sent today to the leadership of my church: I ask the same question now of my friends here at the Puritan Board. With thanks in advance for thoughtful replies. I'd rather stay put, but if they forbid me to teach anymore at that church, then it might be problem. What do y'all think?
  3. Travis Fentiman

    Resources on the Peace & Purity of the Church

    One of the main aims of Church discipline, which should also be the aim of all Christians, is to seek the peace and purity of Christ’s Church. It is not always readily clear however, what that principle calls for in particular situations; and the phrase is often readily misused by those who...
  4. Travis Fentiman

    On Fundamental, Secondary & Tertiary Matters of Christianity, & Errors Therein

    What precisely must one believe to be saved? Given the variety of people’s background, understanding and what is told them of Christianity, even as exampled in Scripture, that is not an easy question to answer. If people profess serious errors that seem to overturn the fundamentals of...
  5. C. Matthew McMahon

    Zeal for God’s House Quickened by Oliver Bowles B.D. (1574-1664?)

    Mr. Bowles, in this excellent and stirring treatise, fights diligently against false and hypocritical, zeal. He, instead, in this famous address, sets down the biblical zeal of a true reformer. Zeal for God’s House Quickened by Oliver Bowles B.D. (1574-1664?) Oliver Bowles B.D. (1574-1664?)...
  6. C. Matthew McMahon

    Discerning the Signs of the Times and the Church’s Reformation by Samuel Willard (1640-1707)

    Discerning the Signs of the Times and the Church’s Reformation by Samuel Willard (1640-1707) Samuel Willard (1640-1707) was a reformed preacher of the Gospel in the old South Boston Church in New England, president of Harvard University, and one of the great Protestant ministers of his day...
  7. C. Matthew McMahon

    5 Marks of Biblical Reformation by C. Matthew McMahon (Book 4 in the Series)

    5 Marks of Biblical Reformation by C. Matthew McMahon Everybody loves to claim the magisterial reformation for their own! Everyone wants to be a reformer in that way. But take God’s principles of a Biblical Reformation and apply them to the church in practical daily living, then that’s a...
  8. J.L. Allen

    Decatur, Alabama. Decatur PCA

    Is anyone familiar with Decatur Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Decatur, Alabama? My sister has grown to love the worship typical in the OPC. Will this PCA be similar in the sense of having a traditional worship, or will it be more "contemporary?"
  9. M

    Leave church because they have normative principle?

    I am a German Five-Point-Calvinist and supporter of infant baptism and the Westminster Confession and the regulative principle (puritan principle). I believe that Sunday is the Christian Sabbath and that Christmas and Easter are wrong and sin. I am member of a Reformed Church in Germany...
  10. J

    The Fourth Vow for PCA Membership

    I understand that the fourth vow was added in 1929. Does anyone know the history behind why the fourth vow as added? The fourth vow reads as follows: "Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?"
  11. K

    Senior Project: Protestantism in America

    Hello friends. I start my freshman year at UCLA in September. In the mean time, I have to finish some work before I graduate high school. In light of this, I've chosen to write an essay for one of my senior projects. My school is structured so that seniors must complete three senior projects...
  12. J

    Is Dispensationalism (John Mcarthur) reason to leave an otherwise sound church?

    I attend a non-denominational church that is John MacArthur East. We have pastor and teachers from his seminary and teach verse by verse through the bible. It wan't until we hit Matthew 24 that the depth of the dispensationalist bent hit me in full. Is this something that I should leave the...
  13. rrfranks

    Communion & Church Membership

    What do you think, should participation in The Lord's Supper be tied to church membership? For example if you have a covenant child who has grown up in the church and has not become a communicant member of the church should they be allowed to take communion?