"To me the name on the church creates identity to what we feel is whats happening inside. I am fairly new to the Church of God but not the church. I grew up in the church and what was on the sign announced the distinctives from one church…"
I agree. Performance seems to be key now-a-days. Clapping, shouting and, even, dancing should be consistent with the scripture with regard to praise and worship (Psalm 47:1; Psalm 100:1). Our praise and adoration…"
"Well said. The antithesis of worship is centering on the self. With the passing of earlier leaders in our movement like Byrum and Smith (perhaps most congregants among us have no idea who they were, anymore),…"
"@ Abe & Connie Casiano
I think it was more confusing than anything else. We still struggle, somewhat, with people recognizing we're a church and not a warehouse - LOL. When we do some well thought out cosmetic changes to…"
I do see your point. The "Church of God" is just that, God's church and to make the name too common or generic, to me, does lean to a water-down of the message. The whole idea of being "relevant" and…"
"We used to hear doctrinal preaching on "the Biblical name of the church." Nowadays, many of our congregations are leaving out the name "Church of God" altogether. And, chances are that those same congregations…"
"The important thing is to BE the Church of God! It simply means "God's church," and if we convert it into a denominational meaning we abandon one of our founding tenets, the inclusive unity of God's true people. …"
"Thanks to both of you and, rightly so, 1Timothy 3:1 - 7 is the perfect model for our code of ethics. We are in the process, at our church, of updating our operations manual and found that we had no Ministry Code of Ethics in place. Not…"
"Rev. Philip, The scripture that you make referrence to is dead on. It clearly sets a foundation that speaks of spiritual leadership and maturity... as Paul states in verse 10 "But let these also first be tested".
"Cassandra to be specific the answer to your question is yes. As a minister we have a very plain set forth code of ethics that goes into great detail how we are to maintain an ethical standard in all our actions.
It is in 1 Timothy 3:1-7,…"