Total abstinence may be the best way to treat alcohol today, but it should not be a requirement for church membership.
Legalism is a more dangerous disease than alcoholism because it doesn't look like one.
We must seek a better understanding of the covenantal meaning of the local church.
The covenant that makes us belong to God makes us belong to each other.
Every Christian has a crucial need for covenant relationships, regardless of how un-American it may be.
Don't get into people's lives only when things are falling apart;
get in when things are going well and help each other keep that course.
How do you preserve the covenant
community in spite of sickness and sin?
God is a great,
mighty, awesome, covenant-keeping, loving God, who will help us,
and who will show his love for us through the covenant.
Spiritual leaders are to keep watch of the word, of Christ, of themselves, and of their people.
Elders should see themselves as servants, and the church should have a bent toward trusting them.
Baptism & Church Membership