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Why Covenant Membership?

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Words like duty and promise, pledges and vows, oaths and formal agreements seem like concepts from the distant past. Contemporary Western cultures are enthralled by choice and committed primarily to the preservation of the freedom to withdraw, move on, reconsider and renegotiate. We are faithful to our spouses until fidelity is uncomfortable and inconvenient. We are loyal ...

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The Church and Israel

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Who are God’s chosen people? Israel, the church, or both? What should we think about the nation of Israel today? Is a Jew who doesn’t believe in Jesus still in a saving, covenant relationship with God? Does God have a separate plan for Israel than he does for the church? Should promises made to Israel in the Old Testament be applied to the church today?...

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What Happens To Infants When They Die?

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Apart from Christ, all mankind is spiritually dead, enslaved to passions and desires of the flesh, and "by nature children of wrath." One of the common questions that rises out of this understanding of man's innate and devastating depravity is how this doctrine applies to infants (and those with certain developmental disabilities). In particular, does this mean that infant...

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Is a Christian a “Sinner?”

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On the one hand there are people who are surprised when they (or other Christians) sin because they assume that, since they are in Christ, they should be able to live a near-perfect life. On the other hand, are those who see their own depravity clearly but fail to realize that their identity is in Christ’s successes and not in their failures....

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Why We Limit The Number Of Songs We Sing

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When your entire list of songs is full of really rich, useful, and well-written songs, new songs don’t have to be introduced as often as you may think. And if the congregation actually knows what the goal of singing in the corporate gathering is, songs don’t have to be phased out every time a new worship album is released......

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Sovereign Over the Small Stuff

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This past weekend we looked at Ephesians 1:3-10 and encountered the mammoth theological concept of predestination. Predestination is but one facet of God's sovereignty. God's sovereignty in general refers to His rule and reign over all things, whereas predestination typically refers to His rule in the realm of salvation....

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Moving Beyond “Did You Have Fun?”

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“Did you have fun?” I have heard parents ask their children this question literally thousands of times. I’ve asked it of my own kids as well; it’s a pretty standard question when reuniting with them after being separated for some activity or function. It’s often used deftly as an icebreaker to begin a conversation with your kids about their experience......

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Exploring Ephesians

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Having concluded our march through Mark and brief excursive on Ecclesiology, The Parkway Church is ready to jump back into another book study. This Sunday (April 23) we will begin our six-month exposition of Ephesians....

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Fighting the Bonds of Legalism

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I know that there are many Christians, like myself, who struggle with trying to earn God’s favor (which is how I’m defining “legalism” in this post). I know my identity is not as a legalist but as an adopted child of God. However, as a perfectionist who grew up in a church that didn’t properly teach about grace, I’m always striving to earn God’s favor... ...

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Why We Have Multiple Preachers In Our Regular Rotation

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Visitors to The Parkway Church may be surprised to find a rotation of men regularly preaching in our weekly gathering with no one person preaching the majority of the time. While this is neither the evangelical norm nor an explicit biblical mandate, we believe this rhythm provides us a better opportunity to minister to our people......

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