Beginning with a monthly Bible study in the home of ministry partner Drew Bedics, Heston Blake started Centerpointe Baptist Church in Huntersville, NC on November 6th, 2011. Over the past two and a half years, the Lord has faithfully blessed Pastor Heston’s efforts. We want to share with you Heston’s story and burden for church planting, with the hopes and prayers that many other young men would catch the vision for establishing Christ-honoring, Bible-preaching local churches.
Any masterpiece painting can suffer from damage or decay over the years. God’s master portrait of marriage is no exception. Just as museums dedicate themselves to carefully restoring a masterwork, the church is now facing a time when it must carefully restore a Biblical view of marriage. As that restoration process begins, the church should take these five essential steps.
I sat down with a simple enough task–to answer the question, “Should Christian parents force their teens to attend church?” It would have been easy to assume “yes” and equip parents with 1000 words of bullet-pointed ammunition. So I started churning out the text, but then something unexpected happened.
It’s easy for churches to let single people “slip through the cracks,” or worse, to make them feel inferior. In light of the Bible’s instruction on singleness, churches can take specific steps to foster an environment where single believers are highly valued.