Author Archives: Mark Morikawa

Western Seminary

I’m starting my seminary education today! Two opportunities came together leading to this incredible blessing. One, my church wanted to pay for my theological training at the seminary level. And two, Western Seminary and The Gospel Coalition Hawaii were partnering … Continue reading

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Why Join a Local Church?

Every Christian should be a member of a local church. That is to say, every Christian should attend, love, serve, and submit to a local church. But is it really necessary to be a member of a church? Do churches … Continue reading

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Congregationalism: Part 6 – Authority For Maturity

Who is really responsible for the ministry? In my job, when I write a report, my supervisor is required to sign it below my own signature. Why? Because my supervisor is ultimately responsible for the report I wrote. She has … Continue reading

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Congregationalism: Part 5 – Objections

The following are objections I’ve heard, and the best response I can give: In Matt. 18:17, final judgment by the “the church” should be carried out by the elders who represent the church. Both the church and the office of … Continue reading

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Congregationalism: Part 4 – Authority Over Elders

If the congregation is both able and authorized to affirm or deny who belongs to God and God’s gospel, then this must mean the congregation is able and authorized affirm the gospel itself, and reject a false gospel. Jeremiah says … Continue reading

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Congregationalism: Part 3 – Authority Over Members

If one has the authority to recognize who is God’s representative, they also have the authority to recognize who is not. You will know them by their bad fruit (Matt. 7:19-20). You will know them by their sin. In Matt. … Continue reading

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Congregationalism: Part 2 – Authority Given

After Jesus came, fulfilling the old covenant and inaugurating the new covenant, there was an issue that would need to be resolved. The issue was of public recognition. In the old covenant, the nation of Israel was God’s people, and … Continue reading

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