The June 2014 issue of Tabletalk examines what Scripture teaches concerning our associations with other people both inside and outside the visible church. With whom can we unite ecclesiastically and theologically? Where do we draw the line? Does endorsement of a book entail endorsement of everything an author believes? How do we interact with those who are under church discipline? How do we relate to their families? When should we break fellowship with a professing Christian? If we broke fellowship with someone and another person fellowships with them, should we break fellowship with the second person? This issue of Tabletalk will seek to answer these and many other important practical questions.
As an ordained minister, I’ve had experience going to the Scriptures with a number of people in order to help them see what God has to say about many different subjects. Over the years, one of the most common questions that I’ve been asked has to do with the meaning of Christ’s work for the security of the believer’s salvation. The New Testament gives us many categories for understanding that those who are truly saved will persevere.