Resources by Jim Elliff

Jim Elliff is the president of Christian Communicators Worldwide. Through this ministry Jim, and a team of communicators, train leaders, teach the Bible, and evangelize, both overseas and throughout the United States. He is the author of several books, and writes regularly for three CCW websites: CCWtoday.org, BulletinInserts.org and WaytoGod.org. Jim is also one of several pastors of Christ Fellowship of Kansas City, a network of congregations meeting in homes in Metro Kansas City.

Apr 6, 2016

When Ball Becomes Baal

Is Your Kid's Sports Involvement A Family Idol?

Perhaps nothing outside of a change in your job has so much potential to turn the family schedule upside down. Is it possible your family's sports-centric life is evidence of upside down worship?

Aug 25, 2016

What to Ask Myself Before I Teach the Bible by Jim Elliff

The results of our teaching are entirely God’s business. But it is our business to be as prepared as possible

Mar 11, 2016

What Should You Look for in a Church? by Jim Elliff

It's just this simple: a church is a good church only if it pursues what its Head desires.

Oct 9, 2015

What if Churches Started Churches? by Jim Elliff

Good churches should add “church starting” to the list of ingredients that define their health.

Jun 1, 2015

What Do You Do With The Discouraged Pastor? by Jim Elliff

There are things you can do for your pastor that are like a drink of cool water on a dry, dusty day.

May 24, 2016

What Does God Have to Do With It? by Jim Elliff

We fit the occasion and have our place, but the “doing” of evangelism is done by God.

Dec 8, 2016

Tis the Season to be Jolly? by Jim Elliff

Christmas then is not the season to be jolly, as if the other seasons are the opposite.

Sep 23, 2016

The Word Was In The World: Doing What? by Jim Elliff

There is more to Christ than what happened in a three year span, as critical as that is for man’s salvation.

May 15, 2015

The Rural Church Dilemma by Jim Elliff

What happens when the young seminarian or college ministerial student takes his first churches in these areas? And what should the committed rural pastor think about his church’s future?

Mar 25, 2016

The Elderly Mr. Phipp

How Affection Toward God is Inseparable from Authentic Worship

When we perceive something of the Lord’s beauty, majesty, knowledge, or some other noble characteristic through what is said or sung or brought to the mind, our emotions are not to be either worked up by conscious effort or checked by deliberate willfulness. To do so would mean that we must take our gaze away from Him to ourselves.

Feb 26, 2016

Should We Have Black Churches or White Churches (or Cowboy Churches)?

Multicultural Glory in the Church

A cowboy church or a country music church may reach cowboys or country music lovers, but is this anything like what God intends to promote as the primary social implication of the cross? Does it depict real earth-side yearning for a future glorious church? We have diminished the meaning of the church by doing this.

Dec 30, 2015

Righteousness On the Broad Way? by Jim Elliff

Do you merely perform religious duties like a pharisee, or is your life the fruit of a changed heart?

Apr 27, 2016

Reformation or Revival? by Jim Elliff

Experience-driven revival is more like a flash flood than a mighty river. Heightened experience certainly leaves its mark, some of which may be good wherever it meets orthodoxy, but a reformational revival is a life-giving river which has continuing positive effects.

Jul 19, 2016

Powerfully Kept by Jim Elliff

True believers are held "in Christ," not by an armed guard. No, you are kept secure in Christ by the greatest power ever known - God Himself. And there has never been anyone able to snatch a person out of His hands.

Jun 8, 2016

Pastor, Should You Hire a Male Assistant? by Jim Elliff

An invitation to consider the reasonableness of male Christian leaders working with male assistants.

Dec 21, 2015

Our Relatives and Friends Without Christ by Jim Elliff

They don’t really want to listen to you. At least it appears to be so.

Dec 25, 2015

O, Come Let Us Ignore Him

Singing Songs About the Jesus You Won't Love

Better than all other possible “solutions,” following the Christ you sing about would be the best.

Mar 2

In or Out? by Jim Elliff

You are in Christ and fully in, or you are out and fully out.

Jun 23, 2016

Identity Theft: Losing Our Christian Self-Consciousness by Jim Elliff

We are nothing on our own. But in Christ, we are something beyond imagination.

Aug 3, 2015

How to Repent Without Really Repenting by Jim Elliff

The religious man often deceives himself in his repentance.

Jan 29, 2016

How 'Church Relevance' Is Boring by Jim Elliff

I received the umpteenth glossy card in the mail this week from yet another church opening a brand new “state-of-the-art” facility in our city.

Oct 13, 2016

God’s Purpose Isn’t Ruined by Unbelief: Don’t Be Discouraged by Jim Elliff

There is a good reason the parable is that of the Sower and not the Soils. Christ's purposes will never be thwarted by the unbelief of the masses.

Feb 17

For Better Conversations by Jim Elliff

Your artful questions and interest make both sides of the conversation possible.

Jun 26, 2015

Finding The Right Church by Jim Elliff

What should you look for in a church?

Dec 22, 2016

Do You Need to Repent of Book Hoarding? by Jim Elliff

For some time most of these books have been of little use to me except to hold dust and to look good.

Feb 12, 2016

Comfort for Parents of Unconverted Children by Jim Elliff

Although salvation is the work of God and not something that we can do for our child, there is hope.

Jun 19, 2015

Church Going Downhill? by Jim Elliff

Was your church meeting disappointing this week? Do you find that there seems to be little life in the church? Are there troubles stirring? Are there way too many parking lot conversations? What can you do as a member to make things better?

Sep 8, 2015

Churches on Fire

What Goes Up Must Come Down

It is possible that your favorite leader could end up with nothing to show for years of labor! It is also possible that he could be rewarded beyond imagination.

Nov 12, 2015

Christians Should Be The Best Conversationalists by Jim Elliff

Good conversation went fugitive with the invasion of electronic media. Yet you long for it, and so do those in your circle of acquaintances. Believers in Christ ought to be excellent at it. Even our non-believing friends ought to leave us saying, “That was the best conversation I’ve had for months.”

Nov 1, 2015

Christians and No-Work Sundays by Jim Elliff

Believers haven’t always had Sundays free from work. Though our culture is changing in this regard, it still is largely expected that most of our members will be exempt from Sunday work to give attention to our worship. The earliest Christians did not have such a privilege.

Oct 23, 2015

Busy Unlike Jesus by Jim Elliff

Becoming more conscious that Jesus walked isn’t perhaps a profound revelation to you, but is necessary for you who fill every moment trying to attain maximum productivity. It isn’t Jesus-like to be harried in life, even if it seems noble to others.

Aug 17, 2015

A Plea to Churches to Use Their Bibles by Jim Elliff

I’ll never forget my shock the first time I attended a Bible-less church . . .