This is an important and vital issue most Christians face but never really understand or defeat because they are blinded to it.
Usually, the gospel-fix isn’t the quickest fix.
Do you ask yourself how your job change could affect your church? Do you consider how your moving would impact the work of God through your church in your community? Do you seek insight into how your decision to leave or stay at your local church would affect the advancement of the gospel?
These 4 recommendations will help you create a culture of discipleship in your home.
Your spiritual legacy and that which you impress within the life of your children will be influenced by these four areas
Understanding ecclesiology’s rightful place among other doctrines and grasping how the Gospel-centered nature of the church positions that doctrine in service of the Great Commission is just the grand beginning of treasures.
Should Christians defend themselves?
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Christians should defend the religious liberty of other faiths with as much zeal as they defend their own.
The church’s attention to Jesus’ return seems to be seasonal, with interest rising and falling based upon a host of issues, most especially current geo-political events. The need of the hour is not for more end-times speculation, but an impact upon how we live the Christian life every day.
The plunge of any pastor represents the potential for every pastor.
Little did I know that brief conversation would be the last time I get to talk to my father in this life.
Don't preach as an employee of the church.
With people coming from different Christian traditions, or no Christian background at all, we believe it's important to explain why we do what we do on the Lord's Day.
No, the term “lay elder” is not in the Bible, but why not get more hands for the harvest, especially if the men are qualified and doing the work?
Countless angels long to look into the gospel, and God provides them the opportunity through His church.
We ask Lane Harrison, "How do you develop a church’s passion for church planting?"
This divine charge should make you nervous to speak the word faithfully, clearly, and unapologetically.
These mistakes are all common to emerging preachers and many gifted expositors have stumbled through them.
Should pastors write?
As pastors, we don’t want our ministry pursuit to become a weighty expectation for our family where they are more actors than people, living in a legalistic bubble of religious decorum.
Where is the power of the church today?
Too often our creativity and intelligence don’t adorn the gospel, but obscure it.
The church acts as a foundation for the truth by seeking to uphold right doctrine and live in light of that doctrine.
When leaders fail, the entire culture of the church is soaked. And only the gospel is sturdy enough to push back the torrent of consequences splashed over her.
Pastors all over the country will learn a great deal about the health of their respective congregations on November 13th.
Now is not a time for retreat; now is a time to go big, trust God, and reach out to sinners like us in truth and in love.
Until the day every nation, tribe, and tongue confesses Jesus as Lord, we hope to strive to become more intentional in our pursuits of a multi-ethnic church. I hope you will join us.
If it’s true that the first shall be last and the last first, there are going to be a lot of moms who wind up first in the ultimate line.
On this Reformation Day anniversary, here is a reflection on sola fide for the pastor and an encouragement to shepherd "by faith, and not by sight."
The best preaching makes Jesus the hero.
I have sadly heard it said to me, “Well it’s great that you’re learning a lot about God and want to share it, but be careful not to go outside of what God has commanded women to do!”
Hard-hitting consequences will produce profound sorrow in the hardest of hearts. But overpowering regret and Godly repentance are two very different things.
Inviting critique and feedback of your sermon from a group of trusted voices could help bring clarity to the way you communicate the gospel.
Preacher, show your church the wonder. Preach like a painter. Take your tools and your technique and bend them to the cause of Christ.
Ministry should be a team effort, not an individual endeavor.
Do not forget that you are not a CEO of a corporation. You are the pastor of a congregation.
We ask Devin Maddox, "How important is contextualization in preaching and teaching?"
These two young Christian women were nearing the end of their undergraduate degrees. Neither had a job lined up after graduation or any expectation of a "ring by spring," which at their Christian college validates the whole school-debt-without-a-job situation. They had a look in their eyes that said "life is getting way too real."
When it comes to preaching, don’t start wrong.
The only thing I could do was to depend on the Biblical pattern of elder plurality
Pastors face so many temptations within their ministries. Few, however, are more unsuspecting and insidious as complacency.
We ask Mark Dever, "What does your sermon preparation look like?"
Repentance is not far away if you have been made new by the Spirit.
You cannot grow in holiness and holier-than-thou-ness at the same time.
I've come to recognize that while there are times to use digital communication, there are also plenty of times to move in a different direction. Here are a few principles I’ve discovered for my own pastoral ministry.
Many single Christian men in our churches bemoan the fact that they desire to be married, but can’t seem to find a wife. Perhaps the problem is that their “market” is too narrowly defined.
Pastors, personal holiness, spiritual growth, and ministerial faithfulness are rooted in what you're able to remember and in what you need to forget.
We ask Lane Harrison, "What are some important components in training men for ministry?"
Ministry is about becoming less impressed with yourself and more smitten with the Savior.