One of the most frustrating aspects of counseling students is the response of many parents. As I try to dig down to the heart issues, many parents want to rush to "relocate" their kids. The parents often think the solution is relocation: a new school, a "ranch" for extended counseling, or an extended trip to stay with family.
The gospel is for all sinners.
The shepherd leads the sheep, and the sheep follow the shepherd. It is a simple concept to understand, but it is a difficult concept to practice. Why? Because the sheep don’t always want to follow the shepherd!
I get it. The goal is to acknowledge the value of students and the important role they play in the future of the church. Here’s the problem: it implies that students are not part of the church right now.
Preachers, when you feel the subtle pull to draw attention to yourself, run to the cross and let yourself be humbled.
Our exposure to great preachers and leaders inadvertently leads to us to fail to appreciate those in our own church who are over us and admonish us.
I was twelve or thirteen, and my dad, who is a pastor, gave me the opportunity to preach a five-minute sermon (what was he thinking?). I selected Judges 3:12-30 as my text and delivered a sermon on Ehud and Eglon that I had titled “When Lefty Stabbed Fatty."
As preachers proclaim the gospel, they are engaging the enemy. They are mounting an assault on Satan's kingdom.
Ministry should be a team effort, not an individual endeavor.
Is your ministry an individual sport or a team sport?
We must constantly look to Christ as He has revealed Himself in Scripture.
What are the implications of the priestly ministry of Jesus Christ?
As Christians, we look forward to the perfection or consummation of Christ’s reign, when sin will be defeated and we will enjoy the presence of God forever.
How do we preach the imperatives of Scripture without falling into moralistic preaching?
Preachers today should seek to emulate Peter by exalting Christ in their sermons.
According to James, our tongues are small but powerful firemakers and untamable beasts. They are capable of great danger, and we must pursue maturity and seek to avoid stumbling with our words.