I heard it again. This time from a pastor who remarked that we don’t need church plants because we have great churches here. This wasn’t the first time I’ve heard this claim, and it won’t be the last. It’s a good reminder that we must continually cast the vision for why new churches are needed in the Bible Belt.
The almost universal assumption is that no one has difficulty preaching Christ from the New Testament, especially from the Gospels. But just because your sermon mentions Christ doesn't mean you're preaching Christ.
The message from God’s Word is meant to be the centerpiece of a worship gathering. If there is more emphasis placed on creating an exciting environment or attractive event than on hearing from God, we’ve missed the mark.
How should you respond to a fellow member who is leaving for what sounds like a bad reason?
Distractions of all forms hit pastors. These distractions are circumstances that burden the pastor’s heart to such an extent that it threatens their ability to properly prepare for preaching the Bible faithfully.
"Where are the men with a moral vision?"
The gospel explodes niceness.
"He who loves may be sure he was loved first."
If we know this is God’s plan for us and we are going to spend countless hours doing it, why wouldn’t we want to get really good at it?
Have you ever found yourself, in the midst of failure and frustration in the Christian life, saying, “I hate myself”?