Psalm 48 as a portrait of a gospel-centered church is an incredible song for reflection!
Here are three all-too-common approaches to sign messages I think churches ought to avoid . . .
"The only thing of value the church has to offer is the gospel."
Two things smaller churches can do is opt out of a couple of things they often end up doing that they shouldn't.
Smaller churches are no less hindered from doing what God has called his people to do than are larger churches. Having more people does not maker it easier.
As I have seen several churches in my area continue to dwindle in size I have watched the leadership of many of these churches settle into into one of three dangerous mentalities . . .
My wife and I once attended a small church that had no worship leader. No choir. No instruments. No overhead projection. No cool lights. The building was plain-Jane. Yet their gathering was powerful. Why?
The danger of focusing on things over people is that we might actually get what we want.
It's just this simple: a church is a good church only if it pursues what its Head desires.
How should you take communion? I’m not talking about the form of being served, but what should be going on in our hearts and minds as we partake?
As I was watching Speedweek’s events, particularly the qualifying duels on the Thursday before the 500, I learned something about, of all things, the church.
Trying to figure out what people want will always lead to ministry that is opposed to gospel centered ministry
There are lots of websites that exist for the church. This is what it means for us to be For The Church . . .
When it comes to revitalization, it's more difficult to help people change than it is to change the curtains. But the hard work is worth it.
We needed to hold up the honor of Christ and the standard of repentant holiness while also showing love and patience to the wayward members.
We experience salvation and a relationship with God today because Jesus was selfless.
In short, it’s vital for older Christians to talk often with new Christians, making sure that in following Christ, they haven’t unduly harmed their relationship with their family.
When I was in high school and college, I used to work out all the time. I went to the gym four times a week and I would work out for a couple of hours each time I went. To help with my workouts, I read books and magazines. I took supplements. I charted my workouts writing down how much weight I was lifting and how many reps I was…
The only perfect church, filled with non-problematic people is in Heaven. Be faithful in the present without wishing for the past.
The task before the leadership is to disciple these dear people in their understanding that in fact, “we are they.”
Let’s aim for a universal scoreboard. And give God glory that we get to play in the Games at all.
Join the hashtag. Join the movement.
Whole relationships carry on in the dark sometimes, especially in churches, where everyone is in relationship with everybody's projected version of themselves, with facades.
Unity is not an end in itself.
I believe our sinful desire for power, control, and praise are at the root of most church divisions.
What excites you most about the church today?
What encourages you about the future of the church?
What encourages you about the future of the church?
We think bigness is the way. We think bigness solves lots of problems. We think bigness is safety. We think we can get too big to fail. But it's the other way around.
We need to be truthful to those in our church community, so that they can come along side of us and help. We need this because we all are redeemed, yet struggling sinners.
It’s disheartening that so many people are listed on a church roll somewhere but not actually attending.
The only kind of soil in which church discipline can properly grow is communal love.
"If there is to be a renewal, it will be a renewal that grows out of the blazing center that is the glory of God in the face of Christ."
A gospel-centered church will grow into a kingdom-mindedness that is a constant reminder that no local church owns anybody and that what is best for every local church is whatever is best for the expansion of the gospel and worship of Christ.
If there is one common question I receive from young or new pastors, it is this: How do I lead the senior adults in my church?
The Southern Baptist Convention is currently facing issues that challenge its identity, heritage, and future. In The SBC and the 21st Century, key leaders—including Jason Allen, Frank Page, Ronnie Floyd, Thom Rainer, Albert Mohler, Paige Patterson, David Platt, and Danny Akin—address these issues.
We should think more carefully about how we conduct our family affairs, including our fights. We need to think about these issues for the good of our churches, the future of our convention, the joy of all (watching) peoples, and the glory of our King.
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?
I believe we are in an age where pastors and churchgoers alike are at a fork in the road when it comes to the kind of pastor they will be and what kind of church they will serve. And it boils down to a choice between the well-worn road and the road less traveled.
Pastor, what do you desire your church to be known for?
"I thank you God that I'm not like those religious people."
In his new book The Prodigal Church, FTC Managing Editor Jared C. Wilson presents "a gentle manifesto against the status quo," urging the church to rethink some of its more recent traditions and re-center on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The idea of the professing Christian living in isolation from the local church is quite foreign to the New Testament.
There is no “being the church” apart from “going to church.” The two are intrinsically connected.
The New Testament is saturated with the local church. Trying to understand these 27 books apart from the local church is like playing baseball without the bases. You may be able to recognize the sport, but the path to winning has been eliminated.
Mission isn’t just something made possible by a passport or a seminary degree. It’s a paradigm which should inform everything we do
Simple math tells us that it is faithful, ordinary, anonymous lay people who make up the vast majority of the churches around the world.
One day, Christian, “getting out of your comfort zone” will no longer be required. It won’t even be a possibility!
Jesus’ ministry in homes was a ministry of love. Such love in the most private of places was a most potent apologetic to an unbelieving world. It still is.