Perseverance is a drum pastors can always afford to beat, especially during a pandemic. And Hebrews tells us how to persevere: look to Christ who persevered before us, and for us.
From my experience, immigrant churches tend toward program-centric ministry. Why? It’s complicated.
When I became a lead pastor, I preached the gospel enthusiastically, but I didn’t understand its winnowing power or how positive that process would be.
“I’m looking for a church that’s just like me.” Few people would say it quite so crassly, but the sentiment is common.
I want to reflect briefly on whether and how the preexistence of Christ could impact the preaching of the Old Testament.
How would you, according to Scripture, define the church? Does this definition free you up or weigh you down?
The last church I expected to pastor was an immigrant church. Twelve years later, I realize how wrong I was.
We love and forgive others because the Lord Jesus has first loved and forgiven us (Eph. 4:32). This is the heart and soul of the gospel, portrayed in the book of Philemon.
I’ve never met a growing and mature Christian who doesn’t regularly attend a gospel-preaching church.
Hopefully, these passages and the questions they evoke will propel us to become the fishbowl community into which the nations can look and clearly see tangible, gospel-centered love in a world that so desperately needs it.
We often come to the table uneasy. We know we’ve been unfaithful. But as our shifting eyes look up, our Savior sits at the head of the table—staring at us with eyes full of affection.
What should new churches focus on? What should their priorities be in their early years? Titus gives us an answer.
Why would 9Marks feel compelled to respond to Grace Community Church’s elders and raise these points right now?
Before your church follows John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church and begins to gather in defiance of governmental orders this Sunday, I’d like to suggest that civil disobedience may not be the only legitimate or moral course of action at this moment.
As immigrant churches pursue greater independence among their various language congregations, the goal is not simply to have separate churches so that we can cross our t’s and dot our ecclesiological i’s. That’s only half the picture.