You could put it like this: if there were no Holy Spirit, would your ministry work just as well?
So pastors, just as you pay careful attention to the front door of your church, keep a close eye on the back door, too.
Once you have that booming program, you have to keep it going. After all, what does it say about your church if the evangelism program folds?
Should churches ditch all their programs? If not, how should churches decide which programs to keep or cut?
In short, reprogram new people to think in terms of the ministry of the pew, not merely participation in programs.
This leadership flows from teaching the Word, setting a godly example, and attending to the spiritual state of the flock.
A culture of spiritual conversation in a local church is a powerful force for sanctification.
The author of Hebrews doesn’t move on from the gospel; he moves deeper into the gospel.
Don’t let your gospel-centrality become gospel reductionism.
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For some reason, doing the dishes vexes my wife. I think the process feels futile to her: there’s always something else getting dirty, something more that needs to be put … keep reading…
Few passions are as deeply rooted in human nature—and especially in the hearts of pastors—as the drive to succeed. Its objects and venues vary, but the desire is universal. On … keep reading…
If the congregation as a whole is the final court of appeal, what does it mean for a church to submit to its leaders?
The heart of the book is summed up in Augustine’s saying, “He endured death as a lamb; he devoured it as a lion.”