There’s no question the Lord has used altar calls and the sinner’s prayer to bring people to himself. But in general, they’re not a good idea. They inoculate people to the gospel, convincing them they no longer need it when in fact they don’t have it at all.
And any work which you try to contribute to your salvation, your justification before God, annuls the grace of God and insults the God of grace.
When the Apostle John says “God is love,” what does he mean?
The goal of missions is not merely individual conversions. Rather, it’s to see indigenous, gospel-preaching churches planted.
We asked pastors from around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2019 that helped you be a better pastor?
The essential and indispensable nature of women for the mission of the church does not depend upon any form of programmatic or paid ministry. It depends on what Christ has made women through dying and rising for them: disciples, witnesses, priests, fellow-workers.
So can women be missionaries? Yes, of course. But also yes to the biblical teaching on gender distinctions in the life of the church. The two are not at odds.
Here are eight reasons we need to hear gospel truths each and every day.
Let me give you four reasons why it’s worth it to preach through 1 Corinthians.
Every church that takes seriously the Great Commission must take seriously the need to plant more churches that will make disciples who plant more churches . . . and this is the pattern until Christ returns.
It’s one thing to *say* that God is totally sovereign in salvation. But it’s another thing entirely to let that conviction shape and constrain how your church actually does ministry.
Your doctrine of conversion will affect your understanding of what a local church should be.
The book of Acts is the narrative of how God’s end-times promises have begun to be fulfilled by the risen Lord Jesus through the Spirit-empowered apostolic preaching of the gospel to all people and the establishing of local churches.
If we focus on calling the unsaved out of sin without dealing with the sin in our own churches, then we will hamper our evangelism and our reputation in the community.