Belonging before believing is usually a bad idea because it tries to turn the body of Christ into a kind of Frankenstein, attaching dead parts to what’s meant to be fully alive.
As guys come out of chaotic and addictive backgrounds, our investment in discipleship that moves toward leadership isn’t going to be a two-year process, but way longer than that.
Elders are to oversee the flock, but that doesn’t override the congregation’s responsibility in affirming truth.
In a healthy church, the work of bearing each other’s burdens and sorrows is never over. We’re always finding more problems to shepherd people through. And so I’m learning what it means to rest not in *my* finished work, but in Christ’s finished work for others.
Because words are a window into the heart, pastors must learn to cultivate the discipline of listening well.
Does expositional preaching work in a non-literate culture? It not only works, says Mack Stiles, it’s critical in such a culture.
Young people need to be given a worldview that answers the hard questions, not one that masks over questions with moralism and fun.
We share the gospel because we’re told to and because that’s how God works. He delights to use means—people like you and me.
Considering the reality of death can point us to the promises of God.
Expositional preaching should be the regular diet for every local church. But topical sermons have a place, too.
When we think we’ve gotten something on our own, it’s easy to keep it to ourselves. But when we recognize that everything we have is from God—even our daily bread—we freely give what we have to those in need.
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