Rather than aiming to “finish” the missionary task, let’s unite under the more modest banner of simply being faithful to the task.
Churches shouldn’t farm out personal evangelism to pastors, professionals, or programs. Instead, the goal for every church ought to be a culture of evangelism.
Future hope fuels present faithfulness—both in pastoral ministry and on the mission field.
We’ve gone mad trying to unlock what everyone since the days of the apostles hasn’t discovered yet: the perfect formula for explosive, exponential kingdom growth.
What is the mission of the church? Answering that requires defining what we mean by the “church.”
What is the mission of the church? Is it to preach the gospel and make disciples—or is that too narrow?
— How should we treat our 18-year-old daughter’s relationship with her girlfriend? How do we love them without condoning their sin? — Should all churches have a plurality of elders, or are there some churches that simply cannot have a plurality of elders?
It’s well known that the Reformation entailed a recovery of core doctrines regarding salvation and worship. Did it also involve a recovery of the Great Commission?
Jesus teaches in Matthew 7:6 that loving others involves exercising discernment. And sometimes discernment results in prayerful silence.
In our efforts to quickly mobilize churches in missions, I fear we’re unintentionally undermining the church’s ability to patiently invest for the spiritual long-term.
Homelessness is always a crisis. But merciful, compassionate, and loving Christians can’t only and always walk the other way.
The problem with evangelistic programs is that they often make you feel like you’ve done evangelism—when you actually haven’t.
It’s our job to sow—and God’s to convert. Churches should be careful not to require of themselves what they cannot produce.
If evangelism is to be woven into the fabric of the life of a new church plant and its pastor, it takes some thought and planning.