Category Archives: Church Planting

Friendship between the friends of Jesus of Nazareth

How can God entrust great things to one who will not thankfully receive from Him the little things? Continue reading

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The body matters to God

7 truths to remind us that the body matters to God. Continue reading

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Church: belonging and removal

Is it possible to be so casual about what it means to belong to a Church that belonging loses its effectiveness and removal becomes irrelevant? Continue reading

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Why I love the Church

Authentic love for God compels us to commit to a particular local church, not just out of faithfulness to tradition, but in devotion to our Lord who promised, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
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Why I love the Church

Is it possible to love the Lord without loving the Church? Continue reading

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Therapeutic vs. True Gospel

Jesus Christ died for my sin and the most vivid expression of my sin is my willful self-preoccupation. A gospel message that invites me to stay at the center is not the true gospel. Listen closely to the emphasis when you hear someone invite people to follow Jesus. Continue reading

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Restoring dignity to Church membership

The deficiency in many churches is the casual procedure of adding new members without any challenge to commitment. Integrity in the membership process is the place to begin in restoring a high view of the Church.
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God’s primary work on earth

God’s purpose on earth today is to build a visible, united body of believers called the body of Christ, or the Church. The way we align ourselves with it is on the local level. Continue reading

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Intentional Church growth

Looking back, I can tell you that planting and growing a healthy Church requires intentional commitment to core values and practices. Continue reading

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10 Reasons for Church Membership

Does it really matter if I am a member of a Church? Continue reading

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