Category Archives: Seeker Services

Meet the citizens of heaven

It might surprise some to meet the true citizens of heaven. Many religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said of them,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. ….You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:14-15). Jesus said to these religious leaders, “religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. …Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). Continue reading

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A painful and humbling truth

A painful and humbling truth we must hear… 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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The therapeutic gospel

A growing number of pastors are inviting people to come to Jesus on terms that are not consistent with our Lord’s own invitations to follow him. Are we bending and twisting the gospel around the felt needs and expectations of a self-absorbed culture? Continue reading

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There’s nothing that God cannot do!

Are we giving people false expectations about the Christian life as one of triumph over all obstacles? Continue reading

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God will not be mocked

Salvation occurs in connection with a series of experiences that trace to guilt, shame and conscience. The sequence includes four elements: Continue reading

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Questions for every church leader

When ministries are not effective, leaders who care about the Church ask questions about how to “do” Church better. But are they looking in the right places for answers? Continue reading

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