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Jan 14, 2015
Salvation

Salvation and the Mission of God: Derek Thomas Part 2

In part two of his thoughts on salvation, Dr. Derek Thomas looks at the atonement, evangelism, and cooperation.
Salvation and the Mission of God: Derek Thomas Part 2

Atonement and Mission

Without calling into question the infinite value, or power of the death of Christ, logical and theological considerations would suggest that a connection exists between what Christ achieved on the cross and what Christ eternally secures on behalf of ...

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Jan 13, 2015
Discipleship

Don’t Miss These Three Markers for Discipleship

It is not fair to be frustrated that people do not reach a destination if we do not give them clear directions.
Don’t Miss These Three Markers for Discipleship
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What Are We Missing in Discipleship?

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about spiritual formation and discipleship, and rightfully so.

I think we can all agree there’s a discipleship deficit in many churches. There isn’t a whole lot of discipling going ...

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Jan 9, 2015
The Gospel Project

The Bible Is More Than Stories of Morality

It is possible to teach Bible stories without ever teaching the Bible Story.
The Bible Is More Than Stories of Morality

It is safe to say that most churches want their kids and students to learn the Bible. But in reality, as you’ll often hear The Gospel Project team say, it is possible to teach Bible stories without ever teaching the Bible story.

In other words, it is possible to teach ...

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Jan 7, 2015
Salvation

Salvation and the Mission of God: Derek Thomas Part 1

Helpful thoughts from Derek Thomas on the order of salvation
Salvation and the Mission of God: Derek Thomas Part 1

The Order of Salvation

A good starting point in considering the order of salvation, or the application of redemption, is the following definition by Louis Berkhof in his Systematic Theology: “The ordo salutis describes the process by which the work of salvation, wrought ...

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Jan 6, 2015
Discipleship

Scriptural Discipleship Principle #1: Maturity Is The Goal

If we don’t set a goal for spiritual growth, we will not achieve it.
Scriptural Discipleship Principle #1: Maturity Is The Goal
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A Discipleship Deficit

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about spiritual formation and discipleship, and rightfully so. I think we can all agree there’s a discipleship deficit in evangelicalism. Perhaps the elephant in the room is that there isn’t a whole ...

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Jan 2, 2015
Worship

A Letter to My Worship Leaders (Part 3)

A few final thoughts for worship leaders
A Letter to My Worship Leaders (Part 3)
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Part 1 and Part 2 detailed thoughts one through eight. Here are thoughts nine through 12:

9. This one is simple: please avoid empty, repetitive language that has no real bearing on the worship service.

Worship leaders can sometimes fill down time in songs with empty phrases ...

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Dec 31, 2014
Salvation

Salvation and the Mission of God: John Hammett Part 2

In part two of his thoughts on salvation, Dr. John Hammett focuses on evangelism and ministry.
Salvation and the Mission of God: John Hammett Part 2

Salvation and Evangelism

One’s view on the order of salvation should not affect how evangelism is done, or at least not much. A more Arminian order of salvation may give an added urgency to how we do evangelism, and a more Calvinistic order in which one affirms unconditional ...

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Dec 17, 2014
Salvation

Salvation and the Mission of God: John Hammett Part 1

Dr. John Hammett elaborates on the role of election in salvation and the scope of the atonement.
Salvation and the Mission of God: John Hammett Part 1

The Order of Salvation

When considering the order of salvation, I usually begin with Rom. 8:29-30 and add to it from my understanding of depravity (texts such as Eph. 2:1-3) and sanctification (as both initial and progressive; Heb. 10:10, 14). So I see salvation as beginning ...

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Dec 15, 2014
Books

20 Truths from 52 Weeks with Jesus by James Merritt

Next year, commit to spending all 52 weeks with Jesus.
20 Truths from 52 Weeks with Jesus by James Merritt
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1. God can overcome whatever troubles are behind you to achieve the purpose he has set before you.

2. God weaves this cord into the tapestry of Jesus’s family tree to make a point: No one is beyond grace. God can take you where you are and fit you into his plan and ...

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Dec 3, 2014
Salvation

Salvation and the Mission of God: Fred Sanders Part 1

Dr. Fred Sanders talks about what Scripture says regarding the order of salvation and the atonement.
Salvation and the Mission of God: Fred Sanders Part 1

The Order of Salvation

Everything starts with God’s grace, his unexpected, unconstrained, unexacted, and undeservable goodwill toward creatures. As John Wesley preached (in Sermon 1, “Salvation by Faith,”) “all the blessings which God hath bestowed ...

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Nov 12, 2014
Jesus

Leaving Behind a Jesus Created in Our Image

People want Jesus in their own image, which is ironic because Jesus came so we could be remade in His image.
Leaving Behind a Jesus Created in Our Image
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“Jesus” is a name, and there are certain times throughout the year—Christmas and Easter—when we hear that name a lot.

There are movies about Him. He makes the cover of magazines, which in turn sells a lot of magazines. But why?

Because people are ...

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Nov 11, 2014
Pentecostals

Why Do These Pentecostals Keep Growing?

Many evangelical churches and denominations are in a state of plateau or decline. Why aren’t Pentecostals?
Why Do These Pentecostals Keep Growing?
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There are parts of the globe where the greatest church growth is happening through the Pentecostal movement. One of the most asked questions is, “In a world where the church seems to be declining in many areas, how they are bucking the trend?”

There is never ...

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Oct 29, 2014
Biblical Literacy

Biblical Literacy by the Numbers: Fixing the Problem

Engaging with Scripture can begin to solve our biblical illiteracy problem, but how do we engage with Scripture?
Biblical Literacy by the Numbers: Fixing the Problem
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Faithful and Fruitful: How Do We Fix the Problem?

Of course, you already knew that reading the Bible helped you to grow. It's actually doingit that's a challenge. So what are some ways churches are helping people to engage the Scriptures more intentionally? Based ...

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Oct 22, 2014
Biblical Literacy

Biblical Literacy by the Numbers Part 2: Scripture Engagement

Biblical literacy cannot exist without regular Scripture engagement.
Biblical Literacy by the Numbers Part 2: Scripture Engagement
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It's All About Engagement

The bottom line is that too many Christians are simply not reading and studying their Bibles. This goes beyond simple trivia questions aimed at revealing how few facts we know about our Bibles. American evangelicals increasingly lack a spiritual ...

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Oct 17, 2014
Biblical Literacy

Biblical Illiteracy by the Numbers Part 1: The Challenge

How well do American Christians know their Bibles? Hint: not well.
Biblical Illiteracy by the Numbers Part 1: The Challenge
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America can be proud of many things: our innovation, generosity and entrepreneurial spirit are unsurpassed. Yet when it comes to our nation understanding one of the greatest gifts ever given to humanity—the Bible—we're moving from dumb to dumber ... and it's ...

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