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Jul 22, 2015
Discipleship

Forward from Conversion: How We Can Focus on Spiritual Growth and Transformation

Making converts is essential, but the job isn't finished until those converts are discipled.
Forward from Conversion: How We Can Focus on Spiritual Growth and Transformation
Roman Bonnefoy / Wikipedia

One of the most exciting moments within the life of a church is when someone comes to know Jesus Christ as Savior. We celebrate having new believers in our churches, but are we leading them to become lifelong disciples of Jesus?

Are we helping them continue through the ...

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Jul 17, 2015
The Gospel Project

Evangelism and the State of American Theology

A large percentage of our country—and world—is confused about who God is and from where salvation comes.
Evangelism and the State of American Theology

"America is a Christian nation" is a phrase we've all heard.

We can debate it on several grounds—and many have. There is history, and we can ask if that was the founders intent. Then there is polling, and we can ask if the vast majority say they are ...

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Jul 7, 2015
Membership

Membership Matters: 3 Reasons for Church Membership

Why does church membership matter? Why is church attendance not enough?
Membership Matters: 3 Reasons for Church Membership
Stefan Kunze / Unsplash

Bring up church membership and watch people squirm.

It isn’t that people in culture are against membership as an idea—Costco seems to be doing well.

Perhaps it is because church membership is not often defined well. It’s one of those things that when ...

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Jul 6, 2015
Bible

The Epidemic of Bible Illiteracy in Our Churches

Small groups are key to studying and understanding Scripture.
The Epidemic of Bible Illiteracy in Our Churches

When was the last time you read a book? For almost 1 in 4 of us, it was more than a year ago, according to Pew Research. That's three times the number who didn't read a book in 1978. In America, we have a literacy problem. But more concerning to me, we have a biblical ...

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Jun 10, 2015
Discipleship

5 Essential Elements of a Transformational Small Group Environment

Small groups are essential to the church's mission of making disciples. How might they be done?
5 Essential Elements of a Transformational Small Group Environment
David Amsler / Flickr

Transformational discipleship involves moving from the row of chairs in your church or church pew where you are simply in proximity to one another, to sitting in circles, to then being in community with one another.

When Eric Geiger and I were writing Transformational Groups, ...

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Jun 3, 2015
The Gospel

What is the Gospel? A Look at 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

The gospel has been defined by many people in many ways. What does Scripture say the gospel is?
What is the Gospel? A Look at 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

What is the Gospel?

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"Of first importance"

The gospel is not afterthought or something to be included once in awhile, but is of first importance and at the heart of our ministries. It is of first importance because it is through the gospel that God works ...

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May 1, 2015
Worship

Worship as the Ultimate Act

Historically, worship has been a divisive part of the local church experience. How might we rightly understand worship?
Worship as the Ultimate Act
Courtesy of Ashton Stewart

Worship is one of those fascinating topics that can both unite and divide the church. I’ve heard it said that “worship matters most”—seemingly a bit of a strong statement, but the question is: Is it true?

Worship Because We Were Created for Such

John ...

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Apr 8, 2015
Interview

The Lego Principle: An Interview with Joey Bonifacio

Build relational discipleship into the culture of your church, and empower your people to disciple.
The Lego Principle: An Interview with Joey Bonifacio
Alan Chia / Wikipedia

Ed: Let’s jump right in with my first question, Joey. Where was the idea for calling this discipleship process “The Lego Principle” birthed?

Joey: Well, I was looking for a metaphor that was friendly and enjoyable, because a lot of things about church and discipleship ...

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Apr 6, 2015
Discipleship

Why Leadership Matters for Small Groups

What you think about church leadership affects how you conduct small groups.
Why Leadership Matters for Small Groups
Steel Wool / flickr

At LifeWay Research, we are passionate about the state of the church. It is the focus of the vast majority of our work. One of the conclusions of an overwhelming amount of statistical evidence is that healthy churches are utilizing small groups.

Whether they call them cell ...

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Mar 27, 2015
The Gospel Project

Don't Miss the Story of the Bible

Jesus isn’t just part of the Bible story; He is the point of the Bible story.
Don't Miss the Story of the Bible

There are great stories in the Bible…but it is possible to know Bible stories, yet miss the Bible. – Ed Clowney

This quote should caution us as preachers, teachers, and church leaders.

Sure, all of us believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the source of ...

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Mar 20, 2015
Discipleship

Staying in Touch via Random Acts of Personal Ministry

Creating opportunities for connection is key.
Staying in Touch via Random Acts of Personal Ministry
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It is easy for people who do what I do to lose touch. So, recently I was asked a question by a friend: "How do you try to not to be a 'speaker' but to be a 'person?'"

That might seem offensive, but it's actually a good question. Part of the ...

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Mar 17, 2015
Discipleship

3 Ways to Kill Your Sermon-Based Small Groups

Sermon-based groups have their benefits, but they’re not easy.
3 Ways to Kill Your Sermon-Based Small Groups

This week your church will gather in different ways for different purposes.

We usually think of the weekly gathering as the primary worship service, but beyond that larger gathering, people in your church will likely get together at least one more time. Call it Sunday school, ...

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Mar 11, 2015
Doctrine

The Centrality of Doctrine and the Christian Faith

A right understanding of God and his gospel moves the Christian to missional living.
The Centrality of Doctrine and the Christian Faith

Last fall, LifeWay Research conducted a study commissioned by Ligonier Ministries to examine the theological views of Christians throughout the United States. The results were disconcerting for those of us who hold evangelical beliefs.

Americans who self-identify as Christians ...

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Mar 6, 2015
The Gospel Project

Free eBook from The Gospel Project: The Mission of God

Billy Graham, Andrea Mullins, Matt Chandler, Wendy Alsup, and many more share about the mission of God.
Free eBook from The Gospel Project: The Mission of God

One of my roles at LifeWay Christian Resources is serving as the General Editor of The Gospel Project. Haven't heard of The Gospel Project? That's OK, here's a bit about it:

The Gospel Project is a chronological, Christ-centered Bible study for Kids, Students, ...
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Feb 20, 2015
Bible

Making Sure Children Actually Hear the Gospel and Not Just a Bunch of Bible Stories

We must not only teach children the stories of Scripture. We must teach them the Story of Scripture.
Making Sure Children Actually Hear the Gospel and Not Just a Bunch of Bible Stories
Courtesy of The Gospel Project

Children have a faith that is ready to go. Let’s not waste that opportunity by delivering a humanistic Gospel.

We talk a lot about contextualization Gospel communication. How do we share the eternal truth of God in specific locations for specific people who have a ...

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