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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?

...
"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
fotshot / pixabay

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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Feb 18, 2015
Evangelism

4 Ways to Involve Everyone in Evangelism

Evangelism isn't easy for many, but everyone should be involved.
4 Ways to Involve Everyone in Evangelism
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Many people have slipped into the mindset that evangelism is a gift that some believers have and others do not. The reality is that when someone becomes reconciled to God, He sends them out to reconcile others. That's not a gift—we all have the responsibility to ...

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Feb 17, 2015
Gospel

Gospel Proclamation vs. Gospel Demonstration

Serving the hurt and reaching the lost are not on opposing sides.
Gospel Proclamation vs. Gospel Demonstration
Annibale Carracci

The Dilemma

There is an interesting conversation going on right now in a lot of churches. Many people, and specifically people in leadership are asking, “How do we balance gospel proclamation and gospel demonstration?”

Gospel proclamation is proclaiming the ...

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Feb 13, 2015
Discipleship

Healthy Discipleship Requires Raising Up Disciplers

Mass discipleship hurts everyone involved in the process.
Healthy Discipleship Requires Raising Up Disciplers
Duccio

Disciples Need Leaders

I wonder how many church leaders don’t even realize the success of ongoing discipleship depends partly on how well they develop leaders.

God didn’t design the church to have one person lead everyone else in spiritual formation—far ...

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Feb 6, 2015
Evangelism

Evangelism Never Changes, But the Methods Do

The message of the gospel is unchanging, but we may change the ways in which we present it.
Evangelism Never Changes, But the Methods Do
Hans Lachmann / Wikipedia

Evangelism is not recruitment.

Evangelism is not even outreach.

Outreach can lead to evangelism, but you can have outreach all day and never announce the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Evangelism is when people are challenged directly with the gospel and invited ...

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