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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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Feb 3, 2015
Discipleship

God Calls For Spiritual Leaders, So Where Are They?

If we aren’t developing spiritually, how do we expect to lead others into maturity?
God Calls For Spiritual Leaders, So Where Are They?
Alain Wibert / Flickr

Where Are the Disciple-makers?

The church was commissioned to make disciples. But we seem to be seriously lacking in that department. Some may call it a discipleship deficit.

More than one concerned leader has asked regarding spiritual formation, “What should we ...

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Jan 27, 2015
Discipleship

Discipleship Works—What a Lot of People Miss About Our Role in Our Discipleship

God could mature his people on his own, but he has decided to bring us into the process.
Discipleship Works—What a Lot of People Miss About Our Role in Our Discipleship
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Why Is Discipleship Lacking?

We were called to make disciples, but there seems to be a discipleship deficit in many churches. And it isn’t for lack of conversation and resources.

Leaders are asking questions like, “What should we do?” and “How ...

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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
Tedgreen / Wikipedia

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 No. 1: Maturity Is The Goal

If we don’t set a goal for spiritual growth, we will not achieve it.
Scriptural Discipleship Principle No. 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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