Members Working Together

Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it” (I Corinthians 12:27). Since the task of the church is too great for any one person to accomplish God has provided many skills through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are told in I Corinthians 12:7 that each believer has been given a gift…

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The Neglected Discipline

A study of the New Testament reveals several spiritual disciplines that help maintain the both the health and vitality of the individual Christian as well as the health and vitality in the Body of Christ.  Chief among the disciplines are the study of God’s Word, prayer, fellowship, and service.  I fear that all too often…

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GETTING THROUGH CHALLENGES TO MISSIONAL COMMUNITY

The popularity of missional community is rising among evangelicals, and yet, the American church is nowhere near a missional tipping point. I’ve faced missional highs and missional lows. Along the way, I’ve considered a number of things that are absolutely necessary for us to endure the transition to missional church. How should we respond to…

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WHAT DOES GOD WANT FOR FAMILIES?

By Richard Platt Unless you live in complete isolation, you have seen a broken home. On Wednesday, we looked at the first broken family: Adam and Eve’s. But what about now? Can we overcome the brokenness of our homes in the present age? Hasn’t God promised that Christian families can overcome their brokenness? In recent decades, Christian…

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11 Gospel-Centered Ways to Love Your City

Jesus calls us to “go and make disciples” and to love our city so that we might clearly communicate the gospel and see more people come to know him. But what does this look like practically? What does it mean to love our city? Here are 11 practical, gospel-centered ways you can love your city.   1….

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Win The Man Not the Argument

When the Lord Jesus called his disciples, he famously said that he was going to transform them into “fishers of men” (Mark 1:17). He did not say, as it turns out, that he was going to send them fishing for fallacies. Similarly, the point of apologetics is to win the man, not the argument.  …

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Joy Unspeakable

 Periodically, when reading God’s Word or just thinking about Him and His goodness, I am so overcome with joy that I just start laughing at the wonder of it all.  Today, while reading from II Corinthians 5, I was bowled over once again.  “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our…

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Defining the Center

I have recently noticed a trend of churches giving up on the notion that community is an essential component of church life. Many are deciding that community is an optional experience that is helpful but not elemental to being a healthy disciple of Jesus. I think this is a significant mistake. There is no biblical…

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Owning vs. Renting Your Community

“It’s a rental.” It was a perfect day for the beach, and my new bride and I had the top down in a fun but gutless Mustang. We had left the main track miles ago and were tearing down a dirt road riddled with potholes. My faith in the directions our host had given us…

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The Why in Community

You should join a community group because ________. That is very important blank.  How you fill it in will have a profound effect on the health of your community group ministry.  You can do a lot of things right and still be torpedoed by that question. If you are not convinced the question of why…

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