I hope the answer is yes. I hope you know the meaning of Jesus’s parables in Matthew 13, in particular the one we talked about last week and the one we will take up this week. (Come and visit if you can or go to our website on Monday for the audio, ManchesterCreek.org) There is … More Do You Believe in the Divine Conspiracy?
Kids are back in school. School buses are cruising our roads. Footballs are flying through the air and the weather man says there will be no 90-degree days for the next 7 days. Fall is just around the corner and with it many new opportunities to tell our neighbors about the wonder of Jesus. As … More A Challenge for the Body of Christ in America
Reading with the Pastor Mark 3 and Psalm 73 Today we are reading chapter 3 in the Gospel of Mark again because it is a critical chapter in the book. One of the reasons it is so critical is the clarity of what discipleship looked like for the disciples. The verses to examine are 13-15. … More The Reason We Aren’t Making Disciples is Simple
Thursday is for Making Disciples I saw this video about two months ago. Then one of my elders sent it to me again after a discussion at our elder’s meeting on the difference between how the American Church thinks of the role of pastors and the way the New Testament depicts that role. Summary: They are … More When Your Thinking is Rigid, Change is Hard
A Parable of Castles and Servants Neuschwanstein Castle-Bavaria (not far from my ancestral home in Germany) “The castle was just over the hill off the main highway leading to the city. I lived on its outskirts but I could see its tallest spire. Weekly celebrations were the norm there. We could see the throngs going … More A Modern Parable: They are Outside the Castle
Thursday is for Making Disciples “If the unchurched [in the USA] were a nation unto themselves, they would be the eleventh most populated country on earth today.” (Pollster, George Barna, in Rechurching the Unchurched)* We sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that because many of our friends are believers and go to church that … More Do You Have Eyes to See?
Over on Facebook yesterday, Neil Cole started a discussion that was quite lengthy with a retweet of @lanceford: If North American pastors worked as hard at Disciple-making as they do on Sermon-making we could change the world//Prob true! I’m not sure if the “Prob true!” comment is Neil’s or Lanceford’s. The Discussion went on for … More Neil Cole: A Bridge (destruction) Too Far (Is Preaching Part of Discipleship)
Monday is for Discipleship It is hard to imagine a more straightforward and simple attempt to tell others about the Savior. Jesus calls Philip. Philip follows. First opportunity he gets, Philip runs to tell Nathanael that he has found the Savior. He feels compelled to tell Nathaniel about having found the one who is the … More Evangelistic Simplicity
Thursday is for Discipleship 1 Thessalonians 2:13-14 (ESV) And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. For … More Proofs of Authentic Faith: Reception and Suffering
Thursday is for Discipleship It’s a familiar passage. Luke 10:1-11. The Sending out of the 70 to preach the Kingdom. I’d encourage you to read it. Here’s a seven point outline of the instructions that are given: The harvest is plentiful and workers are needed. Pray for them (vs. 1). The mission is urgent and … More Learning How to Penetrate a New City (or Neighborhood) from Jesus