Thabiti Anyabwile is an African-American pastor, former Muslim, and a wise and truly biblical thinker for our age. God has raised him up and is using him to help the Church in America think rightly about itself. In his 2008 book published by Crossway Books under the title What is a Healthy Church Member? he begins … More A Story About the Church that Should Break Your Heart
Ever wonder what to pray for a new believer? Here’s a smart start on the kind of things that every believer in Christ needs to see happen so that their new life in Christ takes off like a rocket. … For more see: Eight Things to Pray for the New Disciples in a Church Plant
Weekend Musings This has been my motto for 20 years. If the material you use covers the basics of what needs to be covered to ground a new believer in the faith so that he/she knows what they need to know to grow, the material is immaterial. For years, you could go into a Christian … More The Material You Use is Immaterial
If the Great Commission of (Matthew 28:16-20) is a command and Jesus tells us to teach those who believe to obey all that he commanded how can we escape the implication that all who are reached are supposed to multiply (reach others / make disciples)? Here’s a simple tool that I learned years ago from … More How Does a Disciple Become a Multiplier?
Missional Leadership It’s A.D. 51 and a month or two ago the Apostle Paul had planted the church in Thessalonica. Now he’s in Corinth and he pens 1 Thessalonians to encourage the saints in their new faith in Christ. What this means is that when we look at 1 Thessalonians, we are looking at what … More Churches are Doing Much and Accomplishing Little
Making Better Disciples A church planter wrote me last week and asked about the material we use for discipleship. Two weeks ago, another church planter asked me a similar question. Earlier this year, I had a conversation with a church staff member of a significant church about how the church they serve does new believer … More The Material You Use for Discipleship is Immaterial
Thursday is for Discipleship It’s A.D. 51 and a month or two months ago the Apostle Paul had planted the church in Thessalonica. Now he’s in Corinth and he pens 1 Thessalonians to encourage the saints there in their new faith in Christ. What this means is that when we look at 1 Thessalonians, we … More Launching New Believers for Transformational Futures
Monday is for Discussion “And after they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.’” (Acts … More First Century New Believer Follow-up: A Sobering Reassessment