In his final instructions to his followers, Jesus is clear; they have a mandate — a ‘great commission’ — over their lives. To be a follower of Jesus, united in His death and resurrection, and the recipient of a restored soul for all eternity, is to be a fully enlisted and endorsed participant in God’s redemptive plan for the world.Continue reading “Disciple-Making is Kingdom Building”
In the age of digital contentedness, institutional abuse, leadership failures, relational brokenness, and social persecution, many faithful followers of Jesus have found themselves questioning their participation in a local church community. I contend the answer and solution is found in rediscovering the purpose and mission of the church, and it involves accepting and acting upon the assignment that has been given to every follower of Jesus. Continue reading “The Mission of the Church”
Writing in the 1940’s during the height of World War II from inside Germany while defending the defenseless, speaking against the tyranny of Hitler and the Nazi regime, and protecting the integrity of the Gospel under threat from the state that eventually led to his arrest and execution, Dietrich Bonhoeffer has earned a rightful position in history. He has joined the ranks of many that have gone before him, and through his writings, those who would desire to identify with Christ today are confronted with a life-changing question, “Am I sure I want to do this?” Continue reading “Count the Cost”
When I, Mary, was first looking for resources to help us with church planting I was really looking for something that spoke DIRECTLY to a church planting family. I wanted something to say, “THIS is what church planting will be like for you!” and “THIS is what you need to know about church planting as a family.” I now see this was a silly way of thinking. What I have found is that all the best resources for my family can be the best thing for every family. Continue reading “Our Top 3 Family Resources”
In 1 Kings 10, we read about King Solomon’s rise to power and greatness. It says, “King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. And the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind” (1 Kings 10:23-24). To be excellent is to be competent, brave, strong, great, outstanding or extraordinary. Solomon was an extraordinary man of great wealth and wisdom, “Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him” (Daniel 6:3), an outstanding wife “is the crown of her husband” (Proverbs 12:4), and believers are to be great “in faith, in speech, in knowledge, [and] in all earnestness” (2 Corinthians 8:7).
Biblical excellence is rooted in this important fact: any and all achievements of bravery, greatness and competence are a gracious gift from God for the purpose of bringing glory back to God. Continue reading “Why Excellence Matters”