Can spiritual disciplines turn Christians into simply doing a checklist of rules? Or are these tasks weighing down Christians with unnecessary guilt?
August 19, 2013, began like any other Monday at Uptown Baptist Church in Chicago, USA. No one knew it would become a day marked by tragedy.
The fundamental question that our 21st century evangelical churches must ask is this; If we could have everything in this world, yet Christ is not there, can we be satisfied?
A visionary may see, but a leader must decide.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer even said it well, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
They say it takes a village to raise a child. The Bible shows us it takes a church to grow a Christian.
Linguists tell us that we actually have not had a thought until we can articulate it through speech or in writing. Therefore, the more we put our thoughts down on paper, the more firmly they are formed in our minds.
The perspective of Christian mind once again is to rediscover the truth of scripture, critical thinking that is led by the Spirit, and identifying the various ways the secular world value and practice have creeped into the church.
The word “Christian” does not mean “one who admires Christ,” nor “the recipient of Christ’s blessings,” nor even “one who believes in Christ.”
Apologetics is the study of, “Defense of the faith.” Why should you read this and believe in these truth claims?
The greatest pastor theologian in American Puritanism, stimulator of the religious revival known as the “Great Awakening,” Jonathan Edwards penned these words the year of 1722 a resolution that he devoted himself to the aim for godliness and the glory of God.
For quantity doesn’t always correspond to quality, especially on the Internet. However, sometimes, articles that have a broad readership indicate that a powerful idea or formative truth has been shared.
Discipleship is not simply staffed by elite paid clergy by the few for the few. Instead, it is God’s call for all the saints (priesthood of believers) to biblically counsel and disciple all.
What shall I render to you for the gift of gifts, your own dear Son? Herein is wonder of wonders: he came below to raise me above, was born like me that I might become like him.
As we even celebrate the 500th year of Protestant Reformation with Martin Luther, which has influenced Protestants since the 16th-century hated the New Testament book of James so much that he wanted it completely OUT of the Bible as it seemed to contradict the doctrine of Sola Fide (Latin: by faith alone).
“Making disciples of Jesus is the overflow of the delight in being disciples of Jesus.” ― David Platt, Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.
God is unimpressed by human speed. Go deep, not just wide. Grow members, not just numbers. Serve your successor, not just yourself.
This has changed my life and I hope with my whole heart that it will change yours.
In the book of James, the solution to interpersonal conflict is shockingly vertical.
Their whole mission was nearly useless if they didn’t spread it and multiply it.
Today living in the 21st century, we live in a culture where it is no surprise that all entertainment platform is encouraged and empower their users to allow any filthy language, nudity, violence, and other mature content from movies and TV series.
The word “toxic” comes from the German “toxikon” which means “arrow poison”. In a literal sense, the term in its original form thus means to kill (poison) in a targeted way (arrow).
Discipleship is simply this; Disciples are called to know Christ, grow with Christ, and go for Christ.
This is absolutely a counter-cultural model. This radically changes everything of how we think and howe we function as a church.