Baptism: form follows function

My purpose here is not to consider the practice of baptism in general or to define exactly what baptism is. My purpose is to consider what place baptism has in the church worship service explicitly and the biblical methodology of practicing baptism. Here are my assumptions: Baptism is not required for salvation but is an... Continue Reading →

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Mission Liberia

I want to introduce you to a friend of mine, but I don’t want to share his real name with you. For the sake of his protection in a nation where there is persecution, I will call him by the name Pastor Davies Sr. and I will not be sharing any pictures or videos on... Continue Reading →

Ministry Update, making disciples… and releasing them

I remember sitting with a couple friends, Andrew (a different Andrew) and Cody, dreaming about what kind of ministry we could have while in college. Of course, I was prideful- bent on building a kingdom for myself on Christ's name. No dream that we voiced there would ever come to pass. God would not provide... Continue Reading →

A Call To Be People of Prayer and Grace

My heart is grieved this week and I can't share why. I don’t want to. My heart is too broken. It is broken because of human sinfulness and because of divisiveness in this present world. It is broken because I suffer, yearning for others to know the beauty of walking with Christ yet see them... Continue Reading →

Thinking About Hospitality in the Church Service

I want to be very clear about what my goal is through this particular leadership series. This series is meant to evaluate certain practices in the local church gathering in light of biblical principles. I am not condemning any practice, nor am I elevating one practice over another. I am under the understanding that in... Continue Reading →

Empowering of the Holy Spirit

Over the previous two weeks, we have been thinking together about the identity of God as Father and Son. We have seen, in Scripture, that the trinitarian existence of God is no new concept. Even the earliest of human religion recognized the single creator-God and the work of the Son. We saw that both the... Continue Reading →

Church Planting: Creation, The Great Commission, and The Resolution

As we saw when we considered God’s eternal mission, God’s purpose is His own glory in His creation through the exaltation of Christ and in the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. We will always have the mandate to multiply in creation and steward creation according to the first and second chapters in Genesis. God... Continue Reading →

To My Friends Who Are In Spiritual Exile

Over the past few weeks, we have introduced Matthew’s Gospel and walked through his genealogy. We will finish the genealogy in this session. In the previous sessions we discovered: Matthew’s purpose was to prove that Jesus was indeed the Jewish Messiah. Jesus’ adoption into David’s line is a significant point and fulfillment of Old Testament... Continue Reading →

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