The Missionary, part 2: built in the wilderness

Paul was brought to faith in Christ. There is no other way to describe the sort of change that happened in his heart and mind. The one who persecuted Stephen was now like Stephen. In Acts 9:20, we see that Paul immediately began to proclaim the Gospel of Christ in Damascus. In 9:25, Paul is... Continue Reading →

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The Missionary, part 1: ruined in Damascus

Thanks to readers, friends, and family, we received the funding we needed to support our church in Liberia for another month and we are planning to plant a few more churches this year. In celebration, I am starting this new blog series, “The Missionary.” “The Missionary” will follow the steps of the Apostle Paul as... 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 →

Church Planting: a temporal picture of God’s eternal mission, pt. 3

Read Acts 13:2-52 The local congregation was dedicated to fasting and ministering to the Lord. This was a regular part of their worship. The Holy Spirit directed, not only the elders but the whole of the congregation, to set apart Barnabas and Saul do the work they were called to (planting churches just as the... Continue Reading →

Church Planting: a temporal picture of God’s eternal mission, pt. 2

Read Acts 13:1 Barnabas and Saul did not spend all of their time at the church in Antioch, what had now become their home church. They were called specifically to missions work and were doing that work under the commission of the church in Antioch. When they returned from a trip on which they were... Continue Reading →

Church Planting: a temporal picture of God’s eternal mission, pt. 1

Considering God’s mission, which is both eternal and timeless, we are drawn to think about how we get to participate in that mission while the world is in this temporary state of wretchedness. We think about church-planting, outreach, and even evangelism, and we recognize that these are all momentary works. When Christ’s work of redemption... Continue Reading →

Is God calling you to pastor, plant, or revitalize?

What if one local church could plant 200 churches, start 100 non-profits, reach thousands of people every year and still have too small of a vision? Introduction Western business has had quite a toll on the church. Simply consider the way a corporation works and expands. That is precisely what has taken root with the... Continue Reading →

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