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 →

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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 →

The Heart of Evangelism?

On Thursday, we presented the annual emphasis before our local church. This biblical truth is especially relevant considering the renewed heat of the abortion issue in our nation. For our church, 2019 is the year of evangelism. I want to challenge our church body to boldly pursue the mission of Christ as we go. I... 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 →

Dear Leader, part 17 (For the Faith of the Elect and Knowledge of the Truth)

This exercise is a continuation of a series we started at Grace with our leadership while I served as interim there. For those who are not pastors or deacons, but who lead in some capacity in any arena of life, these books are a tremendous resource in Scripture. I encourage all of those who would... Continue Reading →

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