Relationship-Based Discipleship

Relationship-Based Discipleship

There wasn’t a Bible study, or Scripture memory, or even prayer. There were barbells on the floor, reps to be done, and a lot of sweat. Some would say it wasn’t discipleship. I would disagree. I believe discipleship is simple: do what you do and do it with others. Or, do what they do and … Continued

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A Necessary Change in My Preaching, Insider Language

A Necessary Change in My Preaching

Preaching for sixteen years in established churches afforded me priceless experience. Years of grinding out three sermons per week taught me how to prepare efficiently and communicate comfortably. In preaching, like most other disciplines, there really is no substitute for experience. For that, I am and always will be thankful. However, I also developed a … Continued

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A Simple Strategy for Evangelism

A Simple Strategy for Evangelism

His name is James. He wasn’t just uninterested in church, he was scared. We prayed for months and months, and God heard our prayers and saved him. Be a Friend Oh, I wish you could have been there to see his baptism and hear his story. It began with a roommate named Alex. Alex invited … Continued

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Two Myths That Keep Us off Mission

Two Myths That Keep Us off Mission

One of the greatest hurdles to productivity is busyness. This is true for tasks and checklists, and it’s also true for discipleship and living on mission. I have seen two main myths keep me and others from bearing fruit for Jesus. Both the mentor myth and the Bible study myth fool us by keeping us … Continued

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Exercising Your Faith as a College Student

Exercising Your Faith as a College Student

It’s been said that one out of every 5 Americans is a none. Not a “nun,” but a “none.” The nones are a group of atheologists. A none is someone that has zero religious affiliation. Now, this isn’t anarchy. They are not hostile to religion—they are indifferent. In other words, religion of any kind bears … Continued

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Holy Spirit Church Planting

Holy Spirit Church Planting

Church planting is Holy Spirit work. It is the Spirit who empowers and equips us for the mission of Jesus. Our great temptation is to rely on our personality, gifting, and resources to plant our church. While all of these are used by the Lord, there is a “coming to the end of self” that … Continued

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Church Planting Is Not Mystical

Church Planting Is Not Mystical

We’ve all heard the stories of overnight success. Church planters who launched their church with no advertising and hundreds of people showed up on day one. This can leave us feeling that church planting must be a mystical work. Who can know if the church will grow and thrive into a self-governing, self-supporting, and reproducing … Continued

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Making Friends About Jesus

Making Friends About Jesus

Like most churches, our church does groups. We call them community groups. We believe the most beautiful place to be broken and to mend, tell and be told the truth, and show and be shown compassion is in a community group. Our vision for community groups is “making friends about Jesus.” Making Friends The basis … Continued

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