“Is the Bible really true?” “Did Jesus actually rise from the dead?” “Does the Trinity make logical sense?” Those are the sorts of objections that critics used to level at Christianity. In increasingly “post-truth” contexts, however, the challenges of critics are changing. The central question is no longer, “Is Christianity true?” Now some wonder, “Is Christianity good?”
Should Latter-day Saints (LDS), also known as Mormons, be considered Christians?
The question at hand is more than merely considering Joseph Smith and Brigham Young as offering views equally as divergent as Martin Luther and Augustine. Neither Luther nor Augustine argued for a physical deity who is connected, in some way, to another planet with, as some Latter-day Saints will conjecture, its own deity.
Big Family Outreaches are often relatively expensive, drain personal and team energy, and require months of prep, so the church I serve at started asking, what if there are Outreach Ideas that are simpler, more sustainable and more affordable?
Out of that we came up with a new outreach strategy.
Our lack of urgency as pastors, followed by our lack of discipline, severely hampers our ministry effectiveness and lies about the importance of our work.
Urgency is living and working like a clock is ticking to zero. Urgency is remembering there is a lot on the line. Urgency reminds you that you are a mist, here today and gone tomorrow. Urgency reminds you that you have an enemy and his bullseye is on your back.
Do you have a job? If so, you have a mission field. God wants each and every one of us to live on mission for Him.
The American workplace is ripe, and now is the time to reach your co-workers for Christ. Very practically, though, how do you do it? Follow these five steps, and they’ll help you go a long way down the path of seeing a harvest of souls in the marketplace:
As pastors, we have a solemn obligation to equip church members to do ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Instead, too many pastors burn out because the pastor and the church members expect the pastor to do most or all of the ministry for them.
I died once while planting a church. Yes, I mean literally and it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It is not every day God lets you really contemplate what your church would look like without you.
If you want your church to balance God’s purposes and grow in a healthy way, your small groups must lead the way in the Great Commission.
It’s like this: You’re only as healthy as the cells in your body. It’s a basic truth of human health. If your cells are sick, your body will be sick, too.
I read where the late D.L. Moody had made a covenant with the Lord to witness for Christ to at least one person every day. One night, sometime around ten o’clock, he realized he’d failed to witness that day. Moody rushed out of the house, resolved to declare the good news to the first person he saw.
I first came to Japan in 2004. A decade later, my wife and I were praying about planting a church here.
We started by simply opening up our home in order to disciple a group of people who’d never heard of Jesus. We didn’t know what we were doing, but we were confident that God had a people for himself (Acts 18:9–10), and that our job was to make disciples (Matt. 28:18–20).