We may attract attenders through preaching, but disciples are made in small groups.
When you’re leading a campaign, like 40 Days of Prayer, or anytime in the future as you lead your congregation toward a deeper relationship with Jesus, you’ll want to explain to your members why small groups are so important to spiritual growth and why they are more than just a Bible study.
In order to be effective in evangelism, we often believe we must be a world class apologist who can answer every question thrown at us, an extrovert who can talk to anyone, and a bold witness who isn’t afraid of persecution or death. While we may think that, the average Christian doesn’t possess these characteristics.
I’m not sure when the term “spiritual warfare” was coined, but in my research I’ve discovered it mentioned as early as the 1600’s.
Spiritual warfare is depicted (without using the term) back to the writing of the New Testament as Paul stated:
The ministry is a tricky thing for pastors. When things seem to go well, we can be tempted to think we have it all together, and when a rocky patch emerges, we can feel like total failures.
Yesterday, I posted a blog about why pastors sometimes want to quit in difficult times. Not all of the pastors I’ve talked with actually left their church, however, even when they really wanted to leave. Here are some of the reasons they decided to stay:
Welcome back to a new week on the Ask Pastor John podcast, answering your tough theological and ethical questions from the Bible. Well, following Christ is costly. And Jesus warns us to count the cost first, before we follow him. Which of course raises the big question: How? How do we calculate the cost?
America sent thousands of Protestant missionaries abroad to Christianize and Americanize the world. Many returned, however, and globalized America.
For many generations, people who went to church would attend every Sunday no matter what. Whether out of habit, culture, tradition, denominational identity, fear of reprisal, or a sincere commitment to Christ and his church, when the doors were open, they were going to walk through them.
What is expository preaching?
Expository preaching explains what the text means by what it says, seeking to exhort the hearers to trust and obey the God-intended message of the text. It is preaching in which the point of the message is rooted in, aligns with, and flows from the primary meaning of the sermon text.
One of the key ingredients of effectiveness is the ability to communicate clearly. Jesus was the best at this. When you watch Him through the Gospels, he talks with such clarity. Even when everyone didn’t get it, He knew exactly what He was doing.
What is the Jesus way of communicating clearly?