The Country That Does Not Know Jesus

“Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” – Isaiah 6:9–10 “The days of explosive church growth are over.” This quote came from a recent lecture by Dr. Jim Hamilton, the head of the Biblical Theology department at my seminary. He likened the people of today’s … [Read more...]

Follow. Reach. Teach.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:37–39 “Go therefore and make disciples…” – Matthew 28:19 Follow God. Reach people. Teach others to do the same. I hope you are starting to realize that this idea is not going away. It can’t go away, not if we are going to stay focused on Christ’s mission for the church. The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37–39) tells us to … [Read more...]

You are Part of a Team

“For each will have to bear his own load.” – Galatians 6:5 Henry Ford first used the assembly line to build cars in 1913. His method reduced a car’s build time from twelve hours to two and a half hours. The assembly line made production efficient and made car ownership a reality for many people. The system worked well, but there was one great stipulation. Everyone had to do their own part. Teams work well only when each person shows up and helps bear the load.   This is the point … [Read more...]

First Steps

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” – Luke 14:28 Let’s face it, we live in an age where many people do not really know what church membership is. The message is often conveyed that joining a local church requires almost zero commitment. “Do you want to get to know people better? Do you want to feel like part of a community? Would you like to hear from the Bible every now and then? Join a church.” … [Read more...]

Patriotism

“But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” – Hebrews 11:16 Take a few seconds and read the above verse from Hebrews again. This may be a difficult passage to grasp on a week in which we celebrate the birth of our beloved United States. It can be downright countercultural to suggest there might be a better country than the U.S., even when that better country … [Read more...]