Author: Dave Jenkins

Episode 99- Ryan Huguley- 8 Hours or Less: Writing Faithful Sermons Faster

Welcome to the ninety-ninth episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Ryan Huguley- 8 Hours or Less: Writing Faithful Sermons Faster (Moody, 2017) What you’ll hear in this episode: Ryan’s definition of a faithful sermon. How Ryan divides his time in his week of sermon preparation. Why determining a deadline for each milestone helps in weekly sermon preparation. Some of the most common factors that increase the amount of time spent preparing each week. Encouragement for the pastor who is burned out from sermon preparation. How to prepare our heart and mind to preach the...

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The Need for Biblical Community in the Local Church

Recently Mark Zuckerberg the founder and CEO of Facebook said that he views Facebook as a church. The problem with Mark’s statement is that there is no way Facebook could ever be a New Testament church. The Bible prescribes that the local church is to preach the Word, care for the people of God, perform the sacraments and much more. There is no way this can be done on a social media site like Facebook. And so, there is no way that Facebook could ever be a local church. What this reveals; instead, is the need people have for...

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Biblical Counseling: A Ministry to Serve and Shepherd

In the past five years as more and more books have come out on biblical counseling topics, I have consumed more and more on the topic of biblical counseling. The result of this reading has been my seeing a need for biblical counseling in the local church. My aim in this article is to encourage those who are engaged in the work of biblical counseling by calling to them to continue in faithfulness in serving and shepherding God’s people in the context of the local church. It has traditionally been thought that the counseling ministry is only the pastor’s ministry. This idea is correct in as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough. The pastor is to engage in pastoral care for the people of God. Often though pastors can only do so much to help people in their congregation; as their training in seminary equips them to help people only so much. As a result, they must ask for help and send hurting people out to others who have more training. This is where biblical counseling in the local church comes in. Biblical counseling best describes the ministry that local churches should be engaged in—that is taking the Word of God and helping God’s people not only learn from the Word but to submit to and apply the Word to their own lives. Biblical counseling...

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Working Through Marital Issues

Men are called five times in the English version of Ephesians 5:22-33 to love their wives. The reason men can love our wives Paul says is because of Christ. Christ bled, died, and rose so His people could be empowered by the Holy Spirit to make much of Jesus. One of the harder aspects of marital life is working through marital issues and challenges. You may have grown up in a home like me where there was a lot of fighting. You saw first-hand how hurtful words hurt and linger for a long time. Or perhaps you saw physical,...

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Episode 98- Andrew Davis: Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again

Welcome to the ninety-eighth episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Andrew Davis: Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again. What you’ll hear in this episode: Andy’s life, marriage, and ministry. The most common signs of a dying church. Causes of a church going into a downward spiral and how pastors can identify and avoid it before it happens. Andy’s definition of revitalization. The importance of prayer to the revitalization of a local church. The role the nine marks of a healthy church play in church revitalization What it means to be...

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