Author: David Schrock

Welcome One Another: Five Ways to Show Hospitality at Church

Romans 15:7, “Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” In the Bible hospitality is no small matter. From Abraham to the Apostles, God called His people to greet one another with love and concern. For instance, in the Old Testament, it was more than a cultural faux pas to deny hospitality; it was an indictment against the whole village. Likewise, in the New Testament, we find John commending the believers to welcome into their homes those who have gone out for the sake of the name (3 John 8). And Paul makes hospitality (i.e.,...

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Learning to See the Beauty of a Gospel-Centered Church

I love the gospel and the church, and I can’t wait to teach them every Sunday. But it wasn’t always that way. How Do You See the Church? Admittedly, for me, I was slow to understand and appreciate the importance and beauty of the local church. In high school and college, I came to faith, began sharing the gospel, and learning how the Word of God impacted all of life. In this time, the church was important, but only as an extension of my individual Christianity. For me, church was an a la carte affair. I was committed to...

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‘Seedtimes of Tears’: The Goodness and Necessity of Tears in Ministry

When Paul called the Ephesian elders to himself in Miletus (Acts 20), he recounted his three years of service before them. His words focused on preparing the elders whom he loved and labored with for the challenges they would soon face. Just as Paul fought the beasts of Ephesus (1 Corinthians 15:32), so too they would have to protect God’s sheep from the goats and boars who would come to ravage the Lord’s vineyard in Ephesus. Reading Acts 20 recently, Paul’s words in verses 18–-20 struck a nerve. He writes: And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how...

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“You Will Be My Witnesses”: Five Truths About Witnessing From the Book of Acts

When I was in College and a young believer, one of the first Christian books I read was Bill Bright’s Witnessing without Fear. It was a helpful introduction to evangelism and the call of disciples to be witnesses for Jesus. Just beginning to understand what it meant to follow Christ and make disciples, this book helped immensely to be a ‘witness’ for Christ. Today, I’m still thankful for that book. Recently, as I read through Acts, the theme of witnessing came to the fore again. And how could it not? In Acts 1:8 Jesus tells his disciples to remain in Jerusalem until the...

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The Necessity of Hardships: Why God Often Leads His Saints Into Dire Straits

2 Corinthians 1:8–9, “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” When Jesus announced his impending death, he just as quickly announced the kind of “death” required of his disciples. Luke 9:23–24 reads, 23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny...

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