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Three Important Reasons To Become A Church Member

“Why become a member of a church, I attend the service isn’t that enough?” This is an actual question that I have heard. I want to explain how, as a Pastor, I respond to such a claim. Let me break this down into four apparent areas of confusion. I should also mention that this thinking is based mostly from the American/Western culture and without backing that up with firm data, it may be more conjecture and observation; however, it is a mindset in churches that I have been involved with and comments heard among other pastors. One should also...

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Making plans for the sake of the mission and glory of God

Earlier this week I got an email from one of the readers of Servants of Grace who wanted to see me answer this question, “How would you respond to the person who says that planning is a waste of time?” This post is my attempt at answering this question. In Exodus 4, Moses is given his orders and given authority from God to carry out his ministry to the people of Israel. Moses was told to “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it” (Exodus...

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Christianity On Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith

We live in a world where every day biblical Christianity is challenged on a variety of fronts. On one front Christianity is attacked by the idea that it is intolerant. On the other we’re told what we believe is outdated. Even from within our own ranks we’re told that orthodox Christians have gotten key doctrines wrong. How should Christians respond to these claims? One author, Mark Lanier, one of America’s top trial lawyers brings a legal eye to examine the evidence for the Christian faith. Through explaining the rules that courts follow, he probes key issues and interrogates witnesses...

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Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections

Over the past decade I’ve read close to two dozen books on preaching. Most of these books either focus on biblical interpretation, sermon preparation or delivery. In that time I can’t recall reading a book dedicated solely to the centrality of the heart in the Christian and the need to preach to it. Edwards was famous for writing Religious Affections in which he outlined what the affections are and how to fan the flame of our affections in the pursuit of God’s glory. This is why when I heard about Burning Hearts Preaching to the Affections by seasoned pastors...

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The People of God Empowering The Church To Make Disciples

Loving God leads to loving the Church. That statement while true is incomplete. Loving God leads to loving the Church and the people in the Church. This statement accurately reflects what God’s love produces in His people—namely a love for Himself, a love for people and a love for His Church. In my experience in Church, I know well the tendency of some churches to emphasize loving God to the neglect of loving the people in the church. A new book The People of God Empowering The Church To Make Disciples by Trevor Joy and Spence Shelton has come...

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