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Welcome One Another: Five Ways to Show Hospitality at Church
Welcome One Another: Five Ways to Show Hospitality at Church

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...

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Book Review – Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today
Book Review – Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today

Book Review – Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today

Dozens of preaching books come out every year. Before and during seminary I read at least two dozen books on preaching. I’ve found that most preaching books tend towards focusing on how to explain and apply the text or deliver the sermon. Few books combine the best...

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Book Review – Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive
Book Review – Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive

Book Review – Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive

Churches are dying every day. That isn’t news you’ll read in the latest issue of Time, national or local newspapers but the fact is many churches are dying every day. Many pastors are leaving the ministry every month and every year. What is the Church to do? Should...

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Book Review – The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ
Book Review – The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ

Book Review – The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ

While one of the most encouraging trends in recent years has been the resurgence in conversation on the gospel, what has been needed is a book that looks at how the gospel impacts the local church and it’s culture. Thankfully such a book exists now in The Gospel:...

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Book Review – Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion
Book Review – Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion

Book Review – Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion

One of the central issues in the Church and one that we here at Servants of Grace are passionate about is the nature, purpose, and mission of the Church. We spent a whole month looking at this issue and will continue to look at it in the future as the need arises....

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Book Review – I Am A Church Member: Discovering The Attitude that Makes the Difference
Book Review – I Am A Church Member: Discovering The Attitude that Makes the Difference

Book Review – I Am A Church Member: Discovering The Attitude that Makes the Difference

One of the central issues of our day when it comes to the doctrine of the Church is interestingly enough, church membership. Many Christians today struggle with the idea of becoming or even being members of the Church. For some Christians just merely attending...

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Book Review – Transformational Discipleship: How People Grow
Book Review – Transformational Discipleship: How People Grow

Book Review – Transformational Discipleship: How People Grow

Discipleship is a topic that is much talked about but very rarely understood in the evangelical world today. In the early 1990’s and 2000’s it was popular to talk about discipleship as a conversation divorced from doctrine and theology. When discipleship is taken...

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Church Series: Engaging one another in a manner worthy of the Gospel
Church Series: Engaging one another in a manner worthy of the Gospel

Church Series: Engaging one another in a manner worthy of the Gospel

With the rise of the internet have come many challenges to the Church. Before the internet, believers were relegated to sharing about events going on in the Church between one another at Church, on the phone, or if they met for a meal. Now Christians can hop on...

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Church Series: When to leave your local church but not the Church
Church Series: When to leave your local church but not the Church

Church Series: When to leave your local church but not the Church

In this series on the Church, we’ve been writing about a great deal of topics that hopefully are relevant and helpful to you as you think through the importance of the local Church for your Christian life and ministry. As I’ve thought about the Church, one topic...

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Church Series: Four Steps to Ensure You’ll Have No Local Church
Church Series: Four Steps to Ensure You’ll Have No Local Church

Church Series: Four Steps to Ensure You’ll Have No Local Church

Before I begin, there is an operative assumption in this post. It is that a fitting local church home should offer three non-negotiable elements (sine qua nons). Here are those three sine qua nons: a local church home should offer consistently faithful expository...

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Church Series: Church Discipline and the Mercy of the Good Shepherd
Church Series: Church Discipline and the Mercy of the Good Shepherd

Church Series: Church Discipline and the Mercy of the Good Shepherd

The Church is the only God-ordained institution that will last for eternity. In a sense, that brings a great amount of legitimacy and authority to the church, that no other institution has. Ironically, I think there is more legitimacy and authority than most...

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Church Series: What does it mean to “one another” in the New Testament?
Church Series: What does it mean to “one another” in the New Testament?

Church Series: What does it mean to “one another” in the New Testament?

God created us to be in relationship with Himself and with others.[Tweet "In eternity there will only be two things other than God: His Word and His children."] If this is the case, it should challenge us to seek more God-honoring relationships now. There are over...

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Church Series: Why Your Spiritual Growth Matters to the Community
Church Series: Why Your Spiritual Growth Matters to the Community

Church Series: Why Your Spiritual Growth Matters to the Community

On May 12, 2013, I preached a Mother’s Day message from 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9. Paul compares discipleship to the actual practice of a mother nursing her child. In this, the mother is a source of life for her child. So it is that we as [Tweet "Christians, must be...

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Church Series: Growing Together Towards Love and Good Deeds
Church Series: Growing Together Towards Love and Good Deeds

Church Series: Growing Together Towards Love and Good Deeds

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 In Hebrews 10:19-25, the author makes...

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Church Series: Why Going to Church on Sunday is An Act of War
Church Series: Why Going to Church on Sunday is An Act of War

Church Series: Why Going to Church on Sunday is An Act of War

Okay, so maybe that title is a bit melodramatic. But I wanted to get your attention, because I think faithful, weekly attendance at your local gospel-preaching Church is important. It’s important for all the reasons we know, right? To hear the Word preached. To...

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Church Series: 5 Reasons We Should Gather in Local Churches
Church Series: 5 Reasons We Should Gather in Local Churches

Church Series: 5 Reasons We Should Gather in Local Churches

The belief that professing Christians should gather together as members of a local Church is waning in many sectors of Christianity today. Some feel that faith should not be “institutionalized” and should be a private matter between individuals, not something to be...

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Book Review – The Pastor’s Family: Shepherding Your Family through the Challenges of Pastoral Ministry

Book Review – The Pastor’s Family: Shepherding Your Family through the Challenges of Pastoral Ministry

Many pastors face an incredible amount of pressure to do anything but apply the Gospel to their lives. Pastoral ministry is demanding because it involves so many tasks that all demand an equal level of attention. Knowing how to prioritize tasks is critically...

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