Nov 30, 2014
I Will Support My Church By Praying For Its Leaders
By: Dwayne Lones
Church members may often overlook one of the greatest ways they can support the ministry of their church - praying for their leaders. Leaders are not super-Christians who are impervious to spiritual assault. Leaders are regular people who need the churches support in prayer to effectively lead the people of God.
- Nov 30, 2014I Will Support My Church By Praying For Its LeadersNov 30, 2014I Will Support My Church By Praying For Its LeadersBy: Dwayne LonesChurch members may often overlook one of the greatest ways they can support the ministry of their church - praying for their leaders. Leaders are not super-Christians who are impervious to spiritual assault. Leaders are regular people who need the churches support in prayer to effectively lead the people of God.
- Nov 23, 2014I Will Treasure My Church By Financially Supporting Its MinistryNov 23, 2014I Will Treasure My Church By Financially Supporting Its MinistryBy: Geoff ShiveChurch members of those who financially contribute to the ministry to which they belong. Giving provides the ministry with funds to support the ministries, aid the underprivileged, and care for the church building and staff. It is one of the channels God has given for us to experience blessing.
- Nov 16, 2014I Will Not Let Church Be About Preferences And DesiresNov 16, 2014I Will Not Let Church Be About Preferences And DesiresThe church is not about our personal preferences and desires. In fact, church demands that we give up our desires for the benefit of the body. As members we sacrifice for one another, and become servants.
- Nov 9, 2014I Am A Functioning Church MemberNov 9, 2014I Am A Functioning Church MemberMembership has become out of vogue, partially because we have come to view membership as the pathway to perks and privileges. Membership, though, in the body of Christ is about responsibility. We all have something to contribute to the body of Christ, even if we seek our contribution as irrelevant and innocuous, or if we are tempted to consider other's contributions as inferior.
- Nov 2, 2014We Are The Church
- Oct 26, 2014PrayOct 26, 2014PrayLiving a Life on Mission is too great a task for us to accomplish on our own. That is why Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would be given to the church to help them in that task. However, the time spent in prayer opened the early church up to a powerful working of the Spirit that is often missing today. As we pray for ourselves and for those we will be a witness to, the Holy Spirit brings God involvement into the equation.
- Oct 19, 2014GrowOct 19, 2014GrowThe goal of witness is not to dunk people in a baptistery, but to see them transformed into Christlikeness. Growing spiritually is of significance for both the witness and those who are receiving the witness. The presence or absence of spiritual growth has the perhaps the greatest capacity to advance or inhibit our witness.
- Oct 12, 2014ShareOct 12, 2014ShareOnce we have connected with lost people and demonstrated God's love for them through acts of service, there comes a time when we need to open our mouths -- and share our stories in a way that points people to Christ. Often we have made the task of sharing much more difficult than it needs to be.
- Oct 5, 2014ServeOct 5, 2014ServeAfter we have connected with lost people, we have not completed our life on mission. Life On Mission also includes serving others, especially those who would be considered the outcast and the despised. When we live a life of service, we show the love of God to people in tangible ways. The parable of the Good Samaritan paints this call for service in a dynamic story.
- Sep 28, 2014ConnectSep 28, 2014ConnectJesus has called us to be witnesses. However, the question remains on "how does this witness thing happen?" If you are going to live a life on mission, you will have to connect with lost people. You cannot reach those who you do not touch.
- Sep 21, 2014The Starting Point For A Life On MissionSep 21, 2014The Starting Point For A Life On MissionWhen Jesus Instructs the disciples to notice the readiness of the harvest, and urges them to prayer for laborers to bring the harvest in the central focus is not on seeing the harvest or on praying for harvesters. The key to the text is the compassion of Jesus.Jesus' compassion contrasted with Jonah's contempt for those who were lost.The church today often reflects more of the attitude of Jonah toward lost people. Living a life on mission will begin with correcting our attitude toward lost people and seeing the way that God sees them.
- Sep 14, 2014An Invitation To Life On MissionSep 14, 2014An Invitation To Life On MissionJesus tells the story of two lost sons in luke 15, and through the story he invites us to embark with Him and the Father on a Life On Mission.This message is a first-person telling of the Parable of the Lost Sons from the perspective of the older brother.