The goal of every Christian is to become like Christ; to know Him (Phil 3:10) so well that we are conformed into His image (Rom 8:29). I tell this to my students (and myself) all the time: know Christ, so that you can live like Him. If you know nothing else about the Bible, know Christ. This means that we all must spend a good deal of time in the four Gospels, so that we can see Christ and then be able to imitate Him and learn from His example (Luke 6:40; 1 Pet 2:21; 1 John 2:6).
Well, since June 2017, I have been taking my students on a expositional journey through the Gospel of John.… Continue reading
What teaching has authority? Scripture. We know His Word is God-breathed. Each individual word inspired, but ultimately the text’s meaning carries the authority. John MacArthur habitually says, “The meaning of the Scripture is the Scripture.” God makes it clear, what we believe matters because the truth reveals Him and His work.
After Christ’s ascension, the apostles’ role begins to fully develop as it pertains to doctrine and authority. God commissioned the apostles to articulate authoritative truth. Ultimately they will write, under divine inspiration, Scripture. But the question comes up often, “Why can’t someone write Scripture today?” “Is God’s Word really closed.” The answer, “Because God called the apostles to dispense the authoritative truth.… Continue reading
It seems strange to say it out loud (or type it out anyway), but expository preaching is all the rage these days. This is a great thing. God’s people need to hear His Word preached. Despite what some may say they are hungry for it. Just this past Sunday a millennial who looked about as millennial as a millennial could look, the exact kind of person who many would say “are over” preaching, told me how relieved he was when the phrase expository preaching was uttered by the man doing announcements at the beginning of the service. But this is where things can get a bit hinky, just because a preacher describes himself as an expositor, doesn’t mean he is, and just because a sermon is labeled as expository doesn’t mean it is.… Continue reading
While at Shepherd’s Conference this past week, Art Azurdia spoke on Matthew 28:18-20 (“The Great Commission” passage) concerning evangelism. Of all the sessions I went to, this one caught my attention most. Not really sure why, but since that sermon I have pondered: “what is the motivation for evangelism?” Well, after much thought and Bible reading, I think I have narrowed down the motivation God has given. In this case, I have found 5-motivations. So, I want to give you these. It will be in a raw form and more can be said bout each. For now, I desire for the Bible speak on its own.… Continue reading
For many Christians, a church’s success is a matter of simple mathematics. The more people, the better. If attendance and giving numbers are going up, God must be pleased. And if those numbers are going down, well…you get the picture.
I wish I could say that I’ve never played the numbers game myself, but I can’t, because I have and I do.
However, various circumstances in my life and in our church have led me to some deeper reflection over the issue of church numbers in recent years. This post is my attempt to summarize most of the big things that I have learned and continue to learn (as I need frequent reminding), hanging my thoughts on some of the larger principles I see in Scripture. … Continue reading