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
This week I am in Los Angeles, attending the Shepherd’s Conference through the generosity of others. This year the church I serve couldn’t afford to send me, but the Lord provided. And I’m glad he did, I really needed it this year. Two years after first writing this, It is just as true and maybe more valuable than ever. The Shepherd’s conference isn’t the only game around, there is the Shepherd’s 360 conference associated with Shepherds Theological Seminary, There is the Banner of Truth Minister’s Conference, For the Church as well as smaller regional conferences like the annual GAMA Equipping Conference.… Continue reading
Friendship is not a concept foreign to the Bible. Friendship is often used to illustrate something negative. Proverbs warns us about what bad friends may do. We see Job surrounded by bad friends. Many of the prophets lament their situations and express it using friendship terms.
There’s one use that, in my opinion, is especially heartwrenching.
49 Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.
Jesus wasn’t betrayed by one of the Pharisees or some random Roman.… Continue reading