Monday’s Exercise

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Okay, here’s a little exercise. Read the following (fake) email and respond. This was a great exercise for our Men’s Leadership training. Feel free to respond in the comments below or use it to talk among your friends.

Our goal in life is to serve people. Many of us find opportunities to help others in their walk with Christ. One area the modern church needs to grow in is ecclesiology. So may this help you. Please use Bible verses in your response.

The Exercise

Dear brother,
About a year ago I was saved. Since then I have thought about whether or not I should attend church.… Continue reading
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Understanding And Applying The Kenosis

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Theology is life, or so it says on the t-shirts. But the real truth is that theology must impact life, any theology, no matter how orthodox, that doesn’t shape the way life is lived is worthless. R.C. Sproul put it this way in his helpful basic systematic theology, Everyone’s A Theologian:

The purpose of theology is not to tickle our intellects, but to instruct us in the ways of God, so that we can grow up into maturity and fullness of obedience to Him. That is why we engage in theology.[1]

Perhaps no passage in the New Testament  has so tickled intellects and been the subject of more idol theological curiosity than Philippians 2:5-8, often called the Kenosis of Christ.Continue reading

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Follow-Up: Be Ready for the Excuses

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I am so thankful to be writing on this blog with these faithful, godly men. They challenge me, encourage me, and stir me to be a better minister of the gospel.

Yesterday, Zach wrote an excellent post on Evangelism (go back and read it — you won’t regret it, even if you have already read it). Zach’s thrust was offering “five simple ways to become more faithful in the work of evangelism.” Today, I want to give you a sixth: be ready for the excuses.

You will find (or maybe you have already found) that when you do evangelism, many people will have already had some thought about this whole Jesus and gospel thing.… Continue reading

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Becoming More Faithful in Evangelism

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Evangelism. Though it is the means God uses to make Christians (Romans 10:17), for many Christians, evangelism is a strangely intimidating word.  In fact, I’d suspect that most Christians (including me) feel inadequate when it comes to the work of evangelism and would likely admit that they are not nearly as committed to that work as they know they should be.  How about you?  Is there any room for you to grow as an evangelist?  In this post, I’d like to offer five simple ways to become more faithful in the work of evangelism.

First, make sure you are walking with Jesus. Continue reading

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Why I Present The Gospel

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Every time I preach I make sure to include one thing, an express presentation of the gospel. When I say I include an express presentation of the gospel what I mean is that I succinctly describe the incarnation, perfect life, sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ, and the implications of His birth, life, death and resurrection for both believers and unbelievers (often quoting Rom 10:9). I often use the exact same (or at least very similar) words. No one has ever complained to me, and even if they did, I wouldn’t change what I do. That every sermon contains a succinct presentation of the gospel is a nonnegotiable for me.Continue reading

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