I get a lot of questions about teenagers. It only makes sense, I am the pastor of student ministry at my church. The questions range from why I do what I do (I point them to my philosophy of ministry), to what am I teaching, to “how do I disciple my kids at home that will be a benefit to their spiritual growth?”
One of the top questions I get is, “what resources/books would you recommend for my teenager?”
My first response is always “read the Bible. It is God’s Word. They will get more from being committed to spending time in God’s Word (reading, studying, praying over, etc) than they will get from reading 100 books.… Continue reading
From time to time, we all need to reassess various areas of our lives. It is good to take a step back, take a breath, and re-assess a situation. We all need to do this in our own personal lives with Christ (2 Cor 13:5; Ps 19:14). And we all need to do this with our church life. We need to be very careful that the church we are actively involved in is still a faithful church; a church that Jesus sees as faithful. We need not to stay in a church simply because we grew up there nor because it is comfortable nor because we don’t want to mess with the hassle of finding a another church nor because “we have invested so much!” The church is a precious, vital part of your spiritual maturity in Christ.… Continue reading
Eschatology. A study of the last things.
This word alone brings up a number of different reactions within Christians. Some are way too excited because they have a radical pre-occupation with it. They have overly-detailed schemes in which seemingly every passage of Scripture matches perfectly with some current event (did you know the Rapture was supposed to happen 3 days ago?). Unfortunately, many of these folks believe that if you don’t follow their scheme, then you are a heretic (I just had this conversation with a guy this past week about this – so, yes, they are out there).
Others are genuinely curious and want to know what the Bible says about the End Times.… Continue reading
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
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