Working in ministry—and particularly youth ministry—the one question that I get asked often is “how do I grow in my walk with Christ? What practically can I do to grow in my faith?” Every time I am asked this, I give the same response. “Look at your hand.” What does this mean? Let me show you.
I could just give you a list, but a list might not be helpful, because lists are in and of themselves usually forgettable. So, to make this more memorable (at least for me), I use my fingers to help me remember how spiritual, godly growth happens.… Continue reading
We hear a lot about “serving” our church. But what does that actually mean? When I say “serve your church,” my intention is not to tell you about all the programs and ministries our church offers, and where there might be an opening for you to get plugged in. You may very well be the most “active” person in the church, performing the greatest number of tasks than any other person, while using your spiritual gift the least. And as such, you are not serving your church well.
The hypothetical is unlikely, but certainly a possibility. We would therefore do well to ask ourselves, “Is this ministry distracting me from using my spiritual gift, or is it providing me with an opportunity to use it?” Only when all the members understand the nature of their gifts and how they fit in to the corporate body will we truly see how the Lord can bless our church.… Continue reading
Well, today begins the Strange Fire Conference that many, including myself, have been waiting for over the last several months. In fact, if you are reading this post, it probably means that either you are a very dedicated reader of ParkingSpace23, or you are not at the Strange Fire Conference. I think I’ll assume the latter, but no worries! You can still benefit greatly from the conference by watching all the sessions online at the link above. Even better, you can do this from the comfort of your home without the inconvenience of joining the 4000+ attendees here on campus at Grace Community Church in sunny, Sun Valley, CA (yes… I say that with humor)!… Continue reading
Lately I have found myself thinking about the Church and the fact of the Church is a community of a believers. In part 1, I identified the the Church as community. In part 2, I talked about how the ordinances are an expression of the covenant community to the world. Now I want to look at the Church as a community that is edified by spiritual gifts. Fellowship without a pursuit of holiness isn’t biblical fellowship or community (1 John 1:5-10). The Covenant Community is marked by constant edification through spiritual gifts as we admonish each other to pursue godliness.… Continue reading