Some of you remember the Cold War, the “peaceful” conflict between the United States and the former Soviet Union that occurred after WWII into the late 80’s and early 90’s. My family had a front row seat to the conflict. My father was the senior enlisted soldier for Army intelligence in West Berlin, Germany from 1981-1986. We lived 100 miles … Read More
Do we love God? Do we love people? Do we believe the gospel is essential to salvation? Do we trust the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in sharing the gospel? Do we believe in the power of the gospel and the Word of God? If we answer “Yes” to these questions, we will make disciples.
How is the Spirit of God going to lead you to truly disciple the new followers of Jesus in your care — to teach them biblical doctrine so that each succeeding generation knows what they believe and why they believe it? Then hopefully the missionary and church planting zeal can continue to prosper with the third and fourth generations to come.
t is true, and important, to assert that the Bible itself holds to its own abiding reliability and authority, due to its divine inspiration (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21). But we live in a world of skepticism, and even antagonism, toward the Scriptures. In this arena of ideas, Christians need to be able to articulate the reasons why, with good reason, we hold to Scripture’s reliability and accuracy.
Parents often feel unable to determine if a child is responding to the message of the gospel or simply mimicking his or her surroundings in an evangelical culture.
If we include only the young, the hip, or the attractive in leading worship, or if we attract only young families with children in our promotions and programs, we may send a tacit, unwelcoming message to those outside the target zone.
Although it may not look like it from the streets of Upstate South Carolina – where there seems to be a church on every street corner – but the church in America is declining in proportion to the population. Gallup reports that 78 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians, compared to about 95 percent a half century ago, and … Read More
We love a good scandal, don’t we? It’s not just limited to “scandal sheets” like the National Enquirer or shows like TMZ; even the mainstream media outlets enjoy it when a good, juicy scandal appears, because it will drive sales and boost viewership. When a scandal erupts – a Hollywood star or popular politician gets caught cheating on his or … Read More
salvation by faith needs to be referenced in relationship to Jesus’ works of the law
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