Check Your Church’s Outreach Heartbeat
When God looks at his bride, the church, he longs for her to have a healthy heartbeat. He wants our hearts to beat with his love for the lost, and he longs for evangelistic passion to flow through our veins.
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Three Simple Questions for Better Church Outreach
I have trained church leaders on evangelism in many different churches, denominational gatherings, national conferences, and international settings for more than two decades. In almost every context, one question always comes up. At some point, as I am teaching, an exasperated and discouraged leader will ask me, “What will it take for our church to turn the corner?
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Self-Examination and the Heart of a Preacher
I can still remember the first time I stood in front of a group, opened the Bible and brought a message…I suspect you can, too. It was an Easter Sunrise Service, there were over a thousand people present, I was a new Christian, only 16 years old.
In retrospect, I am surprised I was asked to share a short devotional in this setting at my young age. I was not aware of the gravity of what I was asked to do. I just thought it was “cool” and enjoyed presenting some thoughts from God’s Word.
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Reflections on Heaven, Hell, Universalism, and Rob Bell’s Confused Theology
Occasionally something pops up on the radar of Christians, pastors, and local churches that becomes an important teaching moment. The release of Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins, is an example of this.
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Organic Outreach by Kevin Harney (by Eric Bryant)
Organic outreach isn’t a program or method or something you memorize. Organic outreach is a natural way of connecting with others spiritually and helping others connect with God.
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Getting Your Work Published
Over the years Sherry and I have been writing we have had many people ask us about how to take first steps into the world of publishing. Since this is a very common question, we decided to write down some basic guidelines we feel are helpful. What follows is simply a collection of our observations and thoughts on what might help anyone who wants to be a writer or to publish a book.
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How to Stay Connected With the Unchurched
He was the pastor of a large and growing outreach-oriented church. When he asked if we could meet and talk about reaching lost people, I was glad to carve out a lunch to meet him. After a few minutes of introductions, we ordered our food, and he launched into a barrage of questions all listed on his yellow pad of paper: “What outreach programs are working at your church?” “How do you get your board to invest more money in outreach?” “What is your best evangelistic sermon?” He fired question after question, and I tried to give helpful answers.
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The Messy Journey to Jesus
I love the conversations and prayers I have with church members and visitors after the worship service, so I was glad to see Star (not her real name) coming toward me. It would be one of my most unique post-service encounters in all my years of ministry.
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Do Your Friendships Reflect God’s Heart?
Christian community and being part of a local church are essential for a healthy life of faith. God delights when we are active in the body of Christ, his family. But too many Christians get so invested in relationships with their believing friends that they forget to develop and nurture friendships with those who have not come to experience and embrace the grace of Jesus.
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The Naked Truth about the Lie Running around the Church
Most of us have heard the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes. It is a memorable tale with a powerful message. The Emperor was arrogant and wanted the finest clothes possible. He hired some great and renowned fashion experts, and they got to work on his new wardrobe.
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Are You Exhibiting Grace At Home?
The message of the Gospel is grace to the core. The apostle Paul put it this way, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph. 2:8) The gift of Jesus, His death on the cross, the payment for our sins, the glory of the resurrection—none of these is earned or deserved. God knows all about our sin, and yet He entered human history to die for us anyway.
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How to Measure the Evangelistic Heartbeat of Your Church
When God looks at His bride, the church, He longs for her to have a healthy heartbeat. He wants our hearts to beat with His love for the lost, and He longs for evangelistic passion to flow through our veins. The Maker of heaven and Earth wants to see each and every church alive with love for the lost and engaged in reaching out with the message and grace of Jesus in natural, organic ways.
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Why Patience Is Key to Outreach
Sharing the love of Jesus with friends and family members is often not a sprint. Sometimes it can be a marathon. Doing outreach with parents, siblings, friends, colleagues and other people God places in your life takes time and Spirit-granted patience.
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