Revival or Outburst?

It always makes me smile when I hear someone say “we’re going to have a revival.”  I think it’s presumptuous, but I understand what they’re saying.  Clothe it in whatever other words you’d like, “break-through,” but to me it almost means “we’re going to create a lot of short-term excitement with little long-term impact.”  “We’re […]

You've Been Duped! Ekklesia Does Not Mean "Called Out Ones."

In a recent article called 7 Ways to do a Bad word Study,” the author lays out 7 bad ways of doing word studies from the Bible and making faulty conclusions.  The article reminded me of D.A. Carson’s book Exegetical Fallacies, chapter 1.  In this article, Regarding point number 1, he states:  You’ve heard this: […]

Because Elders Need More Time In Word & Prayer

“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the […]

Church Repairmen?

There are many reasons that would cause a local church to be in a state of disrepair.  And no, I’m not talking about a building.  Local churches are simply communing followers of Christ who: ~ Are believing, repenting, baptizing, learning, loving, serving, and proclaiming the Gospel ~ Are under Christ’s Kingdom authority and headship influencing […]

Discipleship – Teaching Then Doing, or Teaching While Doing?

Most modern-day discipleship follows the pattern of teaching then doing.  Jesus pattern seemed to be teaching while doing.  Does the difference between these two necessitate a change for the church?  There an old adage that goes like this:   1.  I teach, you watch. 2. I teach, you help. 3. You do, I help. 4. […]

The Recognition and the Appointment of Elders in the Church

Tomorrow night’s Discipleship Group will cover the second part of a 6 part series on Church Leadership.  It will center on an aspect of Church leadership which has given me much angst. Namely, that of recognizing and appointing elders.  There is little in the New Testament on the actual process of appointing elders, and in […]

7 Ways to Sneak into and Keep a Church Leadership Position

Convince people that it’s a needed and biblically warranted hierchacal position. Convince people that leadership is a “Spiritual Gift” (Romans 12) which some have and others don’t, and that the Ephesians 4:11 gifts are “Leadership Gifts.” Convince people that they should esteem you higher than themselves. Convince people that leadership in the New Testament Church is […]

Is The Church What It Is, Or What It Does?

Before answering “both,” prove it!  Search the scriptures and provide justification for your answer.  What texts would suggest that the church is what, or who it consists of?  What texts would suggest that the church is what it does?  What are the results of confusing the purpose of the church with the church itself?  

What Do We Need Church Leaders For?

Believe me, I’m not being snarky or condescending when I ask this question.  But, if you are a church leader, why do we need you? If you are not a church leader, why do you think we need them?  Anyone can answer these questions.  Your thoughts? 

Why We Call it, "Discipleship Group."

Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., in a small town in the middle of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest, people from surrounding communities gather for what we call, “Discipleship Group.” There is a core group of attendees, an “inner circle” if you will, but we’ve seen folks come from all over the world. The group in this […]