Why We Don’t Make Disciples

David Platt, pastor of the Church at Brook Hills and author of Radical, presents a compelling argument regarding the importance of missions and the understanding of discipleship. If we truly understood evangelism, the gospel, and salvation, the Great Commission would compel us toward growing in faith and reaching the lost. Since Jesus came to save the world from sin, how can we say that those who have never heard of Jesus will somehow get a pass, after all, they have never heard the name of Jesus? In essence this argument claims that “ignorance is bliss.” If this is true, Jesus would not have given us the Great Commission. If this was true, the absolute worst thing we could do would be to send missionaries to … Continue reading

Small Groups Don’t Work?

This is a compelling talk on how we desire for lost people to get involved in small groups… A missionary is one who sacrifices everything except the gospel for the sake of the gospel. How do we get people to think through that lens? How do we change their behavior? How do people in church feel about community? Where? – Where does it happen? Generally at church or in a home. When? – On Sunday in worship or mid-week on Wednesdays. What? – What does the room look like? In a circle, face to face. Or perhaps rows. How? – The dominant view is that community is an event, and a place to go at a specific time. We gather to talk about God and … Continue reading

How to Bless Others

This is a very simple strategy to influence those around you. In community, we hold each other accountable to actually DO one of these five things every day. B – Begin with Prayer. L – Listen, to hear people’s hurts, dreams, hopes, fears, and desires. E – Eat, share a meal with someone, creating community and conversation. S – Serve, after listening and eating together, it is easy to discover ways to serve others. S – Story, seek those opportunities to tell YOUR story (testimony) or HIS story (the gospel).

A Leader Worth Following?

Church and life can turn believers into consumers, spending all our resources and time on ourselves. There is frustration on how to lead people beyond traditional church. How to lead your people to be on mission? The key: LIVE IT or you have no hope to LEAD IT. First Corinthians 4:15-16, 11:1 – Lead by example. The word guardian or tutor means NANNY, someone caring for you for the moment but is not a permanent fixture. We can pick and choose from so many teachers, blogs, pastors, podcasts, but a nanny is not a father. A father is invested into the lives of his children. We are to be real flesh and blood leaders to our people. We cannot lead a missional community if we … Continue reading

What Kills Missional Community?

“Just allow me for just a couple of minutes to discuss briefly what will kill your missional community before you even get it off the ground with all these great strategies and all these paradigm shifts and it is this: Consumerism. Consumerism is a cancer to missional community. It will destroy it from the inside out. There’s the obvious application here, in that attempting to build any outward facing faith community with believers who are intent on just getting their own needs met just is simply unsustainable. It’s just not going to work. But leaders before we point the finger at all these selfish believers who are stealing all our time and energy from being missionaries to our communities, let it be said: if we … Continue reading

Fear is a Barrier to Faith

Today we look into Luke 12:4-12, focusing on one verse Luke 12:5. The point is that Jesus needed to address the fears of his would-be followers, fears that would prevent them from repenting and believing. Fear of making your faith known, or going public, can be a real barrier to one’s salvation (Proverbs 29:25). Another perk of this lesson is to help believers to talk with lost friends about the fears that they have about following Jesus Christ. Once a person is a follower of Jesus, our love for him casts out fear (1 John 4:17-18). The one fear that should cast out all other fears is the fear of God (Luke 12:5, Hebrews 2:14-15, 9:27). The Pharisee in Luke 11 acts like a friend … Continue reading

Repent and Believe

Today we get to the second command in the Win – Infant – Membership level; Repent and Believe the Gospel (Mark 1:14-15). Here is the overview of the six commands at this level: Come and See – Invitation – John 1:35-51 Repent and Believe – Salvation – Mark 1:14-15, Luke 4:14-15 Fear, a Barrier to Faith – Luke 12:4-12 Greed, a Barrier to Faith – Luke 12:13-21 Baptism – Matthew 28:19-20 Evangelism – John 4:3-42 Why did Jesus withdraw to Galilee? (Mark 1:14) Political pressure of the Pharisees (John 4:1). John the Baptist into prison by Herod (Matthew 4:12, Mark 1:14, Luke 3:19-20). The influence of the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:14). On the way, Jesus ministers to non-religious people (John 4:5-42, John 4:46-54). This section … Continue reading

Meaning of “Son of God”

There are a number of terms that are used throughout the gospels, which can be a bit confusing if we are unfamiliar with them. The most basic question is, “Who is Jesus?” Well, Jesus is the Savior, Lord, Messiah, Christ, Deliverer, Son of David, God, Son of God, Son of Man. Did Jesus claim to be God? Is the divinity of Jesus biblical? Significance of the term, “Son of God” The Son is separate from the Father. The Son is the heir and not the servant of the Father. The Son has the same nature as the Father. In Regard to Deity The Jews recognized absolute deity in the phrase, John 5:17-18, 10:33 (Matthew 26:63-66, Luke 22:66-71). The Son is ascribed deity in Hebrews 1:8-9. … Continue reading

Seekers Need Proper Christology

If seekers are going to recognize Jesus as a person worth investigating, they need to understand who Jesus actually is, not just someone’s opinion of who Jesus is. This may be a bit theological, but it is worth our time to understand some foundational teaching on who Jesus is. Granted, the early disciples had a limited understand at the time, later they understood many of his teachings, after the resurrection. Seekers Need Proper Christology Jesus is Creator of all things created, John 1:3, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 1:2. Jesus was born of a virgin, Matthew 1:23. Although conceived 6 months after John, Jesus existed before John the Baptist (John 1:30) and Abraham (John 8:58). Jesus was God the Son, John 1:34, with God in the beginning, … Continue reading

The Seven Signs in John

John wrote a theological gospel, emphasizing the divinity of Jesus Christ more than the other gospel writers. Interestingly, he does not use the word “miracle” to describe miracles in his book, but rather he uses the word “signs.” Signs are events that point to a greater spiritual truth. The signs were miracles that pointed to something (or someone) greater, the significance of the miracle. The 7 Signs Prove His Deity Power over chemical processes of nature, John 2:1-11 (turning water into wine). Manifesting his glory is another way to say they got a glimpse of his deity. Power over distance, John 4:46-54 (healing a nobleman’s son). Power over the ravages of time, John 5:1-10 (healing the lame man at Bethesda). Power to sufficiently supply or … Continue reading