Staff Renewal and Vision

On May 7 the staff got together to discuss the impact of our days of renewal, in hopes of embracing a compelling vision, or at least that we will begin the formation of a vision of “the next” for King’s Grant. Here are a few of my notes and thoughts… If we are to be an equipping culture, we must decide if we are equipping people for a task/event or equipping them for a ministry (unleashing them for kingdom service). Let’s remind ourselves of the working diagram for our renewal time: When we speak of the kingdom, we are meaning the rule and reign of Christ in the lives of our people. This is why we exist, to equip believers for the work of service … Continue reading

The Unity of the Faith

Our passage today was from Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church (Ephesians 4:11-13), regarding the Minister’s Goal. There are Five Functions Listed (Ephesians 4:11) Apostles – Ephesians 4:11 – divinely appointed representatives Prophets – Ephesians 4:11 – proclaimers of God’s Word Evangelists – Ephesians 4:11 – bearers of the good news Pastor and Teachers – Ephesians 4:11 – caretakers for God’s people (these are listed as one office with two functions – notice the natural bonding of these two in the text) The Nature of these Five Functions (Ephesians 4:11) Some are gifted to deal with situations Apostles – to guide the church in ways it ought to go Prophets – to guide the church in what it ought to know Some are gifted to deal with sinners – evangelists Some are … Continue reading

We Do Not Lose Heart

Today we read through 2 Corinthians 4:1-18 in order to glean insight from Paul on our commitment for ministry. First, I noticed the WE statements: We have renounced – 2 Corinthians 4:2 – disgraceful, underhanded ways We refuse – 2 Corinthians 4:2 – to practice cunning or tamper with God’s Word We would commend – 2 Corinthians 4:2 – ourselves to everyone’s conscience We proclaim – 2 Corinthians 4:5 – not ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord We possess – 2 Corinthians 4:7 – this treasure in earthen vessels We are – 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 – afflicted, perplexed, persecuted, struck down We have – 2 Corinthians 4:13 – the same spirit of faith We believe – 2 Corinthians 4:13 We speak – 2 Corinthians 4:13 We do not lose heart – 2 Corinthians 4:1, … Continue reading

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

This Easter we are planning a prayer strategy at church to intentionally pray for Easter: our services, guests, preacher, choir, Sunday School teachers, attendance, God’s presence, with an expectation that God can and wants to do great things in and through our church. I found this e-mail devotion from Bible Gateway (March 2, 2017); may we seek to pray better, more effectively, more earnestly, more faithfully, with an expectancy not found in ordinary people. My hunch is that of all spiritual disciplines, prayer is the one that people feel most guilty about. Somehow it seems that if we really love God prayer should flow out of us without effort or discipline. In fact, this was not the case even with Jesus’ first followers. They had … Continue reading

How to Study the Bible

How to Study the Bible A congregational tool, by Todd Wendorff The goal of good Bible study is to learn what the Bible is saying and how it applies to your life. “It is through applying the Word that God changes our lives.” “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” – James 1:22 (NLT) Use the guidelines in this article to study God’s word for yourself. Once you know the passage you want to study simply observe, interpret, and apply. These three steps will get the Word into your life. Observe the passage by asking the question: What do I see?” Interpret the passage by asking the question: “What does it mean?” Apply the … Continue reading