Personal and Public Renewal

Today the staff focused on a passage of Scripture this morning and had a great discussion; Acts 4:1-13. The title was the Minister’s Devotional Life, focusing on the phrase, “if we are being examined,” from the life of Peter and John before the religious leaders in Jerusalem. The first reading was to focus on a key word or phrase in relation to our personal life, then another reading through the passage focusing on what this might mean for our corporate life at King’s Grant. Here are a few of my observations before we discussed the passage: Anger – Acts 4:1-2 Arrest – Acts 4:3 Addition – Acts 4:4 Answer – Acts 4:10 Another broad outline for this section could be: Problems – Acts 4:1-4 – … Continue reading

Because of Jesus

This is a list of reminders of what we have and who we are because of Jesus: Below, you’ll find Pastor Craig Groeschel’s personal declarations and many more ideas for Bible verses and truths you can use to renew your mind and fight back against negative thinking. Pastor Craig’s Daily Declarations Jesus is first in my life. I exist to serve and glorify Him. I love my wife and will lay down my life to serve her. My children will love God and serve Him with their whole hearts. I will nurture, equip, train, and empower them to do more for His kingdom than they can imagine. I love people and believe the best about others. I am disciplined. Christ in me is stronger than … 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

Church With an Equipping Culture

A Church with an Equipping Culture is… Being diligent to work together as a unified team (Ephesians 4:1-6) Doing spiritual gift assessment, affirmation & placement (Ephesians 4:7-10) Expecting its staff to be Equippers rather than “the Ministers” (Ephesians 4:11) Releasing its members to do the “work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12) Seeing people become more like Christ (Ephesians 4:13) Producing new converts who are becoming doctrinally sound (Ephesians 4:14) Speaking the truth in love to one another (Ephesians 4:15) Experiencing growth through every member contributing (Ephesians 4:16) [Based on my classes with Richard D. Leineweber, Jr. c. 2000]