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You’re Never Alone When You’re Sharing Jesus

Most believers understand the "ought to" side of sharing our faith. We know we ought to do so. Some of us understand the "how to." In fact, churches have been quite good at equipping and educating believers in the finer points of the gospel and the act of sharing it. But on a daily basis, I think very few understand the "can do" side of witnessing. This is something you can do, and you can do it in what Adrian Rogers often called a "supernaturally natural" way. I say you …

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Why God Gets All the Credit

When I hit dating age, I was afraid to ask girls out on dates. Until I met Angie. I asked her repeatedly, and she repeatedly said no, until she finally said yes, and the rest is a beautiful history. Sometimes we view our relationship with God as though we asked God to save us and, as if it was the first time the thought had even occurred to Him, He reluctantly and finally said yes. But the opposite is actually true. Paul described salvation this way in Romans 8, "For God …

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When You Go with the Gospel, You Never Go Alone

There is no feeling on earth like the feeling of helping someone find Jesus and trust Him for the very first time. Sometimes, in our talk about "missions," we forget that this is really what missions is all about. Going to every nation starts with going to the next person with the good news. The problem is, there is a natural intimidation factor when it comes to sharing our faith. I think talking about our faith should come as naturally as talking about any other deeper …

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God Wants to Bring Life to Others Through You

One of the greatest problems facing Christianity today is our lack of confidence. We lack confidence in ourselves, in the Gospel, and in the church. And often, we allow the culture to back us into a corner In silence because of its misunderstandings about the nature of all three. How different was the attitude of the apostle Paul as he wrote these words: For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you- that is, that we may be mutually …

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Let’s Make Disciples of All the Nations… Today!

Jesus told us plainly, don't talk about a harvest happening someday. Look at the fields that are white for the harvest today. As long as we see the Great Commission as some far off, unreachable goal, we will remain far off from reaching our goal. Earlier today, 175 people gathered in a movie theater in northwest Arkansas as Grace Hills Church. We're less than two years old with a modest budget and a long way to go toward being a "grown up" church. But we're serious about …

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Join the Adventure

Rejected. Overlooked. Insignificant. Those are labels formerly worn by four fishermen in ancient Galilee until Jesus came along. He, a respected young Rabbi, stood on the shores of the lake and called out, Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people! (Matthew 4:19 NLT) They dropped their nets, left their boats, and followed Jesus immediately. They didn't leave their fishing careers. We see them fishing many times later in their stories. But on that day, they …

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We Are Christ’s Ambassadors, So…

We usually associate the word grace with the idea that God forgives our sins and saves us when we least deserve it. But God's grace doesn't stop working with us at the moment of our salvation. His grace motivates our growth and is the reason why He calls us to such a high and holy task as being His representatives on earth. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” - 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NLT) An …

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5 Ways to Encourage People Into God’s Family

I've heard plenty of sermons about how our evangelistic ineffectiveness is directly attributable to our lack of love for lost people. Usually somewhere in those sermons is the phrase, "We just don't care enough." While I'm sure that's true to one degree or another at any given time, I have a different assumption about the people who sit in the theater seats at Grace Hills each week. I assume that they do care. Why? Because Grace Hills cares, and we talk about caring and we …

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Whatever It Takes, Short of Sin

At Grace Hills, we will do whatever it takes, short of sin, to find people far from God and lead them to life in Jesus. That's one of our core values, and it's the one that probably creates the most tension for Christians. It's a value that is drawn straight from Scripture: I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. - 1 Corinthians 9:22-23 (NIV) Paul …

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Everybody Belongs In the Church, Including You

I'm white. So when I die, I'll go to white heaven, right? Actually, a Jewish man named John once had a God-given vision of what heaven would look like, and what he saw was more like "a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb." (Revelation 7:9 NLT) Heaven is God's ideal - the ultimate restoration and renovation of the earth and universe into what He has envisioned as perfection …

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