Faith Comes by Hearing the Word of God

Faith Comes by Hearing the Word of God

I believe in what is often called lifestyle evangelism, if by that term one means that we must both live out and verbally share our faith through relationships. But I don’t believe it’s “evangelism” to simply live a good and godly life and set...
If You’ve Been Changed by the Gospel, Share It and Show It

If You’ve Been Changed by the Gospel, Share It and Show It

If you’re a follower of Jesus, you are called, commissioned, and equipped to share your faith. It’s not a matter of having a special calling to full-time pastoral ministry or moving overseas as a missionary. You’re already a missionary to your...
9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

At Grace Hills, having sensed something of the direction God was taking us as a community, we declared 2017 to be “the year of the breakthrough.” And we’ve seen breakthrough! People have come to know Jesus and have been baptized. Marriages have...
9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

At Grace Hills, having sensed something of the direction God was taking us as a community, we declared 2017 to be “the year of the breakthrough.” And we’ve seen breakthrough! People have come to know Jesus and have been baptized. Marriages have...

Let's Keep Reaching Consumers. Aka, Lost Sheep.

“The American church is so consumeristic!” It’s a common line uttered by the religiously fed-up, and of course, there’s a lot of truth in it. Some churches in America do tend to cater to the consumeristic mentality of our culture. But I think,...
Who Are Your 3? Your 12? Your 70? Your Thousands?

Who Are Your 3? Your 12? Your 70? Your Thousands?

With whom are you doing life? What I mean is, with whom do you spend time hanging out and talking about the deepest things of life? Whom do you sharpen, and who sharpens you? Jesus lived toward the cross and the resurrection, and his singular focus on his end game...
Let's Make Disciples of All the Nations… Today!

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,...

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...

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...
An Interview with Rick Warren on Muslims, Evangelism, and Missions

An Interview with Rick Warren on Muslims, Evangelism, and Missions

Pastor Rick Warren has often said that “you never win your enemies to Christ, only your friends.” And he’s gone far past the limits most believers are willing to broach in order to form friendships and love a world in need of Jesus. Because of this, he’s often the...

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