Understanding God’s Heart for Church Revitalization and Replanting: Conviction #3

Conviction #3: True church revitalization will not happen unless a congregation returns to their first love: Jesus. Dry bones won’t come back to life, churches won’t be revitalized, unless a church returns to its first love, which is Jesus Christ. In Revelation 2:1-5, we read words that perhaps many of us in the church are familiar with. In this passage, the Lord is speaking to the church at Ephesus and we read these words, 1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but ha

Understanding God’s Heart for Church Revitalization and Replanting: Conviction #2

When considering this topic of God’s heart for replanting, I believe there are four biblical convictions that are critical for us to hold. Let's consider conviction #2 in this blog post. Conviction #2: God not only has the desire, but He has the power to bring dying and declining churches back to life for His glory. I hope you believe this. When it comes to replanting dying churches, God isn’t sitting there going, “Oh boy I sure wish that kind of thing could happen, but I really don’t have the power to do anything about it.” No, the Lord is all powerful. He is the sovereign King of the universe. He not only has the desire but the power to bring anything that is dead back to life and vibrancy

Understanding God’s Heart for Church Revitalization and Replanting: Conviction #1

God does his best work when things seem hopeless. He always has. This is true when it comes to working in the lives of individuals, and it is also true when it comes to working in the lives of dying churches. God’s heart is FOR His church, including churches that are dying. When considering this topic of God’s heart for replanting, I believe there are four biblical convictions that are critical for us to hold. Four convictions that if not held, if not believed at the very core of who you are, I would question whether you are truly on board with this work of church replanting. Let's consider conviction #1 in this blog post. Conviction #1: God desires to see dying and declining churches come b

Shepherding the Flock to Live Under the Authority of the Word

We may wonder which is intrinsically more important for the pastor—preaching or leading. Charles Jefferson says, “We sometimes hear it said of a minister: ‘He is a good pastor, but he cannot preach.’ The sentence is self-contradictory. No man can be a good pastor who cannot preach, any more than a man can be a good shepherd and still fail to feed his flock.”[1] Biblically, the case can be made that preaching serves as the primary task of a pastor. John Owen says, “The first and principal duty of a pastor is to feed the flock by diligent preaching of the Word.”[2] Effective pastoring means leading through preaching, and conversely, preaching through leading. The overall efficacy of a congr

Four Dangers To Be Aware Of

Chaplain Bob Bundick once said pastors need to be aware of SAM (Sex, Alcohol and Money). Living in Colorado I would also add Marijuana, so SAMM. Recently I was preaching through Genesis and we looked at Genesis 4:7 (ESV) “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.” Other translations say you must master it. How can we master our sin of SAMM? The temptation of sex and pornography is one that is prevalent in our culture. Recent reporting shows that the first exposure to pornography is at the age of 11.[1] If we admit that we have all viewed, wrestled with, abused, or been addicted

What Should We Do With Critics?

Allow me to put a variation to a choice maxim we’d all do well to hear: “You cannot prevent critics or criticism, but you have a choice in how you deal with both.” Anytime you do anything, not just in leadership, criticism will arise. How will you respond to it? 1. Curl up in a ball because someone said something you didn’t like to you about something you did or said. 2. Care less about what anyone does or says. 3. Bring those criticisms to the throne of grace. I suggest the third, and here’s why. Any criticism you receive (1) are for your sanctification, and (2) may (at times) have a kernel of truth to them. If you choose the first, then you struggle with pride (and its offspring, self-pity

10 Questions You Should Ask Before Leading A Church Revitalization

Church revitalization is not for everyone. It is a unique calling that takes unique gifting and wiring. If you are in a place of trying to discern if church revitalization is for you, here are 10 essential questions you must honestly ask and wrestle with before you jump in. 1. Do I see this opportunity as a mission field? This is critical. You’re not just going in to shepherd a people. You’re going in as a missionary to reach the surrounding community with the Gospel. The revitalizer must approach this not simply as, "I am caring for the people that are there" but rather, "I am caring for the people who are there as we seek to reach the lost with the good news of the Gospel within this commu

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