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Yes, we can deepen our Christian discipleship by reintegrating faith, work, and economics. Our guest, Charlie Self, says that Christians have the means to bless their local economies in unique ways that can transform coworkers and neighbors as Christ is glorified. We discuss wholehearted discipleship that extends beyond our Sundays at church and into our workplaces the rest of the week. Dr. Charlie Self is a Christian leader whose knowledge spans a substantial number of subjects and is well known for drawing on vast bodies of knowledge to address the problems Christians face. He has over four decades of experience reintegrating church, academy, marketplace, and the public square, helping people see that all domains of service can serve the kingdom of God. He has been an ordained pastor for over four decades, serving as an associate and senior pastor in several congregations. He has earned four degrees: a Bachelor's in History, two Master's degrees (one in History and one in Philosophical and Systematic Theology), and a Ph.D. in Modern European History. He is a visiting professor of church history at The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary where he teaches courses in apologetics, church history, mission history, leadership development, and discipleship. He has served as the Director of Learning Communities for the Made to Flourish pastors network. He is also co-developer of ”Discipleship Dynamics,” a biblical, empirically verified whole-life discipleship assessment that measures 5 Dimensions and 40 Outcomes. Charlie is the author of three books, the latest being Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship (from Acton Institute's Christian Library Press, 2013).
We believe that there are four foundational pillars of the Christian life, and when taken together, are essential to experiencing the fullness of living as a disciple. We've been exploring these four pillars and how they help to shape us as followers of Jesus. Today we look at the third pillar and consider what it means to give with radical generosity.
On the path to discipleship there are three areas that we must be bold in, following Jesus, leading ourselves, and leading others to experience life-change. In this sermon Trevor Knox shares the beginning of the early church and how it applies to us today. We pray that this message is a blessing and encouragement to you.
With family: 1 Chronicles 28; 2 Peter 2 1 Chronicles 28 (Listen) David's Charge to Israel 28 David assembled at Jerusalem all the officials of Israel, the officials of the tribes, the officers of the divisions that served the king, the commanders of thousands, the commanders of hundreds, the stewards of all the property and livestock of the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the mighty men and all the seasoned warriors. 2 Then King David rose to his feet and said: “Hear me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD and for the footstool of our God, and I made preparations for building. 3 But God said to me, ‘You may not build a house for my name, for you are a man of war and have shed blood.' 4 Yet the LORD God of Israel chose me from all my father's house to be king over Israel forever. For he chose Judah as leader, and in the house of Judah my father's house, and among my father's sons he took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel. 5 And of all my sons (for the LORD has given me many sons) he has chosen Solomon my son to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel. 6 He said to me, ‘It is Solomon your son who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. 7 I will establish his kingdom forever if he continues strong in keeping my commandments and my rules, as he is today.' 8 Now therefore in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek out all the commandments of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and leave it for an inheritance to your children after you forever. David's Charge to Solomon 9 “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. 10 Be careful now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.” 11 Then David gave Solomon his son the plan of the vestibule of the temple,1 and of its houses, its treasuries, its upper rooms, and its inner chambers, and of the room for the mercy seat; 12 and the plan of all that he had in mind for the courts of the house of the LORD, all the surrounding chambers, the treasuries of the house of God, and the treasuries for dedicated gifts; 13 for the divisions of the priests and of the Levites, and all the work of the service in the house of the LORD; for all the vessels for the service in the house of the LORD, 14 the weight of gold for all golden vessels for each service, the weight of silver vessels for each service, 15 the weight of the golden lampstands and their lamps, the weight of gold for each lampstand and its lamps, the weight of silver for a lampstand and its lamps, according to the use of each lampstand in the service, 16 the weight of gold for each table for the showbread, the silver for the silver tables, 17 and pure gold for the forks, the basins and the cups; for the golden bowls and the weight of each; for the silver bowls and the weight of each; 18 for the altar of incense made of refined gold, and its weight; also his plan for the golden chariot of the cherubim that spread their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD. 19 “All this he made clear to me in writing from the hand of the LORD, all the work to be done according to the plan.” 20 Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the LORD God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished. 21 And behold the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of God; and with you in all the work will be every willing man who has skill for any kind of service; also the officers and all the people will be wholly at your command.” Footnotes  28:11 Hebrew lacks of the temple (ESV) 2 Peter 2 (Listen) False Prophets and Teachers 2 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell1 and committed them to chains2 of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;3 7 and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked 8 (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials,4 and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who indulge5 in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones, 11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord. 12 But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, 13 suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions,6 while they feast with you. 14 They have eyes full of adultery,7 insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! 15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, 16 but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet's madness. 17 These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. 18 For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves8 of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.” Footnotes  2:4 Greek Tartarus  2:4 Some manuscripts pits  2:6 Some manuscripts an example to those who were to be ungodly  2:9 Or temptations  2:10 Greek who go after the flesh  2:13 Some manuscripts love feasts  2:14 Or eyes full of an adulteress  2:19 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface (ESV) In private: Micah 5; Luke 14 Micah 5 (Listen) The Ruler to Be Born in Bethlehem 5 1 Now muster your troops, O daughter2 of troops; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.2 3 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel.4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth.5 And he shall be their peace. When the Assyrian comes into our land and treads in our palaces, then we will raise against him seven shepherds and eight princes of men;6 they shall shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod at its entrances; and he shall deliver us from the Assyrian when he comes into our land and treads within our border. A Remnant Shall Be Delivered 7 Then the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which delay not for a man nor wait for the children of man.8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among the flocks of sheep, which, when it goes through, treads down and tears in pieces, and there is none to deliver.9 Your hand shall be lifted up over your adversaries, and all your enemies shall be cut off. 10 And in that day, declares the LORD, I will cut off your horses from among you and will destroy your chariots;11 and I will cut off the cities of your land and throw down all your strongholds;12 and I will cut off sorceries from your hand, and you shall have no more tellers of fortunes;13 and I will cut off your carved images and your pillars from among you, and you shall bow down no more to the work of your hands;14 and I will root out your Asherah images from among you and destroy your cities.15 And in anger and wrath I will execute vengeance on the nations that did not obey. Footnotes  5:1 Ch 4:14 in Hebrew  5:1 That is, city  5:2 Ch 5:1 in Hebrew (ESV) Luke 14 (Listen) Healing of a Man on the Sabbath 14 One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. 2 And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3 And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” 4 But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5 And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son1 or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 6 And they could not reply to these things. The Parable of the Wedding Feast 7 Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, 9 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,' and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” The Parable of the Great Banquet 12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers2 or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” 15 When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant3 to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.' 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.' 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.' 20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' 21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.' 22 And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' 23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you,4 none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'” The Cost of Discipleship 25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.' 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Salt Without Taste Is Worthless 34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Footnotes  14:5 Some manuscripts a donkey  14:12 Or your brothers and sisters  14:17 Or bondservant; also verses 21 (twice), 22, 23  14:24 The Greek word for you here is plural (ESV)
Stan & Josh are joined by Mission Element Executive Director Mike McCord to discuss everything everything about small church mission work, from the benefits of mission trips to financial challenges, to strategy obstacles, how to overcome scheduling hurdles, and much more. Links mentioned in this episode:missionelement.comContact Mike McCord at: email@example.com Call Mission Element at 678-224-1941Support the show (https://614ministries.org/invest)
Bev and Delaney interview Stephanie, a dear sister in Christ, pastor's wife, and mama of four. In this episode, we get vulnerable. We discuss Stephanie's testimony and all the ways God provided for her in the midst of the storm. This episode will leave you encouraged, inspired, and hopeful.
This episode is our #8 most played podcast and it features Jim Putman and Ariyana Rimson along with Bill Hull facilitating the conversation. The audio is taken from one of Discipleship.org's National Disciple Making Forums and this conversation is specifically about submitting to each other in discipling relationships, meaning group members submitting to the leaders and the leaders in turn submitting back to the group. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Digital Access Pass for the 2021 National Disciple Making Forum: https://discipleship.org/shop/2021-forum-livestream-digital-access-pass/
In this episode of "In the Word, On the Go," children's teacher and author, Barbara Reaoch focuses our attention on Luke 14:25-27. Barbara says, "A follower of Jesus is a man, woman, boy or girl who loves Him more than anyone or anything. God is the One who will give us these impossible assignments so that we can know more of His love for us. He is constantly driving us to what we can't do, so we will lean into Him." Special Guest: Barbara Reaoch.
Fr. Joseph explains that as Christians, we aspire to become true disciples. To become a true disciple, we walk through the path of humility to be obedient and submissive in accepting the guidance of our elders. Tune in to hear more.Fr. Joseph Abraham – November 28, 2021Christ the Savior American Coptic Orthodox ChurchDiocese of Los Angeleswww.thegoodsavior.org
When you see miracles in the Scripture, historic miracles, or legitimate miracles in your own life, they are almost always connected to another event that will happen. Very seldom are miracles stand-alone events. God has a divine agenda in His miraculous manifestations. When we give God praise and honor for things He is doing in our life--blessings (God's favor) or miracles (the supernatural)--there is still something greater He wants to do. Show notes (posted every Tuesday) can be found HERE.
The greatest commandment, Jesus said, is to love. In light of that, our conversations about discipling the next generation have to take love into account. So, what is love and why does it matter? This week on the podcast Jonathan sits down with our friend Dr. Stonestreet to discuss the importance of defining and ordering loves. Join us this week as we discuss the importance of defining our terms, why love is more than just feelings and sentimentality, properly ordering the things we love, helping Gen Z to love well, and a lot more! John Stonestreet serves as President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He's a sought-after author and speaker on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education and apologetics. John is the daily voice of BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated commentary on the culture founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also the voice of the Point, a daily one-minute feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. Before coming to the Colson Center in 2010, John served in various leadership capacities with Summit Ministries and was on the biblical studies faculty at Bryan College (TN). John has co-authored four books: A Practical Guide to Culture, Restoring All Things, Same-Sex Marriage, and Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN). He and his wife, Sarah, have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO. Connect with John at BreakPoint.org, or follow him on Twitter (@jbstonestreet).This episode of the podcast is part of a companion series with our new book, Know. Be. Live. : a 360˚ Approach to Discipleship in a Post-Christian Era. The book is out now wherever books are sold. Order today!
Have you ever felt alone in wrestling with God's will? As we dive back into the gospel of Mark Chapter 14, we find Jesus in the garden, and in verse 36, he prays, "Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." Jesus wrestled with God's will. It's okay to wrestle, but how you wrestle is critical to your relationship with Him. Today we'll cover a few key ways to seek God's will for our lives.Join us for service in person or online every Sunday at 9:30 and 11:15 am. If you are a new believer, we would love to send you a few resources. Let us know by clicking here: https://www.vineyardwheeling.com/connectwithus.We would love to hear how God is touching your life through this ministry! Share your story with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org! If you would like to support The Vineyard financially, you can give through the Vineyard app, or online through our website by clicking here https://www.vineyardwheeling.com/give. If you need prayer, let us know http://bit.ly/vineyardprayerteam. For more information about The Vineyard Church, visit vineyardwheeling.com or follow us on our social media platforms below. Instagram: instagram.com/vineyardwheelingFacebook: facebook.com/vineyardwheeling
We are caught up in a story that is millennia in the making. What was promised in the Garden was revealed in Bethlehem. What started in a manger will finish on a throne in Jerusalem. Even so, Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.
I believe it is important to know the goal of biblical discipleship. When we know that goal clearly, then we know the work and the sacrifice necessary to accomplish that goal. As we progress towards that goal, there should be some markers that indicate we are going towards that goal.
Gratitude is not gratitude unless it is outwardly expressed and communicated. And in the same way, you cannot be a grateful person if you are not expressing your gratitude to God and to others. In this final installment of our GRATEFUL series, Pastor Krista Ortiz shares 3 ways you express your gratitude to God and live a life of gratefulness.
The imagination plays a central role in the spirituality of most ancient people-groups. God is still speaking today in this way today, but we've lost the art of hearing because we don't take our imagination seriously.
The imagination plays a central role in the spirituality of most ancient people-groups. God is still speaking today in this way today, but we've lost the art of hearing because we don't take our imagination seriously.
Life can change in a moment. Having spent years faithfully pastoring in Turkey, Andrew and his wife were suddenly thrown into a Turkish prison. His wife was released after 2 weeks, but Andrew spent 2 years inside, not knowing when he would get out. Andrew gives a raw account of what this was like, hitting rock bottom, and how he made it through. His situation gained global attention, taking him from prison to the White House within 24hrs of his release. Prepare to be deeply impacted.- www.wavestarters.orgYouTube Version: www.youtube.com/RadicalLifestyle- Telegram channel and discussion Click HereYou can also follow Andrew and Daphne on their social media platforms:Andrew Kirk: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | ParlerDaphne Kirk: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | ParlerTo support the channel: Click Here- UK only Donations here: Click Here
A homily based on the following Gospel reading in the Revised Common Lectionary, originally preached at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Ordina, CAMark 10:17-31:17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?' 18Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” ' 20He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.' 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.' 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!' 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.' 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?' 27Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.'28 Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.' 29Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.'
Season 4, Episode 10 of Messy Jesus Business, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh. "When I say everyone belongs, everyone belongs." - AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez LISTEN HERE: IN THIS EPISODE: In this episode of Messy Jesus Business, Sister Julia Walsh talks with AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez about how she found her way to Christianity and justice work. They talk about creativity and social change, how they can inspire conversations in movements and how art can be therapeutic. And they explore how imitating Jesus could actually cause discomfort and division in the short term, yet the end goal is unity. "We need to focus on systems just as much as we focus on relationships," AnaYelsi explains. Sister Julia and AnaYelsi also discuss the mess of decolonization, how it requires community and intentionality. And they take a look at the importance of establishing radically welcoming spaces, welcoming those who resist and are uncomfortable, and offering warmth, kindness and love to invite others into the struggle with us. ABOUT THE GUEST: AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez (she/her/hers) is an IndoLatinx mujerista offering education, coaching, consulting, writing, and art––all intended to assist people in building an interlocking framework for justice. She is the founder of En Conjunto—a collective of people of color working independently at the intersection of justice and spirituality. She is also the cocreator of the Digital Dine-In Project: a virtual dining and learning experience bringing people together from around the world. She is an independent practitioner but partners as a co-coordinator with Liberation School South and serves on the boards of the Festival Center and Many Languages One Voice in Washington, D.C. Contemplative Moment in this episode of Messy Jesus Business podcast features A Prayer for the Reckoning. MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski. Email us at email@example.com BE SOCIAL:https://www.facebook.com/MessyJesusBusiness https://www.instagram.com/messyjesusbusiness Twitter: @messyjesusbiz SUPPORT US: https://www.patreon.com/messyjesusbusiness
Rescuing people from Taliban controlled Afghanistan, brought Andrew and Mark together. In this episode Marks talks about near death experiences, Divine deliverance, and having other people's lives in his hands while in the military. His post service recovery, and how life in the service was undergirded by his faith.YouTube Version: www.youtube.com/RadicalLifestyle- Telegram channel and discussion Click HereYou can also follow Andrew and Daphne on their social media platforms:Andrew Kirk: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | ParlerDaphne Kirk: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | ParlerTo support the channel: Click Here- UK only Donations here: Click Here
As we continue to discuss the topic of building people alongside building a vision, R.A. Martinez interviews special guest Katy Cerny, director of a ministry called Prisoners of Hope (POH). POH is a healing and deliverance ministry based in Kansas City, MO. Katy shares her story of starting Prisoners of Hope and her thoughts about the place of inner healing and deliverance in the life of the believer, especially for those in vocational ministry and missions. The discussion turns to Isaiah 61 and the authority we have been given as believers to bind up the broken hearted, set captives free, and lift people out of the ashes of brokenness.
Practicing sin is different than committing a one-off mistake. Practicing sin is different than giving in to a single moment of weakness. Jesus' life of sinless perfection is the ideal to which we are to aspire. As we are born of God, we take our nature from Him, and thus, we aspire to His righteousness by practicing it.
When Jesus told his disciples that "whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave," that was an incredibly counter-cultural statement.It's unfortunate that the church has often rejected this teaching and, instead, has sought to "lord it over' those around them.In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson reflect on the themes of power, vulnerability, and rest.THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:Tod Bolsinger is the Executive Director of Fuller Theological Seminary's Church Leadership Institute.Clip #1: Episode 82: Narcissism and Spiritual Leadership, with Chuck DeGroat.Chuck DeGroat discusses the way the church has often aligned itself with structures of power and have lost the sense of participating in the suffering of Jesus.One of the great temptations for leaders is believing that power will solve the problem.The church is dying because we are feeding it with that which doesn't nourish.Clip #2: Episode 36: The Vulnerable Pastor, with Mandy Smith.Mandy Smith explores what it means to live in and embrace vulnerability. Limitation is a ministry resource.Strength in leadership is forged in vulnerable self-reflection.Clip #3: Episode 70: The Subversiveness of Sabbath, with AJ Swoboda.A.J. Swoboda discusses the ways that Sabbath actually helps us be healthier human beings.The Sabbath is a rhythm that helps us be who we were meant to be.Leaders need to live in the reality that we are at our best when we embrace our limitations.We often need to have boundaries against our own people.Sabbath practice helps us be the kind of leaders who can help our churches experience a foretaste of the new creation.To become the kind of person who leads out of healthy vulnerability, check out this course taught by Tod Bolsinger: Tempered Resilience for Leading ChangeRELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS:Church Leadership InstituteCourse: Tempered Resilience for Leading ChangeRelated episodes:Episode 82: Narcissism and Spiritual Leadership, with Chuck DeGroatEpisode 36: The Vulnerable Pastor, with Mandy SmithEpisode 70: The Subversiveness of Sabbath, with AJ SwobodaRelated Books:Tempered Resilience, by Tod BolsingerWhen Narcissism Comes to Church, by Chuck DeGroatThe Vulnerable Pastor, by Mandy SmithSubversive Sabbath, by A.J. Swoboda
Let's try to reimagine what our families might look like as we live as Christians in a world that is walking in darkness. Too often we slide into the pattern shown us by the world - a life that makes very little sense biblically. Instead, let's follow Jesus and live the life He calls us to walk.
So you want to be a missionary in Belize? Awesome. Learn the language. Understand the culture. Meet some people. Listen. Pray. And eventually talk about Jesus. There's a playbook on how to be a missionary in a foreign land. And as you probably noticed very little of the playbook has anything to do with a church service. But how do we be a missionary in, oh I don't know, the METAVERSE? Enter PastorBrock into the conversation… probably the first true META Missionary I've ever met. I love his perspective on evangelism in the METAVERSE, and respect his potentially evolving viewpoints on Discipleship & Church in the Metaverse. In this conversation you're finding a guy fully committed to using the METAVERSE to reach people for Jesus. And let's be honest, there's not many of those guys around right now. So jump on and learn some things from arguably the world's first META MISSIONARY. Complete Show Notes and Online Video Available at THECHURCH.DIGITAL --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thechurchdigital/message
You have to feed your convictions. If you believe strongly about something in the Scripture, it's important to feed it because the enemy will attack that very point. We see so many people deconstructing their faith. I guarantee you that those people did not feed their convictions. They were running on yesterday's fuel. A conviction can turn into a preference if you don't have something to support it. Show notes (posted every Tuesday) can be found HERE.
Is there anything more important in our lives than accepting and sharing God's grace? Have you accepted or shared it recently? Brett shares a message of encouragement and grace as we head into Thanksgiving. Will you be bold with your faith this week?
Most people want to make a difference, but don't know how or even where to begin. Through Be The Blessing we partner with incredible nonprofits that are making a difference right here in our community and around the world. As a church, we have an amazing opportunity to make a lasting impact through our partners—and we'll make it pretty simple for you to participate.Join us for service in person or online every Sunday at 9:30 and 11:15 am. If you are a new believer, we would love to send you a few resources. Let us know by clicking here: https://www.vineyardwheeling.com/connectwithus.We would love to hear how God is touching your life through this ministry! Share your story with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org! If you would like to support The Vineyard financially, you can give through the Vineyard app, or online through our website by clicking here https://www.vineyardwheeling.com/give. If you need prayer, let us know http://bit.ly/vineyardprayerteam. For more information about The Vineyard Church, visit vineyardwheeling.com or follow us on our social media platforms below. Instagram: instagram.com/vineyardwheelingFacebook: facebook.com/vineyardwheeling
Right now, we are standing on the shores of history watching the tidal waves of great glory, great harvest, and great trouble coming to the earth. Jesus' teaching in John 13-17, at the last supper, was to prepare His disciples to walk in mature joy, supernatural peace, and enduring love in their most troubling hour. Just as Jesus used this to prepare the disciples for the three days of darkness and trouble, so the last supper is meant to prepare the end-time church for the events leading up to the last three and a half years of great glory and trouble. When we sit with Jesus at the table and engage in this dialogue, the result will be joy, peace, and enduring love.
Do you know the key to activate and engage gratitude in your life? It's through the practice of Appreciation. Appreciation is the key to engaging the emotion of gratitude and helping you see the significance and worth of what you have and where you are.
We started our series on Discipleship a few weeks back and we are looking at what the apostle Paul says to the Galatians about what it looks like to follow Jesus. We began with Paul telling us that this is…
Marty gives insight into his journey in the music scene, but also reflects on the world we are living in, and how he believes we will have to live radical lives for the Kingdom of God to be light in the midst of darkness. He finishes by singing the "Aaronic Blessing" over every listener.- www.MartyGoetz.com- www.ItsMishaMusic.comYouTube Version: www.youtube.com/RadicalLifestyle- Telegram channel and discussion Click HereYou can also follow Andrew and Daphne on their social media platforms:Andrew Kirk: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | ParlerDaphne Kirk: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | ParlerTo support the channel: Click Here- UK only Donations here: Click Here