Mormons are famous for sending out missionaries two-by-two. But the Great Commission is for biblical Christians, too! Going "full circle" as a Christian is what Jesus envisions for all of his followers. Here are three reasons every believer should make disciples. Find more resources at www.pursueGOD.org/mormonism. Email us: podcast@pursueGOD.org.
Every mentor has a different story. They come from different backgrounds, experience different things in life, and can bring unique elements to the table in a mentoring relationship. The organization they get plugged into for support also affects the ways in which they mentor through different trainings, mentoring philosophies, and equipping. That's why asking a mentor their why is so important. Each mentor has a different reason for pouring into the next generation; to volunteer their time to help guide a child into adulthood. Recently, You Can Mentor had a series hosted by the editor asking each of Forerunner Mentoring's coaches what their "why" behind the job was. This week, John takes it to the next step to bring fresh perspectives in. Rich Thompson, a Mentoring Coach at the Mentoring Alliance in Waco joins him to discuss his childhood, the mentors that poured into him growing up, and his why behind mentoring.Connect with Zach:firstname.lastname@example.orgPurchase John's Book:Mephibosheth! The Search for Identity, Purpose, and CommunityPurchase the You Can Mentor book:You Can Mentor: How to Impact Your Community, Fulfill the Great Commission, and Break Generational Cursesyoucanmentor.com
What does it look like to make disciples of the next generation as Jesus calls us to? Kurt Zimmerman asked himself this question prior to becoming the Executive Director of Teens Need Truth (TNT), and shares how God guided him to the answer through this amazing discipleship ministry he now leads and loves. You'll be inspired by his passion to see kids grounded in Jesus & living in the fullness of life that God has planned for them! Ready to hear how you can impact the next generation for Jesus just by being you? Let's go! KURT ZIMMERMAN became the Executive Director of TNT Youth Ministry in May 2021. He has served with this central Pennsylvania ministry since 2015, previously as the Warwick District Coordinator. Kurt is passionate about seeing the Great Commission fulfilled through discipling the next generation. He desires to see the next generation have a transformational relationship with Jesus and walk in the calling God has for them. In his spare time, he enjoys taking care of his fish, disc golfing, listening to podcasts and being active. Kurt resides in Lititz, PA with his wife, Faith, and three sons, Moses, Boaz, and Justus. Resources Teens Need Truth (TNT) Youth Ministry TNT on IG and FB Young Life Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Youth For Christ (YFC) National Network of Youth Ministries Doug Clark - Podcast Episode #58 - See You At The Pole Philippians 2:1-10 - value others above ourselves Next Steps Learn more about Bible2School Rate & Review this podcast where you listen - Spotify , Apple, Google Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest Enroll your child in Bible2School Bring Bible2School to your community
Internationally known disciple-making trainer and movement starter, Cynthia Anderson, shares with us how God propels His people toward powerful new paradigms in this uplifting and timely message. MORE... « Solid Lives » To find out more about the ministry of Solid Lives, visit https://solidlives.com/« Support » Help us get free resources out to more people. To support the ministry of Solid Lives, please visit https://solidlives.com/give/« Podcasts » Listen to weekly messages, or a daily episode from The New Testament Daily on podcast here: https://solidlives.com/podcast/« Jesus' Way » God is calling believers EVERYWHERE to be a part of fulfilling the Great Commission, making disciples around the world. Get free resources and find out more at JesusDisciple.com and on the FREE Jesus' Disciple app here: https://subsplash.com/solidlives/appSupport the show
In the first sermon in this series, we considered the importance of baptism in light of Peter's words at Pentecost and Jesus' words in The Great Commission. In this second sermon we will consider what baptism is and why it is important in relation to the New Covenant.
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The Church can face significant challenges that hinder its mission. To prevent these pitfalls, it must remain steadfast in its original purpose, foster love and unity, resist worldly influences, uphold sound doctrine, engage in outreach, maintain accountability, and embrace necessary adaptation. Loses Sight of Its Purpose: The Church's effectiveness diminishes when it strays from its primary purpose of worshiping God, making disciples, and serving others. The Early Church's devotion to these principles exemplified its success. Fails to Love and Unify: A lack of love, unity, and forgiveness among believers impedes the Church's impact. Jesus emphasized that love for one another is a hallmark of true discipleship, and Ephesians encourages maintaining unity in the Spirit. Embraces the World's Values: Compromising biblical principles for worldly values and practices dims the Church's light. Romans 12:2 urges believers not to conform to the world's standards but to be transformed by God's truth. Neglects Sound Doctrine: Failing to uphold and teach sound biblical doctrine can lead to confusion and doctrinal error within the Church. Second Timothy warns against seeking teachings that suit personal preferences. Neglects Outreach: An insular focus on internal matters can cause the Church to neglect its mission to reach the lost. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 underscores the importance of outreach and ministry to others. Lacks Accountability: A lack of accountability among leaders and members can lead to moral failures and damage the Church's credibility. First Timothy provides guidance on handling accusations within the church. Fails to Adapt: Resistance to necessary change or failing to adapt to evolving needs can hinder the Church's effectiveness. Embracing change and new opportunities can help the Church thrive. The Church must remain true to its original purpose, foster love and unity, resist worldly influences, uphold sound doctrine, engage in outreach, maintain accountability, and embrace necessary adaptation to fulfill its mission effectively in today's world.
Proper 18 First Psalm: Psalm 45 Psalm 45 (Listen) Your Throne, O God, Is Forever To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil1 of the Sons of Korah; a love song. 45 My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 2 You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever.3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your splendor and majesty! 4 In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; the peoples fall under you. 6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;7 you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;8 your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;9 daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir. 10 Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear: forget your people and your father's house,11 and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him.12 The people2 of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts, the richest of the people.3 13 All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.14 In many-colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions following behind her.15 With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king. 16 In place of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.17 I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore nations will praise you forever and ever. Footnotes  45:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term  45:12 Hebrew daughter  45:12 Or The daughter of Tyre is here with gifts, the richest of people seek your favor (ESV) Second Psalm: Psalms 47–48 Psalms 47–48 (Listen) God Is King over All the Earth To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. 47 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!2 For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.3 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah 5 God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!1 8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.9 The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted! Zion, the City of Our God A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. 48 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.3 Within her citadels God has made himself known as a fortress. 4 For behold, the kings assembled; they came on together.5 As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic; they took to flight.6 Trembling took hold of them there, anguish as of a woman in labor.7 By the east wind you shattered the ships of Tarshish.8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God, which God will establish forever. Selah 9 We have thought on your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple.10 As your name, O God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with righteousness.11 Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of your judgments! 12 Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers,13 consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation14 that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.2 Footnotes  47:7 Hebrew maskil  48:14 Septuagint; another reading is (compare Jerome, Syriac) He will guide us beyond death (ESV) Old Testament: 1 Kings 16:23–34 1 Kings 16:23–34 (Listen) 23 In the thirty-first year of Asa king of Judah, Omri began to reign over Israel, and he reigned for twelve years; six years he reigned in Tirzah. 24 He bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for two talents1 of silver, and he fortified the hill and called the name of the city that he built Samaria, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill. 25 Omri did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and did more evil than all who were before him. 26 For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in the sins that he made Israel to sin, provoking the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger by their idols. 27 Now the rest of the acts of Omri that he did, and the might that he showed, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 28 And Omri slept with his fathers and was buried in Samaria, and Ahab his son reigned in his place. Ahab Reigns in Israel 29 In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab the son of Omri began to reign over Israel, and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years. 30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD, more than all who were before him. 31 And as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, he took for his wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal and worshiped him. 32 He erected an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he built in Samaria. 33 And Ahab made an Asherah. Ahab did more to provoke the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him. 34 In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation at the cost of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spoke by Joshua the son of Nun. Footnotes  16:24 A talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilograms (ESV) New Testament: Philippians 1:12–30 Philippians 1:12–30 (Listen) The Advance of the Gospel 12 I want you to know, brothers,1 that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard2 and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word3 without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. To Live Is Christ Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. 27 Only let your manner of life be worthy4 of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. Footnotes  1:12 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 14  1:13 Greek in the whole praetorium  1:14 Some manuscripts add of God  1:27 Greek Only behave as citizens worthy (ESV) Gospel: Mark 16 Mark 16 (Listen) The Resurrection 16 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. [Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9–20.]1 Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene 9 [[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. Jesus Appears to Two Disciples 12 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. The Great Commission 14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.]] Footnotes  16:9 Some manuscripts end the book with 16:8; others include verses 9–20 immediately after verse 8. At least one manuscript inserts additional material after verse 14; some manuscripts include after verse 8 the following: But they reported briefly to Peter and those with him all that they had been told. And after this, Jesus himself sent out by means of them, from east to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation. These manuscripts then continue with verses 9–20 (ESV)
In recent days, certain voices have been questioning whether or not women should read, study, and teach the Bible. What exactly is God's design for women in this world? Josh Buice answers this important question considering that a great number of people don't know how to define a woman, much less understand God's design for women in the home, the church, and the secular sphere.
There are lots of changes happening at First Baptist Church. We are still on track to have our first service in the new sanctuary Sunday Sept. 17th. It will be at 10am and we will only have one service. I'm sure we are all looking forward to the new space. This is the beginning of a new chapter in the life and history of First Baptist Church and I am overjoyed to be embarking on this journey with this congregation. Sunday the 17th, won't be the end of this project. It will just be the beginning. While there are many things that are changing and have changed in the life of our church, our mission hasn't changed. We are called by the authority of our Lord, as individual believers and as a church, to His mission. The mission is to make disciples. This building is a glorious work of God and we have seen God's hand move in mighty ways throughout this whole process. But I don't believe God has provided this building as an end in itself. It is a tool for us to more effectively make disciples and grow as disciples of Jesus. The mission will not change until the end of the age. To remind ourselves of that, we will examine Matthew 28:16-20 this Sunday as we continue focusing our hearts on who Christ calls us to be at First Baptist Church. This passage is often called the Great Commission. It is what Jesus calls the church (all of us) to be doing until he returns. Last week as we looked at the end of Revelation, we saw how the Bible is one grand story of redemption. God is moving to restore creation to what was intended in the garden. And you are part of that epic story. You have a place in the movement of God's kingdom toward His goal. Adam and Eve were commissioned to be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth with God's image. But sin spread with humanity. It spread so profusely that God destroyed all life with a global flood and began again with Noah, who he also told to be fruitful and multiply. But Noah also failed. Then Israel was called to be a light to the nations, and they rebelled in unbelief. Finally, Jesus the Son of God took on a human nature and defeated the sin that pervaded the creation. Now by the Holy Spirit, His people are being conformed to the image of His Son. And so we have the same commission as Adam and Eve - be fruitful and multiply. We spread this image over the earth as we make disciples of Jesus Christ. As we study the Great Commission we find that: I. The Mission isn't Given to Perfect Disciples (v. 16-17) II. The Mission Bears The Authority of Jesus (v. 18) III. The Mission Is To Make Disciples (v.19-20) IV. The Mission is Empowered By Jesus HImself (v. 20) I am looking forward to the book of Hebrews and getting back to preaching section by section. I am still firm in my conviction that verse by verse is how God intends us to study His word. But taking several weeks to remind ourselves of who we are and who we are going to be no matter what is extremely important. Our mission is to make disciples and grow as disciples, and we do that just as the early church did in Acts 2:42-47, by worshiping, connecting, and serving. So in the first Sunday in our new Sanctuary (Sept. 17) we will look at that passage in Acts.
Did you know that there is a readiness required in order to see the promises of God come to pass in your life? Jerry outlines the practical steps to take and gives a word of encouragement to help you stay the course! MORE... « Solid Lives » To find out more about the ministry of Solid Lives, visit https://solidlives.com/« Support » Help us get free resources out to more people. To support the ministry of Solid Lives, please visit https://solidlives.com/give/« Podcasts » Listen to weekly messages, or a daily episode from The New Testament Daily on podcast here: https://solidlives.com/podcast/« Jesus' Way » God is calling believers EVERYWHERE to be a part of fulfilling the Great Commission, making disciples around the world. Get free resources and find out more at JesusDisciple.com and on the FREE Jesus' Disciple app here: https://subsplash.com/solidlives/appSupport the show
It's Vision Sunday. We are imagining the future, believing for the impossible, hearing the dream, looking out towards where we are headed.Where we are headed is: Igniting a multiplying Great Commission Movement to change the world. Vision is what could be or should be in light of what currently is. We know people who have vision, an entrepreneur, an artist, a sculptor…a painter doesn't see a blank canvas, they see a masterpiece, a sculptor doesn't see a block of marble, they see a statue, a designer doesn't just see a room, behind walls of sheetrock they see an open concept with worlds of possibility. Visionaries see what could be, what should be in light of what currently is. Tune into this message today to receive a vision for the next 10 years of your life that will matter in light of eternity. Matthew 28:16-20 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” We'd love for you to subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications to get updates on our latest content and resources that will help more people know Jesus and people know Jesus more. GIVE : We believe that generosity is golden. Freely we have received and so freely we give back to God. If you would like to give to support the work Jesus is doing here please visit: https://www.elevatecc.church/give. Elevate City Church is a Jesus Over Everything Church that launched in the Atlanta Perimeter area on October 4th, 2020. Jesus Over Everything. Give us a follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elevatecity... Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elevatecc.ch... Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3H8BBrE... Podcast on itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Visit our website for more information about who we are as a church and how you can get involved. https://www.elevatecc.church/home
Bobby and Nan Bullard are Directors of Partners in Ministry, a missions partnership ministry that provides fuel to empower indigenous missionaries who are reaching their own neighboring unreached people groups. While God is still using the Bullards in the professional sphere, He has led them to channel much of their energy and resources over the years to accelerate the work of passionate believers abroad who live in close proximity to people groups who have never been exposed to the gospel. Their stories express the joy of generosity and how they have been able to step into a much greater story through the work they are involved in. They also share how the strategy and work of Partners has grown and evolved over the years, paving the way for incredible impact in years to come. Major topics covered include: Bobby and Nan's transition into ministry involvement Generosity as a lifestyle rather than an action The effectiveness of empowering indigenous missionaries Stories of God's miraculous provision and the importance of trusting His plan Creating a global community of gospel patrons to fuel the Great Commission The Endowment 2414 initiative, sustaining ministry for decades to come QUOTES TO REMEMBER “I want you to know that the Lord is getting ready to widen that highway.” “But a wiser man is he who knows himself eternally, and sees his value not in his life, but in his Lord.” “We're not in the middle of this blue ball in the middle of the universe for no reason. There is a purpose for our lives.” “Ministries all over the world are coming together around getting the gospel to every tribe and nation.” “The body of Christ is not just my local church; it's so much bigger than that.” “The resources and finances to complete the Great Commission exist right now in the hands of Christians.” LINKS FROM THE SHOW Partners in Ministry Renew World Outreach (see our interview with founders, the Paluskys) Faith Comes by Hearing (see our interview with VP Morgan Jackson) Jesus Film (see our interview with Executive Director Josh Newell) Gospel Patrons (see our interview with author John Rinehart) Endowment 24:14 The Finish Line Community Facebook Group The Finish Line Community LinkedIn Group BIBLE REFERENCES FROM THE SHOW Matthew 24:14 | And Then The End Will Come And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Luke 12:13-21 | Bigger Barns WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! If you have a thought about something you heard, or a story to share, please reach out! You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. You can also contact us directly from our contact page. If you want to engage with the Finish Line Community, check out our groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.
The final instructions that Jesus gave to the church should be of utmost importance and priority to us. This sermon will dissect the Great Commission and is intended to provoke you to engage in mission work in a manner that leaves a lasting impact.
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Revelation 7:9-12 If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in'; aim at earth and you will get neither. C.S. Lewis Multiply 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Jesus What if the last thing He said, was my focus for 10 years? “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.” Acts 6:7 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. Acts 9:31 24 But the word of God increased and multiplied. Acts 12:24 Know Jesus, Follow Jesus, and Lead others to do the same Jesus commanded it What if last thing said, first thing He wants talk about? We crave it The world cries out for it Our 2033 Vision: We pray that in 2033 this can be said of our Church: To know Jesus, follow Jesus, & lead others to do the same is our greatest passion. In eager anticipation of the 2000-year anniversary of the Great Commission, we've multiplied. We've become a non-stop house of prayer who truly believes His presence is better than life. We've ignited a disciple-making movement with a culture of deep, spiritual formation across every life stage that's full of grace and truth. “Who's your 3” is now common language. Our cities have heard about the beauty of Jesus, as evidenced by the 344,869 bold gospel conversations. We've celebrated 365 baptisms every year, as Jesus adds to our number day-by-day those who are being saved. Fully dependent on the Spirit of Jesus, darkness is pushed back, and the Kingdom of Light is advancing. People are being loved, the poor are being served, and the prisoners are being set free in Jesus' name. We've gone to the nations. We've engaged 5 unreached people groups, planted 5 international churches, and sent 100 mission trips around the world. We've impacted the NowGen with over 100,000 kids & students experiencing Jesus at camp. We've equipped the saints for ministry with over 100 future leaders trained through our Leadership Development Program. We've become a movement of 10 campuses/church plants that are Jesus-centered, discipleship-driven, and transformation-focused houses of worship. And we've generously given whatever it takes to see Jesus' Great Commission realized and to live into a story way bigger than ourselves. We have songs that tell our story, some scars from the journey, but so much joy in our hearts because we know Jesus is is infinitely worth it.
The parenting journey is a marathon, not a sprint. There are 3 keys for parents to follow on their parenting journey… • Strategy • Priority • Release THE 10 LIFE SEASON MILE MARKERS Your parenting will look different through various seasons of life, but in every season, you need someone to walk alongside you and encourage you to stay the course. There are 10 Mile Markers you will encounter during your parenting journey: 1. Child Dedication (ages 0-1) 2. Preparing for School (ages 2-6) 3. Salvation & Baptism (ages 7-11) 4. Preparing for Adolescence (ages 10-12) 5. Rite of Passage (ages 13-16) 6. Graduation (ages 17-19) 7. Preparing for Adulthood (ages 19-23) 8. Pre-marriage & Marriage 9. Grandparenting 10. Parent Care Join Pastor Chad as he unpacks the different stages of the parenting journey and how you can cultivate an environment in your home that helps your family win! Don't forget to click the “bell” to SUBSCRIBE to get more videos like this to grow your faith! ● Connect with us on Social Media ↴ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abundantlifels/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abundantlifels ● Connect with Pastor Phil ↴ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhilHopperKC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philhopper_kc/ Web: https://livingproof.co/about-us/pasto... ● Be a part of the Great Commission: https://livingproof.co/irresistible/ More information on our sermons: https://livingproof.co/sermons/ Do you want to see your life changed by Jesus? Visit our website: https://livingproof.co/ Watch videos from our Family Podcast for parenting advice in different stages of life: • Abundant Life Family Podcast #AbundantLife #Castles #Parenting #Sermon
How to build a healthy church, books, seminars, retreats, and conferences are vast. Yet, there are the four critical areas the New Testament church focused on, and we should do the same. These areas should be integral to every church that seeks to be healthy and have a growing ministry. Yes, healthy ministry should be growing.These spiritual exercises are essential for the personal development of the church members and community. The first vital experience of the church was worship, the recognition of God for who he is, what he has done, and what we are trusting him to do. God inhabits the worship of his people, Israel. (Psalm 22:3) "The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy." (Psalm 147:11) and "For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation." (Psalm 149:4) Worship is essential.Secondly, the church experienced fellowship. Which describes believers' deep and genuine connection with one another in the Gospel culture. Share with one another God's grace. They willingly shared life and the hope of Christ with each other daily. Please note the word daily. Can we say that of our life as a church community? Here is where technology helps us deeply as a community.Next, there was the education of the saints. These early Christians grew in knowing the Word through the apostles' doctrine. Tony Evas says, "You can't grow beyond what you know." Finally, the church engaged in outreach. Not in the fullness of the Great Commission but going from house to house. They were meeting peoples' needs, telling them about the goodness of Jesus, and God was adding to the church daily.When those four components, Worship, Fellowship, Education (Word), and outreach, are sown into the church's life and, therefore, reaped as a harvest in the individual lives of its members, their spiritual growth will be well balanced, and a healthy growing family of faith will come naturally.References:Hebrews 10:24–25-----Call us: email@example.comOnline Giving: https://watersprings.net/give.phpServe at Watersprings: https://watersprings.churchcenter.com...CCLI Streaming License: 20080252 Size ECCLI Copyright License: 1406906 Size FDISCLAIMER: Closed captioning and/or transcription is being provided solely for the convenience of our viewers. Watersprings Church does not review for accuracy any information that appears in a closed caption or transcript. Watersprings Church makes no representations or warranties, and expressly disclaims any responsibility or liability with respect to, any errors or omissions in, or the accuracy, reliability, timeliness or completeness of, any information that appears in a closed caption or transcript.
There are 2 Stages of receiving the Holy Spirit: (1) When we receive Christ, we are baptised into Him, born again, and receive the Spirit of God WITHIN, for our own personal blessing, holiness and life with God. (2) There is a subsequent experience of the Spirit after salvation, called the Baptism in the Spirit, when we receive the Spirit UPON, for the purpose of empowering us to witness to Christ and for ministry. The PROMISE of the SPIRIT is also called the BLESSING of ABRAHAM (Galatians 3:14), which is a 2-fold BLESSING (Genesis 12:2). Jesus is the prime example of this 2-stage Blessing of the Spirit: (1) He had the Spirit WITHIN from birth, and by the indwelling Spirit, He lived a perfect holy life to God as a man, but (2) He was not empowered for supernatural ministry until He received the Spirit UPON, at His Baptism. The BAPTISM in the SPIRIT is when we are clothed with POWER, by receiving the SPIRIT UPON, enabling us to witness and fulfil our ministry. Jesus' Baptism in the Spirit is the BLUEPRINT for ours (John 1:33). He already had the Spirit WITHIN from birth, but still needed to receive the Spirit UPON, to clothe Him with power for ministry. Likewise, we have the Spirit WITHIN, from our New Birth, but still need to receive the Spirit UPON, to clothe and anoint us with power to fulfil the Great Commission. He confirmed when God's SPIRIT came UPON Him, He was ANOINTED with God's POWER to minister (Luke 4:17-21). He described His Baptism in the Spirit as the Spirit coming UPON and ANOINTING Him to preach, heal and set the captives free. He also said that once the Spirit came upon Him, He rested and remained on Him, and so God's power was present on Him to heal them. Isaiah prophesied about the Messiah (Anointed One) in 11:1-3, 42:1, 61:1-3. In the Old Testament, nobody was BORN AGAIN or had the SPIRIT WITHIN, as this was only made available in the New Covenant. Although certain prophets, priests and kings were anointed with the SPIRIT UPON, this was not necessarily permanent, nor for all believers. But in the New Covenant, the SPIRIT UPON is available to all believers (John 7:38-39, Acts 2:16-18), and is permanent. Jesus described these 2 ministries of the Spirit WITHIN and UPON in His TEACHING. (1) He described the SPIRIT WITHIN us, as an everlasting FOUNTAIN of living water (John 4:10-14). (2) Later in John 7:37-39, He described the SPIRIT flowing out of us as RIVERS of living water, making us channels of blessing to others (v38). In Luke 11:9-13, He taught God will give His born again children more of the Holy Spirit if they ask Him (it's not automatic). In the Gospels, He primarily prepared His disciples to receive the New Birth and the Spirit WITHIN. He taught about the New Birth of our spirit by the Spirit in John 3:3-9,16. Then in John 14:16-17, He introduced the Spirit as another Helper like Himself. This means He is like Jesus, (1) a PERSON, not a force, and (2) GOD. He is a Divine Person, given to us. He also said in the New Birth the Spirit will INDWELL us forever: “He will be WITHIN YOU.” So He taught in the New Covenant the Spirit will indwell all believers forever. He explained the connection between the NEW BIRTH and the SPIRIT WITHIN in Mark 2:22. First, God must make our wineskin (spirit) new, and then He can put the NEW WINE of His SPIRIT WITHIN us. Old wineskins were renewed by rubbing them with oil. Likewise in the New Birth, our old spirits were made new and holy by the application of the OIL of the SPIRIT, making them able to receive the NEW WINE of the SPIRIT WITHIN. Then after they received His Spirit within on the day of His resurrection, during the 40 days He prepared them to receive the SPIRIT UPON, which they did at Pentecost (Acts 2). On the morning Jesus rose from the dead, He ascended to Heaven, before returning to earth and appearing to His disciples for the next 40 days, before His final Ascension (John 20:16-17). The 4 Purposes for His first Ascension: (1) To fulfil the Feast of First Fruits on the day of His resurrection (1Corinthians 15:20-23). The First Fruits of the harvest must be offered up and waved before God, to be accepted by God on behalf of the whole harvest (Leviticus 23:10-11). Therefore, He had to ascend to Heaven and appear before God to offer Himself as the First Fruits, to be accepted on our behalf. (2) To present His Blood in Heaven (Hebrews 9:12). Thus, it was not appropriate for Mary to touch Him before He made these holy offerings to God. But after He came back from Heaven, He allowed other women and His disciples to touch Him (Matthew 28:9, Luke 24:39, John 20:27). (3) To receive all authority in Heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18, Philippians 2:9-11, Daniel 7:13-14). (4) To receive the Holy Spirit on our behalf, in order to pour Him out (Acts 2:33). He must have received the Spirit from the Father on the resurrection morning, as already that evening, He imparted the Spirit to His disciples (John 20:22).
Last week, we began a series called On Mission. It’s an important series because it gets right at the heart of what Jesus called us to do. We talked about the Great Commission and the call to go and make disciples, but it begs the question: if the mission is the work, what are we working for? What is the church supposed to look like? In Ephesians 4, Paul paints a picture of the body of Christ as it should be. It’s a church that’s known for loving rather than fighting, where it’s safe for everybody to come and hear about Jesus with no judgment and no pressure. It’s a church where the presence of God is tangible and authentic, a place where souls are being saved and lives are being changed. This week, we’re discussing the church and the people Jesus wants us to be and how we can’t stop until the mission is accomplished.
A conversation with Scott Bolin and Gibson Brueher, founders of Discipls - a social media tool for churches. The goal of Discipls is to make it easier for churches to use social media to fulfill the Great Commission. Learn more at https://www.discipls.io/
Check out the previous episode for context. In this episode, I discuss various arguments that fall short logically (and in one case, grammatically) against the idea that God intends on accomplishing the Great Commission. Support the showCheck out all my links here https://linktr.ee/sparenoarrowsSupport the Show! https://www.patreon.com/sparenoarrowsSpare no Arrows on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVwB26yxtYWUopfFPhAsb8wSpare no Arrows on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sparenoarrows/Spare no Arrows on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sparenoarrowspodCody on Twitter https://twitter.com/wc_lawrenceSpare no Arrows on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6CqhvtMWRItkoiv8ZrJ6zVSpare no Arrows on Apple Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/spare-no-arrows/id1528869516Podcast Episodes on Buzzsprout https://www.buzzsprout.com/1300948/episodes
You Can Mentor is turning 200! That's right, this week is our 200th episode, and we couldn't have done it without all of you. From the bottom of everybody's heart here at You Can Mentor, THANK YOU! With our 200th episode, we wanted to announce some major changes coming up at You Can Mentor and how we operate. Don't worry, we're still outputting content to encourage and equip mentors throughout the nation. Tune in this week to hear Zach and John discuss the future of the podcast, Zach's vision for You Can Mentor as an entity, and some of Zach's history behind the podcast and how he got involved in mentoring in the first place.Connect with Zach:firstname.lastname@example.orgPurchase the You Can Mentor book:You Can Mentor: How to Impact Your Community, Fulfill the Great Commission, and Break Generational Cursesyoucanmentor.com
We are in the early stages of a historic spiritual awakening to Christ in the Muslim world. More Muslims have come to faith in Jesus Christ in the last half century than in the last 14 centuries combined. In this episode of Inside The Epicenter, Joel Rosenberg shares insights from Mark 5:1-20. He touches on how to love Christ by loving those who don't yet know him and the dynamics of conversion in the Middle East. He also shares how believers can stand with the Church in the Arab world and support them as they seek to fulfill the Great Commission in this generation. Wondering how to come alongside our brothers and sisters in the Epicenter and help them in this critical hour? Listen to this episode to find out! Our Father knows what is best for us. (0:12) God is doing exciting things in Israel. (1:28) Three times, people are imploring Jesus. (6:58) Whosoever believes in Jesus will not perish. (15:18) There are encouraging signs of hope, and the church in the Middle East is growing. (25:51) We are in the early stages of a spiritual awakening in the Muslim world. (36:05 Learn, pray, give, and go. (41:08) Learn more about The Joshua Fund Make a tax-deductible donation The Joshua Fund Stock Media provided by DimmySad/Pond5 Related Episodes: Why This German is Dedicated To Serving The Jewish People #119 Transforming Lives Through Women's Ministry in Israel #115 How to Make God's Love Visible in the Middle East #112 Why We Support, Serve, and Love The Joshua Fund: Larry & Autumn Ross #105 What Are Practical Ways to Support and Bless Israel? #70 Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
In a world filled with opinions, emotions, and deceptions, the Church stands as a beacon of truth, accountability, and Holy Spirit boldness. Amidst the allure of celebrity and the shadows of division and anxiety, the Church embodies humility, unity, and freedom. This is the story of the Church, its challenges, its identity, and its leadership. Part 1: The Early Church and Its Evolution Before the emergence of the Catholic Church, early Christianity thrived in diverse forms: House Churches: Believers gathered in intimate house churches for worship and fellowship. Local Leadership: Each house church had its own leadership structure, often including elders and deacons. Apostolic Authority: The apostles' teachings were central, and their letters became part of the New Testament. Unity Amid Diversity: Despite theological variations, a core teaching about Jesus Christ united early Christians. Persecution: Roman and Jewish persecution fostered solidarity among believers. Eucharistic Celebrations: Communion symbolized unity in Christ. Growing Organization: As Christianity spread, larger communities and formal structures emerged. The transition to the centralized Catholic Church took centuries, marked by theological debates, councils, and historical events. Part 2: The Church's Failures The Church can falter when it: Loses Sight of Its Purpose: Distraction from worship, discipleship, and service diminishes effectiveness. Fails in Love and Unity: A lack of love and forgiveness among believers hinders the Church's impact. Embraces Worldly Values: Compromising biblical principles weakens its witness. Neglects Sound Doctrine: Failure to teach biblical truth leads to doctrinal confusion. Becomes Exclusive: Judgmental attitudes repel seekers. Neglects Outreach: Insularity hampers fulfilling the Great Commission. Lacks Accountability: Leaders' moral failures damage credibility. Fails to Adapt: Resistance to necessary change hinders effectiveness. Prioritizes Tradition Over Truth: Stagnation occurs when tradition overshadows biblical truth. Neglects the Poor and Needy: Failure to care for the marginalized contradicts Christ's teachings. Part 3: Belonging to a Church Belonging to a church means: Identification with the Body of Christ: Joining a community of believers following Jesus. Spiritual Family: Becoming part of a spiritual family for mutual growth. Accountability: Committing to support and be accountable to fellow believers. Participation: Actively engaging in church life. Spiritual Growth: Prioritizing personal and collective spiritual growth. Worship and Service: Joining in worship, service, and the Great Commission. Community and Fellowship: Finding support and fellowship. Stewardship: Giving time, talents, and resources. Alignment with Church Beliefs: Agreeing with church teachings. A Spiritual Journey: Growing in faith and discipleship with fellow believers. Part 4: The Church's Leadership The Church is led by: Jesus Christ: Recognized as the Head and ultimate authority. Apostles: Their teachings guide the early Church. Shepherds / Elders: Local leaders who shepherd and oversee the flock. Under-Shepherds: Those who follow Christ's example. Siblings: A reminder of the familial bond among believers. Conclusion: The Church, despite its imperfections, remains a powerful force for good when it aligns with its divine purpose, overcomes its failures, welcomes believers into a spiritual family, and follows Christ's leadership. Just as intertwined roots support towering redwoods, the Church's strength lies in unity, guided by the unchanging love of its Head, Jesus Christ.
What is a promise? And what does it mean when God makes a promise to YOU?And while God's Word is settled in heaven (Ps. 119:89)—but are His promises settled in your heart? Today you can establish a stronger foundation of faith as Jerry ministers from God's Word directly to YOUR heart. MORE... « Solid Lives » To find out more about the ministry of Solid Lives, visit https://solidlives.com/« Support » Help us get free resources out to more people. To support the ministry of Solid Lives, please visit https://solidlives.com/give/« Podcasts » Listen to weekly messages, or a daily episode from The New Testament Daily on podcast here: https://solidlives.com/podcast/« Jesus' Way » God is calling believers EVERYWHERE to be a part of fulfilling the Great Commission, making disciples around the world. Get free resources and find out more at JesusDisciple.com and on the FREE Jesus' Disciple app here: https://subsplash.com/solidlives/appSupport the show
(Psalm 67) As Christians we are all familiar with the Great Commission as our mandate to go to all the world and make disciples. But long before Jesus Christ gave us this final command, the heart of God for missions was revealed to the people of Israel in the Psalms.
Are you possibly underestimating your ability to go out and make disciples? Imagine if every Christian invested in the spiritual growth of just one other person. How could that affect our local churches, local communities, and ultimately the spreading of the Gospel? In this midweek podcast episode, popular Christian influencer and author of the new book 'Misled', Allen Parr, sits down with Frank at the 2023 CIA conference to share how he went from being a part-time math tutor to growing a massive ministry platform on YouTube. Frank and Allen also talk about the issues of spiritual immaturity and the lack of discipleship within our churches, touching on questions like: What are some practical ways to begin making disciples? How did discipleship save Allen from making a MAJOR mistake in life? Why has discipleship historically been so difficult within the church? What process does Allen go through to choose video topics and create engaging content? How did creating LESS videos content each month impact his channel for the better? With more than a million subscribers on his YouTube channel, 'The B.E.A.T.', Allen has mastered the art of communicating the Gospel online through humor, hot topics, conciseness, and most importantly, sound doctrine. But as you'll hear throughout the episode, it doesn't take a huge platform to make a huge difference in someone else's life. Sometimes it just takes a willingness to fulfill the Great Commission by doing something as simple as making a phone call or meeting someone for coffee. To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It's the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Allen's website: https://www.allenparr.com/ Allen's YouTube channel: The B.E.A.T. Allen's online course: The Bible Accelerator Allen's book: https://a.co/d/eDCEktA