Membership Vow #5 Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the church, promising to promote its purity, peace, and unity? Core Value: CONNECT Core Value: We believe that the gospel creates a nurturing community where love rules every relationship. Outcome: All who come into our church family will experience genuine friendship and … Continue reading We Love God’s People
O Father, Jesus Christ is among us as our peace, but we are a people divided against ourselves as we cling to the values of a broken world. We long for the end of hostilities in our families, with our friends and in our world. We confess that we are often anxious and angry over … Continue reading A Prayer for those Facing Conflict and Dissension
I came across this challenging quote in my study of Jesus' High Priestly Prayer in John's Gospel. What do you think of John Milne’s comment on John 17:21 and 23? “The biggest barriers to effective evangelism according to the prayer of Jesus are not so much outdated methods, or inadequate presentations of the gospel, as … Continue reading The Ultimate Hindrance to Our Church’s Mission
Not long ago I had a young elder ask me to mentor him. This coincided with a devotional given to our staff by our pastor at Second Presbyterian Church, Sandy Willson. Thus, below are portions of a letter I wrote using Sandy's outline for healthy church leaders.First of all, thank you for wanting input, friendship, … Continue reading Healthy Church Leaders
Why did they dare to tell His Gospel? What is the strongest stimulus and motivation? A. The comparative study of religions has led many to deny the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and to reject the very concept of His exclusive claim of being the only way to God and the imperative of evangelizing and seeing … Continue reading Daring to Tell the Gospel Amidst Much Conflict – Acts 17
Acts 15 Devotional Guide - Resolving Conflict What was the nature of the conflicts in this chapter? A. 1st Conflict: Was circumcision required for Gentile converts to Christianity? This conflict centered on theology. It was a public conflict. We ought to ensure that we indeed have biblical warrant before we say, "Except you do so … Continue reading Acts 15 – On Resolving Conflict
Attached is a personal worship guide that helps to parse out the personal implications of the upcoming sermon on "God's Final Answer to All Conflict" from Isaiah 9:5-7. God's Final Answer to All Conflict - a Personal Worship Guide
Proverbs 3:27 – “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” Leaders in Christ’s church are usually working to apply the gospel of grace in all manner of conflicts. It could be a struggling marriage. Or, it could be a conflict due to … Continue reading When it is in your power to do it!