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Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Joe McKeever, disciples, evangelism, Christian workers, assignment, preaching, Great Commission, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, Jesus, Paul, Silas, gospel, bold, confident, peac
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore, be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matt. 10:16). This is a brief Bible study. (Just so you'll know. Smiley-face here.) For ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, Soul Preaching, seminary, Biblical passage, sermon generation, church, song, Job, John the Baptist, walk, challenge, scripture
One of my seminary professors gave me a few approaches to generate sermon ideas: 1. The first approach would be to take the author of the biblical passage or one of the characters in the passage and simply ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, traditional, texts, sermons, preaching, Golden Rule, John 3:16, salvation by faith, love one another, forgiveness, the home, kindness
For good reason, young beginning pastors do not take the standard old texts for their first sermons. Few feel qualified to produce a full sermon on such subjects as: John 3:16. The Golden Rule (Matt. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014 / Administration
Tags: Brian Dodd, practices, effective, churches, worship experience, contemporary, traditional, biblical community, next generation, balance, outreach, global efforts
The following is another installment from my friends at MAG Bookkeeping. If your church needs bookkeeping or virtual assistance, there is no one I recommend more. You can contact this wonderful organization ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 August 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, vulnerable, church, congregation, sermon, service, minister, guard, preaching, satan, adversary
We're all vulnerable. Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall (1 Cor. 10:12). The brother who gave us that reminder was himself constantly being knocked down but getting back up. If ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 / Administration
Tags: Soul Preaching, Sherman Haywood Cox II, assistant, minister, pastor, slaves, respect, acknowledgment, ordination, responsibilities, effectiveness
I have been an assistant for much of my time in ministry. Some pastors have treated me with the utmost respect. I have seen other pastors who treat their assistants almost as slaves, giving them the least ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, purpose, preaching, Bible, Proverbs, sermons, Charles Swindoll, mist, pulpit, fog, pew, Christ-like character, convictions, conduct
God has a purpose for everything. The Bible says in Proverbs 19:21, "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails" (Pr. 19:21, NIV). God has a specific purpose for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rebuilding, old cars, preach, break, build, restored, reassembled, marriage, flawed perspective, transformed, actions, Jesus
I have a friend who is really into rebuilding old cars. It is an art form to take a rusted out car from the scrap heap or auction lot and restore it to better than new condition. He once told me that when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox, slop, preaching, sermons, pulpit, God, tactics, congregation, frown of God, insulting
I was talking to a fellow preacher the other day about the difficulties and challenges of preaching sermons that both touch the people as well as sits under the smile of God. We talked about the inclination ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Hal Seed, sermons, preaching, calendar, series, multi-site campuses, planning, season, unchurched, The Purpose Driven Life, balance, depth, breadth
... In 2001, I developed the perfect preaching calendar. Then 9/11 hit. I was scheduled to speak on spiritual gifts. Like every preacher, I changed my subject that week. I spoke on destiny, then three weeks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, evangelism, outreach, tools, witness, Christ, Billy Graham, My Hope, Evangelism Explosion, The Story, I am Second, training, resources, Life on Mission, Alpha courses, The God Test
Churches desire to make disciples and they want people to be actively sharing their faith and interacting with unchurched people. That's a good thing. Many believers would like to be bold about witnessing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, invitation, unchurched, failure, contact, rejection, music, worship, preaching, problems, crowded, challenge, conversation
Several years ago, more than one study showed large percentages of unchurched would consider attending a church if someone simply invited them. The problem is not the attitude of the unchurched; rather, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, evangelism, outreach, strategy, gospel, Christians, incarnational, mission, sermon series, Grace Church, LifeWay Research, small groups
Evangelism is the responsibility of every believer. There is no such thing as the "gift of evangelism," rather, all Christians have the obligation to share the gospel. It is, and should be, on the heart ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Steve Murrell, preaching, gospel, privilege, burden, calling, read, study, teach, communicate, disciples, ministry, Bible, Jesus, burden, vision, values, mission, preparing, hearts
Preaching the gospel is privilege. It is also a burden, and a calling. I have been a preacher since 1982. I love my job. I love to read, study, teach and preach. Every day I am thankful that I get to do ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox, Soul Preaching, pastor, sermon, copy, verbatim, Sunday morning, congregation, message, decent, piece together, copy, illustrations, verbatim, credit, ingenious, Charles Spurgeon, ...
You have less than a day, and you have waited until it is very late. At this point you have a few options and none of them are good. 1. Try to piece something together very quickly. I know of preachers ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 / Communication
Tags: Phil Cooke, Bible, practical, pastors, preachers, gift, incarnation, salvation, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Nazis, mystery, culture
You have no idea the number of pastors who tell me that their unique gift is to teach the Bible from a practical perspective. They focus on helping their congregation understand the Bible in practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 June 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Mark Driscoll, preach, Sunday, responsibility, organization, relational, preaching, rest, holidays, attendance, guard, pre-service, meetings, hydrated, eat well
How can a lead pastor handle sermon preparation while also juggling other pastoral responsibilities, like counseling and administration? Pastor Mark Driscoll has some advice for a reader on just that question. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 June 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox, preaching, Bible, worlds, present day, lecture trap, Adam, Moses, Jonah, Valley of the Dry Bones, expository preachers
At the end of one of my sermons, someone told me that the sermon eliminated the distance between the Bible world and today's world. When this happens, you have done your job in a very real way. To do this, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Steve Murrell, church, pastor, leaking, environment, leaders, God's presence, Exodus, transformational preaching, empowered ministry time, participatory worship, mission, community, Victory Manila, ...
I recently spoke with a pastor whose church was leaking people. As soon as a family joined the church, another family vanished. As we were trying to discover the cause of the leak, I made up the following ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 / Men
Tags: Phil Cooke, G. Allen Jackson, men's ministry, success, Promise Keepers, World Outreach Church, Angus Buchan, Mighty Men Conference, God initiative, culture, gospel
Over the years, reaching men with the gospel has been an important but challenging effort. From the early days when Edwin Louis Cole launched the Christian Men's Network, to Coach Bill McCartney's Promise ... [ +++ ]
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