Evangelical Essentials http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:24:41 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Spiritual Maturity Reaches Way Beyond Salvation http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/19838-spiritual-maturity-reaches-way-beyond-salvation http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/19838-spiritual-maturity-reaches-way-beyond-salvation

flowerseedHow overwhelmed Peter must have felt looking into the faces of 3,000 new converts in Jerusalem. I’m sure he must have thought: They’ve chosen to follow Christ, but will they follow me into the mature faith necessary to carry our church forward? As Christian leaders, we know it takes effective leadership to move people from their salvation decision into mature discipleship. We also know maturity empowers blessing in their lives and enables them to bless others.

Recently my friend told me a comical story about his son’s youth football game. The score was tied 6-6 in the second half. As the opposing quarterback faded back to pass, the boys rushed in and tackled him. They immediately started celebrating, but they failed to realize that the ball had been fumbled. The other team ran it in for a touchdown and won the game. My friend said with a smile, “Our boys made half a great play.”

As a pastor I get pretty excited when people choose to accept Christ. Then I’m reminded that we’re only halfway there. I still have the formidable task of maturing them so they can fulfill their potential.

shawn.akers@charismamed.com (Jim Graff) Evangelical Essentials Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:00:00 -0500
Mind Your Prayer Language http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/18387-mind-your-prayer-language http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/18387-mind-your-prayer-language

Are you praying for President Obama (while secretly hoping he will fail)?

fake+R_T_Kendall@charismamedia.com (R. T. Kendall) Evangelical Essentials Mon, 20 Apr 2009 14:09:25 -0400
What Would You Die For? http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/18279-what-would-you-die-for http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/18279-what-would-you-die-for

To become dangerous and effective, we must refocus on the gospel

fake+R_T_Kendall@charismamedia.com (R. T. Kendall) Evangelical Essentials Thu, 12 Feb 2009 21:52:57 -0500
Where's the Discernment? http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/18172-wheres-the-discernment http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/18172-wheres-the-discernment Our lack of knowledge is indicative of a sleeping church ]]> fake+R_T_Kendall@charismamedia.com (R. T. Kendall) Evangelical Essentials Wed, 17 Dec 2008 22:22:44 -0500 Running Ahead of Jesus http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/18131-running-ahead-of-jesus http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/18131-running-ahead-of-jesus How many times have you pushed ahead in your own strength?
fake+R_T_Kendall@charismamedia.com (R. T. Kendall) Evangelical Essentials Sat, 01 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0400
Sheer Integrity http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/17445-sheer-integrity http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/17445-sheer-integrity Through the hype of potential 'last-days ministry' can we see character?
fake+R_T_Kendall@charismamedia.com (R. T. Kendall) Evangelical Essentials Tue, 01 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0400
Raising Hell http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/17076-raising-hell http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/17076-raising-hell Hell’s existence isn’t up for debate, so why aren’t we preaching about it?
fake+R_T_Kendall@charismamedia.com (R. T. Kendall) Evangelical Essentials Thu, 01 May 2008 00:00:00 -0400
Judgment at the House of God http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/16778-judgment-at-the-house-of-god http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/16778-judgment-at-the-house-of-god Are the recent church scandals God’s judgment?
fake+R_T_Kendall@charismamedia.com (R. T. Kendall) Evangelical Essentials Sat, 01 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0500
First Things First http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/12624-first-things-first http://ministrytodaymag.com/evangelical-essentials/12624-first-things-first As we await Christ's return, have we forgotten the main thing?
fake+R_T_Kendall@charismamedia.com (R. T. Kendall) Evangelical Essentials Wed, 01 Mar 2006 00:00:00 -0500