When I think about the early history of Lancaster Baptist Church, I’m in awe at Christ’s power to build His church. In our case, He took a tiny struggling congregation and has built it into a center of soulwinning, outreach, and transformation. And I believe we’ve just begun to see what God can do!
But how does that happen? Not just at Lancaster Baptist, but in churches around the world? How does a church not only stay intact, but grow so they are maturing in the Lord together?
Actually, the necessary building blocks are basic. Here are six simple and practical—but needed—ways a body of believers grows together: (more…)
Two of the questions that I’m often asked is how a spiritual leader can keep his family a priority in the ministry and how we can encourage our children so they don’t feel resentful toward the ministry.
By God’s grace, all four of our children love the Lord and are serving in full time, local church ministry. Terrie and I praise the Lord for that, and we know it is due to God’s grace in their lives.
There were a few intentional actions on our part that I believe were helpful in our family life during the years that our children were in our home. (more…)
In recent days, particularly through the Supreme Court ruling of June 26 concerning same-sex marriage, we have seen the rejection of biblical revelation around us. The results of this ruling and of the corresponding changes in our culture are yet unfolding, and I believe they are likely to include forms of difficulty and persecution for Christians.
In the wake of our culture’s rejection of God’s truth and in the face of whatever results may come of it, what should be our response as Christians? In this Growth Points video, I share what I believe should be our biblical response to the changes in our culture:
(If you cannot see this video in your RSS reader or email, you can watch it here.)
Now, more than ever before, current events remind us that we are living in the last days.
The events of this past week have pointed to Bible prophecies concerning the progressive lifestyles of sin (2 Timothy 3:1–4) and the oblivion of and disregard for God’s judgment (Matthew 24:37–39).
As we know, Scripture gives us many admonitions for these last days: We are to contend for the faith (Jude 3). To preach the Word (2 Timothy 4:2). To witness to the lost (Matthew 24:14). To be sober–minded (1 Peter 4:7). To watch with prayer (1 Peter 4:8).
But there is one command that many of us forget. This command is expressly given in relation to the last days. And it is specifically stated to be an issue of vital significance. Tragically, it is often neglected. (more…)