We know that God is more interested in the spiritual health of a church than its numeric growth. A spiritually thriving church will be reaching people with the gospel and seeing people added to the church, but a church focused only on growth may be seeing people added without true conversion or spiritual maturity.
But what does a healthy church look like? What are its defining characteristics?
No church “arrives” in spiritual maturity. Even as we as individual Christians must guard our hearts against coldness to the Lord or backsliding, so entire churches can become lukewarm spiritually. (See Revelation 3:14–16.) (more…)
When I think about a great ministry or a great minister, I think of John the Baptist. Jesus Himself called John and his ministry great: “For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist…” (Luke 7:28).
John wasn’t as concerned with being relevant to his culture as he was with being in touch with God. It was his heart for God and the way he uncompromisingly shared God’s message that set him apart.
In this growth points video, I share three characteristics from John the Baptist’s life of what brings greatness—in an individual life, a church, or a ministry.
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If you’re looking for encouraging, yet intensely-practical and thoroughly-biblical, resources to help you move forward for God in this New Year, here are five completely free resources that I believe could be a help to you: (more…)
At the start of a new year, we make goals, resolutions, or commitments. And we sincerely want to transform them into reality over the coming months.
Very often, however, there is a disconnect between the internal commitments we’ve made and our everyday living. This can be the case for every kind of goal—from spiritual goals to physical goals. We may have positive thoughts, but we keep ending up with negative results. Why?
Reaching a goal requires more than good intentions. We have to make changes in our lives that align what we do with what we plan. In other words, we must align our external world with our internal commitments. How? (more…)
Over the years, I’ve made it a practice to read regularly and on a variety of subjects. Reading not only gives information, but it gives inspiration too. A well-written book can challenge you to think, inspire you to use your life for God, and (particularly with books on history or biographies) give you gratitude for how God has used others.
Sometimes people ask how I am able to find time to read. It’s not that some people have more time than others, but that some people put a higher priority on reading than others.
If you believe reading more than you are should be a priority in your life or if you’d like to read more in the coming year, here are seven ways to help you find the time. (more…)