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Church Preaching

Teaching and Preaching: What’s the Difference?

Brothers and sisters, preach the gospel as though you’ve been in the fires yourself. Preach truth to your own heart, your neighbors, your church, your co-workers and your family. Be a herald of the grace you received, through which God declared you righteous by faith in His Son, Jesus.

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discipleship

Home Groups and the Sunday Gathering

When Christians gather on Sundays it is easy to come and go without ever seeing the uglier side of anyone’s life. It is easy to hide the parts of life that make us human and needy for the Gospel.

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Church discipleship

Jesus Was A Disciple Maker, What About You?

The Bible makes no real distinction between a Christian and a disciple maker. And even though much of our population still claims to be Christian, disciple makers are rare. Modern Christianity has indoctrinated many to see disciple making as an option rather than the way that Jesus taught us. Jesus Was a Disciple Maker Jesus […]

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Church

Small Groups Are Good But They’re Not Enough

I vividly remember my first church planter conference. I was young, naïve, and filled with zeal for God’s church. The message presented at the training was clear—you are given the task of making disciples not simply growing the next great church. The bulls-eye for the success of the church, we were told, is to make […]

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Church discipleship

Do We Really Care About Discipleship?

I’ve never met a pastor that said “Discipleship…Yeah, we don’t really do that. We’ve got more important things to do around this church than making disciples.” Now some pastors, in their more honest moments, may acknowledge that their churches are not very good at making disciples, but almost everyone affirms that they should be doing […]

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Adoption Church discipleship

Adoption is Commitment to Never Leave and Always Love No Matter What

On October 20th of 2016 we brought a three and a half year old girl into our family to be our daughter. The adoption of this sweet little one is more than the fulfillment of a dream. It’s a calling birthed from conviction and love. Very early in our marriage, even before any biological children, […]

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Church Contextual Disciple-Making discipleship

4 Ways to Maximize Your Church Internship

For the last eighteen months, I have had the wonderful privilege of serving in my church’s intern/resident program. It is a large church in Knoxville, TN, and I primarily serve on one of our two planted campuses, with my internship focus being on multiplication and church planting. This has been a great season for me […]