Our Italy mission team leaves this week! Our partnership with the Evangelical Church of Belluno is in its 4th year. God is doing great things in Belluno and the difference in the local church since 2016 is remarkable. Each year the team has gone we have seen new faces and growing enthusiasm. In 2016, we… Continue reading Everyday Missionaries Everywhere (Acts 1:8)
Most churches want to be great. Rarely do you find a church that wants to fail, close, or bring dishonor to the name of Christ. Most churches want to be great, but how do you know when a church is actually great? We have learned in this sermon series that it is God who determines… Continue reading Are we a Great Church? Our Measures
What makes a church great? It depends on who you ask. There are some people who consider a church to be “great” when its average attendance reaches a certain point (e.g., 250 or 500). Only a great church—they argue—could attract that many people. The presence of many people is their proof that it is a… Continue reading What Makes a Church Great?
After being healed from demon possession, a man asked Jesus if he could follow Him. Jesus refused and instead instructed him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19). The man who had been a terror to… Continue reading Go and Tell (Mark 5:19)
According to the Bible, a Christian should have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, great sorrow and unceasing anguish. No, those last two items are not a typo, but are vital characteristics of a Christian. How can this be? How can you have joy and sorrow and how can you have peace… Continue reading Great Sorrow & Unceasing Anguish (Rom 9)
Did you know there is a Christian way to fight? Many Christians don’t know, so they fight just as they did before they became Christian. Fighting like a non-Christian is sinful because it is according to self-interest and self-preservation. It involves deceit and manipulation of others and results in anger, bitterness, and resentment. This is… Continue reading 7 Blessings of Forgiveness
Did you know that—according to the Bible—Jesus displayed many different emotions during His time on earth? This is significant because it reminds us that Jesus is not only completely God but completely man. He is God the Son who entered into this world as a man so that He would redeem mankind to God. In… Continue reading Glad, Sad, and Mad (Luke 19:28-48)
Our sermon today concerns an encounter Jesus had with a man named Zacchaeus who was sitting in a sycamore tree. Zacchaeus is sort of an ironic fellow. Zacchaeus is a Hebrew name meaning “clean or pure” but he was a corrupt tax collector who worked for the Roman Government. Today, we shall read about this… Continue reading A Lesson from the Sycamore Tree (Luke 19:1-10)
In the “My3” Discipleship plan, you are asked to write out your three-part testimony and share it with the three people you circled on your prayer list. The goal of sharing your story is to testify to the grace and mercy of Jesus and to tell people how they can become a Christian. Ideally, the… Continue reading But, What If They Say…?
Only God can soften soil that has been beaten down underfoot. Only God can remove the rocks in the soil so that the seed can take root. Only God can remove the thorns in the soil so that the seed can produce mature fruit. Knowing this, we pray and we proclaim.