For Carly and me, our call to ministry came long ago. Before marrying, we both sensed that the best hours of our days and weeks would be devoted to introducing people to Jesus and equipping them in their faith. We’ve been doing that in various ways for all of our seven years of marriage. For the most part, ours has been a shepherding kind of ministry. We’ve led small groups, taught classes, led in youth ministry, and for the past three and a half years, I’ve been a pastor. Yet we sensed Jesus moving us to shift focus. Last spring, when Carly … Continue reading From Shepherding to Spreading
Two Sundays ago, I preached a sermon called “Jesus’ Missionary Prayer” from John 17. Here’s a snippet: So because God is complete in his Trinitarian love and glory-sharing, the reason we exist cannot be because God needs us to love and glorify him. The reason for mission cannot be that he needs us to find more people to love him, as if he lacked love. He already has that in himself. The only possibility is that God wants to share his glory with men and women so that we might be filled and complete as we behold his glory. Carly … Continue reading God’s Glory-Sharing
I don’t know a lot of things. I’ll be the first to admit. I’d like to think of myself as a well-read, intellectual person. But let’s be honest. I’m average. The good news is that I’m okay with that (most of the time). As a matter of fact, most people are just that. Average. The quicker we actually admit this, we’ll actually start to see the beautiful things that resemble the image of God in our lives, instead of focusing on what we lack. So when I offer my thoughts on church planting — or, well, really anything on this … Continue reading Thoughts on church planting from a guy who doesn’t know anything
During the last week, I have felt a greater sense of being on mission for God’s kingdom. I won’t give all the details (it’s not like my whole life has been upended) but God has been so gracious to change some attitudes and perspectives — and that does make a world of difference. So whether you are a businessman, a pastor, a retired grandfather, a stay at home mom, or a thousand other things, how are striving to be on mission for Jesus? What are some practical things you have done or can do to influence people with the gospel? Continue reading Are you on mission for Jesus?