MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Worshiping How God Desires

August 14th, 2018 Viewed 136 times, 4 so far today
How should we worship the Lord?

Just the title of a recent post by Tim Challies makes me pause to think. The post was titled Why worship any way other than as God desires? and immediately brought to mind the idea that, as American believers, I’m not sure we know know what this is.

Challies article focuses on music in worship, which is definitely a hot-button issue in today’s churches, but a reading of the Old and New Testaments show us that God is much more interested in how we do what we do in service to Him than we are lead to believe.

What Value is Tradition in Reading the Bible?

April 26th, 2018 Viewed 223 times, 2 so far today

Typically, those that find themselves not in the Eastern Wing of Christendom (Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox) do not place a lot of emphasis on tradition. In fact, it’s one of the talking points about why those of the Protestant persuasion believe that they are closer to what the Bible actually teaches. And yet, in the article Why Protestants Need to Use Tradition When They Read Their Bibles I find myself agreeing with the overall point– that when we totally divest ourselves of the interpretations and understandings of the saints that have come before us, we may fall prey to errors in our understanding simply because we see the Bible through the culture that we now live in.

photo by: DrGBB

What Type of Church Do You Have?

April 18th, 2018 Viewed 219 times

Christ Has Always Been At Work

April 18th, 2018 Viewed 163 times

Christ was there At the World’s Foundation

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:1-5

And with that declaration, the Apostle John begins his Gospel account of Jesus life an ministry. And what better way to introduce the Savior than starting from the beginning. In the beginning was the Word– the Word that was used to create everything (as Genesis stated, God spoke and it was so) is this same Word.

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Christ and the Church

April 3rd, 2018 Viewed 247 times

On a hill, nearly 2,000 years ago, God incarnate, recently resurrected, ascended into Heaven leaving the church here on Earth to carry His message of redemption and reconciliation to the four corners of the world.  In that time, it would seem that Christ has been silent, to the point that some in the first century believed that He would return soon and others continually wonder about the reality of what happened.

And yet God is not finished with His people, and He has not gone silent.  He provided revelation to the first century church, and He continues to bring all things to our remembrance through the Holy Spirit.

So, just what is Christ doing with His church today?  How do they interact?

Over the next couple of days we’re going to review the outcome of the events we celebrated this past Sunday with an eye to what we need to do with it today.

 

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Biblical Church Revitalization

September 8th, 2016 Viewed 1066 times, 1 so far today

Perhaps you know a church or someone that would grow from this book?

Thousands of churches close their doors each year. Think about that for a minute. When churches close there is a haunting hush of a lamp being extinguished in a community. This is heartbreaking.

Thankfully God has given many church members the resolve to hang on and seek help to breath life back into a fellowship that is suffering. Likewise God has given pastors a desire to step in and attempt to lead the work to see a church become healthy again. This work is called church revitalization.

Book Review: Biblical Church Revitalization

Recruiting and Keeping the Best Volunteers

August 26th, 2016 Viewed 989 times, 1 so far today

If you get a group of pastors or church leaders together and ask them about their biggest challenges, volunteers and leaders will come up. The idea of recruiting volunteers is overwhelming and difficult at times. There never seems to be enough people, and the ones who are serving are often tired and feel like they are the only ones serving.

In light of that, there are some crucial things to keep in mind as you invite people to use their gifts and talents at your church and keep them engaged in those roles. Note, the words you use are incredibly important.

How to Recruit and keep the Best Volunteers

German Protestant Church Decides It’s No Longer Christian

November 3rd, 2015 Viewed 1418 times, 1 so far today

Country-Church.jpgWhen a Christian church decides that it no longer needs to spread the Gospel, isn’t that a sign that it’s no longer Christian?

One of Germany’s largest Protestant regional churches has come under fire from other Christians for speaking out against efforts to convert Muslims just as tens of thousands of refugees from the Islamic world are streaming into the country. 

Read more at German Protestant church’s scandalous idea rocks evangelical community [hat tip German Protestant church’s scandalous idea rocks evangelical community]

Reaching these people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be the only reason to be for bringing these people into your nation.


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Who Are The Most Overlooked People in a Church Plant?

July 9th, 2015 Viewed 1203 times

In every church plant there is a group that is often overlooked. If you ask every church planter what he wishes he had more of, his answer would be this group. It is older people, established people, people with wisdom to share. – Read More at The Most Overlooked People in a Church Plant

Lost Over Time: 2 Keys to Early Christianity That Are Making a Comeback

June 18th, 2015 Viewed 1160 times

Mentor by Andrew Yee

Every generation comes up with new ideas—things that they believe were never thought of before, new technology, and new methods of communication.  With these advances comes the idea that not only is our technology better, but our methods are better than those that have come before, and as such we begin to replace tried and true methods with things that we think will work better.

In our busy and independent lives, two items that were key to the early Christian life started to fall by the wayside, but now through the Internet and a growing sense of the need to be more authentic in our Christian lives, these two things are making a comeback.

Mentoring

Mentoring is nothing new.  Children used to learn skills through apprenticeship to their chosen profession or by learning how to do their parent’s field through watching and practicing with their parents.  The Bible talks about mentoring in Titus 2 when Paul is instructing Timothy to have the older men and women to teach the younger men and women in their churches the appropriate behavior and expectations for believers.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.