MInTheGap

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

Discipleship Commanded

April 25th, 2018 Viewed 255 times

The Great Commission

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

Let me set the stage for you. Jesus has dramatically risen from the dead and appeared to his disciples. After a few days spent explaining the Old Testament Scriptures to Him and appearing in different places, He’s about to ascend into Heaven where He will go about building a place for us (John 14:2), and He has some final words for those who have gathered. Those words are listed above– go and preach the gospel to every creature.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

What is a Believer Supposed to Do?

September 26th, 2016 Viewed 1223 times

Replicate himself…

I’m a simple guy so I look at it plainly. What is the church supposed to be and do? It seems like the Great Commission is the place to start:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19–20)

Disciples of Christ are to make disciples (evangelism), baptize them into the church, and teach them to learn and apply the Bible. Then the cycle repeats itself: evangelism, baptism, training.

The Church Needs the Bible

Friend Day

June 10th, 2007 Viewed 2204 times

One thing that we tried this year (to little success, I’m sorry to say) was to have a Friend Day.  This is a day that’s planned well in advance so that you have time to talk to your friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. about coming to church.  The point of the service is to have a strong evangelistic message while going out of our way to make visitors feel welcome.

There are many different ways to do a Friend Day.  One of them suggests the Pastor inviting someone from the local city with some degree of position (i.e. the Mayor, Police Chief, etc) and then showing the congregation a letter that the person will be attending.  Then the Deacons would do the same.

Three Keys to Witnessing Like an Apostle

March 18th, 2007 Viewed 1904 times, 1 so far today

The effect of the Apostles on the first century landscape was incredible.  They were able to see 3,000 people come to know Christ on Pentecost.  Everywhere they went they saw people following them, coming to Christ, and creating churches.

What is the difference between our time and theirs?  Well, there are few things that they did differently that come to mind, and I’d like to share these observations with you and see if you have some others.

They Spent A Lot of Time in Prayer

After Christ went back to Heaven he gave the Disciples a command to wait for the Spirit.  So, what did they do?  They went back to the Upper Room and prayed.  They did this constantly until the Spirit came on in power– but they didn’t stop praying.  In fact, we see through out Acts that when they were captured, they went back to where everyone was praying.  They realized that they would only be able to do what God wanted them to with His strength.

Not Meeting Expectations

August 7th, 2006 Viewed 1561 times

Battle In the SkyThis past Sunday’s message I explored the divergence between what Christ said we should expect and what we are seeing in our everyday walks with the Lord, and see if we are meeting expectations.

On the night that Jesus was betrayed, just before His prayer to the Father, He spoke words meant to encourage the disciples, but I cannot but wonder why He was saying them and what they would face. He gets done with a tremendous promise in John 15:1-11, ending on such a great note– that their joy may be full. Then his talk changes to talk of death. “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

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