On my desk, is a smooth, black stone, about the size of my palm. On it, are engraved two words: "Begin again." The rock was a gift from my mother, and I love to look at each morning, before I get down to work. We are about to "get down to work" in the second … Continue reading MTP 8: Begin Again
In a recent article, a well-known church planting leader shared this surprising fact: "While 79% of unchurched people said they would engage in a faith conversation if asked, only 39% of Christians have shared how to accept Jesus in the past six months. That’s a wide margin by any measure. This means that over 60% … Continue reading MTP 7: Start a Conversation
In Luke, chapter 9, verses 23-25, we read this: 'And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the … Continue reading MTP 6: Getting Packed
"Disciple, disciple, disciple - I hear it a lot, but what is it?" If we don't know the answer; if we can't explain it simply to someone else, then we're stuck, right out of the gates. If we are working with several different definitions of what a disciple is, we won't all run in the … Continue reading MTP 5: A “Disciple” You Say?
Church is a team sport. If everyone gets in the game, we are in a better position to win. If half the team plays, we can guarantee that we'll lose. You've been chosen to be part of God's team, and each of you are needed, because you bring different gifts - different abilities - to … Continue reading MTP 4: Calm the Fears – Calm the Storm
Hear these words from the 16th chapter of Matthew's Gospel: 'He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on … Continue reading MTP 3: On the Go
In 2 Corinthians, chapter 3, Paul writes this: "You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets … Continue reading MTP 2: You Are My Letter