DISCIPLESHIP: THE BEDROCK FOR CHURCH GROWTH

“Then Jesus came to them and said “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) INTRODUCTION: Discipleship is the heartbeat of God. Christ did not come to make “Christians; rather He came to…

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7 CAUTIONS ABOUT CHURCH GROWTH

I start this post with a caveat: I believe in the historical understanding of Church Growth, marked by evangelism that necessarily resulted in disciples in the local church. I affirm, for example, the words of church growth writers Donald McGavran and Win Arn from the 1970s: “. we deceive ourselves if we believe that a person who has made a decision for Christ, who has prayed, ‘I accept Jesus Christ into my life,’ has truly become a disciple. We must make sure that he or she really follows Christ, really…

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11 SIGNS OF A FAMILY-CONTROLLED CHURCH.

I assume it’s clear that I’m using “family-run” as a negative for churches. I’ve known great families that have much positive influence in the church, and I thank God for those kinds of families. On the other hand, I’ve also seen the negative side of “family-run” churches. In actual fact, many modern churches are operated as “husband-wife gospel church”.Here are some signs of that kind of church: 1. A significant number of members are related to this family. I’ve seen some smaller churches where more than 80% of the members…

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Church and Surrounding Culture

The Church and Surrounding Culture

It is not new to hear popular preachers and some church leaders say that Christians, Muslims and pagans are serving the same God. The mix up and difference between the appearance and behaviours of Christians and the society is very thin simply because the church seen to have neglected her culture according to the Bible. Of course, the church is not in the world to antagonize traditional or surrounding culture, but she is here to influence individuals with kingdom culture so they can in turn influence surrounding culture. Unfortunately, the…

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THE NUMBER ONE CHANGE YOU NEED TO MAKE

When I was a teenager and newly saved Christian, my soul winner taught me to have a daily devotional time with God. This has become the single most important habit in my life, and I’m convinced no one can grow as a Christian without it. I memorized Proverbs 8:34 when I was just 18: “Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.” I started getting up early and finding a place to pray in the one room apartment I…

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6 Ways to Grow in 2020

6 Ways to Grow in 2020

The last words the apostle Peter wrote in the Bible are priceless. He said: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and forever. Amen” (2 Pet. 3:18 ). Peter’s plea to the first disciples still screams out to us today: “Grow!” Remember, a disciple who was up and down in his faith, wrote this exhortation. In his early years, Peter bravely confessed that Jesus was the messiah one minute and then denied Him the next. But…

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LESSONS IN THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF EVANGELIST REINHARD BONNKE

LESSONS IN THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF EVANGELIST REINHARD BONNKE

It’s fact that death came calling for you a few days back, after being a great witness for our Lord Jesus over the last four decades. Dear evangelist, adieu! Have a very deserved rest at the blossom of your Lord, whom you love passionately and preach to the world enthusiastically over these years. We shall meet at the feet of the Master,in not too long from now! I heard about him first in the middle 80s, was fascinated by his wonderful messages with storytelling abilities. Actually, I used and still…

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ELIZABETH: MODEL PRIEST’S WIFE

ELIZABETH MODEL PRIEST’S WIFE

Over the years, there had been lots of controversies as to who is an ideal priest’s wife, her person, role in the life, ministry and church of the husband. Lots of teachings, practices and emphasis have led to further confusion. Thereby causing too many erroneous actions in the lives of many modern life of pastors, ministers and priests’ wives. A cursory examination of the life and living of Elizabeth, the wife of Zachariah, the mother of John the Baptist – the forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ, will definitely cover…

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CHURCH OF ADAM OR CHURCH OF JESUS?

CHURCH OF ADAM OR CHURCH OF JESUS?

Since 1990 or thereabout, there had been an upsurge of some crop of preachers that have started churches I refer to as ‘Church of Adam’ in our nation and continent. Before then, majority of our churches have been following the pattern of Jesus in the Bible, but since then, there had been a gradual shift from the core of Jesus’ church to a church that is more Adamic in nature. Sadly, most young preachers of today know next to nothing about the church our Lord Jesus Christ promised to build…

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