Tag Archives: house church

Disciple Making Urgency and the Kingdom of God

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Whether it is a cricket match between England and Australia or two teams playing in the Super Bowl- we like to pick a side.  Who are you cheering for? The same is true in many other aspects of life. Disciple making urgency or transformational discipleship? Which is more important? Put more simply- what matters most? Getting people saved or transformed?

Both-And Not Either-Or

Many Kingdom priorities are not either/or issues.  Instead, they are very much both/and.  Jesus is both God and man.  We must both love God and also love our neighbor.  Our human tendency, however, is to put ourselves into one camp or the other on theological issues. read more

No Fruit Yet? 4 Ways to Stay Motivated

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When we work hard but don’t quickly see results, it’s just plain difficult.  We need to know how to stay motivated in disciple making and evangelism while we wait for the fruit to come.

Lessons From Our Superheros

“With great power comes great responsibility,”

says Uncle Ben in the Spider-Man movie.

I love that quote. I can see the scene in my head and hear his voice. It’s an “Aha” moment for young Spider-Man. I guess that I just like superheroes.

These champions inspire us.  They help us to dream of what might be possible, with a little superhuman strength. read more

The Struggle to Believe for Disciple Making Movements

Do you ever struggle for faith that disciple making movements are possible? Or possible in your place? Or possible through you?  I certainly have.  I’m not proud of it, but it is true.

Sometimes in what Michael Hyatt calls the “messy middle” we stop believing.  The “messy middle” is a place between the vision’s beginning and it’s realization. It’s the place where we wonder if our dream is possible.

My Struggle For Faith

There was a long “messy middle” for me.  It was 20 years from when I heard about DMMs (back then we spoke of multiplying daughter and grand-daughter churches) and the time I first saw 4th generation groups.  On that journey, I often wanted to quit. I regularly doubted it could happen. read more

What NOT to Depend on in Disciple Making

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Discipleship, especially when you are wanting to make true disciple makers, is a process that can seem long and difficult.  We often look for shortcuts.

Have you ever found yourself trying to go somewhere fast and then decided to take a shortcut? You see this little lane and you are pretty sure it will cut through to the main road? “I’ll go for it,” you think.  It seems like a good idea that will save you time and get you there faster.

As you are driving along on your motorbike or in your car, suddenly, the road narrows and there is a huge truck parked in the road. You can’t get by because the road is too narrow.  That has happened to me more than once. Another time, I came up the road and suddenly found a big pile of rocks dumped in the road for the construction of a nearby building. Then there were the times I took a shorter road but hit an avalanche. When this happens, you back up, turn around, and by the time you get back to where you started from, you are frustrated, annoyed and it is 15 minutes later but you are still at the same place. read more

Advent Thoughts: Who Did God Use?

Who does God delight to reveal Himself to?  Who does He so often choose to spread His message of love? Is it the qualified and trained? Or the ordinary person?

This Advent season, I’ve been reading again the incredible story of Jesus’ birth.  There is so much to be amazed about, to ponder and think about in this story.

Today I asked myself the question: If I were the Messiah coming to earth, who would I first announce my arrival to?

I’d probably look for people of influence, good communicators, people who are believable and have credibility.  I’d want to choose those who are well-educated and could clearly and eloquently articulate the message of my coming. read more

Give the “Best Jesus presents” in 2017!

It’s His birthday that we celebrate each year on December 25th, right?  He should definitely be given a birthday gift.  The question is what?  What do you give to the One who made it all?  What would really make His birthday a party in Heaven?

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In Luke 15, we find three very similar stories; the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son.  Each of these stories ends with a description of what happens in Heaven when even one person repents.  Can you imagine the party in heaven if 50 people repented? What if it was a hundred?  Or 500?  That would be a pretty big angelic celebration!  I can imagine Jesus joining right in the dance!  Woohoo!  My beloved ones have come home! read more

What Makes a Church a Church?-Part 2

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Church definitions can be confusing. As a result, this question “What makes a church a church?” is an important question to ask!  Last week, in Part 1, we looked at the two primary metaphors in the New Testament used to describe the church; the Body of Christ and the Family of God.  Today we want to think about the Church’s function.

Church Definitions – House Church or Preaching Point?

In my organization, we make the end of the year reports about our church planting and discipleship progress.  We want to know how many new churches have been planted each year so we can celebrate what God has done and accurately report what has been happening.  As we do these reports, we face the question of the difference between a church and a “preaching point” or a “fellowship group.” read more

What Makes a Church a Church?-Part 1

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When people typically think of church, they think about a building, pastor, pulpit, church members, and a weekly meeting.  Sadly, this is what the definition of a church has become. Even Merriam-Webster defines the word church as “a building for public and especially Christian worship.”  This definition, though a commonly used one, is sadly not biblical.

Church – What Is It?

In the New Testament, the original Greek word for church is ekklésia.  It means those who are “called out of the world to God.”  To the Greeks it meant an assembly of people.* read more