The ministry is much like a roller coaster ride. It is simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying. Learn how to stay faithful and focused during the ups and downs of God’s work.
Ministry life has plenty of ups and downs with twists and turns. It is exciting until things start to get complicated, and you say to yourself, “What was I thinking?!”
In October 2019, I decided to take my three children to Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA. I realized that with the busyness of ministry and the complications with my wife’s health, we hadn’t done anything special with the children during the summer.
Six Flags had a big sale where I could get season tickets for next year (and unlimited access this year) for the price of a one day visit. It seemed like a no-brainer, so I bought the tickets and set a date.
When we drove up to the park, the first thing we could see was the steel backbones of roller coasters rising into the sky. The kids were excited and wanted to ride them first.
I must confess that I don’t really like roller coasters.
There seems to be a shortage of Christian manhood today. Where are the men of faith and action in this generation? We need courageous Christian men!
Earnest Shackleton placed this ad while looking for a crew for an Antarctic expedition. It is said that 5,000 men applied for the job. The ad understated the dangers. Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Antarctic expedition became a breathtaking tale of hardship and survival.
The response to this ad reminds us that some are drawn to seemingly impossible tasks. Mainstream Christianity is marketing the life of a Christian as a neverending party with few rules and even fewer expectations. Our Lord presented a very different concept of discipleship.
The bus ministry is one of the greatest evangelistic tools of the last 50 years. Its benefits don’t stop there. Learn three good reasons for your church to have a bus ministry.
But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
Jesus loves the little children. He wants them to come to Him.
Our Lord rebuked the disciples and taught them to allow the children access to Himself. In fact, He used a child as an example of salvation.
Children show us the way of salvation. They exhibit two qualities necessary for salvation.
If you don’t come to Christ with child-like faith, you cannot be saved.
Every church should have an outreach plan to reach children for Christ.
In our efforts to plant new churches, we must not let the ones we have die. Let’s strive to strengthen our existing churches while we plant new ones.
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
A local church is a divine organism. It is sparked to life by Christ for His people. It was His idea. He founded the local church, paid for it with His blood, and made Himself the Head of it.
Furthermore, He gives each local church His divine protection.
Every faithful assembly of believers has “Divine Perpetuity.” That’s a fancy way of saying that each church has God’s supernatural protection and can continue until Christ returns.
Don’t miss this powerful truth! A Church cannot be destroyed from outside forces. Satan cannot destroy a church from the outside. Persecution may hurt it, but it will survive. A government may outlaw it, but it will continue. An enemy may bulldoze the building, but the believers will remain. Members may be jailed or killed, but the work of God marches on.
History reveals that while outside pressure can hinder the external ministry of a church, it causes the believers to grow more committed to God and one another. This is Divine Perpetuity in action.
But wait a minute. We know that churches die. How can this happen?
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