Discipleship Groups Explained

Methods come and go in the church, and perhaps more in small groups ministry than anywhere else. One of the emerging methods in the American church is the introduction of discipleship groups. If you’re wondering what they are, who is doing them, and if they’re working, keep reading. What are discipleship groups? Discipleship groups are typically…

Teaching Your Children to Love the Lord

If you have children, they are your primary disciples. These disciples will truly follow you wherever you go. For every hour our children attend church on the weekend, parents have them for 100 hours. Read that again. It would be crazy to think that in one hour, once a week the church could teach your child…

The Martyrdom of Dr. Rowland Taylor

“Good people! I have taught you nothing but God’s holy Word, and those lessons that I have taken out of God’s blessed book, the holy Bible. I have come here today to seal it with my blood.” —Dr. Rowland Taylor, 1555 Dr. Rowland Taylor was the parish clergyman of the flock in Hadley, Suffolk in the…

A Simple Template for Family Worship with Preschoolers

Family worship should be a basic discipline of a believing family. Tragically, it’s infrequently taught and modeled in American churches today. The reasons are varied, ranging from not knowing how to not having time, or simply not seeing the importance of it. Nik Ripken notes this deficiency in The Insanity of Obedience, saying, “We have…

Something True About God

“An attribute of God is whatever God has in any way revealed as being true about Himself.” – A.W. Tozer This is the third article in a series called The Knowledge of The Holy in which each article will be based around a chapter from A.W. Tozer’s book of the same name (my review). This is a…

The Incomprehensible God

“The child, the philosopher, and the religionist have all one question: ‘What is God like?’” This is the second article in a series called The Knowledge of The Holy in which each article will be based around a chapter from A.W. Tozer’s book of the same name (my review). This is a journey worth taking because…

Why We Must Think Rightly About God

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” — A.W. Tozer This is the first article in a series called The Knowledge of The Holy in which each article will be based around a chapter from A.W. Tozer’s book of the same name (my review). This is…

Why the Great Commission is for Every Believer

You will often hear that The Great Commission is for every follower of Christ, but you don’t always see that logic worked out. The immediate context of Matthew 28 shows us that Jesus is speaking directly to his disciples before ascending into heaven: Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus…

Do you take the Great Commission personally?

In Acts chapter 7, Stephen is dragged before the Sanhedrin and demanded to explain his beliefs. What follows is a sweeping history of the people of Israel, culminating in their handing over Jesus to be crucified. That didn’t go over so well, so he was dragged out of the city and stoned, becoming the first…

Why some people never mature spiritually

Spiritual maturity happens over time. That’s why most metaphors for spiritual growth in the Bible are gardening metaphors. And it follows that some people will mature at different rates than others. Some are self-learners and will seek out resources and read and grow at a much faster pace than someone who is less inclined to…