Spiritual Gifts

What Does the Bible Say About Evangelism?

What does the Bible actually say about evangelism? What is the average Christian’s responsibility with regards to evangelism? Each of our Sunday evening get-togethers this summer has ended up being like practical training on how to verbally share the gospel with somebody – but we haven’t really looked at all the Bible has to say …

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My Way, Your Way, God’s Way

Christians disagree with whether there is a specific spiritual gift of evangelism somehow distinct from the office of evangelist or apostle (Ephesians 4:11). (Here’s one such article.) Regardless of one’s interpretation, it is certain that all Christians are called to be witnesses for Christ and to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). However, each of …

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Church Membership Employs the Holy Spirit

Why is church membership important? One big reason is that it employs the Holy Spirit. I once developed some teaching materials based in 1 Corinthians 12 about the spiritual gifts. At the end of each lesson, I wanted to point the students toward something practical they could do in discerning their unique spiritual giftedness. After …

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Just Be You

Some time back I read Rosaria Butterfield’s book The Gospel Comes with a House Key. It is one I would recommend as food for thought. However, from my own observations and from conversations I’ve had with others, it can come across as very guilt-inducing. Besides pastoring a church, she and her husband are foster parents, …

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