If You Aren’t Fishing, You Aren’t Following

How many of you have ever gone fishing? As Christians, Jesus calls us to be fishers of men. As I read the Bible, especially the Book of Acts, it is clear to me that God desires His Church would grow. His desire is not that the church would stagnate, it is not that the church would […]

The Advance of the Gospel: Part 2 (Philippians 1:12–26)

God sometimes uses strange tools to help us pioneer the Gospel. In Paul’s case, there were three tools that helped him take the Gospel to the elite guards, Caesar’s special troops. In Part 1, we looked at the first tool: Paul’s chains. Now, we will consider the next two tools. Paul’s Critics (1:15–19) It is […]

The Advance of the Gospel: Part 1 (Philippians 1:12–26)

Paul wanted to go to Rome as a preacher, but instead he went as a prisoner! He could have written a long letter about that experience alone. Instead, he sums it all up as “the things which happened to me” (1:12). The record of these things is given in Acts 21:17–28:31 and it begins with […]

Developing a Burden for Lost People (Luke 16:19-31)

What if you could spend 30 seconds in heaven and 30 seconds in hell? Which of the two do you think would give you a greater burden for lost people: the glory and majesty of heaven or seeing and hearing those in agony in hell? Today, we are going to consider two things we need […]

The Gospel, Missions, and Evangelism

Over the years, I have observed and been involved with many churches – some grew; most did not.  I noticed very few churches experienced growth.  Most came to the place where they plataued, both spiritually and numerically, and then they would gradually decline.  The more I saw this the greater my discontentment became with the […]