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“How do you start meaningful conversations about your relationship with Jesus Christ? God gives you daily opportunities to share His love with others. You don’t have to look hard to take advantage of the right moments to help other people find the love and joy of Jesus in their lives. Do you feel nervous about the thought of talking to others about your faith? In Sharing Jesus without Freaking Out, you’ll learn how to incorporate biblical stories into conversations with the people in your life. You already have the gifts necessary to share God’s love with other people. You don’t need a memorized evangelism script or a tract handy. Simply relax, tell your story, and you might be amazed at how natural it can be to share Jesus.”
A few months ago I invited Alvin Reid to Fairview Baptist Church for our quarterly leadership training. In partnership with B&H Academic and The Baptist State Convention, this seminar on evangelism was recorded as a resource for Dr. Reid’s newest book, “Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out“. I hope these sessions challenge you and encourage you like they did our church family.
The videos can be found here: http://www.bhacademic.com/sharingjesus-teaching-videos/
I have a new article at For The Church exploring thoughts on pastoral counseling. Here is an excerpt.
“Pastoral counseling is both a privilege and burden. Paul Tripp has aptly reminded us that “We must not let ourselves become comfortable with the casual, where ministry is limited to offering general principles that would fit anyone’s story. The genius of personal ministry is that it is [deeply] personal…This means that effective, God-honoring, heart-changing personal ministry is dependent on a rich base of personal information. You cannot minister well to someone you do not know” (Instruments In The Redeemers Hands, 165). The nature of pastoral ministry, true biblical shepherding, means that we will know more about those in our congregations than others will. Sometimes that knowledge deeply affects us as pastors. In heavy pastoral counseling situations, we must understand that grief will often accompany us as we journey with the counselee towards healing. We need to have an intentional plan for our own health, and the counselees good. Having a plan can help forge a path to walk with a hurting church member towards hope. More importantly, we must intentionally walk them towards our only hope, the great physician, Jesus Christ. So when we weep, we weep with perspective. When we weep, we do not weep as those who have no hope. As pastors, it is important that we cast all of our pastoral burdens on God, because he cares for us, just like he cares for those under our spiritual care (1 Pet. 5:7).”
Read the whole thing at For The Church.
I recently wrote a series of devotionals through Isaiah for LifeWay.
Advent is a special and important time to reflect on the birth of Jesus and everything Jesus came to do. The goal for using the devotionals,
- Draw your family closer around the birth of Christ
- Help you develop fresh appreciation for why Christ came
- Adopt a purpose- and mission-filled approach to the busy Christmas season.
I encourage you to not only use it for your family but to share it with other families in your study groups.
If you are planning on being at the NC Baptist State Convention, consider participating in a gathering for Young Pastors?
The purpose being, to connect the next generation of Great Commission-minded SBC pastors in the state of North Carolina.
This gathering will be focused on building relationships, learning from each other, and discussing how we can steward our future together. The discussion will center around questions like:
- Where do you go for resources, tips, and training?
- How are you developing leaders in your church?
- How do you keep yourself fresh to do ministry with a full tank?
- How are you engaging your community with the Gospel?
- How are you leading culture change in your church?
- What is the best way for us to cooperate to strengthen our future?
After the gathering, you can grab dinner and return to the convention hall to hear David Platt preach the convention sermon.
B&H Publishing and Crossway are providing free books (a $55 value) for each attendee.
- Exalting Jesus in Revelation (Christ-Centered Commentary), by Danny Akin
- The SBC and the 21st Century: Reflection, Renewal, and Recommitment, edited by Jason Allen
- Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus, by Mark Dever
- More to come…
There will also be light snacks! To sign up for the meeting, click on the link below.
What does Jonah have to do with Jesus? Here is one thought…
“The good news of the gospel is that Jesus has provided a way of salvation. Jesus (though He did not deserve it like Jonah did) hurled himself into the storm of God’s wrath so that you and I might be saved. When Jesus sunk to the depths of death on our behalf, he made it possible for us to arrive safely on the shore of eternity. That is not only good news for us; it’s also good news for those around us.”
Today our church celebrated her 26th anniversary! During our time of worship, my sermon focused on our mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ”. This story captures the relational nature of that mission.
By the power of God, equipped with the word of God, the people of God can accomplish the mission of God.
There is something special about pastoring a local church.
Being called to shepherd a local congregation and being a part of a particular church family is a blessing.
In the American church we often hold the megachurch pastors in high esteem becuase of the breadth of their influence. This is something we can be thankful for, if they steward their influence well.
However, let us not forget that the depth of ministry in a local community – through a local congregation – is a powerful witness to the kingdom of God.
While local church ministry happens in obscurity, it has profound implications on eternity.
In the past few years I have come to appreciate the ministry of Eugene Peterson. His writings have profoundly shaped my pastoral imagination.
Take a few minutes and watch this video from Nav Press and you will see why. Also, if you have not read any of Peterson’s books – I encourage you to do so. Here is a link to his Amazon Author’s Page.