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Archive for May, 2009

We’re in the middle of a three week discussion about Jesus as Prophet, Priest, and King.Mark Driscoll helps us understand how the prophet, priest, and king motif works with leadership. Very much worth your time – you’ll get some clarity about how the elders and staff operate.

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If you wanna know what we’re after in preaching as a church, John Piper provides a really helpful explanation. I love this:

If you’re used to a twenty-minute, immediately practical, relaxed talk, you won’t find that from what I’ve just described.

  • I preach twice that long;
  • I do not aim to be immediately practical but eternally helpful;
  • and I am not relaxed.

I am standing vigilantly on the precipice of eternity speaking to people who this week could go over the edge whether they are ready to or not. I will be called to account for what I said there.

You can read the rest here – or watch it below. Scott Thomas also posted about characteristics of good preaching here.

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This Sunday, we’re starting a short three-week teaching series entitled, ‘Who Is Jesus?’ I can’t tell you how thankful I am that the consistent feedback we receive from people who visit and land as part of Christ Church is that we’re a people and place who think that Jesus is a big deal. Truth is, he’s all we’ve got – as the Heidelberg Catechism puts it, our only hope in life and in death is that we belong to Jesus.

Unfortunately, one of the things that can happen when you talk about anything over a long period of time is that the thing that once shined with such luster becomes common and stale. So we need seasons like this where we brush up on what we know about who Jesus is and why that matters to any of us.

If you’ve been looking for a good time to bring someone with you to one of our worship gatherings, this would be a great week to invite them.

See you Sunday at 9:30 to pray before the worship gathering starts at 10:00.

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Assessing where we’re at: Discouraging

Watching where we’re going: Unbelievably exciting and encouraging.

First the hard part…from Chris Walker:

Gene Getz in his book, Sharpening the Focus of the Church, lists some helpful questions to clarify the church’s purpose in evangelism.

  1. Is our church concerned about its immediate community? Are we reaching people for Christ? Or, are we substituting a program of foreign missions and neglecting those who live within the context of our local witness?
  2. Are we active “as a body” in local church evangelism? Are we providing backdrop against which individual evangelism can take place? Or do we expect individual Christians to witness in a vacuum?
  3. Are we substituting the “church gathered” as the primary place to “preach the gospel,” rather than a place to develop Christians and serve as a dynamic example of Christian love and unity to the world? Are we using the “church gathered” as a place where non-Christians can “come” to get saved rather than a bridge to the world?
  4. Are we reaching whole households with the gospel, concentrating first on reaching parents? Or are we substituting a program of child and youth evangelism for adult evangelism?
  5. Are we discovering and recognizing those in the church who feel especially called to evangelism, and are we encouraging them in their community and worldwide witness through moral and financial support?
  6. Are new believers integrated into the life of the local church as soon as possible?
  7. Are we utilizing contemporary strategies and approaches to community and worldwide evangelism, that are distinctive and unique to our particular twenty-first century problems in reaching people for Christ?

The good stuff…

As a church, we believe that we are missionaries living in community empowered by the gospel. That’s our identity – but it’s an identity that we are growing into. So rather than wallowing in despair because we’re not doing well in the above assessment, I’m really stoked about how God is already at work, helping to motivate and teach us how to live this way.

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I’m reading – and my mind is churning over – Skye Jethani’s The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity. Ed Stetzer recently did an interview with Skye that produced this quote:

We’ve embraced the mission of Christ, but we simply cannot wrap our minds around how to do what Jesus envisions.

That sentence pretty much sums up my life and our story as a church.

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One of our great challenges as a church is to approach community as a way of life, not just as a disconnected series of events. We are finding this to be a rich discovery that sometimes threatens to leave people behind.

Apparently we’re not alone – from Bob Thune, Lead Pastor of Coram Deo in Omaha:

When we planted Coram Deo, we made the radical assumption that people would actually be willing to pursue intentional community. Perhaps this assumption was faulty. Though many people in our church have made intentional decisions to be in community with one another, many others have not. The objections are generally the same: busyness, crazy work or school schedules, family obligations. But could it be that what keeps us from community is not that we are “too busy,” but that we are simply not disciplined?

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Will Henderson came this past Sunday and shared his heart for the local church and church planting. He and his wife Nerida are in Atlanta wrapping up a yearlong church-planting residency before heading back to their native Australia to plant an Acts 29 church in Brisbane.


Here is the: Interview.

Check out his blog :

http://williamhenderson.blogspot.com/

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