Five Principles of Community-Based, Gospel-Centered Mutual Care

Tim Chester and Steve Timmis in Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission give five principles of community-based, gospel-centered, mutual pastoral care that are very helpful in answering the question, “What does everyday pastoral care look like?” And just as a preface, “pastoral care is not the sole responsibility of pastors anymore than evangelism is the sole…

Five Principles of Community-Based, Gospel-Centered Mutual Care

Tim Chester and Steve Timmis in Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission give five principles of community-based, gospel-centered, mutual pastoral care that are very helpful in answering the question, “What does everyday pastoral care look like?” And just as a preface, “pastoral care is not the sole responsibility of pastors anymore than evangelism is the sole…

10 Important Questions To Ask When Considering A Church

  Joshua Harris wrote a fantastic little book entitled Stop Dating The Church: Fall In Love With The Family Of God, where he walks through the beauty of the local church and the expectation that God puts forth in His Word that believers be connected to a local church. To that end, here are ten questions he gives…

Pastor, do you labor for your people?

Paul tells us in Colossians 2:1-2, “For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of…

Jesus loves the church

Here are some brief thoughts on a biblical understanding of the church from a Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling: The church is one (Eph 4:3-6) The church is one body with many functions; each member has a purpose (Rom 12:4-8; 1 Cor 12-14) Together, Christians comprise God’s household, in which the Spirit of God lives…

Assessing God’s Call To Ministry Externally And Internally

Here’s a quote from Charles Bridges’ book The Christian Ministry that addresses both the external and internal call to ministry. Bridges writes, The external call is a commission received from and recognized by the Church…not indeed qualifying the Minister, but accrediting him, whom God had internally and suitably qualified. This call communicates therefore only official authority.…