Tag Archives: Life as a Church

Spener’s Strategy for Spiritual Renewal

Philip Jakob Spener (1635-1705 ) was a German Lutheran who ministered during a time of great spiritual decline. Among the numerous problems of the day was the common identification of Christianity with bare agreement to a set of intellectual propositions: … Continue reading

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Rich Quotes on Life as a Church

Over the past few days, I have run across several rich quotes worth deep thought, all on life as a church family: From Charles Spurgeon [sermon #2234 (1891)]: “Give yourself to the church. You that are members of the church have not … Continue reading

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Preaching as Steady, Loving, Fatherly Discipline

In the following passage, Sinclair Ferguson addresses the role of preaching in God’s fatherly discipline of his children. Do we think of the week-in, week-out preaching of Scripture in terms of a family bring brought to maturity by the Word … Continue reading

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Prayer Meeting: Pray through the Names of Christ

Beginning tonight, our church will spend our next several Wednesday Prayer Meetings praying through some of the names of the Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in the Gospel of John. For tonight I have selected three names of Christ given … Continue reading

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Prayer Meeting: Pray Through the Attributes of God

If you’re not careful, you can leave a well-intentioned prayer meeting downright discouraged. We all come in on Wednesday evening with a fair share of anxieties and burdens that are simply part of a normal week. Then, we hear about … Continue reading

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How to Make a Difference in Your Local Church

This is an outstanding list of suggestions by Kevin DeYoung, compiled from a recent message he delivered at the NEXT 2010 conference: • Find a good local church. • Get involved. • Become a member. • Stay there as long … Continue reading

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The Importance of Theology in the Life of the Church

Joe Thorn is conducting a series of weekly interviews at his blog about “experiential theology,” how the study of and knowledge of God shapes our daily living as Christian believers. He recently interviewed Baptist historian Dr. Tom Nettles, who just … Continue reading

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