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Reality Check for Church Planters/Pastors

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Jesus does four important things that anyone called to church planting or pastoring must consider:

1. Jesus reveals Himself to us. Of course, part of that journey involves us struggling with the questions of who this Jesus is. The disciples had to travel the same path. Ultimately, the church planter has to know who Jesus is and the priority He must have over everything and everyone else.

2. Jesus tells you who YOU are. You will never understand who you are until you know who Jesus is. It is from Him and Him alone that you get your identity. In certain circles, Peter is considered the foundation upon which the church or “ekklesian” (as the Gk. reads). But “Peter” means “little rock” or a piece of a larger stone. That’s it. Like Peter, every church planter is merely a “piece” of the foundation (cf. Ephesians 2:20). Hmmmmm…..

3. Jesus, not the planter builds the church. This might be the biggest kept secret in the world of personality-driven ministry circles. Yet, the bottom line is that Jesus is the One building the Church. This should encourage planters to go the Master Builder and not the latest, hottest conference (btw, I really like church planting conferences) every time the sun rises.

4. The church Jesus builds is on the offensive and prevails against the enemy. The church is supposed to be advancing the kingdom of God, not waiting to get sucker-punched by the devil. We don’t react; we create. We don’t succumb to the wiles of the kingdom of darkness; we live out the kingdom here and fulfill the Great Commission.

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September 1, 2011 at 1:15 am

Ed Stetzer-Are You a Church Planter?

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Thanks to Ed Stetzer for permission to embed a very helpful presentation on church planters.

The Exchange June 2011 – Are You a Church Planter? from Ed Stetzer on Vimeo.

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August 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm

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Sun Stand Still: Chapter 1

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Some highlights from my NOOK version of SST:

  • “….if you’re not daring to believe God for the impossible, you’re sleeping through some of the best parts of your Christian life”
  • “…if the size of your vision for your life isn’t intimidating to you, there’s a good chance it’s insulting to God”
  • “Faith isn’t a Get Out of Hell Free card. It’s the most vital building block of your relationship with God.”
  • “…faith is not a drug to sedate you through the life you hate.”

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September 26, 2010 at 7:07 pm

The Book Report: Sun Stand Still

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I just ordered the e-book of Steven Furtick’s Sun Stand Still and will be posting highlights from each chapter as well as some personal insights about the chapter.

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September 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm

New Church Plant!

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A big shout out to Maggie Mraz and her husband Paul as they plant Bull City Vineyard Church in Durham, NC. God, do mighty works in that place and glorify Your name through this ministry.

Check them out:

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September 15, 2010 at 12:58 am

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3 Questions Every Dead Church Must Answer

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If a church is on life support, there are three questions the leadership must ask and answer:

1. What’s right? (What’s worth holding on to)
2. What’s wrong? (What must go in order to be revived spiritually and grow)
3. What’s next? (What to do with the answer to the first two questions)

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June 1, 2010 at 1:26 am

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The Mandate of the Church

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Luke 4:18-19

Jesus’ prophetic proclamation of His purpose was not meant strictly for His time.  As His ambassadors, we must follow Him, doing only what He hear from the Spirit of the Lord.  We can glean some of the divine purposes that the Lord Jesus Christ has for His Church.

  1. We the Church must rely on the power and leading of the Holy Spirit.
  2. We the Church must understand that we have been anointed and appointed for a God-ordained task
  3. We must preach the gospel faithfully
  4. We must recognize the targets of God’s grace:

1.      The poor

2.      The brokenhearted

3.      The bound

4.      The oppressed

E.      We must recognize our responsibilities:

1.      To preach the Word

2.      To bring healing

3.      To bring liberation

4.      To be agents of recovery and restoration

5.      To bring a message of divine favor

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December 22, 2009 at 3:07 pm