Beware the dangers of Christian Pharisaism

Michael Green in the following quote urges us not to fall into the same trap the Pharisees of Jesus' day did. It makes sobering reading, and the rest of the section is worth buying this book for alone!A graphic description of Pharisaism (23:1–12)The teachers of the law and the Pharisees have, says Jesus, a God-given teaching authority: they sit in Moses’ seat (1), and are to be respected for their teaching role in the synagogue. The same applies to Christian ministers, in Matthew’s day or … [Read more...]

TOAM10 – Scott Marques on the forceful advance of the Kingdom of God

As we gathered to worship, here at the Newfrontiers Together On A Mission conference, once again God blessed us with a sweet sense of His presence. Drawing away from the challenges of daily life and to a crowd of thousands of people, it is amazing how God intimately connects with us as individuals. A prophetic word came about our expectations of what God would say and do here. We were asked to lay down those expectations and look for him in unexpected ways. We were urged not to miss what God … [Read more...]

GUEST POST- Phil Moore on Holy Joe

This post is an extract from Straight to the Heart of Matthew:HOLY JOE (1:18-25)“Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.” (Matthew 1:19)In June 2009, the American financier Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison. For almost two decades, his Madoff Securities had offered a mouth-watering 10% return on investments, but he had been uncovered as a fraudster. Even though his company loo … [Read more...]

GUEST POST – Straight to the heart of Matthew

It is a real joy for me to lend my blog over the next few days to extracts from my friend Phil Moore's new series of books that aim to get "Straight to the Heart" of the Bible's message. I commended these books as follows:Want to understand the Bible better? Don't have the time or energy to read complicated commentaries? The book you have in your hand could be the answer. Allow Phil Moore to explain and then apply God's message to your life. Think of this book as the Bible's message … [Read more...]

Why your church doesn’t feel like family

Mark Driscoll is at his very best in the following clip. Ever wondered how family and mission entwine, especially in a growing church where you don't know anyone? Ever wished for more intimacy and a greater relational feel in your church? Ever felt neglected and rejected in your church? Ever felt like your church was not your home? Watch this clip and be prepared to be blown away. I love the way he begins: Family is a category of relationship that the world knows nothing about. What's better … [Read more...]

Raised With Christ Study Group Session Two

I know not everyone who wanted to join the study group  has had a chance to answer last week's questions, but I was eager to get part two up today. I only just made it!  Please feel free to pop back to last week to catch up, or just jump in right here.  I am also very interested in any suggestions for additional study questions that might be helpful in a small group setting. On advantage of this online setting is that we do not all have to be online at the same time to join a study group.  I wil … [Read more...]

Matt Chandler at 300 leaders: None but Jesus

This is the first session of our recent 300 leaders conference with Matt Chandler. If you enjoy it, I am sure you would also enjoy being with us for Piper in just a few weeks. My notes from this session are beneath the video.Watch on vimeo or download the audio.Chandler took us to some verses from Matthew 28 that he said we should all be familiar with "or you probably shouldn't be a leader!" Matt explained that the idea of church building was easy to celebrate but getting there … [Read more...]

Video sermon on the gospel by Matt Chandler

About ten days ago, Matt Chandler preached the following sermon at Jubilee Church in London.  In it he preaches the gospel, focusing in on the parable of the prodigal son from Luke's gospel.  Many readers will remember seeing Matt's "Jesus wants the battered rose" illustration. If you want to see that illustration in context this is a good video.  It is vital that Christian's expose themselves to clear gospel teaching often. This talk will make fresh for you the wonderful good news of Jesus' de … [Read more...]

Jesus is better

When a pastor tells you that a certain passage of Scripture has been one of the most influential on his life, and is among the most precious to him you take notice. When he says that it is a passage he thinks about, or makes reference to almost every week your ears should prick up. When he then spends just a few minutes explaining why that is so it is well worth watching. This excerpt from Jubilee's service last Sunday is Tope Koleoso introducing communion and explaining why only one thing is … [Read more...]

Is John's Gospel the Best Book to Give a Non-Christian?

How It Works « The Light Project is a unique service for a local church. For $1 per house they will distribute free copies of John's gospel on your behalf with the church's contact information included on the gospel. At the moment this is a USA-only service. It looks like an interesting idea. I have often thought about which gospel may be best to hand a non-Christian. It might well be the case that one gospel or another might be better for different kinds of people.  But Moody and Torrey had s … [Read more...]


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