In The Forgotten Ways, Alan Hirsch says that the missional church “is a community of God’s people that defines itself, and organizes its life around, the real purpose of being an agent of God’s mission to the world. In other words, the church’s true and authentic…Continue
Unless you are a church where all of the young people leave to go see their parents, your highest worship attendance this year will most likely be on Easter. I would guess that the average church receives at least a 20% bump in…Continue
Added by James Nored on April 21, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments
The Story of Redemption is an eight part evangelistic Bible study that I have written to help lead unchurched, postmodern people to faith in Jesus Christ. This story is largely narrative in form, which is appropriate for many reasons. 
The more that the missional understanding is taking hold, the more this understanding causes us to rethink all of our daily lives and church life and practice. Mission was once relegated to a side ministry of the church. In…Continue
Added by James Nored on April 14, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Back in 2008, David Laubach presented some statistics at the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Prague. There he stated that church attendance was stagnant or declining in 75% of churches in America. Of the remaining churches, 24% of churches were “growing” by getting members from the declining churches. Only 1% of churches are growing from reaching the unchurched.…Continue
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If your church one day ceased to exist, what would people in the community say?
When I first heard this question years ago, it struck me. Perhaps it was because most churches I was a part of growing up seemed to be little known in the community. …Continue
In our fellowship, usually the only thing that people ask about to determine if someone is Christian and part of the body of Christ is, have they been baptized?
There are several problems with this, but the one that comes to mind right now has to do with Mormonism. Mormons baptize. They even immerse and baptize for the forgiveness of sins. Are they…Continue
Added by James Nored on April 5, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments
In the Old Testament, God's Spirit was given only to select leaders. In the New Testament, however, it is clear that the Spirit of God has been given to all of God's people. On the Day of Pentecost, the Spirit was outpoured:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see…
Last night I got this message from a contact form on our website:
"I've recently moved to McKinney and I'm looking for a new church home and would like to visit this Sunday if possible. I didn't know if notice was necessary? Any info would be helpful. Please feel free to email…
In Matthew 28:18-20 we find what is typically referred to as "The Great Commission." Here it is:
19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of…Continue
Added by James Nored on April 1, 2011 at 1:59pm — No Comments