There are two primary ways to parent kids. One strategy is to focus behavior modification. This is by far the leading and most popular approach. More than anything else, behavior modification wants children to obey, or at least be quiet, or be still, or whatever will bring us peace. So we count to three, raise … Continue reading Two Very Different Parenting Strategies
In John 1:20, John the Baptizer makes a profound denial. Peter had denied knowingthe Christ. But here, John denies being the Christ, saying firmly, “I am NOT the Christ.” Hmmm… That just may be a new mantra for me. Not that I would ever be confused with Jesus. However, my flesh wants the glory of Jesus, and longs to be … Continue reading “I am Not the Christ”
In the gospel he authored, John calls himself, “the disciple Jesus loves.” Interesting. Did he mean that Jesus did not love the others? Not at all. He knew better. However, his own self-perception was wrapped up in being loved by Jesus. And so rather than mention himself by name, he uses that rather stunning description … Continue reading The Disciple Jesus Loves
The Bible talks about “walking with God.” I suppose this means that as I live each day, I am to be in conscious fellowship with him who is with me—really with me, as if we were walking down the road together. It’s better than a “Quiet Time” (as very profitable and essential as focused, daily … Continue reading Walking with Jesus
April 14, 2013 • Listen here: I Pledge Allegiance (Acts 4:1-31) How does the idea of pledging allegiance to Jesus alter my concept of “being a Christian?” What key factors presented in this passage enable me to maintain allegiance to Jesus when that allegiance is tested? Is it possible to have an uncompromising faith without … Continue reading I Pledge Allegiance • Acts 4:1-31 (Sermon)
This Sunday we are going to study Acts 4:1-31, a passage that reveals in dramatic fashion what it looks like to pledge one's allegiance to Jesus. Two men, Peter and John (along with a man who had been miraculously healed) are prepared to die for the testimony about Jesus as the crucified and risen Messiah. … Continue reading How Far Would You Go?
We came across this simple, biblical, gospel-centered, Jesus-focused devotional recently and are using it individually and as a family. Here is what we're doing. 1. In the morning, everyone reads the short devotion and Scripture and prays over the theme privately. 2. In the evening, whether at dinner or before bed, we are gathering back … Continue reading New Family Devotional
Today, I had my annual health screening at Perimeter. Hopefully, I passed. But it wasn't my only health appointment. The first was physical, but the second was spiritual. After all, nobody needs the gospel more in a church than the lead pastor. So, in 2013, Kristy and I are continuing to act on that belief … Continue reading Physical Health, Spiritual Health and a Discipleship Clinic
I just across a book, Give Up the Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry From an Entertainment Culture, that echos a need for youth ministry that I have sensed for quite a while. Here is a blurb from the author, Brian Cosby: "All too often, youth programs have turned to entertainment-driven models of ministry in order to … Continue reading Give Up the Gimmicks: A New (Old) Way to Disciple Youth
Thanks to Craig Salee for sending me to Mike Breen's blog, where he says that the mission of the church will fail without a conscious, intentional focus on discipleship. Here is a quote: "There is a reason so many movements in the Western church have failed in the past century: They are a car without an … Continue reading Mission and Discipleship
This past week we began men's and women's DiG Groups. DiG stands for Discipled in Grace, and doubles as a metaphor for "digging" deeply into the gospel. Anyway, one of the foundational principles that we are working with is the fact that the law-gospel paradigm is a two-edged sword. The law tells me that I … Continue reading Don’t Underestimate Either Sin or the Spirit
Check out these "two ways" of following Jesus. In our DiG Groups, we will attempt to move from the left to the right. It is going to be quite the journey! Click here to register for a Creekstone DiG Group. Click on the image for a larger view.
Thanks to Johnny Long, my Paul of sorts, for such great blogging fodder in his Grace4Life course, which is the curriculum for Creekstone's DiG Groups. Click on the picture for a larger view.
The Wednesday DiG Groups are now scheduled to meet from 6:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m. at the church offices on the square (rather than 8:00-9:30 p.m.). The men's DiG Group, led by McKay Caston, begins THIS WEDNESDAY, Sept. 8. If there is enough interest in two men's DiG Groups, we will have an early group that meets at 6:30 p.m., … Continue reading DiG Group Time Change
Are You Ready to DiG into the Gospel?Register online here. DiG is a twice-monthly gathering in a small group context that stands for "Discipled in Grace." These in-depth study groups will meet from Sept.-May, with a break in December. Due to the nature and purpose of these groups, attendance is expected for those who register (except for unique, providentially hindering … Continue reading Are You Ready to DiG? Register now — Groups begin next week!
via theresurgence.com This video, by church planter Darrin Patrick, is a call for men to grow up and be men—to live out the radical implications of the gospel in all phases of life... at home and in the community. It is a challenge for us to establish a movement of grace empowered lives in our … Continue reading A Call to Radical Discipleship — Are You In?
Just a reminder that Creekstone's Youth Discipleship (for middle school through high school) begins tonight (Wed.) at the home of Rosie and Bruce Johnson. Parents are welcome to attend. For those who are unable to stay, drop-off is at 6:30 and pick-up is at 8:00. This is going to be a time filled with … Continue reading Youth Discipleship Begins Tonight
Main ideas from last night's SNF teaching on Discipleship... 1. Chrisitan discipleship is not primarily about performance and practices (what to do as a Christian), but about identity (discovering who I am as a forgiven and adopted child of the King). 2. "Being precedes doing" / "Being empowers/motivates doing" 3. Four key elements of Christian … Continue reading Post-Game Message Review: “Discipleship 101: Living in Light of the Gospel”
Thanks to Johnny Long for formatting this article in the discipleship course, Sonship for Africa.
In 1 Timohty 6:12, the apostle Paul tells his protege Timothy to "fight the good fight of the faith." In light of this exhortation, beginning in October, I will be leading several men's groups, which we plan to call (thanks to our good friends at Acts 29) Fight Clubs. The purpose of these groups is … Continue reading Fight Clubs @ Creekstone Church
The Bible is pretty clear that parents, and fathers in particular, are called to disciple their own children. We see this from Dueteronomy 6, to Solomon's Proverbs, to Ephesians 6, where Paul writes, "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the nurture and instruction of the Lord." Yes, there … Continue reading Suggestions on Discipling Our Own Kids