People who are opposed to the gospel are not opposed to ice cream.

We are not out to make smarter sinners; we are out to make disciples.

A group of 10 that doubles every 18 months will reach 1000 in 10 years.

Greear: How to do you measure success?

In this book I want to press you to consider — whether you are a church leader or an “ordinary” Christian trying to figure out the best way to use your life — one, primary question: If you looked at every one of your blessings as “kingdom seeds,” how many of them are...

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What is legalism?

Legalism is the opposite heresy of antinomianism. Whereas antinomianism denies the significance of law, legalism exalts law above grace. The legalists of Jesus’ day were the Pharisees, and Jesus reserved His strongest criticism for them. The fundamental distortion of...

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Greear: Multiplication beats out addition every time

The second reason that churches that care about the Great Commission will devote themselves to sending is a mathematical one. Perhaps you can remember this math conundrum from middle school: If you have a choice between receiving $10,000 a day for 30 days, or getting...

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Growth without depth

When I was travelling in the 1990s in the interests of the Langham Partnership International, I would often ask an audience how they would summarize the Christian scene in the world today. I would receive a variety of answers. But when invited to give my own answer to...

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Greear: Growth involves risk

J.D. Greear wrote: Farmers in Oklahoma during the late 1930s faced an excruciating choice. Throughout the 1920s, rain had been plentiful and the harvests abundant, and many city workers had left their factory jobs in the Northeast for a chance of a fortune in the...

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How God leads

How often we assume that God is revealing His will to us through the circumstances around us, even when those circumstances aren’t pointing us toward a healthy or godly decision. When trying to discern God’s will, we often value an open door more than we value truth....

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Why church guests return

To be fair, in our study of first-time church guests, we heard from a number of them who had really pleasant experiences, and decided to return. Let’s look at the top ten responses from the perspective of the happy guest. Some of them are just the opposite of the ten...

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Why church guests don’t return

Most church members have forgotten what it’s like to be a first-time guest. They now have established relationships in the church. They love their church. Their biases tell them their church is great. But many church members and leaders are wrong. When we asked...

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Then God gives us His perspective: “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). God doesn’t look at...

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What is Christlikeness?

We conclude now with three practical consequences of the basis and examples for Christlikeness that we have considered. Christlikeness and the mystery of suffering Of course suffering is a huge subject in itself, and there are many ways in which Christians try to...

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No peanut butter allowed

Several months ago I was conversing with a man I greatly admire. He is a Christian leader in a position that carries with it heavy and extensive responsibility. He said he was grieved on behalf of a missionary family he and his wife had known for years. The legalism...

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A group is not (just) a group Small group leaders need to move beyond being teachers who dispense information to passive listeners to being facilitators who encourage the exchange of dialogue and discussion among all group members (see figure 5.2). It is important to...

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