Discussion-based Lessons

Discussion-based lessons have groups talking and changing. We are changed more by what we say than what we hear. "Instead SPEAKING the truth (not just hearing the truth) we will grow." Ephesians 4.15

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Loving God; Loving People

First, Jesus distinguished the first and second commandment. He said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as...

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Ten Characteristics of Secular People

George Hunter in his book How to Reach Secular People identifies “Ten Characteristics of Secular People.” They are as follows: They are essentially ignorant of basic Christianity. They are “ignostics”; that is, they are simply ignorant of biblical information. They...

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Can a church be TOO friendly?

About one out of seven guests told us, surprisingly, they did not return because the people were too friendly. Some noted that issue in the context of the stand-and-greet time, while others said it was an issue at all points in the church. “I came away worn out from...

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Top Nine Ways Churches Drive Away First-time Guests

Unfriendly church members. This response was anticipated. But the surprise was the number of respondents who included non-genuine friendliness in their answers. In other words, the guests perceived some of the church members were faking it. Unsafe and unclean...

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What is Heaven Like

Most human beings believe in an afterlife. And in most cases, this belief involves a good place and a bad place. If you’re a good person, and you embrace the right beliefs, you go to the good place. If you’re not, and you don’t, you go to the bad place. Seems simple...

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Eternity is Now in Session

I have a sign on the back wall of my office that I look at first thing every morning when I sit down at my desk. In large block letters, it echoes something my good friend Dallas Willard used to say: “Eternity Is Now in Session.” God is not waiting for eternity to...

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A simple solution to a better guest experience at church

 “Where’s the Beef?” In 1984 the hamburger chain Wendy’s introduced a commercial that became an instant classic. In the early releases, the commercial portrayed an elderly woman looking at a hamburger from a competitor of Wendy’s. The meat in the burger was...

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What is a Disciple?

It might sound boring, but at a fundamental level, God wants the exact same thing from you and me as He has wanted from every other person who names the name of Jesus as Lord: He wants us to truly follow Jesus. To be His disciples. That was, after all, the marching...

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Should your church stand and greet guests?

Nine out of ten guests do not like the stand-and-greet time in church services! What is that? Why are there such major differences between the preferences and opinions of the members and the preferences and opinions of the guests? The guests addressed this issue in...

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How to muzzle a talker

It is a sin to bore people with the gospel

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