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 https://www.youtube.com/embed/lduldVUA8-4

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The most important decision of your life

When I heard the voice come out of that little speaker, it felt like an angel was calling my name from heaven. Prior to that moment, I’d never even noticed the little speaker located on the control panel in the elevator. But for the greater part of an hour it had...

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THE POTENTIAL TO GROW AND THE FREEDOM TO DECLINE

Buildings can limit a church’s growth. If God wants to move powerfully and save thousands, they won’t fit. Buildings also limit a church’s ability to decline. If God wants to prune the church, we won’t be able to pay the bills. If our church model requires God to work...

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God gets us

On a splendid April afternoon in 2008, two college women’s softball teams—one from Oregon, one from Washington—squared off beneath the blue sky of the Cascade Mountains. Inside a chain-link fence before a hundred fans, the two teams played a decisive game. The winner...

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Costly grace

Costly grace is the hidden treasure in the field, for the sake of which people go and sell with joy everything they have. It is the costly pearl, for whose price the merchant sells all that he has; it is Christ’s sovereignty, for the sake of which you tear out an eye...

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Disobedience and consequences

The dismaying news is that every act of disobedience to God has a storm attached to it. This is one of the great themes of the Old Testament wisdom literature, especially the book of Proverbs. We must be careful here. This is not to say that every difficult thing that...

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Cheap grace

Cheap grace is the mortal enemy of our church. Our struggle today is for costly grace. Cheap grace means grace as bargain-basement goods, cut-rate forgiveness, cut-rate comfort, cut-rate sacrament; grace as the church’s inexhaustible pantry, from which it is doled out...

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A CASE FOR CHURCHBNB

One leader I talked to used the Hyatt hotel chain as an illustration. In 2015 Hyatt had 97,000 employees.4 By contrast, Airbnb had 2,300. Yet Airbnb had far more rooms available than Hyatt! In fact, three years later they have more rooms available than the top five...

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Can I Believe in Life After Death?

I will never forget the first time that it happened to me. I was a young pastor and had been talking to one of our church member’s friends. I didn’t know all the details, but it was obvious that he was really down on God and really down on the church. He was involved...

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In the presence of Greatness

When I was a kid, my greatest ambition was to meet Michael Jordan. I was a nine-year-old North Carolinian when he hit the game-winning shot against Georgetown to secure the second national championship for the University of North Carolina. From that point on, “Air...

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Francis Chan: Go Small

I believe God is leading a movement in this country toward simple, smaller gatherings, and I long to see this movement gain greater traction. I get so excited when I dream about the Church spreading in small, invigorating expressions that look and feel like the early...

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Grace for the Humble

God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. —1 Peter 5:5 NKJV When he wasn’t flying his private jet across the Atlantic or watching sunsets from the deck of one of his yachts, he was living a life of luxury inside his ten-thousand-square-foot Lexington...

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Francis Chan: Church Practices

Below are some of the practices we have found helpful in achieving our values. Daily Bible Readings. We want people to be obsessed with Jesus. We believe the most effective way of cultivating this is by spending time alone with God in the Scriptures daily. Our members...

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How outsiders evaluate the church

First, we learn that people outside the community of faith have a right to evaluate the church on its commitment to the good of all. The sailors are in peril. They have used what technology and religious resources they have, but these are not enough. They sense that...

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Fulfilled prophecy

As a young Christian, I didn’t know much about the Bible and knew even less about Bible prophecy, yet as I looked for answers, I soon discovered that fulfilled prophecy sets the Bible apart from all other religious writings. Fulfilled prophecy was objective, not...

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Do you have doubts?

Sometimes people in my church ask me sheepishly, “Pastor, have you ever had doubts?” I always say “no” just to mess with them. Every year I teach a class for college students at our church on the “hard” questions of the Christian faith. I started one class by saying,...

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Francis Chan: How to do church

In 2013 I gathered about twenty people at my house. I didn’t have a detailed plan, just a lot of convictions. At our first gathering, I remember saying I wanted us to be focused on pursuing everything I saw in the New Testament. I wanted to see deep familial love and...

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Your prayers have power

When a believing person prays, great things happen. —James 5:16 NCV I accompanied Denalyn on some errand running recently. We stopped at a store called OfficeMax so she could buy a calendar. As we walked through the parking lot, I pointed at the sign and said, “Honey,...

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A god of his own making

Jonah wants a God of his own making, a God who simply smites the bad people, for instance, the wicked Ninevites and blesses the good people, for instance, Jonah and his countrymen. When the real God—not Jonah’s counterfeit—keeps showing up, Jonah is thrown into fury...

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Can I trust the Bible?

Archaeological evidence supports the fact that the Bible is full of real places, people, and events throughout time. The Bible is the Word of God and not a collection of myths, fairy tales, or oral stories handed down to teach good moral lessons. Through the years,...

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WOW!

My friend Jen leads a ministry that currently disciples over 250,000 children in Africa on a weekly basis. These children actually go into unreached people groups, heal the sick, and preach the gospel. Kids! Last year (2017), these children shared the gospel with 169...

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God is a promise keeper

This theme of God as a promise keeper stirs a childhood memory. When I was around twelve years old, I tagged along with my father as he went to buy new tires for the family car. Dad was from a small town and simpler times. He was unadorned of fancy dress or wealth. He...

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Did Jesus Really Die?

The fifth reason that I believe in the resurrection of the historical Jesus is that the evidence is overwhelming that He actually died, despite early attempts by His detractors to say that He did not. It’s called “the swoon theory.” He was only unconscious and...

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A Domesticated God

I’ve come to see that the problem—my lack of faith, my passionless heart, and my struggle to surrender—came from a fundamental deficiency in my vision of God. The God I imagined in my heart was not the same God who reveals himself through the Scriptures. I had traded...

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Why did God kill Uzzah?

There is a simple exercise I walk through with church leaders. First, I have them list all the things that people expect from their church. They usually list obvious things like a really good service, strong age-specific ministries, a certain style/volume/length of...

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Everything stands or falls on this

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25–26 As we begin our journey together to answer the question my...

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I am rich and so are you

The sixty-year-old body of Timothy Henry Gray was found under a Wyoming overpass two days after Christmas in 2012. There was no sign of foul play. No indication of a crime or mischief. A homeless cowboy who had died of hypothermia, Gray was a victim of bad breaks and...

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Why did God kill Uzzah

I was bothered the first time I read about God killing Uzzah just because he tried to keep the ark of the covenant from falling. Uzzah touched the ark because the cart it was riding on hit a pothole (2 Sam. 6). It seemed like a trivial mistake with good intentions....

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Deeper into Jonah

Like most people raised in a churchgoing home, I have been aware of the story of Jonah since childhood. As a minister who teaches the Bible, however, I have gone through several stages of puzzlement and wonder at this short book. The number of themes is a challenge...

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Why I Believe

This book is aptly titled—Why I Believe. I am not an expert apologist and I do not have PhDs in multiple areas of research like some of our best Christian apologists. I’m so grateful for them and I’ve carefully studied their work along with those who disagree with...

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Not God Enough

We have just released a new Bible Study based on J.D. Greear's newest book, Not God Enough. J.D. Greear is currently the president of the Southern Baptist Convention and this book is his vision on how a people with a big view of God can do great things for God. These...

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The Devil’s Days are Numbered

The thought of the picnickers doesn’t surprise us. The people weren’t the first or the last to pack a meal and set out for a Sunday afternoon excursion. After all, it was a quiet and sunny July day. A trip to the countryside would be nice. No, it wasn’t the picnic...

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How Big Is Your God?

The brilliant Robert Dick Wilson was professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1900 to 1929. One of his students during that time was the famous preacher-to-be, Donald Grey Barnhouse. Twelve years after he graduated from Princeton, Barnhouse...

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The Sovereignty of God

God’s sovereignty is the attribute by which He rules His entire creation, and to be sovereign God must be all-knowing, all-powerful, and absolutely free. The reasons are these: Were there even one datum of knowledge, however small, un-known to God, His rule would...

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Good Questions 2.0

We are pleased to announce the biggest upgrade to our Bible Study Lesson Subscription service in ten years or more… maybe ever. Up until now, we have provided Good Questions for the following series: Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life Lifeway’s Explore the Bible...

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If you’re not dead, you’re not done

If you’re not dead, you’re not done. In the Bible, age is never a reason for someone to say no when God says go. Moses is eighty years old when God calls him to go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. The Exodus starts when he’s eighty. Caleb is...

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Feeling insignificant?

Sometime ago I videotaped a message for our church. We recruited a film crew and drove to the Alamo. We selected a park bench in front of the shrine of Texas liberty, set up the equipment, and got busy. Four workers managed sight and sound with lights and cameras. I...

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The biblical view of marriage

It was heterosexual, not homosexual; monogamous, not polygamous; lifelong, not temporary. It was pure, without adultery; faithful, without abandonment; loving, without abuse. It was also fruitful, not futile, fulfilling God’s primary purpose: “Be fruitful, and...

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A hunger for God

The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in...

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What do we know about the Christmas star?

We don’t know how God revealed the birth of Christ to the Magi. Matthew simply says that He gave them the sign of “His [Christ’s] star in the East.” The identity of that star has stirred perhaps more speculation over the years than has the identity of the men who saw...

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