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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How your group can bless others

“And blessing—remember, we have been blessed to be a blessing,” I said. “How can we express that blessing toward one another? What has God given each of us? And do any of you have any needs that we can meet?” “Well, some of you couples with kids need to be able to...

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Learning contentment

One of the more astounding things Paul says as he closes his letter to the Philippians is easily missed. He writes about desiring the church to increase in their affections for him, desiring them to send love his way. He’s expressed gladness that they’ve done so. He’s...

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Why I am pro-life

Since 1973 over fifty million babies, not fetuses, have been killed in the United States with abortion procedures.[8] Fifty million people—a significant percentage of our population. Both sides of the issue would now agree these are pre-born babies. The staggering...

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Celebrate

“OK, what about celebrating? How do we want to engage in this rhythm?” I asked. “I think we should celebrate every one of our birthdays.” “Yes, and anniversaries,” someone said. “Think about how rare it is these days for people to stay married, especially in this...

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The Joy of Adversity

It was the bottom of the sixth inning. The Montreal Expos’ most feared hitter, Tim Raines, was at the plate. The pitcher glared at the catcher and checked the runner on first base. Then kicking high, he pushed off the rubber and threw as hard as he could. It was the...

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Missional Communities: Clarify the Mission

Next, we clarify our mission. We remind one another that we are commanded by Jesus to make disciples of all people groups. So we ask: “What people and place do we believe God is collectively sending us to this year? Who do we hope to see become followers of Jesus...

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An Anchor for the soul

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. —Hebrews 6:19 Long after the kids are bathed and put to bed, the single mom stares at the bills and checkbook balance. Too many of the first, not much in the second. She’s called on all her friends. She’s...

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Missional Communities Eat Together

All of our missional communities are built around eating together. You can get started right away by copying that pattern this week. Make eating with others part of your household rhythm of living. The key to making this practice sustainable is to keep it low...

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ReCreate

“Now, how do we plan to recreate together?” I asked the group. “How should we keep the rhythm of resting, working, playing, creating, and restoring beauty in our lives apart and together?” “Well, let’s make sure we are all taking time off weekly to rest,” someone...

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What does a missional community do?

Let’s define what we are talking about. To put it very simply, a missional community is a group with the following characteristics: Jesus at the center Twenty to fifty (or more) people (including children) A clear mission to make disciples in a specific neighborhood...

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Jesus changes everything

Demetrius was right to be worried. The Ephesian silversmith made shrines for the goddess Artemis, and what kept him up at night—worrying about his job security—was the rapid growth of Christianity in his city. Up until a missionary named Paul arrived, the silver trade...

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Culture Shock

We have just released a new Bible Study based on the book: Culture Shock, by Chip Ingram These lessons are available on Amazon, as we as a part of my Good Questions Have Groups Talking Subscription Service. Like Netflix for Bible Lessons, one low subscription gives...

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What is a house church to do?

If you are curious about the answer to this question, I have good news: The Bible actually says. Acts 2:42 (NIV) They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Note four things that the early church did,...

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What is a missional community?

When a young couple comes to our church looking to be “plugged in” to one of our missional communities or “villages” (which they assume are set up like small groups in the churches they have been to before), I ask them to consider the hundreds of people in their...

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Rejoice always, really?

One day when my son, Reid, was just a little over one year old, I went home from the office in the middle of the day to surprise my wife for lunch. My wife’s a blogger, and she was working on a new post that day. When I show up, Reid’s upstairs napping. Lauren asks me...

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Missional Communities Practice Hospitality

First, as you are going … welcome a stranger. Missional communities are known for their missional integrity, missional clarity, missional fidelity, and most importantly, their missional hospitality. Missional communities practice reflexive hospitality to the...

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Find your one thing

I believe everybody has one thing they do better than anything else. The right place to start is with your one thing. I learned this from my dad. In fact it was a Maxwell house rule when I was growing up. When we were kids, my dad’s message to my brother, sister, and...

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A wretch like me

Christians seem to sing fewer hymns these days, but when they do, sometimes they tinker with the lyrics. Consider the change made to a simple hymn by John Newton: “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound! That saved and strengthened me!” There is a grace that strengthens,...

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The great illness of the church

As I was agonizing over these questions, I was introduced to two other writers who turned up the volume of a very different tune. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship and Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy are both commentaries of sorts on Jesus’s most...

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Theology matters

When I left for college my father gave me a copy of Louis Berkhof’s Manual of Christian Doctrine, a small classic in the tradition of Reformation theology. The book was inscribed with these words: “For Philip upon entering college, in the hope that your theology will...

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Thinking soberly about death

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). Hemmed in on all sides by the grace of God, being placed in Christ and having Christ living in him, Paul knows he is covered not just in life but in death as well. When God promises life to those who...

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When the Enemy Strikes

I still vividly remember how I felt on December 7, 1941. It was on that fateful Sunday afternoon as a boy of nine that I first heard about the Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. I watched as our small town of Danville, Virginia, began to deal with the...

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Flip-flopping the pecking order

The temperature is in the twenties. The chill factor is single digit. The West Texas wind stings the ears, and frozen grass cracks beneath the step. It is a cold December day. Even the cattle are smart enough to stay in the barn on mornings like this. Then what am I...

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Obedience is not enough

When my oldest daughter was a toddler, she loved balloons. So for her third birthday party I blew up fifty red balloons. It was not an easy feat, but I was pretty excited about how excited she would be when she saw them. When she walked into the party, however, she...

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God never places you on hold

God doesn’t delay. He never places you on hold or tells you to call again later. God loves the sound of your voice. Always. He doesn’t hide when you call. He hears your prayers. For that reason “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,...

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The Joy of Community

When Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo, running backs for the Chicago Bears, began rooming together in the late sixties, it was a first for both of them. Sayers had never had a close relationship with a white person and Piccolo had never really known a black person....

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You have won the lottery

The apostle Paul entered the pages of Scripture as Saul, the self-professed Pharisee of all Pharisees and the most religious man in town. But all his scruples and law keeping hadn’t made him a better person. He was bloodthirsty and angry, determined to extinguish...

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God loves you. How deeply do you believe it?

In his book With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God, Skye Jethani tells of his meetings with college students from the House of Despair, an “underground safehouse” for those struggling with the difficult issues of life and faith. Around their Christian campus,...

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Coffee cup verses

Maybe you’ve already realized that Philippians is filled with what we might call “coffee-cup verses”—passages of Scripture that have so stirred the hearts and minds of believers over the years that we’ve thrown them on coffee cups, T-shirts, and bumper stickers. As a...

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Multiplying House Churches

Christianity is spreading faster now than it has at any time in human history. If that statement surprises you, it means that you probably live in the Global North where Christianity is—at best—holding its own. But Christianity is exploding in the Global South....

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Are House Churches Biblical?

All around the world the gospel is spreading and, in many cases, spreading rapidly. They are doing it—pretty much without exception as best I can tell—through House Churches. (See https://www.joshhunt.com/house-churches-and/ ) Perhaps we should experiment with House...

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What does it mean to be in the Lord’s army?

If there is going to be a war, men must be ready to fight. This is the lesson of the first battle of Manassas (or Bull Run), the first major engagement of the American Civil War. There had been talk of war for months, ever since South Carolina fired on Fort Sumter in...

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Learning Contentment

Paul’s young disciple Timothy had his hands full in Ephesus. The apostle had left Timothy in that city to oversee the organization of the church. Timothy was to provide consistent teaching, help the church choose leaders, and model personal integrity as a leader....

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The remedy to our deepest wound

In the Garden of Eden, this was what the serpent called into question—the goodness of God (Gen. 3:4–6). And that question remains today underneath every temptation we face: Do you believe the Lord intends good for you? If only we could see how much God desires our...

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Growing In Christ

Our house is a lot of fun these days. Audrey is ten, Reid is seven, and little Norah is four. It’s busy and can be a bit chaotic, but our home, by God’s grace, is mostly filled with laughter (and occasionally the tears that follow discipline). Like most parents with...

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House Churches AND

All around the world the gospel is spreading and, in many cases, spreading rapidly. The are doing it—pretty much without exception as best I can tell—through House Churches. (See https://www.joshhunt.com/2019/02/23/house-church/ ) Perhaps we should experiment with...

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God’s love will never let you go

Something in a man needs a mountain to climb, a challenge to meet. And what challenge is greater than the ultimate peak, the highest of mountains—Mount Everest? More than three thousand climbers have made it to the top. But, several thousand have failed, and more than...

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How to confuse an angel

Hearing nothing from his Father, Jesus stumbled back to his disciples and asked them to stay awake with him (14:37). This is Jesus—the one who commanded the wind and the waves—so weak that he’s looking for someone, anyone, to lean on. He felt alone. Abandoned. More...

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