Peter, James, and John spent their days as commercial fishermen, but they left their boats and their livelihood to follow alongside Jesus in his ministry and to fulfill his invitation that 'from now on you will catch men.' Jesus saw the enormous potential in these three; and his belief in them transformed ..
24 Hours...A Day in the Life of Jesus, Part 1: Peter Becomes a Fisher of Men
by Mike Breaux
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When hope is running out and there is no one else in whom to turn, James 5:13-15 presents an option: pray with your church elders. Obviously, to meet with your church elders, it is necessary to become part of a church. When the storms of life blow our way, there is no better place. Once we become part ..
A Faith That Works, Part 16: Just Pray
by Bill Hybels
Imagine receiving a book on exercise from a friend. A month later your friend asks you if you've read the book. "Yes," you reply, "I wake up every morning and read huge portions of it. I've memorized much of it, and even get together with a group of folks every week to discuss it over pancakes and waffles." ..
A Faith That Works, Part 7: Doers and Hearers
by John Ortberg
The church Jesus established is more than a building, more than a weekend service, and more than an organizational chart of staff or volunteers. It is the "ecclesia," a group of redeemed people being transformed into Christ-centered disciples and living as He would in our broken world.
As leaders ..
BECOME Like Jesus
by Mindy Caliguire
BECOME like Jesus
What is the biblical definition of a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ? This message forces to ask ourselves several questions: Are we reborn in Christ? Do we know on whose merits can we enter the kingdom of heaven? Do we understand and do we carry out absolute submission to Jesus? Are we ..
Becoming Fully Devoted Followers, Part 2
Spiritual influence is the ability to impact another person's character and extend that individual's level of intimacy with God. It is something that is not arrived at through status, position, title, or achievement. Spiritual influence requires the same integrity, character, faithfulness, and authenticity ..
Building a Prevailing Church, Part 1: Spiritual Influence
In this Conversations on Community interview video, Greg Ogden and Susan Shadid discuss the power of triad and quad discipleship groups and how God uses them to produce transformation in the members’ lives and in the lives they go on to disciple afterwards. Click here for a free PDF summary of the interview.
Conversations on Community: Greg Ogden with Susan Shadid
by Greg Ogden
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There are many interpretations of the meaning of the story of Martha and Mary. Some think the story claims contemplation is superior to that of activism. Some see it as “type B” personalities judged as better than “type A.” What Jesus indicates, however, is the idea of “the one thing.” The one thing ..
Decision Time, Part 8