A head full of biblical data and doctrinal formulations mean little if they are not used by God to influence our behavior when confronted with obvious life-altering decisions. However, if the information isn’t there, it can’t be used. We’ve heard the message but for one reason or another it hasn’t changed us.
Be a Kingdom disciple? Isn’t it hard enough just being an “ordinary” disciple of Jesus? We can take up our Lord’s challenge to be disciples and to make disciples. We can even work at becoming Kingdom disciples because He has the power and He is with us.
Don’t do something different just to be different. But don’t be afraid to try something if you believe it will better utilize your resources to achieve your purpose.
Suffice it to say that it is in the church that we ought to learn what it means to be messengers of grace wherever we are. It is in this context that we are to make disciples. We have the great privilege of self consciously bringing the influence of God’s kingdom to a society dimly aware of his nature and purposes.
There has been a steep decline in church attendance beginning with the baby boomers (those born between1946-1964) and continuing to the present generation. The most recent statistics indicate that we are not far from the place where the majority in the United States will identify themselves as something other than Protestant.
A synergism becomes possible when the church as the extended family builds up its households. And those households in turn build up the churches, which then impacts the community, enfolding others in the family of God. What’s happening to your young people? Are your households maturing in the faith?
We must always be real. To cover ourselves with superficial expressions of piety or in other ways pretend that we are something that we are not is never appropriate.
Both Sunday school and small groups are programs. Consequently, they should be viewed as means to an end – nothing more. If they serve a given purpose, presumably one better than a possible alternative, they are worthwhile. If not, do something else.
Those God has called to teach in the church have been given the responsibility to pass the faith on to the next generation.
A teacher hasn’t taught until the student has learned. With the gospel, learning is used by the Spirit to produce change – in our thinking, our desires, and our activities. So it makes sense to see what the product looks like. It also makes sense to assess the perceived impact our efforts have made.