Weekly Highlights- September 2, 2017

Here are my articles from the past few days as well as 5 of the best articles I read this week.

From Earlier this Week at JeremyWallace.net

5 of the Best Articles I Read this Week

David Platt   |   5 Ways Your Church Can Get Involved In Global Missions Starting Tomorrow

Your church doesn’t have to wait for the perfect time or situation to get involved in global missions. This article from David Platt and Paul Akin explores five ways your church can get involved immediately. It originally appeared at 9Marks under the same title. It is used with permission.

Albert Mohler   |   The Priority of Preaching

Then Paul makes the point in verse 25 that the central purpose of ministry is the preaching of the Word. In the end, everything comes down to this. “Of this church, I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the Word of God” (emphasis added). The words “the preaching of” are not in the original language, but are inserted in some translations, and I believe that is a legitimate insertion. It is clear that what Paul means is that the ministry of the Word of God is achieved by the proclamation, the teaching, and the preaching of the Word of God.

Andy Johnson   |   Reach the Nations Through Your Job

This New Testament pattern continued with traders on the Silk Road, merchants to India, laborers to South America, and modern employees of multinational companies. For centuries Christians have spread the gospel when other factors like employment have moved them around the world.

David Sills   |   The Missionary Call

When people share what they believe their missionary calling to be, I love to ask, “Where did you go on your first mission trip?” It is common to meet people who feel called to the place where they went on their first mission trip. Sometimes, this is due to the warmth and friendliness of their missionary “guides.” Missionaries regularly serve as cultural guides to the country, interpreters, drivers, bodyguards, and flesh-and-blood illustrations of missionary life. Spending time with missionary families, listening to the missionary kids speaking two or more languages over a meal, learning about the sacrifices these families have made to be missionaries, and the overwhelming ways that God blesses them in the process are major influences in the life of the visitor.

Bobby Jamison   |   The Bible’s Burden for Church Revitalization

Throughout much of the United States (and a few other parts of the world) evangelical churches quite literally litter the landscape.

Many of these churches are like trash left on a street corner—they cause people to cross to the other side to avoid them. The people who belong to them profess to believe in the gospel, and their historic statements of faith confess the gospel. And some true Christians do belong to such churches. But on the whole the life of the church broadcasts anything but a gospel message. These churches instead churn out toxic waste rather than the nourishing food that people need.

Some churches in this state may be unrecoverable. But the sad thing is, many evangelicals seem content to ignore such churches and simply start new ones.

Weekly Highlights- August 26, 2017

Here are my articles from the past few days as well as 5 of the best articles I read this week.

From Earlier this Week at JeremyWallace.net

5 of the Best Articles I Read this Week

Caleb Greggson   |   You Can’t Love Missions Without Loving the Local Church

Tell me if this sounds familiar to you. College freshmen Joe joins your church. He’s on fire for Jesus. He wants to give his life to the Lord, which means devoting it to unreached peoples in the hardest parts of the world. Joe can hardly stand middle-class, American Christianity and its complacency and obsession with comfort. He listens to sermons challenging him to “go to the nations” on his way to classes, and can’t wait to get out of school so he can head straight into the jungles of Indonesia or Ecuador and take the gospel to those who’ve never heard it before. Most of your discipling of Joe involves helping him think more graciously of the saints in the same congregation as him—saints who’ve never left the States, but love Jesus and are faithfully serving the Lord through their ordinary, quiet lives.

Richmond Times   |    Church disbands, donates building to younger congregation

The pews at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church on Sunday were filled with more people than had been there on a Sunday morning in some time.

There were so many people that there weren’t enough communion cups for everyone.

“We ran out of juice,” said Pastor William “Bill” Nieporte as he led the service, the empty communion trays stacked on a table at the front of the church.

In some ways, the shortage of communion juice cups and Nieporte’s words about running out of juice symbolized the church’s fate.

J. D. Payne   |   7 Marks of a Healthy Church Planter

Ministry has always been a team sport. While we do find examples in the Bible of individuals serving the Lord on their own (such as Elijah in 1 Kings 17–19 or Philip in Acts 8), the model of people co-laboring takes priority. This is most evident in the disciple-making and church-planting efforts of the apostolic church. In the Gospels we read that Jesus sent out the seventy-two in teams (Luke 10:1), and the first missionaries from Antioch were the team of Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:2–3). In God’s economy, the missionary team is vital to the propagation of the gospel and the multiplication of disciples, leaders, and churches.

Dylan Blaine   |   The Necessary First Steps in Making Disciples

We are obedient when we tell others what God has done for us. In other words, discipleship must begin with inviting others to follow Christ. Without this motivation, we only offer noisy gesticulations without love for the souls of those we meet, which are (apart from the mercies of Christ) destined for eternal judgment (1 Corinthians 10:13, Luke 12:5). Christianity must be taught to be caught.

Garrett Kell   |   The Difference Between a Planter & Revitalizer (Video)

God calls all of us to impossible things. So if he calls you to something, he’ll equip you with exactly what you need to do it.

Weekly Highlights- August 19, 2017

Here are my articles from the past few days as well as 5 of the best articles I read this week.

From Earlier this Week at JeremyWallace.net

5 of the Best Articles I Read this Week

Anthony Steele   |   How can my church be involved in short-term missions?

“How should my church do short-term missions?” Pastors, missions pastors, or local church missions committees that desire to involve their church in short-term missions opportunities should probably consider this question in deciding how to engage their church in the world missions endeavor. That’s especially true when we desire to do biblical missions. If we as churches and church leaders desire to be “people of the Book,” doing missions biblically should be our ultimate aim.

Justin Trapp   |   How Preachers Throughout The Ages Have Used Technology to Further the Gospel

Pen and paper. The printing press. Radio. TV. The Internet. You know what all of these mediums have in common? Each one has been used to further the spread of the Gospel. Throughout history, messengers of the Gospel have used the tools available to them in an effort to effectively reach the people God has called them to serve.

Dave Russell   |   Mobilizing the Church To Evangelize the College Campus

While the college campus provides an amazing opportunity for evangelism, it can also be challenging to bridge the gap between a local church and the campus.

College campuses often feel like “a city within a city.” They have their own culture, their own schedules, their own (narrow) demographic. When many people are at home brushing their teeth and getting ready for bed, college students may be thinking it’s time to order a pizza and start working on a ten-page research paper. When I started out in campus ministry at age 22, I blended in with the students on campus. Now, at 36, I stand out in a college dorm. For these and many other reasons, there is a gap to bridge.

Nicole Cochran   |   3 Factors That Keep Millennials Coming Back To Church

You’ve probably heard the statistics about Millennials in the church: 59% of those who have attended church in the past have dropped out at some point, and more and more “regular attenders” identify themselves as those who attend every four to six weeks, rather than the old measure of three times a month.

And yet I am a Millennial who, through some personal battles and my fair share of absent Sundays, found a church that I love and call home. So what did my church do right?

Chuck Lawless   |   7 Ways to be More Broken Over Lostness

As Christians, we are called to share the gospel with the world (Matt. 28:18-20). Studies show us, though, that most Christians seldom if ever share their faith with a non-believer. If evangelism is a struggle for you, think about these ways to deepen your burden over non-believers: