Tag: the church

7 Reasons Jesus Couldn’t Stay Dead

The Bible tells us that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead on the Sunday after Passover. The risen Jesus met with and spoke with people for 40 days following that, including up to 500 people at a time (1 Corinthians 15:6). At the 40 day m...

7 Reasons Jesus had to Die

We believe there is a plan and a destiny for every life, but that was true of Jesus in a way unlike anyone else. As Jesus taught, made disciples, healed, confronted corruption, and performed miracles, He lived a life like no other. Yet, the...

A Thousand Year Tug of War: The Marriage of Church and State

In many ways, the reign of Constantine over the Roman Empire was one of the most far reaching and influential in western history. One of the most significant aspects of his influence was his perspective of Church and State. When Constantine...

Am I Expecting Too Much from My Church? Part 1

God uses the local church as a powerful instrument for a believer’s spiritual growth and maturity. The early church was a simple model where believers came together to hear the Word taught, to pray together, to take communion and to fellows...

Authentic Christianity: Wired for Ekklesia

In Acts 2 we learn some very important things about Authentic Christianity and Authentic Church. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter proclaimed the Gospel (the record of what God has done for us in the sending of His Son). 3,000 men and women be...

Church Governance - 3 Essential Points

In a perfect world we would not need to govern people in the earthly sense, because everyone would behave just as they should. Obviously, the same would be true in the church. However, the church is full of sinners, redeemed sinners, but si...

Four Principles for Christian Unity

Sometimes it seems like Christians have a particular knack for looking down on and judging one another. Often this has to do with differences in personal convictions over grey areas.  These are areas where Scripture does not give an unequiv...

How Christians Can Bring Positive Change to America

Regardless of our philosophical viewpoints, I think almost everyone would agree. We live in very interesting times. We are in the midst of one of the most highly contested presidential elections we have ever seen. While some are passionatel...

How to Respond to Distraction as a Pastoral Leader

This is a message to pastors and those involved in church leadership, but I believe it is relevant to us all! We experienced a new record of “interesting” in a one-week period at church recently. We had two “Satans” and one “Jesus” visit. I...

Life on Mission: Called, Equipped and Sent Part 1

Looking back at Luke 9:1-17, I want to focus on the flow of the ministry of Jesus in the region of Galilee. His public ministry there started when He went to two sets of brothers who were engaged in a profitable fishing business on the Sea ...

Real Hope for the Depressed Soul - Part 3

This is part 3 of a 3 part series. You can find part 1 and part 2 here: Part 1 Part 2 Practicing Priesthood In the previous posts in this series, we looked at the need to set the culture in regards to depression, as well as provide training...

The Church & Victims of Depression

The phone rang at 2am again. I knew who it was before answering. In recent weeks, Anita (not her real name) often called in the middle of the night. She claimed to feel the fires of hell all over her body with no desire to live. My wife or ...

The Era of Constantine: When Church Met State

For the first three hundred years of its existence, the Christian Church was generally viewed by the Roman Empire as either an enigma, a fringe group or as a legitimate threat. Therefore, Christians did not consistently enjoy the rights and...

Training a Church to Love the Depressed - Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series. You can find Part 1 here: calvarychapel.com Providing Training In our last post in this series, we looked at promoting culture. This is almost like saying, “Imagine what could be,” and then making steps in...

What I Should Expect from My Church Part 2

Enjoy the first part of this two part series! While having the wrong expectations from our church can stifle spiritual growth, having the right expectations will give us discernment that will lead us to a healthy church body where we can gr...

Why Christians Should be Related to the World

The term “relevant” is one of those hot button words in modern church culture. When most people talk about being relevant they are generally thinking in terms of how we must never be found irrelevant in our efforts to communicate the Gospel...