The church plant in Philippi

1I am getting ready to teach our kids this coming Sunday about the Apostle Paul’s Second missionary journey. Part of that journey included a church plant in the city of Philippi. As we saw when Paul was on his first missionary trip, he did not set out to plant churches. He was called by God to go and make disciples. The churches were formed as a result of people being discipled. This is the model for church planting. The modern approach is exactly backwards. We seek to plant churches and then disciple people once they become part of the church. Our modern form of church has much to learn from the Biblical approach. There are many areas where we are far from the Bible in our approach to modern ministry.  Continue reading

Belief, Signs, and Palm Sunday

While preparing to teach/preach a sermon on Palm Sunday a couple of years ago I had an “aha” moment in the Gospel of John. I was asked by a minister friend of mine to fill in for him on last minute’s notice. I was racking my brain in trying to figure out a message. I did not want to do the same old “Palm Sunday” sermon that I heard a million times (not that it is not interesting but just wanted a change of pace this time). Continue reading