What is worship?
In Old English the word used to be more like worth-ship, i.e. showing value or worth to someone else.
In Greek, the language of the New Testament, it literally means, ‘to kiss towards’.
What does that mean for Christian worship? Is it all about singing?
What do we do when waiting for God to show up in our lives? Nehemiah 1 has at least 3 answers!
I love God. I love him with all my heart. He saved me and made me a new creation. He gave me the new heart I love him with. I love him with all my soul. I do everything I can to take every thought captive and submit my mind, will and emotions to his…
The title in my Bible above Luke 9:57-62 reads, “The Cost of Following Jesus.”
And fair enough, there are things you’ll want to give up in order to walk closer to him.
It’s like saying to my son,
“If you want the latest phone, you’re going to have to give up that old thing that loses its charge and has a cracked screen. That lovely old familiar phone with which you have created so many memories, connected with so many people. You’re going to have to send it away and never see it again. Son, that’s the cost. Are you sure you want the new phone?”
If you have a vision at all, people you are leading will rarely see as far ahead or as clearly as you do. If you find someone like that, promote them.
If you thought you could earn salvation with better prayers, more church-going, good deeds, bible study, you’re doing everything Jesus died to set you free from.
People expect you to treat one child or staff member the same way you treated another.
But does that really work?
Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge. (Proverbs 19:25)
You can’t fully follow Jesus unless you are willing to daily nail all self-interest to the cross.
I love being around crowds. I love cities and crowded restaurants. I love mingling with people after church on Sundays. But all of that exhausts me. Am I an introvert or extrovert? I’ve heard it said that the extrovert is energised by being around people where the introvert is energised by being alone. As much…
Money makes the world go round. But God’s people are not of this world. So where do we stand in the marketplace?
Any of us who have staff and volunteers would do well to discover this pattern.