5 Ways Pastors Can Prepare Their Churches for Suffering: Pastors, keep preaching expositionally. Pastors, don’t forget to preach the Old Testament. Pastors, make the church a safe place to open up about pain. Pastors, talk about heaven a lot. Pastors, build a culture of care—starting now.
I Learned It the Hard Way: Our Best Life Is Later: …the apostle spends ample time encouraging this full-orbed hope in the congregations he loved and prayed for (e.g., Rom. 8; Col. 1:21–27; 1 Thess. 4:17–18). Without hope we live aimlessly (Eph. 2:12), lacking God’s provision for living in this world and the next. Without hope, we give way to sin and despair. But a living hope subdues the flesh, animates desire for Christ, calms the heart, steadies the resolve, and gives strengthen amid weakness and opposition (1 Pet. 1:3–9). Hope reminds us that present circumstances—however difficult—are not the end (Rom. 8:18, 28). Life in Christ is.
How Does ‘Willful Sinning’ Threaten My Salvation? Answering the question 1. Do these verses ( Hebrews 10:26–29) teach that we can lose our salvation? 2. What does Hebrews 10:26 mean by referring to “sinning deliberately” or “willingly,” since in one sense all sin is an act of the will and thus deliberate?
New Planter Spotlight: Musa Ntinga: Musa is a friend of mine who is heading a church plant in Soweto, South Africa. It is always encouraging to read about people who are committed to faithfully preaching the Gospel. “We named our plant Christ Central Soweto because we want to see Christ at the center of everything we do and to tell Soweto that he is enough, as the saying goes “Christ + nothing = everything ”. As a launch team we are young and so feel specially placed to reach out to young adults and young families of Soweto with this simple moto: KNOW CHRIST – LOVE EACH OTHER – REACH SOWETO.”
Don’t Just Preach!: Sister, they must not just hear your preaching, they must see your good deeds! Brother, it is not just about quoting scriptures, let them see your good deeds! Pray that God will give you true compassion that cares not only about the soul of people but about their material well-being and practically helps them out.