Part of worship at MGPC each week involves memorisation of a Bible verse, usually month by month. With online videos replacing our weekly worship I needed a verse to include in place of the ones presented by our regular presenters. Enter Randall Goodgame from Slugs and Bugs, whose songs I (and mine) have loved for …

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The Lord’s Supper is a meal with a unique vantage point. Christians look at three realities and are spiritually nourished in each. From Guy Prentiss Waters: The Lord’s Supper, therefore, always and simultaneously points in two directions, backward and forward. It points backward to the finished work of Christ on the cross. The Supper, in …

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A simple reminder from Aaron Earles that the a very significant part of the enduring fruit of Christian discipleship happens in the context of relationships and takes time. The conclusion: Because conversion, discipleship, relationships, and leadership all take time, it’s no wonder that change usually takes time in a church as well. When we see …

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Karl Vaters observes that there are plenty of extras that commend themselves as necessary for congregations to grow in the ministry and mission. Rather than focus on these, he commends local churches focus instead on the basics – without which no amount of extras will help. Don’t spend your time on cool new ideas until …

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Ed Stetzer writes a post about encouraging involvement in small group ministries: Through teaching biblically, promoting incessantly, and leading organizationally, we can encourage our brothers and sisters to get involved with small group ministries. +++ On promotion: Promote it incessantly People need to hear about small groups all the time. The more you can promote …

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Local churches don’t need more people to come along to save them. They have the task of sharing with others about the one who has already saved them. From Sarah Condon: The fact of the matter is that most of our ideas about how to fix the church are terrible, my own included. We over-exaggerate …

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