This isn’t the first time that Ray Ortlund’s expression for Christian discipleship has been shared here; but he’s posted it again recently, so why not? Listening to conversations about how churches can produce and measure spiritual growth is wearying; especially conversations devoid of mention of Holy Spirit, grace, corporate worship, and assurance. Those sorts of …

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Ray Ortlund offers counsel to younger ministers that their ministries will take a lifetime, and they can’t be short-tracked. I found his observations to be true, but that they are also applicable all through life. They aren’t just stages you go through, rather they are awarenesses you grow into, awarenesses that then accompany you in …

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Ray Ortlund passes on an observation about three stages in a local church’s growth and decline. It’s vital to humbly self-examine because what can be observed as strength can be the rigidity that is precursor to decline. Movement A healthy church is born as a burst of positive gospel energy. It’s a Pentecost-like explosion of …

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To nurture a gospel culture in a local church Ray Ortlund writes about four categories of speech church leaders should keep in mind at all times: 1. Wisdom Saying only Christ-honoring, life-giving things. Always asking oneself, “Do the words I feel like saying rise to the level of wisdom? If not, they have no place …

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