Biblical preaching allows the variety of the text to determine the message, it does not rely on the preacher’s discretion to import other Scriptures to balance its message – making the sermon the product of the preacher’s understanding. It allows each passage to speak for itself, and then next time the next passage will speak …

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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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