Sermon: It’s Time for Your Check-Up (1 Timothy 4:16)

It’s Time for Your Check-Up 1 Timothy 4:16   Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.   1 Timothy 4:7 says, Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;   2 Timothy 1:7 says, for God gave more »

Sermon: Jesus–Centered Life (1 Timothy 3:14-4:16)

Jesus–Centered Life 1 Timothy 3:14–4:16   1 Timothy 3:16 says, Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: Jesus was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.   I. Jesus’ Incarnation   He was manifested in the flesh . . . taken up in glory. more »

Sermon Notes: Serving with the Love of Christ (1 Tim 3:8-13)

Serving with the Love of Christ 1 Timothy 3:8–13   1 Timothy 3:13 says, For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.   I. A Faith That Doesn’t Serve is Useless to Jesus   Galatians 5:6 says, For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision more »

Sermon Notes: Biblical Leadership (1 Timothy 3:1-15)

  Biblical Leadership 1 Timothy 3:1–15   Simple Application: Discernment     Simple Application: Direction   1 Timothy 3:1 says, The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.   1 Timothy 4:7 says, Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness.   Simple Application: Gratitude   more »

The Cost of Writing A Sermon by Justin Trapp

Today, I welcome Justin Trapp as my guest writer. Justin is a leader, entrepreneur, and founder of sermonary.co. You can learn more about Justin at JustinTrapp.com. Every week, pastors research, study, write, and deliver a sermon to their congregation. Every week. Then, just mere hours after they finish this process, they begin writing a new sermon for the very next more »

10 Simple Action Steps to See Church Growth This Fall

School starts in most communities really soon. This means church growth season is nigh upon us. People will soon be back from summer vacations and longer weekend getaways to get back into the routine of life. What I’m proposing below is far from groundbreaking. If you’re the type of person to read a blog post about church growth, you know more »

5 Ways Churches Can Grow by Using Twitter Search

Have you ever used Twitter search? It is quite awesome! I’ve discussed it here on the blog once before. This tool seems to be one of the most underrated tools on the web. You can get really specific with Twitter Search, and speak directly into people’s lives. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a weekly time of searching specific more »

Sermon Recap: Christ’s Passion for the World (1 Tim 2:1-15)

  Christ’s Passion for the World 1 Timothy 2:1–15 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all more »

Why Amazon will Greatly Affect the Future of Churches

Amazon’s net sales for 2016 total $136 billion (link). Yes, you read that correctly. That’s billion with a “b.” A majority of their sales are generated through e-retail sales of electronics and other products (link). They have more than 310 million active customer accounts worldwide.   My wife and I were walking through Opry Mills Mall in Nashville recently, and more »

7 Tips to Make Ministers More Professional

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about our observation that pastoral ministry has swung in a direction further and further from professionalism. P     art of this has to do with John Piper’s book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. This is the most poorly titled book in pastoral ministry. BROTHERS, WE SHOULD BE PROFESSIONALS.   I’m not writing this more »