Here's the thing that can be difficult to wrap our minds around: If you make disciples, you always get the church. But if you make a church, you rarely get disciples.
Many of us serve in or lead churches where we have hundreds or even thousands of people showing up on Sunday. But we have to
Jesus also tells us in Matthew 28, (the most familiar version of the Great Commission), that, “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to
Contributed by Edward Hardee on Aug 28, 2017
IRS Spam Call -
I wanted to share an experience that I just had on the phone. I got that dreaded spam call from the IRS. I knew it was false but I felt like I wanted to talk to a person about it. So I called the number.
A young lady answered. She gave me a name and told me I owed $4800 on my
Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jun 8, 2017
I once lived in a town where there were two preachers who were polar opposites. The one was very charismatic and enthusiastic. But, he did not preach the Bible. I asked him one day why he didn't preach the Bible. His answer was that the people could read their Bibles at home. He preached
WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN...
“I realize there is never going to be a day when I stand before God and He looks at me and says, ’I wish you would have kept more for yourself.’ I’m confident that God will take care of me.”
¯ David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
Contributed by Davon Huss on Aug 11, 2015
Brian Jones tells the story of one elderly gentleman who came forward and was baptized. This older gentleman lived alone. After one service Brian and his family invited this elderly man out to eat. Turns out that this elderly man was soon going on vacation to Florida. The man was excited about
Contributed by Davon Huss on Jun 23, 2014
In 1879, Charlie Peace, a well-known criminal in London, faced execution by hanging. When he was marched to the gallows, a minister walked behind him. In keeping with custom, the minister read aloud this passage from a prayer book, "Those who die without Christ experience hell, which is the pain
I remember the time I came to the platform to officiate in a formal wedding. I had just come out of the bathroom and didn't realize until I was in front of all those people that stuck to my shoe and trailing behind was an eight-foot stream of toilet paper
I remember the time I looked down in the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2014
Perhaps you've heard of Penn and Teller the comedy team who has worked Las Vegas for years. Penn Jillette is an atheist, but he recorded a video journal a few years ago telling the story about a man who waited to speak to him after one of their shows. Penn said the man was a successful businessman
Sign on a Pastor’s desk: "I’m just a NOBODY telling EVERYBODY about
Contributed by Rick Crandall on Oct 20, 2013
I Am With You, No Matter What: The Story of Salty
Those people believed the truth about Jesus, and they received Him as their Lord and Savior. But we see more here in Acts 17:4. We see a commitment of their lives.
Verse 4 tells us that these new Christians "joined Paul and Silas." The KJV
Contributed by Lance Hostetter on Mar 17, 2013
Turn On the Lights!
We must turn on the lights and share our faith! Sometimes we must not let our fears hold us back!
Pilots from HORNET were the first to attack, scoring lethal hits on Zuikaku-class carrier. It was long after dark when the returning aircraft arrived over the Task
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 28, 2012
AFTER THE BAPTISM
Recently my 7-year-old son was baptized at nearby Lake Tahoe. With tears streaming down my face, I watched as he came out of the water, then excitedly asked if he felt any different.
"Yeah, Mom, I do," he replied. "Now I have water up my nose!"
(Leslie A. Williamson,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 19, 2012
THE HEART OF THE SAVIOUR
I am reminded of the story of a wee lass who sought baptism and membership in a country church. The elders questioned the child in a perfunctory manner, but they were not inclined to believe that such a young person could actually understand what it meant to be saved.
NO OTHER PLAN
An old legend imagines Jesus arriving in heaven right after the Ascension, welcomed by all the angels. Then the angel Gabriel asks Jesus, "You suffered much, dying for the sins of mankind. Does everyone down on earth know it?"
"Oh, no," replied the Savior, "just a handful of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 26, 2011
A RELATIONSHIP WITH A MUSLIM
Bill Hybels was at a luncheon, sitting across from a black man, built like a football player, with a distinctively Muslim name. He told Pastor Hybels that he enjoyed reading one of his books. Bill Hybels looked a little puzzled so the Muslim explained to him how he
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 17, 2011
I once read about a certain Mr. Wahlstrom who purchased an old bombsight and took it apart to see what made it work. As he began to put it back together, he decided to add to it some spare parts he had from other projects. Over time, friends and neighbors took an interest in
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 6, 2011
THE LACK OF EVANGELISM
(Evangelism Statistics from Michael Parrot, Acts Evangelism, Spokane, WA, 1993, pp. 9-11.)
• Ninety-five percent of all Christians have never won a soul to Christ.
• Eighty percent of all Christians do not consistently witness for Christ.
• Less than two percent
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 17, 2011
WHO NEEDS YOUR HELP?
Of the 2,000 passengers on the Titanic, 1517 were lost. At the time the Titanic went down, another ship, the California was only 30 miles away. The Titanic’s operator frantically sent out SOS repeatedly; but the wireless set on the California was closed because there was
Contributed by Thomas Donelan on Oct 12, 2010
What is this (a cucumber), and what is this (a pickle?) No, it is a baptized Cucumber! A few thoughts on this:
1. When those cucumbers are put in that pickling jar and covered with the pickling juice and sealed, they do not get any more juice, they are heated and stored