This book is devoted to the subject of making the local church a place unchurched people love to attend. The question is, how do you create “irresistible ministry environments” that make it easy for unchurched visitors to feel connected? The author, Pastor Andy Stanley, founded North Point Ministries. This is one of the largest churches in North America. He argues that healthy local churches should be both “deep and wide.” That is, the church should be characterized by theological depth and wide reaches; not one at the expense of the other.
I believe Deep and Wide is an excellent resource for church leaders who want to be more effective in reaching the unchurched. Pastor Andy says church leaders may not agree with everything done at North Point Ministries (most probably will not). But perhaps they can adjust the template he presents in “Deep and Wide,” and make it their own.
Spiritual leaders are gifts from God to the local church. They are charged with feeding the flock and with being watchpersons over the souls of the people they serve. Still, some church members choose to not give due honor to their spiritual leadership. Some even actively oppose church leaders. In this Bible teaching, Frank King […]
Some things in life are beyond our ability to afford them. The good news is that everyone can afford to be saved because we are saved by grace. Through His death on the cross, Jesus has fully paid the cost for our salvation. Since we are saved by the grace of God, we have nothing […]
What is truth? Jesus says, “If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). Let’s draw two important points from these words of Jesus. One, the way we come to know the truth is by continuing in […]
Every Christian is a member of the family of God. He is our heavenly Father, and we are His children. Sometimes, we fail along the way. But nothing can separate us from the love of God. He loves us with an unconditional love. No matter how far we stray from Him, we can always come […]
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession…1 Peter 2:9, NASB. Every Christian today is a priest to God. Accordingly, we can enter His presence and offer sacrifices. This privilege was not extended to the congregation at large during Old Testament days. Instead, the priests […]
In prayer, I often thank God for His Son Jesus and His obedience to the cross. It is solely because of His death on the cross that my name is written in the book of life. One day Jesus’ disciples came back rejoicing that even demons were subject to them through His name. As astounding […]
Jesus taught a parable about the seed and the sower. He talks about those who hear the Word but are like seed that fall by the wayside. He says they hear the Word, “Then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved” (Luke […]
In this video teaching, Evangelist Frank King addresses the importance of patience in the life of a Christian. We live in a fast-paced world. But the Bible instructs us to wait on the Lord. Sometimes, we miss out on receiving from the Lord because of our unwillingness to wait on the Lord. One of the […]