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Can We Truly Be Obedient?

If we were “miserable sinners” before turning to Jesus, why does Jesus expect his followers to become obedient to his will?

Church on Trial – The Latest From Phil Cooke

Phil Cooke is a regular contributor to ChurchLeaders.com. He works at the intersection of faith, media, and culture, and he’s pretty rare – a working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology. In a few weeks he releases his latest book, Church on Trial.

Jesus Is the Light of the World — And so Are We

Jesus exposed a lot of things that had been in the dark for a long time. But Jesus not only called Himself the light of the world; He passed the responsibility of lighting the world to His followers.

8 Ways to Reach Single Adults Through Your Church

Pam and I were older when we married, so we both spent many years as a single adult. Consequently, we’re sensitive to reaching single adults through our churches. Perhaps one of these suggestions will help you as you reach this group in your community.

Live As If Jesus Rules and Eternity Is Real

When Paul told the Colossian church to set their minds on things above and not on the things of this present world, he was basically saying this: Live as if Jesus rules and eternity is real. Here's what that looks like.

When Childless Becomes Grandchildless

When you are childless, not by choice, the realization of this reality takes years. But confronting the later, consequential fact that you will also not have grandchildren takes only an instant.

5 Reasons Men Don’t Pray at Home

Your first step in turning your home into a house of prayer is spontaneous prayers

7 Things All Growing Churches Have in Common

At the end of the day, the church is all about helping people meet Jesus. Growing churches make decisions based on who they are trying to reach, not who they are trying to keep.

Do Churches Need Answers to Big Theological Questions?

Not everyone thinks the answers to big theological questions matter in their ability to follow Jesus. We think they are simply matters of opinion, or even preference.

Applying the Beatitudes

The Beatitudes, according to Matthew, mark the beginning of Jesus' public teaching ministry. They are the first things that Jesus emphasized as he proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Church Growth: How to Reach 100 New Guests This Year

Most churches want to reach unchurched people. They take the Great Commission seriously and want their church to make a positive difference for the Kingdom

Our Relationship with God – And With Each Other

The primary “death” in the fall of mankind is the death of our relationship with God. Because of sin, we are separated from him.

5 Things That May Be Hindering Your Prayers

We’ve all been there. We pray. We wait. We wait. And then we wonder: “What did I do wrong?” Sometimes the problem isn’t on your end.  It might just not be God’s timing or God’s will… But sometimes it is.

Ron Edmondson: Make Disciples by Discipling Disciple-Makers

As a pastor, as much as I was called to make disciples, I felt called to disciple disciple-makers. I have tried to take this role seriously in every leadership position I have held.

The Top 5 Lies Christians Believe

There are hundreds of lies Christians believe, either collectively or individually. I chose these five lies Christians believe because I have personally seen them infiltrate the church, the lives of my friends and family and my own life.

9 Traits of Mean Churches

I am hearing more from long-term members who are quitting church life completely. After collecting information from various former church members about their "mean churches," I found that such churches had nine character traits in common.

9 Reasons Scripture Memorization Matters

I still remember the first Bible verses I memorized decades ago. I was a young believer saved out of a non-Christian home, and the Bible was new, fresh, and alive to me then. To be honest, though, I often still need to remember why memorization matters.

8 Blessings of Studying Your Bible

Studying your Bible can sometimes feel burdensome, difficult, confusing and unexciting. But these wonderful blessings come when you are willing to do so.

10 Ways to Identify Those Who Are Lost

"The Son of Man has come to seek and save those who were lost." (Luke 19:10). But How can we identify those who are lost?

How Do We Steer a Course Between Compassion and Wisdom?

I believe the Scriptures call us to both compassion and wisdom. But I don’t think the Scriptures call us to an easy answer on these questions.

Sam Allberry: How To Avoid ‘Unpreaching’ the Gospel in Our Church...

Sam Allberry joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to share what he learned when his church had biblical teaching, but the gospel didn’t seem to be permeating the culture. Sam explains how pastors can have orthodox preaching while also promoting a culture of “gospel safety.”

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