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Practice ministry without a license.
If you’re around me long, you’ll hear something along those lines.
It is my heartbeat, and the heartbeat of the church where I serve.
God has given certain leaders to the church (Ephesians 4:11). Their job is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12).
Did you catch that? Those who work in vocational ministry are not called to do all of the ministry themselves, but to train others to do the ministry with them. Continue reading
I have never met a Christian legalist.
At least, not to my knowledge.
You may be out there. But your self-diagnosis is suspect in my book.
Let me explain why.
Legalism has become one of our favorite words in Christianity. We use the notion of legalism as an excuse to escape the hard work of radical obedience.
Excessive obedience is not legalism. Is it even possible to be too obedient? Continue reading
These symptoms are delightful to encounter in a new believer.
Delightful for a while, that is; training is needed.
These new believer symptoms shouldn’t persist.
I became a Christian nearly 25 years ago. I was personally guilty of many of these thoughts. I suppose instinct tells us what to believe.
But our natural beliefs should be suspect.
The tragedy is finding these symptoms in people who took Christ to be their Savior decades ago.
Let’s consider half a dozen symptoms of New Believer Syndrome. Continue reading