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The Loveliness and Grace of Jesus Christ

In April, our MC leaders will explore the doctrine of union with Christ and how that defines them as his disciples.  As a supplement to that, here are some thoughts from John Owen in Communion with the Triune God on the loveliness and graciousness of our Lord and Savior. Jesus is... Lovely in his person---in the glorious all-sufficiency of his Deity, gra...

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Assuming the Gospel

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:1-2) As Paul tells the Corinthian church what's up, he points them back to the gospel.  He uses the word 8 times in the bo...

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Boldness & Courage

Drawing from Acts 4, David Platt and Francis Chan discuss specific prayer for boldness and courage in our disciple-making.   ...

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Getting Past Our Doubts from Ray Ortlund

Many in our church and in our city are struggling with this or that, with unbelief in the promises of the gospel. Asaph struggled with the same thing, and shared how he worked through it in Psalm 73....

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Prayer as Communion - Paul Washer

Thanks to Aaron Tetzlaff for pointing me to this encouraging message from Paul Washer....

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Cultivating Meaningful Relationships in Small Groups

"Small groups. Growth groups. Mini-churches. Community groups. Cell groups. Accountability groups. Home groups. Missional communities. Mini-flocks. No matter what you call them, most churches of any size highlight the importance of meeting together in smaller communities within the local church. How do I cultivate meaningful relationships in my small group?"...

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Platt on Disciple Making

Missional Community leaders need to set the pace, showing that "money and possessions and sex and sports and success are not worthy of their worship." Jesus is, and we seek to see his worship increase. How can we stand by as our family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. worship things other than Jesus which will only lead to death and destruction?...

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Gospel Identities

Who you are influences what you do. What you believe influences how you live. In our fallenness, we are great at getting this wrong and placing more emphasis on what you're to do rather than living out of who you are. Therefore, we must highlight our "gospel identities" as the basis for and the motivation of shared mission. ...

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How to Tell the Better Story

A few years ago, I found myself leaning on Akon's Lamborghini....

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Fighting for Corporate Identity

My prayer is that as we develop our concise mission statements group-by-group, we can look at our MC's and see them "standing firm in one spirit, striving side-by-side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything" by those hostile toward the faith (Phil. 1:27-28)....

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