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David Platt on Sharing the Gospel with Kids

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Motivating Church Members

How do you motivate church members to increase their interest in spiritual growth?

Preach the Word. Preaching is the primary way that God uses the church to motivate members to spiritual growth.

Cast the vision. Primarily cast the vision through the preaching ministry of the church. And also in the context of small groups, maybe have all ages go through the same curriculum for a season.

Share stories. As a part of creating excitement share what God is doing and has done in the life of other believers.

Set goals. Set out to do a daily Bible reading plan as a church.

Challenge the church to pursue God by spending time in prayer, Bible reading, family worship time, corporate worship. Along with pursuing a lifestyle of transparency and honesty. Encouraging them to grow in the area of giving and stewardship and small group participation. Develop a heart to serve and plug into a ministry. Pursue a non-prejudice heart and grow in boldness to share the gospel. And disciple someone else in the same process.

Encourage them to pick a time and place to develop the habit of spending time with God in their relationship with Him. Start with the right attitude and pray without ceasing.

I’ve seen churches use small groups, campaigns, a series of meetings, sermon series, discipleship classes. Some are more effective than others, but I think it takes a varieties of ways to reinforce the vision and some learn at different paces and with different styles.

I also think mentoring is another way that is effective. Also I believe university type courses with different spiritual level classes can sometimes be effective.

What are some other ways that can help motivation in spiritual growth?

I’ll have an order of Christianity hold the religion.

When I hear the word religion, I automatically think of the Pharisees. Jesus spoke very boldly to them. Matthew 23:27-28″Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (ESV)

The Pharisees were very religious. They were all talk and no show. There are so many “so-called” Christians that would fall into this category. They are religious, but what does that mean? Is that a bad thing? To be labeled as religious? We tell our agnostic, atheist, genius friends that Christianity is not a religion. I would have once said that, but is it accurate?

Dr. Chad Brand made a great point in class, that Christianity is indeed a religion, because of it’s structure and organization. So why is there a struggle if both are true. Well scripture has a great answer. God defines religion quiet nicely. We see it in James 1:26-27 “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” What sets Christianity from all other religions? There are many things, mainly Jesus and his resurrection. But James describes that our religion, if we chose to use that word, should be “pure.”

TGC: 2011 Audio and Video Live

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This is from Justin Taylor’s blog.

“Everything on the main stage at The Gospel Coalition will be simulcast live—including the two concerts. The video and audio will all appear on this page.
I was especially excited to learn that the goal is to have all the audio online within an hour of the session, and that they will also be translated into French, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. I’m very grateful for TGC investing this extra effort to serve more and more folks.

STRONG LOVE

1 Corinthians 13:4 “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

What a great reminder for those who teach and proclaim God’s Word. We might sound good and have a great message, but if we are not speaking this truth in love then we haven’t gained anything (1 Cor. 13:3). You can still bold and proclaim truth with great love. The people of God are God’s children, we should not beat them down. Be honest with them but do it in love. Just because you show love doesn’t mean you are weak. Look at 1 Cor. 16:13 “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be STRONG. Let all that you do be done in LOVE.”

Speak the truth. Speak in Love.

Here are some other resources on this subject:

An article by Thomas R. Schreiner, preaching pastor of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky

A Message from Epiphany Fellowship