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20 Quotes | Sticky Church

Sticky Church by Larry Osborne is an excellent book on the role of small groups in the life of the church. While some of the concepts are very specific to Osborne’s church context and leadership convictions, much of what he shares is transferrable. You’ll likely notice the similarities to Park City Church’s groups strategy and emphasis. I hope you enjoy these 20 Quotes from the work. We’ve often become so focused on reaching people that we’ve forgotten the importance of…

20 Quotes | Bonhoeffer’s Life Together

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together is one of my favorite books on Christian community. In Life Together, Bonhoeffer offers a helpful and realistic view of what God has given us in our relationships within the body of Christ. The first chapter gives a captivating and compelling description of Christian community. From there, Bonhoeffer moves into particular applications regarding a day in community, a day in solitude, ministry toward one another, and eating the Lord’s Supper together. I tried to mainly highlight…

How to Recruit People to a Small Group

How to Recruit to Your Small Group Getting a group up and running is a hard thing to do. In this article, I am going to give you three cautions and three suggestions for getting people to attend your small group. I hope you find these helpful. First, here are three cautions when recruiting people into a group. On the positive side, here are three things that you can do to try to recruit to your group: As you can…

20 Quotes | Corporate Worship

Corporate Worship: How the Church Gathers as God’s People by Matt Merker. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Publishing, 2021. Corporate Worship is a part of 9Marks Building Healthy Churches Series and is an excellent primer on the subject. Here are 20 Quotes that I found to be particularly helpful: There’s a connection between how a congregation understands itself to be a church, and the way it worships as a church. (24) Scripture teaches that there is a time “when you come together…

The Joy We Will Experience in the New Heaven and the New Earth

Section 9: The End Times Week 4: The New Heaven and the New Earth Day 5: The Joy We Will Experience in the New Heaven and the New Earth Rev. 21-22 What will eternal life be like? Whatever else we might say about eternal life in the new heaven and the new earth, it will be place of great joy. How could it not be if the curse has been removed, along with every trace of suffering, sin, and death?…

Eternity in the New Heaven and the New Earth

Section 9: The End Times Week 4: The New Heaven and the New Earth Day 4: Eternity in the New Heaven and the New Earth Rev. 22 We keep using the word eternity. What does it mean though? With respect to God, the term refers to the fact that he exists outside of time and therefore doesn’t have a beginning or an end. When it comes to the new creation, we often think of it in similar terms – time…

The Joining of Heaven and Earth

Section 9: The End Times Week 4: The New Heaven and the New Earth Day 3: The Joining of Heaven and Earth Rev. 21:1-7 As we had a chance to discuss earlier, God is omnipresent. That is, he is present everywhere at all at once. Nevertheless, it is clear God manifests his presence more powerfully at certain times in certain places. We call the place where God most powerfully manifest his presence heaven.[i] Yesterday we talked about the idea many…

The Physical Nature of the New Creation

Section 9: The End Times Week 4: The New Heaven and the New Earth Day 1: The Physical Nature of the New Creation Rom. 8:18-25 As we’ve noted before, many believers think of eternal life in spiritual/non-material terms. Eternal life is thought of as an ecstatic vision of God. We get to look upon God forever and we’re entranced by the sight of him. This is often referred to as the beatific vision, “an unbroken, unchanging contemplation of the infinite…

The Renewal of the Earth

Section 9: The End Times Week 4: The New Heaven and the New Earth Day 2: The Renewal of the Earth 2 Peter 3:3-14 We noted earlier that eternity will share the same fundamental physical/material structure as the current universe. That is not to say there won’t be significant differences though. Sin corrupted the original creation. But God intends to renew/restore it. The most dramatic picture of that process comes from Peter: The Lord is not slow in keeping his…

Hell

Section 9: The End Times Week 3: The Final Judgment Day 5: Hell Luke 16:19-31 Hell is a difficult subject. The Bible’s descriptions of it aren’t pleasant: Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41). If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to…

The Judgment of Satan

Section 9: The End Times Week 3: The Final Judgment Day 4: The Judgment of Satan Rev. 20:1-10 The Bible depicts Satan as a powerful enemy who is at war against God and his people. It would be a mistake, however, to view this as a battle of equals.  God, after all, is omnipotent. Satan is not. As a result, whether he knew it or not, Satan lost the war the moment he rebelled. God allows him to have a…

The Judgment of Believers

Section 9: The End Times Week 3: The Final Judgment Day 3: The Judgment of Believers Luke 19:11-26 When we think of the final judgment, the dominant theme for most of us is the judgment of unbelievers. But believers will be judged as well. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned…