Archive | February 2018

(446) EMERGING TRENDS WITHIN THE CHURCH TODAY: RITUALS – 5 REASONS TO NOT OBSERVE LENT

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3 Rs – RITUALS, RITUALS and RITUALS

While this one posting won’t do this subject justice, it important to start this discussion within the Evangelical Church because of the increasing interests in moving closer to Roman Catholicism and mystical practices from more Protestant groups such as the Emerging Church.  This time of year, it becomes very relevant during the time of Lent starting with Ash Wednesday.

=> I don’t necessarily want to discourage someone who feels participation in these practices are valuable to their walk. I would rather bring up these issues which are becoming popular but have little biblical support and instead if steeped in ancient church history and tradition.  In the end, will a Christian move further from God and closer to tradition for tradition sake by following a path that focuses on man-made ideas and rituals. It is important to ask why these rituals…

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(482) DISCIPLEMAKING 101 – Emerging Trends in the Church Today

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I wish I could say that disciple-making is an emerging trend in the church today, but I don’t think it really is. 

It is really not that complicated.  Think about what the last words that Jesus proclaimed while walking on the earth before his ascension into heaven.  Would it be unreasonable to assume that someone’s last words before departing would carry some level of significance and importance?  Jesus commissioned us, the church, to GO and MAKE DISCIPLES. 

The Great Commission – Matthew 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “Disciplemaking_2_updated-300x200All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you…

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