Text: Matthew 10

Memorize: “I am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16 NET

We know the action of sending. We used to send letters written with mechanical instruments that scratched ink upon paper, stuffed into envelopes and sent by truck and plane. Now we hit “Send” to put an electronic message in someone’s inbox. We send, or ought to, on occasion, flowers to loved ones. Continue reading

Aside from a small beef, that the last verse quoted deals with internal Christian relationships and thus doesn’t advance or cap the point of the article, I have only cheers and amens for Matthew Morine’s article, “The Church and the Lost.”

Therefore, if a congregation is to be faithful to the pattern of Jesus, the congregation must be functioning with non-Christians in mind.  A congregation must not be internally-driven by the needs and demands of the saved.  A congregation must have the same perspective of Jesus by placing the priority on the lost.

It deserves to be read three or four times and implemented immediately in every church. Continue reading

Subtitle: Practical suggestions for giving through the church

God has one body through which he works his will and in which he invests his Spirit. The church is the only provision divinely instituted for his work. “… to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:21, NRSV). If God is to be given glory in the church, our efforts must be done in and through the church and not handed off to some entity that was unknown in the pages of Scripture.

Below are some concrete suggestions to avoid empowering parachurch organizations and follow the plan of God for salvation through the church. Continue reading