College Park Church in Indianapolis, Ind., has selected this year Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, the world's largest Scripture translation organization, as the recipient of its annual Christmas Offering, a special collection meant to assist Christian missions.
The Indiana megachurch, which has averaged $600,000 in recent years for the special holiday offering, will donate the money collected during its three services on Sunday, Dec. 22 to the Christian nonprofit.
"At College Park Church, we have a particular passion that those who have never had an opportunity to hear about Jesus may do so, and thereby may find life in Him," said Nate Irwin, pastor of global outreach at the church. more >>
While the percentage of born-again Christians who practice evangelism has either decreased or remained relatively unchanged among some generations, the percentage of Millennials who are sharing their faith has "significantly" increased in recent years, according to a new report.
The report, published Wednesday by Barna Group, revealed that 65 percent of believing Millennials have presented the Gospel message to at least one person in the last year with the hope that they might accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. That number is up from 2010, when just 56 percent of Millennials said they had done the same.
By comparison, the percentage of Elders (born 1945 and earlier) who evangelize has "remained fairly steady over the past several decades," the study says, and has increased by one point (from 52 to 53 percent) since 2010. Evangelism among Boomers (born 1946 through 1964) has decreased by five points (from 53 to 48 percent) in the last three years, and among Busters (born 1965 through 1983, according to previous reports) it has dropped by 11 points (from 60 to 49 percent). more >>
A Southern California megachurch pastor, Dante Gebel, hosted a youth event last weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where 90,000 people from around the county gathered to hear his message of hope, specifically aimed for young adults.
"What I am asking all who attend it is to invite one or two people who do not know the Lord, take advantage of the event to evangelize," Gebel previously said about the event, according to Argentinian news outlet, La Nacion. "Not only will you enjoy a great show, but you will also hear a message that will confront and challenge you to change your lives. God has given me a message for my country and the rest of America, I'm sure it will affect the youth and family. "
The event dubbed as "El Superclásico de la Juventud" (Superclassic Youth) celebrated its 20th anniversary of bringing thousands of youth together, which first started out as a gathering in the mid-90s of 4,000 people. Prior to the free-admission celebration, organizers held back from disclosing the program and musical acts of the mega event with the aim to lure people who genuinely wanted to have an encounter with God. more >>
More than 3,600 people attended LifeChurch.tv's first worship services at its newest campus in Moore, Okla., and about 70 people made commitments to follow Jesus Christ last Sunday at the branch of the multisite megachurch founded 7 years ago.
Moore campus pastor Michael Metcalf told The Christian Post that the new campus was launched because of the many LifeChurch.tv worshippers living in the area.
"Many people that live in Moore, Norman, and surrounding areas were attending our South Oklahoma City campus and are passionate about making a difference in their community," said Metcalf. "Our mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ, and we believe a campus in Moore will be a huge catalyst for reaching thousands of people in the community who don't yet know Him." more >>
Nick Vujicic of Life Without Limbs ministry premieres his first-ever Web series Monday that documents his travels to 24 countries where he shared with tens of thousands of people how his hope and faith in Jesus Christ helped him overcome a rare disorder that has left him without any arms or legs.
"The opportunity to impact huge numbers of people through events and conferences was an amazing way to feel the joy of the Lord," Vujicic says in a press statement on the new series. "Yet at the same time, it was the stories of individuals who showed how God works in our daily lives. I heard countless stories of joy, hope and inspiration. I thank the Lord for the chance to share their stories with the world."
The 31-year-old married father will be sharing with his global supporters how he ministered in 2013 to about 400,000 people around the globe in countries like Ecuador, Japan, Vietnam and, most recently, Taiwan. more >>
On October 24th, I began to write a new book entitled Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur's Strange Fire. By God's grace, three weeks (and more than 400 pages) later, with contributions from Craig Keener and Sam Storms and others, the book was completed and is now available as an e-book.
In the next few articles, I'll share some of the key contents of the book with the hope that this will help deepen our hunger for God's truth and God's Spirit. Here, I'll focus on Chapter Three of Authentic Fire, entitled "A Great Big Blind Spot," where I examine Pastor MacArthur's claims that:
1) "The Charismatic Movement as such has made no contribution to biblical clarity, no contribution to interpretation, no contribution to sound doctrine." 2) "People who have any connection to Judaism and Christianity have a connection to philanthropy. It is a striking anomaly, however, that there is essentially zero social benefit to the world from the Charismatic Movement. Where's the charismatic hospital? Social services? Poverty relief? This is a scam." 3) ". . . the movement itself has brought nothing that enriches true worship." 4) "I'll start believing the truth prevails in the Charismatic Movement when its leaders start looking more like Jesus Christ." more >>