In an effort to clear up any confusion about what it means to "repent," a leader from Harvest Christian Fellowship's student ministries spells out the "5 R's of Repentance" in a recent blog representing the church-led evangelistic youth movement, Uprising.
"I decided to write about repentance because it seems that both Christians and non-Christians can be confused about what it means," KC McCauley, who is the pastoral assistant for high school ministries at Harvest Fellowship in Southern California and a co-leader at Uprising, told The Christian Post.
"For the non-believer, repentance can be confusing regarding salvation and what happens when they come to Christ," McCauley continued. "For the Christian, it can be confusing regarding sanctification and how they react to sin now that they know Christ. Therefore, it affects us on a personal level in our Christian life and in our evangelism." more >>
A Tennessee church that recently installed a 'prayer box' for written prayer requests in their parking lot since many commuters use its property to cut through traffic at an intersection may inspire similar boxes nationwide, say church leaders.
Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Jackson erected the prayer box three months ago wherein individuals could slip in a 3x5 note card with information about their prayer request.
Barry Matthews, lay leader at Aldersgate, told The Christian Post that since the box received much media attention, other churches have expressed an interest in undertaking similar efforts. more >>
Mercy Me, Phil Wickham and For King and Country will headline the Harvest America crusade at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Oct. 5, Pastor Greg Laurie and Harvest Ministries announced Thursday.
"All three of these groups have been a part of Harvest events in the past, and understand the importance of their role to be used by God to prepare the hearts of those in attendance to hear the message of the Gospel," said pastor John Collins, executive director of Harvest America.
Harvest America in Dallas is planned as a national and even international outreach, utilizing satellite and live-streaming technology to simulcast the event to thousands of remote venues. more >>
It's messy. That's the only way I can describe to you the public debate between traditional and same-sex marriage. Trust me. Working for a pro-family non-profit in Washington D.C., I learned fast that death threats and harassing phone calls from gay activists were the norm.
Inside church sanctuaries, a similar struggle is brewing. Oh, there are less death threats to be sure. But the struggle to preserve marriage and sexuality between on man and one woman is just as messy on the inside as it is on the outside of our churches.
We can't ignore the "gay Christian" debate. For too long, I've seen pastors avoid the "politically charged" same-sex marriage issue. From the pulpit, they say things like, "Don't worry about marriage out there. Just defend God's design for marriage by living out yours well." These pastors have good intentions. But in their dodge ball efforts to not offend liberal members of their congregations, they have created a gaping hole in theological understanding of sexuality and marriage, especially among young Christians. more >>
A report released by the Southern Baptist Commission this week suggests that the country's largest denomination outside of the Roman Catholic Church is struggling to bring in new members from the Millennials and younger age group demographic.
According to the Pastors' Task Force on SBC Evangelistic Impact & Declining Baptisms, 25 percent of Southern Baptist churches baptized no new members in 2012, while 60 percent reported no baptisms for youth between the ages of 12 and 17. Also indicative of the denomination's struggle to attract Millennials were the 80 percent of churches which reported baptizing one or zero adults between 18 and 29.
Ed Stetzer, the President of the Southern Baptist-linked Lifeway Research, who worked on the team headed by Al Gilbert, the Vice President of Evangelism at the North American Mission Board which created the report, suggested the denomination had not focused enough on intentionally reaching non-Christians. more >>
In the American educational system, from first grade all the way up through high school, we're taught to memorize information, and then take a test. If we pass the intellectual test, then we move on to the next grade.
We've transferred this learning pattern to Christianity. We're trained to learn Bible concepts, principles and doctrines intellectually. And the more Biblical information we know, the greater disciples we are deemed to be.
I think this is killing the church in America, just like it hurt the Pharisees. more >>