One of the great hindrances to life on mission is being in a hurry.
Blessed are the kick-butt, independent, self-sufficient, “I’m strong enough on my own,” people, for theirs is the kingdom of hell…
As I reflect on my own journey in church planting and on the conversations I’ve had with other planters, there seem to be three emotions common to church planting.
Here are six markers to help you assess the obstacles that might exist between your sermons and the culture of your congregation. These obstacles might be negatively impacting how the congregation is hearing you.
The following list is composed of some of the most common logical fallacies; I’ve chosen to limit it to only those I’ve actually heard in the last couple years.
- Have I prayed?
- What is my motive?
- Am I striving to edify others?
- Have I sought counsel?
- Would I not rather be wronged?
- How will I treat the person with whom I disagree?
- Am I involving a bigger audience than necessary?
- Am I the right person to engage?
- What is my ultimate goal?
- Am I focused on God’s glory?
What's your plan for the next encounter with temptation? Or for the next conversation with a friend, child, or spouse who needs your counsel?
Here's a strategy: F.L.E.E.
It's biblical, it's hard to forget, and it fits on a napkin.
The compulsion to be liked by anyone is actually the fear of man. Your sinful desire for likability is actually a revelation of your own fear. Humans were only made to fear one person–God.