Teachings tagged with ‘encouragement’

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“The Leader” vs. “Providing Leadership”

One of the things that commonly prevents fellowships, home groups, and churches from forming is the issue of who is going to be the leader. Several scenarios are typical. A natural leader arises from a group and assumes responsibility for moving it along. Sometimes this works, if the leader is a kind and sensitive person […]

How To Teach


Homiletics: Modern definition: “The art of preaching.” Webster’s 1828 definition: “A branch of practical theology, which teaches the manner in which ministers of the gospel should adapt their discourses to the capacities of their hearers, and pursue the best methods of instructing them by their doctrines and examples.” Getting started: When you begin to think […]

Fellowship: Intimate Joint-participation


Fellowship is an important concept in the New Testament. The Greek word translated “fellowship” is koinonia, and it occurs in some very pivotal verses. Like many other Greek words, it has several meanings that overlap to some extent. Koinonia can refer to intimate participation and full sharing with others, such as in the verses that […]

Let’s Meet Together For Good


People are communal beings. Loneliness is a horrible feeling, and it is very disconcerting and uncomfortable to be isolated. This is so universally true that many people hide what they really believe or how they really feel about something just so they will be accepted in a group. There are studies that confirm that people […]

No “Ordinary” Child


The Word of God tells us that when Moses was born “he was no ordinary child.” While this is certainly true of Moses, from God’s perspective it is also true that no one ever born is considered ordinary. Sadly, despite such potential for being “extraordinary,” far too many people die as “ordinary.” What happens to […]

Let’s Get Together!


God tells us in the book of Hebrews that we should “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Heb. 10:24). Then in the immediate context He adds in verse 25, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing.…” We believe you will […]