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7 Principles for Dealing with Sin in the Church | Understanding Matthew 18:15–20

7 Principles for Dealing with Sin in the Church | Understanding Matthew 18:15–20

In order to understand Church discipline, it is perhaps profitable to define what we mean by “church.” Today when we hear the word “church” it means many things to us. But it is unlikely it means to us what it meant to the earliest Christians. For us it may mean things like a building, a service we attend and so on. We say things like, I attend “Such-and-such Church,” or “My family and I went to church on Easter.” We…

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Resolving Conflict with Disarming Calm: Responding Like Jesus

Resolving Conflict with Disarming Calm: Responding Like Jesus

Relationships are not easy. To be in a relationship usually means that parties will be resolving conflict at some point. There is a quiet calmness about Jesus’ ministry. When reading the Gospels I cannot think of any place where he shows anger, other than when clearing the temple. Throughout his ministry he encountered many difficult people and situations that made him have to manage conflict. To all of them he responded with wisdom and calm. One such text is Matthew…

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What Does Discipleship Have to Do with Emotional Health?

What Does Discipleship Have to Do with Emotional Health?

What does discipleship have to do with mental and emotional health? For some that might be a novel question. Emotions have everything to do with discipleship. The morally wrong things (sin) we do to ourselves and each other lead to the deep emotional wounds most of us carry. Discipleship is learning to tame the emotions through the truth of the Gospel. There is growing clinical and professional literature today on what is called “emotional intelligence” or emotional functioning. As businesses…

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What is the Gospel? | 5 Hope-giving Gospel Truths in the Story of Jesus

What is the Gospel? | 5 Hope-giving Gospel Truths in the Story of Jesus

If someone asked you “What is the Gospel?” Could you answer them? What bearing does it have? I think even many Christians today would struggle to answer. Let’s take a few minutes to consider five key facets of this ancient gem. 1. The Gospel is a message — From the New Testament books we call “the four Gospels,” Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, it is a message to be proclaimed. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19–20 commands the apostolic Church…

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Following Jesus—6 Keys in Discipleship & Spiritual Formation

Following Jesus—6 Keys in Discipleship & Spiritual Formation

If we are not doing what Jesus said, are we still the Church? We will leave the answer to him. I think we can safely conclude from the Bible that if we are not doing what Jesus said, then we need to make a change. Take a look at the seven Churches of the book of Revelation. Jesus says to a couple of them, “But I have this against you . . .” (Rev. 2:4, 14, & 20). Whoa!” He…

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