Christ's preaching to the "spirits in prison" between His death and resurrection is interpreted in four possible ways: Jesus ministers through His disciples to the lost on earth (Ephesians 2:17). He preaches through the prophets as in the days of Noah (1 Peter 1:11). He preaches to the dead so they have a second chance. Or, He visits the fallen angels in Tartarus (Hell) who...
Speaker: Stanley Toussaint
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:17-22
New pastor or leader, how do you build trust between you and your staff and church members? Here’s a cautionary tale, and a little advice on HOW to be an effective leader. As a fledgling ministry couple in our first church, we received a frantic phone call from a seminary colleague serving in a parish across town. Sounding like a poodle cornered by a Doberman, our friend...
Author: Julie Barrier
Every year, around this time, parents and churches ponder how to communicate the Easter story to children, as something more than dyed eggs. The problem is, of course, that it’s impossible to talk about the resurrection of Jesus without talking about death. And, in the case of Jesus, it’s really hard to talk about death without talking about crucifixion. Some churches resolve...
Author: Russell Moore
Jesus’ parable of the “prodigal son” has much to teach us-not only from the view of the son who was accepted back into his family by his father, but also from the perspective of the older brother. We see “older brothers” and “younger brothers” throughout our society. They often live in the same family. Often the elder sibling wants to please his parents and measure up to...
Author: Tim Keller
Futurist David Zach relates some powerful insights about the importance of living our lives on the basis of enduring principles rather than on fads or trends. But fads and trends are powerful influencers in our culture. Why? "When looking at the world, you can divide much of it into Fads, Trends or Principles . A little mantra for this is that we should Play with...
Author: David Zach
Topic: Church and Culture
I’ve seen it done wrong. I’ve seen it done right. Firing a pastor is a traumatic thing. I’VE SEEN IT DONE WRONG. From seven to seventeen I grew under the ministry of Brother Baker. He was a fine man with strong morals and values. He grew the church from about 75 people to over 500 in worship on Sundays. Five Hundred was a big church in the 1950s and 60s. When I was...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Are you clueless or savvy when you relate to others? You can develop great relationships with others if you learn to develop high social intelligence. What Does Social Intelligence Look Like? Decorum – propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance Etiquette – the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in...
Author: Don McMinn
Christ's final moments of earthly ministry, His crucifixion, resurrection and divine work in eternity are discussed in this one-hour seminar.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: John 20, Matthew 28:1-20, Acts 1:3-9, John 14:2-3, Revelation 20:1-6
Topic: The Life of Christ
All the best stories have it. The right setting. The climactic action. The memorable characters. And the greatest story forever told is no exception. Steven Furtick surveys the panorama of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation, connecting the dots of a plot woven together since the dawn of time. The story centers around one perfect character and one climactic event-the death...
Speaker: Steven Furtick
Topic: The Resurrection of Christ
History's most spectacular sin was the murder of Jesus. Satan's power in Judas' sinful passions, Satan's role in His own destruction, God's role in the murder of His Son and the hand and plan of God are discussed. The Gospel of God was at work in Jesus' death and resurrection. By John Piper. ©2013 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org
Speaker: John Piper
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11, Matthew 16:22-23, Matthew 21:42, Matthew 26:34, Luke 22:3-6
Topic: Christ as Savior