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In the May newsletter we began to look at the role of values in a person or church being willing or unwilling to change. A "value is a standard or measure of what is important, desirable to believe, to have, or to do." Thus, values are decision making measuring sticks. Therefore, a person's values significantly affect which changes he or she will be willing to make. Leadership involves helping people identify their values and change them if necessary. . . .
As has been indicated in the last two issues of the ChristWay Ministries newsletter, it is almost impossible to change a church without also changing its values. Values are the foundation for all that people do. A "value is a standard or measure of what is important, desirable to believe, have, or to do." What we really value, determines what we will do when a decision is needed to expend time, emotion, or energy in an opportunity or task. . . .
Unless a declining church changes its values, it will be very difficult for it to ever see growth again. Values are standards or measuring sticks that help us make decisions. Values are understandings of what is most important to us, and we tend to do what we think is important. Consequently, a church will not change how it does ministry unless it first experiences a change in its values. . . .
Carrying out church discipline of a member who has willfully continued sinning is a stressful and unwelcome experience. The process of identifying the sin and guilt of the member along with the necessary confrontations and offers of help with repentance takes both time and Biblical wisdom. And yet the vote of the congregation to dismiss the member is actually just the beginning of the process. With God, discipline and chastening have a redeptive, corrective purpose. . . .
The "Great Commission" is Christ's command to find, connect with, win, disciple, instruct, and assimilate lost people into the church. Matthew 28:18-20 provides the mission and marching orders for the church. The Great Commission is one of Christ's priorities for His body on earth. . . .
A few years ago, the initials WWJD started appearing on everything from children's wristbands to billboards by the roadside. WWJD - "What Would Jesus Do?" became a popular and appropriate question when someone was trying to make a decision. While Jesus is not found in Scripture trying to decide between buying a Hummer R-2 and a Toyota Prius vehicle, we do find many instances where He took specific actions and had specific priorities while He was the "God-Man" here on...
Where is it appropriate for believers to engage lost people and share their faith? Sometimes Christians are criticized for going where lost people are in order to reach them for Christ (often the criticism is by the same folks that say, "the church worship service is onlly for saved people.") This perspective really cuts down on the possibility of engaging lost people with an active and effective witness. Consequently, muh of the 21st century church of the USA spends most...
As has been stated in the first two parts of this series "What Would Jesus Do?" in relation to witness and evangelism, if Jesus were here today, the Gospel accounts show Him "witnessing" whenever He could and wherever He was. The first five chapters of the Gospel of John show Him witnessing on the road, at a wedding, in His room, at a well, and in the market place. He actively sought out people and made a priority of sharing...
"There is so much to do that I never get around to sharing my faith!" This statement reflects the situation many believers face today. Between our children's schooling, sports, and lessons, we meet ourselves coming and going. Things do not change much at church as well. There are so many programs and meetings that conversations with spiritually lost people almost do not exist. We are just comfortable without those conversations. . . .
During these last months, the Ministry Monographs column has focused on a series of answers to the question WWJD? "What Would Jesus Do?" in relation to witness and outreach. These brief answers have been taken directly from the Gospel accounts of His life physically on this earth and provide insights for believers and the church today. This June article will be the fifth and final in the WWJD series. . . .