Entries by ralph

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Twelve

When Jesus was planning His Church – the one that He is currently building – He made some powerful and phenomenal statements. One of them is found in John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Eleven

Jesus said, “Go into all the world and make disciple…” (Matthew 28:19) This was His last command to His people before ascending into Heaven and sending the Holy Spirit to empower us to do what He has commanded (Acts 1:8).  Jesus said, “If you love Me you will obey My commandments…” (Matthew 14:15) So, we […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Ten

Last time as we spoke of replanting the church we briefly talked about the need to involve an apostle as they are essential and foundational to the effective and successful replanting of a local congregation.  Paul the apostle wrote, “And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Nine

For a replant to work the key leaders must be strong. There are many historical and traditional forces at work in a local church. There is a theological foundation upon which the church was founded. There are cultural and relational issues that need to be considered. So, a strong leader or leadership team will be […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Eight

There is such a thing in Christian leadership and church life as replanting a church. In the western world there is a need for new churches. In some cases existing churches must multiply and plant new churches from scratch. In other cases, existing churches must and should be revitalized – in essence, they must be […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Seven

During a visit to Ohio a week or so ago the pastor of the church I was working with spoke on the Sunday morning about apostolic ministry and the life of the church. In the midst of his excellent teaching he mentioned the stages in the life of the local church. His reference was a […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Six

The Church that Jesus is building will not look much like the church we now see functioning in our local neighbourhood. So much of what happens in most local churches – especially on a Sunday – is not biblical and is often not even godly. So much of the world’s way has slowly crept in […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Five

A number of thoughts about the Church I see today in the nations where I work… 1> One of the worst enemies of Christians can be good things in the Church We are keeping the Christians so busy with all the good things going on in and around the church building that they don’t have […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Four

There is such a confusion in the Church today about what we are to believe and why. As I work with young people in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) it is obvious that both believers and non-believers have a lot of confusion about what we, the Christians and followers of Jesus, really believe and why […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Three

A friend of mine moved to a city north of where I live and took over a struggling Spirit-filled church. He is a good leader and he quickly built a new leadership team to help him as the church began a tough journey to becoming healthy. He made a lot of changes – the music, […]