Sermon Summary: Parable of the fig tree

In a sermon titled "Is God an Ax Murderer?, Pastor Lance McKinnon looks at Jesus' well-known, but not well-understood parable of the fig tree. [caption id="attachment_1608" align="aligncenter" width="464"] The Vine Dresser and the Fig Tree by James Tissot (public domain)[/caption] Scripture reading: Luke 13:1-9 (NIV) There were some present at that very time who told [Jesus] about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do... Read the article

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Kid’s Korner: Is your children’s ministry in survival or creative mode?

Just about every parent or grandparent with young children or grandchildren knows about the popular video game Minecraft, which is basically a virtual version of Lego. What does Minecraft have to do with children's ministry? Find out in a helpful article on the Kidologist website titled Is Your Kidmin in Survival or Creative Mode? (click here to read it). [caption id="attachment_1583" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Minecraft Community Church in my world[/caption] Read the article

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From Greg: It’s not about numbers

Dear fellow ministers of Christ, [caption id="attachment_21" align="alignright" width="150"] Greg and Susan Williams[/caption] For the first 14 years of my life, with my family I attended the Advent Christian Church. It was such a small denomination that I only knew of one sister church, some 40 miles away. I came to realize that many of their teachings originated with the 1900s Baptist preacher William Miller (the Worldwide Church of God has a similar lineage). Our Advent Christian pastor died in 1968. Because we were a very small church, and because my father had been serving the congregation, the mantle of leadership was passed to him. Though my dad was a student of the Bible, he had no formal training to be a pastor. As a... Read the article

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Worship in fellowship groups

Below are the five articles in the September issue of Equipper, which focuses on conducting worship services in fellowship groups. Enjoy! --- Ted Johnston, editor From Greg: It's not about numbers Drawing from his childhood, Greg Williams points out the advantages of worship in fellowship group-sized congregations. Here's what it looks like: Fellowship group worship Ted Johnston shares a video that demonstrates fellowship group worship. Tips for facilitating discussions in fellowship groups Lee Berger offers tips on effectively facilitating group discussions. Sermon Summary: Parable of the fig tree Lance McKinnon shares a sermon titled "Is God an ax murderer?" Kid's Korner: Is your children's ministry in survival or... Read the article

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Tips for facilitating discussions in fellowship groups

Lee Berger, pastor of GCI's Longview, TX, congregation, shares what he has learned about facilitating fellowship group discussions. [caption id="attachment_1567" align="alignright" width="150"] Lee and Sue Berger[/caption] We can all learn much by sharing in the experiences and thoughts of other people. When a group of folks gets together, we hope for a profitable, open, positive discussion—but this result does not automatically happen. I’ll bet we’ve all been involved in group interactions when feelings get hurt, arguments ensue, no one feels safe to speak up, the group leader or another person monopolizes the discussion, or there’s precious little accomplished due to lack of direction. Often, the key element for a... Read the article

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Here’s what it looks like: Fellowship group worship

Equipper editor Ted Johnston shares a video that demonstrates a discussion-based Fellowship Group worship service. He then offers some observations. [caption id="attachment_998" align="alignright" width="150"] Ted and Donna Johnston[/caption] As Greg mentions in his cover letter, at the 2016 GCI-USA Regional Conferences we addressed the whys and hows of fellowship groups. In one workshop we held a foreshortened fellowship group worship service to show how fellowship group-sized congregations can conduct worship in a way that capitalizes on their small size. Embedded below is a video with excerpts from the demonstration at the Orlando conference (on YouTube at http://youtu.be/PKOF2i6cD5I). Following the video I offer a few... Read the article

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