Clarifying Our Theological Vision, part 4

Here is part 4 of an essay titled Clarifying Our Theological Vision by Gary Deddo, with an introduction from Joseph Tkach. The essay is being published serially here in Equipper. To read each part, click on a link: introduction, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. To read the full essay in one article, click here. For the related essay, Covenant, Law and God's Faithfulness, click here. addressing the christian life By Dr. Gary Deddo [caption id="attachment_3743" align="alignright" width="181"] Gary Deddo[/caption] How does what we have addressed so far in this series inform our understanding of the Christian life? In this part of the essay, we'll seek to answer that question in a biblically faithful way that aligns with and clarifies GCI's incarnational... Read the article

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Sermon for August 27, 2017

Scripture readings: Ex. 1:8-2:10 and Ps. 124 (or Isa. 51:1-6 and Ps. 138) Rom. 12:1-8; Matt. 16:13-20 Sermon by Dustin Lampe from Matthew 16:13-20 and Romans 12:1-8 TOTAL SURRENDER (part 1) GIVE IT UP! Note: this is part 1 of a 2-part sermon with the overall title "Total Surrender." Part 2 (Give It Away!), covering Matt. 16:21-28, will be published in the August issue of Equipper. Introduction Common wisdom says surrender is for fools: It's the antithesis of strength and control It's what wimps do It's the last resort after you’ve tried everything else Common wisdom says you must "hold the rope or die"---do not surrender to weakness! It says never give up on your dreams and your goals---never surrender them! ... Read the article

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On Leadership: Toward team-based leadership

[caption id="attachment_158" align="alignright" width="150"] Rick and Cheryl Shallenberger[/caption] This article is from GCI-USA Regional Pastor and Equipper Feature Editor, Rick Shallenberger. This is part 4 of a series on Christian leadership. For other articles in the series, click a number: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8. In the first few months of being employed full-time as a GCI pastor, I had a wonderful idea of how to get the entire congregation into small groups. I shared my idea with the congregation's leadership team, believing I had their full support. I spent months working on charts, figuring out who would attend which group, who would be the facilitators and what topics would be covered. Each time we met, I shared where I was... Read the article

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Sermon for August 20, 2017

Scripture Readings: Gen. 45:1-15 and Ps. 133 (or Isa. 56:1, 6-8 and Ps. 67) Rom. 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matt. 15:10-28 Sermon by Martin Manuel from Matthew 15:10-28 Mega-Faith Introduction This sermon looks at a powerful example of faith from an unexpected source. The backdrop is what we read in Matt. 15:10-20, along with the history of Israel’s conquest of those living in the Promised Land. In our Gospel passage today Matthew tells of Jesus confronting the Jew's spiritual concept of clean versus unclean---both things and people. The Jews had misinterpreted the ceremonial laws written by Moses, thinking that people were made spiritually unclean by the introduction of contaminants in their food. Their idea of clean was not like our... Read the article

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Sermon for August 13, 2017

Scripture readings: Gen. 37:14, 12-28 (or 1 Kings 19:9-18; Ps. 85:8-13) Rom. 10:5-15; Matt. 14:22-33 Sermon by Josh McDonald from Matthew 14:22-33 Watch While You're Walking Introduction Our Gospel lection today tells of Jesus defying the laws of physics by walking on water. This story has fascinated people for centuries. Three Gospels record it: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Today we'll look at the account in Matthew 14:22-33. [caption id="attachment_4881" align="aligncenter" width="350"] "Against the Wind" by Liz Lemon Swindle (used with permission)[/caption] Jesus: like none other There are folks who try to discount or even get rid of Jesus' miracles to make the Bible more palatable to modern sensibilities. They say the... Read the article

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GCI: We are family!

Looking forward to our "family reunion" in Orlando in August, the July issue of "Equipper" (articles and sermons linked below) celebrates the blessings we have in GCI as an international family on mission together with the Triune God. From Greg: Celebrating our family Greg Williams tells about his recent trips to the Philippines and Mexico where he visited members of our GCI family on mission with God. On Leadership: Toward team-based leadership Continuing our series on the characteristics of effective leaders and leadership teams, this article from Rick Shallenberger looks at leadership processes and styles that support team-based leadership. Clarifying Our Theological Vision, part 4 Building on what he has covered in this... Read the article

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Kids Korner: Building relationships

This issue of Kid's Korner is from Jeffrey Broadnax who pastors GCI congregations in Ohio and serves as National Coordinator for GCI Generations Ministries. My nine-year-old daughter Kassidy and I recently shared a road trip to North Carolina where I conducted a wedding. I had purchased a DVD player so Kassidy could pass the time in the car watching videos. To my surprise, she brought along my set of Schoolhouse Rock! videos. If you're not familiar with Schoolhouse Rock!, you're likely younger than 40. As I was growing up, kids all over America would sit in front of their televisions on Saturday morning watching cartoons like Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, and the Justice League of America. In commercial breaks, instead of ads for... Read the article

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Sermon for August 6, 2017

Scripture readings: Gen. 32:22-31 and Ps. 17:1-7, 15 (or Isa. 55:1-5 and Ps. 145:8-9, 14-21) Rom. 9:1-5; Matt. 14:13-21 Sermon by Dustin Lampe from Matthew 14:13-21 A Call to Contentment (feeding of the 5,000) Introduction Recently, I spent the evening at the home of a neighbor who had recently returned from a trip to Nigeria, his home country. He told me that Nigeria is one of the most corrupt places on earth. He told me how the government manipulates the people and the general hopelessness that has swept the nation. He told me about the struggles of his family in Nigeria and how he was blessed to be able to help them. Interestingly, his main complaint about Nigeria was the noise that comes from mosques, churches and... Read the article

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From Greg: Celebrating our family

Dear pastors and ministry leaders: [caption id="attachment_5219" align="alignright" width="184"] Greg and Susan Williams[/caption] As I travel in my responsibilities as Director of Church Administration and Development and GCI Vice President, I'm blessed to spend time with GCI leaders and members throughout the world. We truly are an international family, and that is something to celebrate! I recently had the pleasure of visiting our GCI family in the Philippines and Mexico. Let me share some of what I experienced. GCI Philippines GCI's congregations in the Philippines, scattered throughout that nation's 7,641 islands, are served by a wonderful group of pastors, pastoral teams and ministry leaders who volunteer to serve (only two of... Read the article

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