Further Thoughts on My Greatest Leadership Challenge

I have given expression to my greatest leadership challenge before–leading myself, and it is a dynamic that I continue to want to steward well. With that in mind, consider these thoughts rooted in a recent reading of John the Baptist’s simple words in John 3:30, where he declares, “He (that is, Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease.” When I […]

“Walk By the Spirit!”

As the Apostle Paul brings closure to his thoughts regarding love being supreme over and above the fleshly extremes of license and law, he raises a tension regarding how to ensure this love will prevail. Galatians 5:16 and following resolve this tension with profound clarity, and the resolution is the antithesis of self-effort. “Walk by the Spirit,” the apostle pens, […]

Four Needs for Moving Toward Jesus

John 15:8 offers a succinct word about the legitimacy of discipleship. Jesus says, “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” But what is the fruit of discipleship—the fruit of which Jesus speaks? Is it having all kinds of knowledge about spiritual and/or theological things? Is it adding knots to […]

The Mark of a Christian

In the little book, The Mark of a Christian, by the inestimable Francis Schaeffer, we are reminded that for centuries Christians have sought to put forward symbols testifying to their relationship with Jesus Christ. Specifically, he writes: Through the centuries men have displayed many different symbols to show that they are Christians. They have worn marks in the lapels of […]

Loved By God

[fblike]   * * * * * * * * * * “Write This Down” is a summary of select teaching moments offered by Pastor Matthew. The preceding material is from the message “Loved By God,” part two of the sermon series entitled, “Follow Me,” a study on being a disciple who makes disciples, presented on the weekend of September […]

The Cost

To be associated with Jesus is costly. There is not a neat and tidy association with him. We see that even among his own family and friends Jesus himself had a hard time (cp. Mark 6:1-6). We see that Jesus, quite aware of the toll following him may take on his disciples, prepares his followers for opposition when he tells […]