An Incomplete Gospel

Note: this is an excerpt from the book It Must Be Finished. The return of Jesus is part of the gospel. If we only speak about Jesus’ first coming and never mention His second coming, our gospel message is incomplete. This does not mean, every time the gospel is preached, we must

Addressing the Issue of Racial Tension

Though it is often overlooked, racial tension is present throughout the book of Acts and had serious implications for the development of the church. This message introduces the issue of racial tension by examining the history of racial tension in the first century church and how it applies in our generation.

The Apostolic Pattern of Acts 13 (2017)

Luke’s description of the church in Antioch in Acts 13 presents Antioch as the prototype church in the nations and Paul and Barnabas’ sending from Antioch as the biblical pattern for formation and sending in the church. This chapter is foundational for our understanding of church, formation, and sending.

The Priestly Call of the Church

Jesus died so that humanity could recover her priestly calling (Revelation 5:9-10). The New Testament church is not a people without priests; it is a community of priests endlessly fascinated by the revelation of the beauty of God. God is not just forming individuals in this age, He is also

The Outpouring of the Spirit and the Salvation of Israel

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit is far more than the beginning of the church. It represented a commitment by God to fulfill His promises to Israel and also gives us clues to how God is going to fulfill those promises. In the outpouring of the Spirit, God did not shift His plan from Israel to the nations, He invited the nations to participate in Israel’s story.

The New Testament, Israel, and the Nations

It is a common assumption that the New Testament shifts the focus from Israel to the nations. The New Testament does give a clear directive to take the gospel to the nations and also describes the spread of the gospel among the gentiles. However this Great Commission is not disconnected from God’s promises to Israel.

God’s Plan to Advance the Gospel Through a Unified People

The New Testament makes a bold prediction related to unity – God will have a unified people from every tribe and tongue who are one and yet retain their diversity. This seems like an impossible prediction, but the Bible predicts it, the gospel makes it possible, and it is part of God’s plan to advance the gospel.

He is a Real King

Why do the nations rage over Jerusalem? They rage in this present, modern age because of an ancient promise God made. He has given the city to His King. His King is not just a “heavenly” king, He is a real man, a real king.

Paul’s Apostolic Use of Privilege

One thing that is consistent in Paul’s life is his willingness to use his own strength and ability for the sake of others. Paul’s body, his rights, and his privileges were simply tools and resources that he willingly used to advance the church. Paul’s suffering in the city of Philippi provides one of the best examples of how Paul functioned in this way an apostle.

Two Primary Themes in the End-Time Church

This message examines two primary themes in the end-time church that must be understood as primary for the church in every generation. The neglect of these two themes, which are emphasized in the Gospels, the book of Acts, and the book f Revelation, will produce a church that is abnormal and disconnected to where God is leading the church in this age.

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