The Most Important Thing Churches and Christians Can Do Right Now That Will Lead to Revival

It is this – give total control over to God.

He has it anyway but sometimes we don’t act like it. Instead, we try to do things our way. We don’t rely on the Holy Spirit or anticipate the Spirit is leading us anywhere or empowering us to do much of anything.

When was the last time you were making a decision and instead of deciding, prayed to the Holy Spirit to tell you and guide you into what to do? When have you ever seen church leadership (elders/ministers) do such a thing? It is a rare thing indeed…and that is a shame.

If we are going to have revival, this must take place.

The result is that we get outcomes that are in proportion to our ability rather than God’s ability…which means we aren’t advancing the kingdom to the degree we would or with the power we would if we gave up our desire for control (and the illusion of control) and submitted ourselves to God.

I cannot emphasize enough how important this is. It is essential to us having a revival in our churches. It is going to start with prayer – prayer that God would take control of His churches and His people…prayer of repentance that we have gotten in the way – became too corporate and failed in our mission…and then we step back and watch God step up!

My Last Day as the Preaching Minister At the Auburn Church of Christ

The last few months have been a whirlwind! There really isn’t anyway to overstate how true that is. So many changes, so many adjustments…too many to even begin to try to recount. It was 45 days ago today that we announced that I would be resigning as the preacher at the Auburn Church of Christ.Continue Reading

God’s Timing, Our Faith

When I told my elders I wanted 90 days before my resignation was final they came back with 45. And it was all God. I wanted 90 because that would give me time to get my ducks in a row with applying for non-profit for our new church plant, Backyard Church. 45 wasn’t going toContinue Reading

The Next Needed Shift on the Holy Spirit In Churches of Christ

The way we talk about the Holy Spirit today is far different than I remember it being 20+ years ago. Now, we acknowledge that the Spirit is alive and well…working in our world and in our lives. I have been very happy to see that shift take place. But we are still holding back. TheContinue Reading

Lipscomb University Lanier Center for Archaeology Hosts Free Virtual Reception Oct. 6

By Scott Sager & Scott Sager and Drew Bloodworth  Lipscomb University will celebrate the launch of its new Lanier Center for Archaeology at a special virtual reception on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. CDT. Attendance is free, but registration is required to obtain a link to join the reception. Register here. This summer theContinue Reading

When God Does The Shaking Up, How Do We Respond?

Have you ever driven somewhere familiar that when you arrived at your destination you didn’t remember the drive? There are seasons of life where you just feel like you are getting through the day. In times like that we need a good shaking up! Have you ever driven at night, dangerously tired…veering a bit toContinue Reading

COVID Church Mixed Messages

Pre-COVID we had a message – church is done at church. We knew we are the church. We knew it wasn’t the building but we still conceptualized as church being done together at the building. Enter COVID19. Everyone stays home. Those who are of the persuasion that church happens at the building starting feeling aContinue Reading

Study: Creating and Sustaining a Discipling Culture

By Micah Cobb I first learned about discipling and discipleship from a conversation with Gailyn Van Rheenan, Mission Alive’s former Executive Director. In my first conversation with him, he told me about Mike Breen and 3DM’s approach to ministry.¬† I studied Breen’s Building a Discipling Culture over the following weekend. The framework and insights containedContinue Reading

Why Churches of Christ Got More Focused On Church Than Jesus

Churches of Christ were started in the late 1700s to the early 1800s. At that time in the U.S. Some estimates of the religious landscape in the 1700s is that 80% of the U.S. population attended church. In short. They agreed on Jesus. What they didn’t agree on was church. Thomas and his son AlexanderContinue Reading

Mission Alive’s Discipleship Cohorts Are Making an Impact At York College

By Sam GarnerVice President for Spiritual Development, York College Though York College sits in the middle of the Great Plains, our students regularly arrive here from over twenty states and at least a handful of other countries. They represent a wide array of cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds, which contradicts our otherwise rural Nebraska setting.Continue Reading

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