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5 Things The Protestant Reformation Gave Us That We Take Forgranted

Normally I dedicate space on this blog site to posts that revolve around equipping and encouraging small group and Sunday school leaders, and that is still it's purpose.  But today, Halloween, October 31, 2017, is the 500th anniversary of the event that is attributed with sparking the Protestant Reformation.  An event all protestants should know about and celebrate, but too many of us have forgotten it or at least taken it for granted. The event, of course, was the nailing of Martin Luther's 95 Theses to the castle doors of Wittenburg on October 31, 1517. So I think it important that we take some time and remind ourselves of the blessings the Protestant Reformation gave us.  There were many, but I have listed 5 below. Justification By Grace Alone, Through Faith Alone, In Christ Alone, To The Glory of God Alone Today the Reformation is known for emphasizing the 5 solas : sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), sola fide (faith alone), sola gratia (grace alone), solus Chri

Always Make Sure Your Servant's Towel is Bigger Than Your Ego

"Always make sure your servant's towel is bigger than your ego". I heard that quote recently from a viral video online of a commencement address.  I don't know the man's name or the origination of the quote, but the speaker got it from his father who may have gotten it from his.  That isn't what matters.  What matters is the vital truth that quote is teaching about leadership. If you are familiar at all with the gospel of John, you may recognize the imagery in the quote.  In John 13, Jesus is having the Passover meal with his disciples. Sometime during the supper, Jesus got up, took off his robe, and tied a towel around his waist.  He then brought in a basin of water and proceeded to wash the disciples feet.  This seems innocent enough, but once you understand the culture of that day you will see that what Jesus did was shocking. The streets of Palestine during this time would have been beyond dirty.  Dust, waste, and other filth would get on the feet o

The Importance of Cultivating Intimate Fellowship in Your Small Group

Fellowship often gets misrepresented in most churches.  Mention fellowship in most circles and most people think of potlucks or barbecues or any other activity that involves being together for a brief period of time.  But when I refer to fellowship here, I'm referring to ongoing interaction of a small group of people in the course of life.  In most churches, this type of fellowship is cultivated within the context of a Sunday school class or small group.  I might be biased, but I believe that the Sunday school or small group ministry is vital to the health of a church when it comes to making disciples.  There are several things that should happen within a small group of SS class that strengthen the church and it's members.  1.  A SS class promotes and enhances discipleship.  People who meet together regularly in the context of a small group are more likely to read and discuss the Bible on a deeper level.  They open up more about complex Biblical issues and ask the hard ques