4 LIES ABOUT INTROVERTS

4 LIES ABOUT INTROVERTS

I'm an introvert.

Accepting the realities of my God-given personality has been a process of sanctification. I've had to repent of people-pleasing and trying to be someone I'm not. I've had to humbly acknowledge my limits and weaknesses and to live in God's strength rather than my own. Ultimately, this process has been about God and his kingdom, not me. The more I rest in his gracious acceptance of me in Jesus, the more free I become to be myself for his glory. And that's a place where joy and contentment abound.

FAMILY ON MISSION: THE FEEL OF RHYTHM

FAMILY ON MISSION: THE FEEL OF RHYTHM

Last week we explored the first article in our "Family On Mission" series where we learned about establishing "rhythms" in our family life in our process of "Looking In."  Today we continue this with a follow up article that explores this dynamic a bit more from the Mother/Wife's perspective. 

10 VITAL TIPS FOR MISSIONAL LEADERS FROM 10 YEARS

10 VITAL TIPS FOR MISSIONAL LEADERS FROM 10 YEARS

Over the past ten years we’ve explored what it means to be missional in many contexts. Urban and suburban churches. Large and small congregations. Shiny newly-built communities and historic neighborhoods where relationships have spanned generations. In no particular order, these are some of the vital lessons for missional leaders we’ve learned over the last 10 years!

FAMILY ON MISSION: WOULD IT HELP IF THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE OF YOU?

FAMILY ON MISSION: WOULD IT HELP IF THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE OF YOU?

Over the next few posts we will be looking specifically at Families and their role within gospel increase.  This is an important aspect of Look In because it requires an introspective review of what God has already placed right in front of you to help guide, nourish, and cherish.  As a Father or a Mother, your role and how you understand its position is actually vital to making disciples.

HOW TO IGNORE JESUS WHILE ACCEPTING YOUR CHRISTIANITY

HOW TO IGNORE JESUS WHILE ACCEPTING YOUR CHRISTIANITY

When we focus on our identity in Christ (the “Up” relationship), the “In” and “Out” will be informed and formed by the gospel . . . the good news.  If our “In” and “Out” relationships are informed by our “Up” relationship then discipleship will flow out of that.

WHERE DO WE GET THE STRENGTH TO GO ALL-IN FOR JESUS

WHERE DO WE GET THE STRENGTH TO GO ALL-IN FOR JESUS

The only way to follow Jesus is with total and complete abandon. Those are the terms Jesus always gives: you’ve got to jump with all of your strength. The Christian life doesn’t work if you hedge your bets.  The problem is, taking huge risks requires huge confidence. Where do we get the strength to go all-in for Jesus?

INVENT A MINISTRY

INVENT A MINISTRY

The Smiths  spend most of the rest of their time trying to catch up with “life maintenance”—housework, shopping, paying bills, yard work, running errands, and all the rest. They almost always feel behind or overwhelmed.  They genuinely want to serve the Lord in and through His church. They have a good sense of the biblical priorities in life, but they struggle with what often seems too many priorities.

HOW I STARTED PRAYING THE BIBLE

HOW I STARTED PRAYING THE BIBLE

A guest preacher was speaking at a series of meetings at our church. He was teaching on the prayers of the apostle Paul found in his New Testament letters, and encouraging us to pray these inspired prayers as our own.  Then, at one point he held up his Bible said, “Folks, when you pray, use the prayer book.”  In that moment I suddenly realized, “The entire Bible is a prayer book.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU ARE CALLED

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU ARE CALLED

It might surprise you, but in Scripture the idea of calling is not initially a career path we pick, a cause we choose, or a code we use for unlocking God’s will. Biblical calling is, first of all, something done for us. It is God’s summons to the Savior, and to his service.

THE GREATEST THING YOU COULD DO TODAY

THE GREATEST THING YOU COULD DO TODAY

Distracted, obligatory, ordinary — I doubt any such words came across Moses’s mind as he ascended the mountain. But some three thousand years later, we rarely marvel that God permits imperfect humans into his presence.  How did the shocking become so ordinary to us? Is it even possible for our experiences with God to be that fascinating?

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, OUR MISSION

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, OUR MISSION

When the Selfs moved to a new neighborhood, they knew God was calling them to share the love of Jesus with their neighbors. Eight years later, it is evident that hearts are being transformed by the Gospel.  Watch the video and see how the Selfs made their neighborhood their mission.