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Good Soil Plays Key Role in Planting and Growing a Colombian Church

“I’m Catholic and not interested in a new church or religion.” Jose had come to the Saturday night Bible study to get his friend, who would not quit inviting him, off his back. He wanted Dan Mee, the missionary leading the study, to know that this was a one-time thing. Dan warmly welcomed him and handed him a copy of The Story of Hope, praying that the study of God’s Word would have an impact on his life.

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12 Essentials for a TRULY Evangelistic Church

Local Focus: Bloom Where Your Church is Planted: 4th Essential for a Truly Evangelistic Church

A local church must not jump over the “Jerusalem” of Acts 1:8 and salve its congregational conscience by only supporting foreign missions. A church’s first and foremost responsibility is to “bloom where it was planted.” Did you ever stop and think, “Why was my church planted where it was planted?”

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Bible Students' Lives Changed by The Story of Hope

It began as just the next lesson in The Story of Hope. For several weeks, Pastor Dennis Nkosi of Crossroads Community of Christ Church in Durban, South Africa, had been teaching a group of sixteen students, including two pastors. That Monday night, the group studied the event of the bronze serpent in the wilderness. The Israelites had rebelled in unbelief against God, and He punished them in judgment with deadly serpent bites. When the people confessed their sin and Moses prayed for deliverance, God provided a way to be saved from death. They needed to look and respond to God in faith in order to be restored. During the lesson, there was a palpable tension in the room. The students left the room that night clearly troubled...

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12 Essentials for a TRULY Evangelistic Church

The Church's REAL Mission: Third Essential for a TRULY Evangelistic Church

A local church’s mission must TRULY be the Great Commission. Just using the “Great Commission” as a pious platitude is not enough. If a church ministry researcher, an objective outsider, visited every service and activity of your church for one month, what would he or she report is the TRUE mission of your church?

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