Thursday, May 15, 2014

Gospel Fluency

One of our team's favorite speakers from this year's Verge Conference in Austin, Texas was Jeff Vanderstelt.  Even though he wore a Seattle Seahawk jersey and shared his true feelings about the Denver Broncos' epic Super Bowl lose, he communicated the Word of God with great power!

Vanderstelt is a pastor, down-to-earth-guy, and the face of  This week, I started watching a his videos on Gospel Fluency.  They are very helpful and effective in training disciples to communicate the gospel of grace.

Highly recommended:

Lifeline: Safety

Without the strength and power of God at work in your life, you're on your own and spiritually naked.  Without the armor of God, you are defenseless against the many schemes of Satan.  He is at work and desires to destroy you (John 10:10).  His ways are crafty and full of deception.  What are his schemes, and how can you stand?

Advance Community Church is in the pre-launch (or pre-birth) phase.  These weeks are packed with personal meetings, community involvement, group training, fundraising, missions work, and worship gatherings.  In May, we are dedicated to experiencing God through prayer.  I have been investigating the Bible, commentaries, quotes of godly examples, and books written by dead guys.  Through it all, God is repeatedly saying, "Without Christ, we all can do nothing!" (John 15:5).

Feel free to check out the Bible Study section of May 11th's Boot Camp (it's about 20 minutes long):

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lifeline: Experiencing God through Prayer

The Bible is clear, without God we can do nothing! I love John Piper's thoughts on prayer, "Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing. And prayer is the turning away from ourselves to God in the confidence that He will provide the help we need. Prayer humbles us as needy and exalts God as wealthy".

Here is a video link to our opening night on the topic of prayer.