Leadership Links 7/22/2020

MINISTRY

Gospel ministry: The kingdom only triumphs through the unnoticed faithfulness of the many (John Stevens): The kingdom only triumphs through the unnoticed faithfulness of the many Who knows the full impact, for example, of the prayers of the grandmother for her grandchildren, of a simple word of witness pointing to the Lord Jesus that seemed to go unheard at the time, of a life of quiet but determined love and holiness in the workplace, or of a small gift to a mission agency that represented massive generosity on the part of the person giving (as in the widow’s mite)? Read more at John-Stevens.com.

8 reasons we must confront others in their sin (Chuck Lawless): Confronting brothers and sisters in their sin is never an easy task, but it’s necessary. Here’s why. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.


SPIRITUAL LIFE

10 ways the enemy lures us into sin (Chuck Lawless): All Christ-followers wrestle against principalities and powers (Eph 6:12), and we don’t always win those battles. Knowing how the enemy works, however, can aid us in living in victory. Here are some ways the enemy seeks to lure us into sin. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.

7 lessons on productivity (John Piper): Some great insight from John Piper Excellent insights for being more productive. Listen to the interview on Desiring God.


PRAYER

12 questions to see if your church is a praying church (Chuck Lawless): Prayer matters—and I suspect that COVID has reminded us that seeking the Lord for wisdom and direction really is important. Here’s a list of questions to evaluate your own church’s commitment to prayer. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.

10 things you should know about prayer (Donald S. Whitney): Some good insights from Donald Whitney. Read more at Crossway.


CHURCH

Will membership make a difference? (P.J. Tabayan): The vital joys of joining a church We commit to formal church membership to experience God’s goodness in providing vital joy. By vital I mean necessary for Christian obedience and therefore a thriving spiritual life. By joy I mean savoring the worth of God in the experience of mutual church accountability. Let’s consider the vital joys of oversight, protection, discipling, and displaying. Read more at Desiring God.


BIBLE INSIGHTS

Faith seeking understanding: Thinking theologically about racial tensions (Kevin DeYoung): First of a 4-part series about race and justice. Read more at The Gospel Coalition.

Thinking theologically about racial tensions: The image of God (Kevin DeYoung): Second installment from Kevin DeYoung’s series about race. Read more at The Gospel Coalition.