A Generation Lost?

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Multigenerational ministry seems to be more relevant of an issue in our modern times than in the past, I have no hard evidence for this, but, my general knowledge of Church History suggests it is true. Why is this such an issue? There are many theories: the advent of postmodernity, the battle between traditional and contemporary services, out of touch old people, syncretistic young people and so on. I would contend that one of the major issues—at least for the American Church—is the institutionalization of Church within the mainstream society and culture. Continue reading “A Generation Lost?”

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The Full Gospel

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

The Rich Young Ruler in Mark 10 asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus first response was that the man must keep the law. The young ruler said that he had done this, so Jesus then tells him to sell all that he has and give it to the poor and to come follow him. The young ruler walked away distraught because he had many possessions. Again in Matthew 16 Jesus says to his disciples that whoever loses their life for Christ’s sake will find it. Both of these exchanges reveal something about what it means to follow Christ. One must deny him or herself and be willing to commit their entire life to Christ in order to inherit the Kingdom of God, more commonly referred to as Heaven. Continue reading “The Full Gospel”

Are We Living in the Post Postmodern?

Written by Jeff Benson

The other day I was having dinner with an old friend of mine, when we began to discuss modern-day high-school students and how they react to certain questions. Since I regularly meet with a group of students at youth group, I was able to add into the conversation some of my own observations regarding the types of questions students have begun to ask, and how this differs from what we previously understood to be the “postmodern generation”. It was through our conversation we both came to a similar conclusion, that we might be beginning to see shift from postmodernism to what some are calling post postmodernism at a rapid pace. Continue reading “Are We Living in the Post Postmodern?”

Is a Church That Believes Baptism Is Not Commanded a True Church?

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

In Romans 6 Paul hinges his entire argument on the correlation between physical baptism and spiritual rebirth. From this one can conclude that baptism should not merely be regarded as a surface level tradition done simply because it is what Christians do. Rather baptism carries with it much significance as it connects the believer, even if only symbolically, with Christ in his death and resurrection. Continue reading “Is a Church That Believes Baptism Is Not Commanded a True Church?”

Leadership & The Imago Dei Part III

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Introduction

 

What Is Leadership?

Leadership is the process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Leadership is often thought of as a one-time event or opportunity, but it is actually a process over time that requires implementing methodology, building structure, and fostering relationships. Leadership requires that there be a group of individuals, known as followers, being led. The role of the leader is to motivate, mobilize, and equip his or her followers towards a shared vision, and the role of the follower is to buy into and carry out the vision presented by the leader. This means honoring and submitting to the authority of the leader, as well as having the freedom to purposefully contribute to the team. Continue reading “Leadership & The Imago Dei Part III”

Leadership & The Imago Dei Part II

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Introduction

 

What Is Leadership?

Leadership is the process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Leadership is often thought of as a one-time event or opportunity, but it is actually a process over time that requires implementing methodology, building structure, and fostering relationships. Leadership requires that there be a group of individuals, known as followers, being led. The role of the leader is to motivate, mobilize, and equip his or her followers towards a shared vision, and the role of the follower is to buy into and carry out the vision presented by the leader. This means honoring and submitting to the authority of the leader, as well as having the freedom to purposefully contribute to the team.

The relationship between the leader and the follower should be based on clear boundaries, trust, and value. Continue reading “Leadership & The Imago Dei Part II”

Christian Leadership: The Good Shepherd

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.*

Ezekiel 34 paints a picture of the wicked and unfaithful shepherds over Israel. These shepherds misled the people and took advantage of them. They allowed the “sheep” to remain weak, lost, sick, and desolate, only taking care of themselves and gaining off of the spiritual destruction of the children of Israel. In John 10 Jesus says that the shepherd who came before him were thieves who came only to kill and destroy which is what God accused the leaders of Israel of in Ezekiel 34. These shepherds Jesus speaks of in John 10 abandoned the sheep and left them to be devoured by wolves, again the shepherds over Israel are said to do the same thing in verse 5 of Ezekiel 34. So both passages show the failure of those God appointed over his people prior to Christ’s coming. Continue reading “Christian Leadership: The Good Shepherd”

Leadership & The Gospel

Written By Victor Stanley Jr.

Christian leaders must always look to scripture as the basis for leadership. With the focal point of scripture being the gospel, it only makes sense to consider what implications the gospel has with regard to leadership. For most Christians the gospel consists of the story or message of Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection along with the fact of him being God. Furthermore, it teaches that belief in this message brings about the moment of salvation, which is the conversion of an unbeliever. However, this view of the gospel is narrow in that it leaves out the bulk of the teachings found in the New Testament writings of the Apostles and the teachings of Jesus.  Continue reading “Leadership & The Gospel”

The Beginnings of Leadership

Written By Victor Stanley Jr.

Most Christian leaders would agree that they should look to Jesus as the example of a perfect leader. However, to truly understand what it means to lead like Christ, one must consider the theological implications of several doctrines. Three such doctrines that should inform a person’s idea of leadership are: man and the imago dei, the kingship of Christ, and the Trinity. While many begin a discussion on leadership by discussing the character traits of great leaders, how to cultivate those traits, and strategies for putting those traits to work, the Christian should start with two questions: who is God, and who is man. Continue reading “The Beginnings of Leadership”