Book Recommendation: The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler, Bethany House Publishers 2012 In my previous posts I had the privilege to highlight the reality of the need for proper character development in Christ in order to lead in healthy ways. In this short offering, I want to present the idea of the necessity of conviction […]
Growing a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic church is no simple task. But it is one that is crucial to the advancing of God’s kingdom. It is just as critical as a witness to the world and to larger church. In other words, this is about more than us! A few years ago, my wife and I purchased […]
One thing emphasized by the leaders of the Gospel Alliance is the desire to be known for what it stands for rather than what it is against. Choosing to be for something, however, always results in rejecting other choices or options. This idea of saying “yes” to something resulting in saying “no” to other things […]
When should I stop loving my son? I ask, because I know people who live with a constant anxiety that God will stop loving us. They seem to think that our relationship with God turns on and off like a light switch, with God’s love responding to our own fickle affections. If God’s love as […]
Lately, I’ve been reading an incredible book by John Teter titled, The Power of the 72, Ordinary Disciples in Extraordinary Evangelism. John’s goals for this book is to 1) provide a clear theological foundation for evangelism and the call to first preach the gospel to the poor; 2) present his theory of process conversion which […]
Shift One: Operating Out of the True-Self A number of years ago, Richard Foster penned these words in his book The Celebration of Discipline: “Superficiality is the curse of our age…The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” The same can be said […]
Greetings Gospel Alliance. I am tasked to write on matters of diversity and inclusion, but felt compelled to write on an issue that is very serious, significant and important. I submit this blog very humbly recognizing that there are many who could write on this topic more winsomely and substantively than I. However, this is […]
Jesus’ Plan to “Power-Up” (Part 3) This is the third in our series about the power of the Holy Spirit in life and ministry. View Part 1 View Part 2 Meet Ken, a pastor, and a mentor of mine. A seminary graduate in the reformed tradition, Ken had little previous instruction on Jesus’ plan for empowerment. But, […]
This is the second of a three-part series about experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit for life and ministry, aka baptism and filling of the Spirit, from a fresh perspective. View Part 1 Foolishly, without really thinking it all through, I decided to run a marathon – 26.2 miles. Not that I hadn’t been […]
Over the years I have heard my share of comments about how churches are only interested in “numbers.” While I have never overheard a Christian pastor actually say their goal is successful numbers, I have heard pastors say numbers matter. I agree. The Bible is riddled with numbers: number of days spoken at creation, the […]
Over the years I have heard my share of comments about how churches are only interested in “numbers.” While I have never overheard a Christian pastor actually say their goal is successful numbers, I have heard pastors say numbers matter. I agree.
The Bible is riddled with numbers: number of days spoken at creation, the call in Genesis to be fruitful and multiply, specific numbers of armies both great and small. In fact, in the book of Acts, the Lord added daily “numbers” to those who were being saved. The book of Revelation speaks of multitudes of people from every tribe and nation together. Heck, there is even an entire book in the Bible called Numbers!
One who reads the Word has to agree that numbers matter because people matter. Each number represents a soul that matters to God and therefore, ought to matter to us. Each number represents someone who needs to hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For example, the Great Commission which is one of the most significant passages in the Bible. It is Jesus telling us to make disciples. Counting is a way to see how obedient we are in following that direction. Numbers matter because people matter.
Numbers not only matter to churches, they also matter to denominations. When I consult churches that are hurting, it’s about the dwindling numbers. If it’s a growing church with a great movement of people coming alive in Christ, it’s about what to do with the numbers. This is why I am so excited about what the Gospel Alliance is doing. Our highest value is about Gospel multiplication. We believe if we make disciples, start churches that are reformed, orthodox, and evangelical, we will see a potential renewal and revival in a declining denomination. Numbers matter because people matter.
Let’s remember this – God is sovereign over all numbers. He saves, He calls, and He multiplies. He asks us to be witnesses, ambassadors who pray, and seek to gain greater numbers for His name and fame. Numbers matter because people matter.