The Bible uses four beautiful metaphors from nature to describe the relationship between the life within the believer and the church (Christ) and the life without (dying to self and Christlikeness). In each of these images, the church has to be connected to Jesus in order to be transformed and fruit-bearing. Learn more in this week’s video. Don’t forget to check out the Paradigm One blog where Joe unpacks these organic biblical metaphors in further detail.
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Perhaps you’ve heard this statement before, or maybe you’ve said it yourself: “I know Jesus will build His church, but . . .” We often say that we believe Christ will do His work, but we then betray that belief with a simple but. If Christ to be trusted as the Lead Pastor of our churches, then His total sufficiency must be embraced by faith as well. Jesus will build His church. End of sentence.
Learn more in this week’s video. Check out the Paradigm One blog to learn more about Jesus Christ obviously present and actively in charge.
We shouldn’t need to be told to think biblically, yet we sometimes fail to do so. In the busyness of life and ministry, “close to right” thinking or, even worse, flat out lies can seep in. We may then start to make decisions based on emotions, traditions, organizations, politics, etc. rather than the Word of God. Pastors must think biblically and teach their flock how to think biblically because in this way, minds are transformed. Learn more in this week’s video, and head over to the Paradigm One blog to read more about biblical thinking.
A pastor concerned about his church’s evangelistic outreach should steward his flock in their joy. Believers who are overflowing with the joy of their salvation won’t need to be told to go and share the good news of Jesus; they’ll do it naturally. Learn more about this important stewardship in this week’s video. Check out the Paradigm One blog for more pastoral encouragement on stewarding evangelism.
Despite the misconception, pastors are not the lone rangers of ministry. In fact, pastors will see tremendous growth in the life of the flock when he helps the individual believer discover and use the gifts provided by the Spirit. This encourages the flock to encourage and build up one another in love. Learn more about this stewardship in this week’s video. Check out the Paradigm One blog to learn more about equipping your church.
Pastors and church leaders should seek out and pay attention to the faithful who choose to live a life devoted to Christ, walking in faith and repentance. Even if these people are few, focusing on their development and growth will help your ministries grow. Learn more in this week’s video. Don’t forget to check out the Paradigm One blog; Pastor Joe discusses a discipleship model found in Paul’s conversion and life.
The adversity of life proves the authority and sufficiency of Christ in the life of the believer. Great heroes of the faith demonstrate this truth in the stories of their own lives, and we will see it modeled in our own, in the lives of our ministries, and in the life of our church. Pastors and church leaders then need to steward the flock to fight the good fight of faith, as Paul says, when these adversities come. Learn more in this week’s video, and check out the Paradigm One blog in which Joe discusses the cycle of adversity and faithfulness.
Revival brings great growth, and opportunities to serve abound. If leadership is not careful, in all the hubbub of ministry and activity, the hearts of the flock can begin to grow cold toward Jesus. This heart condition is serious for the church; Jesus made that clear in His letter to the Ephesians. Therefore, there is a great responsibility to steward first love worship of Jesus among the church. Learn more in this week’s video.
What is first love? How do we get back to it if we’ve left it? Pastor Joe responds to these questions in this week’s companion blog.
Previously, Joe discussed how acts of God’s grace are everywhere in a church. Pastors and leaders should seek out these graces and celebrate them with the church body. Moreover, these acts of grace come with a call to action or, rather, a call to faith. When God’s grace moves through a church, we are to respond by faith. This is our first and primary work. Learn more in this week’s video and check out the Paradigm One blog for a study in Habakkuk on faith.
God’s grace can get overlooked when it’s at work in a congregation. It takes a disciplined and intentional leadership to pay attention to the details of God’s movement within the flock. When it’s found, pastors and church leaders should celebrate it with the congregation. Then, there comes the call to steward that grace. Learn more in this week’s video, and check out the Paradigm One blog for key areas in the church where pastors can find God’s grace.