Author: Gary V Carter

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

It seems to me that when a Christian says, “I love you” the background definition in their brain isn’t particularly strong. Love is much more than feelings of fondness or appreciation, although those are probably included. Love is much more than “a second hand emotion” (sorry Tina). It involves faithfulness, commitment, and actions. Love is self-donation but even more, self-sacrifice. Sacrifice When was the last time you had someone go out of their way to sacrifice time, effort and/or money for you? I expect you had to think hard to think of an incident. I doubt that most Christians...

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Inviting People

All the research shows that unchurched people are wide open to an invitation to church. That means they won’t be offended if you raise the subject. It doesn’t mean that everyone will take you up on an invitation. But inviting people to church simply works. But we have a problem. Doors Old school – back in the day – hardcore stuff taught us to bang on the door and get them to hear the Gospel on the doorstep. Then we graduated (?) to banging on the door Sunday morning to get the kids to come to Sunday School on the...

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The Most Important Rule

If a thoughtful person came to you and asked, “What is the most important precept in your church?” what would you say? I’m guessing you would roll through your memory and quickly land on Matthew 22:36-40. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” One Rule or Two If the inquirer says,...

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Vision

“Vision casting” is a fascinating term associated with leadership — especially church leadership. So what does the “casting” part mean anyway? Is that like something done in a forge or in a fishing boat? Perhaps we know what it is without a precise definition because it is attached to the noun vision. People talk about doing it but I think most Christian leaders need to hone the skill more. Words are the primary tools of vision casting. Choose them carefully. Here are a few tips. Tip #1: Speak If you have a clear picture in your heart of how...

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