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How can I know that I am saved?

I was sure that people got saved—but I doubted whether I was one of them.

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A disciple-making agenda in the engine room

A resource to help small group leaders catch the disciple-making vision, apply it to the way they lead their groups, and powerfully model it to their group members.

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Toddlers and the wrath of God

It’s astonishing how quickly my blood can go from body temperature to boiling when my child disobeys me, and how tempting it can be to give in to the rage.

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Choosing a daily Bible reading method

If we want to hear from God, to know him more and more and to see his works in the world, we can do no better than regularly listening to him in Scripture for our entire lives.

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One thing we always/never grow tired of

We all get tired of showing up—showing up to do ministry, showing up as a member of church or Bible study, carrying out our role as a parent or spouse, or simply being a Christian.

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Communicating the other 90% of the gospel message

If we don’t convey the enthusiasm, joy and peace that we claim to have from the Spirit, people have no reason to believe us, and we become the worst kind of salespeople.

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When to forgive? A psychiatrist looks at Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness

Christians, both individually and in our churches, often try to carry out Jesus’ words in Matthew 11, but in many cases fall into the same trap as the Pharisees in Luke 11.

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A Bible for all of life

The wonderful thing about the Bible is that it addresses reality—in both its simplicity and complexity.

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Top 5 Ideas

Guidance on how to be a man

  • Peter Sholl
  • 29 May 2015

Warning: this post contains an obvious conclusion, but read on anyway! I am a 40-something Christian man. I am married, and at the moment I live in Australia (although I usually live in Mexico). I enjoy the cricket, can cook a good steak, and will happily go to the

Assessing maturity

  • Colin Marshall
  • 9 October 2015

How would you assess the maturity of your church? If you were designing a maturity survey for your members, what questions would you ask?

Putting the mini in ministry

  • Laura Blyth
  • 19 October 2015

What are the small things we can all do that make a big difference in our churches?

Tips for being a false teacher

  • Tim Grant
  • 26 October 2015

So you’ve decided to forgo the straight and narrow and teach things that are… well… not strictly speaking true. It makes sense; after all, surely we’re all a little bored by the same Christian message year after year, millennia after millennia.

How the doctrine of election fuelled Jesus’ work

  • Hannah Ploegstra
  • 2 November 2015

The New Testament unanimously presents the doctrine of election as a glad and glorious reality of the gospel. The staggering news that God has loved Christ’s people from before the foundation of the world, creating us for mercy, blessing and joy, offers much-needed confidence and security as we walk by faith in the weakness of the flesh.

Top 5 Resources

The Course of Your Life

  • Tony Payne
  • 20 March 2013

Life changing course: how can we teach and train Christians to catch this captivating vision of being a disciple-making disciple in every aspect of our lives?

Six Steps to Reading Your Bible

  • Tony Payne
  • 27 March 2013

This six session, video-based course is ideal for small groups, and teaches the basics of the how and why of reading the Bible.

Six Steps to Loving Your Church

  • Tony Payne
  • 28 June 2013

A stimulating video-based course for small groups that will help people to change their whole mindset about church—to learn that ‘loving’ your church doesn’t just mean enjoying it or liking it, but actively serving and loving the people who are the church in whatever way possible.

The Art of Living (Proverbs)

  • Bryson Smith
  • 22 July 2013

How should I live my life? When it comes to the art of living, the book of Proverbs is the best place to start, because its wisdom is no less than God's wisdom. These studies help you to understand what true wisdom is and how true wisdom is ultimately found in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. (8 studies; leader's notes included)

How to Walk Into Church

  • Tony Payne
  • 1 June 2015

A new book for everyone who goes to church, from one of the co-authors of The Trellis and the Vine.

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