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Pastor and ministry leader Mark Dever helps unhealthy churches diagnose and heal problems. He says, the process of encouraging healthy growth can take years. “Churches should preach God’s Word expositionally, regularly, and faithfully from the pulpit. Begin to understand what a church is, what church membership is, and what it means to join a local church Begin to encourage growth and discipleship. A healthy church should always be clear on what the Bible teaches.”—Jessi Strong
For Dr. Jules Martinez, a pastor and professor in San Juan, Puerto Rico, preaching the gospel sometimes looks like re-preaching, in a part of the world that has been saturated by religion. “People often tell me that they know what the gospel is and that there’s nothing new for them to learn there. You know what? You never will be able to graduate from the gospel. There’s no ‘next level’ of Christianity beyond that. The gospel is sufficient to encompass all your life and eternity. And it’s complex enough to keep you amazed at what God is doing in Christ to reconcile all things to himself.”—Jessi Strong
Following a leader may not be easy—but it can become unbearable when that leader commits injustices. How can people live under the rule of a government that does evil? How should Christians respond? These questions don’t have easy answers. Writing to persecuted Christians who are, at the very least, oppressed in words, and likely also in actions, Peter tells his audience how to react to society. And Peter knew and understood what he was saying.—John D. Barry
When the Israelites lost a battle to the Philistines, they knew their enemies weren’t responsible. “Why has the Lord defeated us today?” they asked (1 Sam 4:3). During a second attack, the Israelites brought the ark of the covenant to the battlefield, believing that its presence would protect them. Even the Philistines expected to lose the rematch, lamenting, “Who can deliver us from the power of these mighty gods?” (4:8). Despite this, the Israelites were annihilated and the Philistines captured the ark. What’s going on in this episode?
We often consider King David one of the Bible’s greatest figures. His reign is renowned as one of prosperity and victory over Israel’s enemies. In the New Testament, Matthew presents Jesus as a “son of David,” the king who would bring victory and peace (Matt 1:1). However, if we rewind to 1–2 Samuel we find, alongside stories of David’s piety and bravery, a few not-so-flattering stories. Is David really someone we should hold up as a role model?