Discipling

Discipling, by Mark Dever, was written to “help you understand biblical discipling and to encourage you in your obedience to Christ.” Dever uses simple wording to help us see how simple discipling is. Discipling states that knowing how to disciple is knowing “how to help others follow Jesus.” This is by way of doing “deliberate spiritual good;” thus we see discipling won’t occur by a fluke, so preparation is necessary.

 

Among Parkwood staff, the consensus is that there is no other book on the command of the Great Commission–make disciples–that is this clear and immediately helpful. The Bible teaches the church is the natural environment for discipling, so recommending for all Growth Groups to study this book, we pray, will result in intentional, deliberate spiritual good to abound. Discussion guides will be made available in the same way as sermon-based material is provided (The City, our website, and the Worship Center Lobby). These books will continually be available in the lobby for a recommended $5 donation.

 

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Parkwood EQUIP

Our purpose is to Glorify God while laboring together for the Growth of all

believers while Going with the gospel to all people(s).

EQUIP is the main tool through which Parkwood trains and equips leaders forthe work of ministry. Specifically, EQUIP will be accomplished through Pastoral oversight by means of strategic coaching and equipping of leaders for the work of ministry (intentional leadership training).

In keeping with the teaching of Ephesians 4:12, we seek to “equip the saints for the work of ministry.” This means that as your pastors, we are to be equipping and teaching you to be successful in the work of ministry. This involves every aspect of our lives. It means that God has called us to intentional living for His glory. Equipping/discipling ‘as we go.’  EQUIP will function as Parkwood’s primary method for carrying out the mandate given in Ephesians 4:12.

EQUIP will function in two major categories:

1. For the growth of all believers. EQUIP will encourage growth strengthening Growth Group leadership through direct pastoral discipleship as it regards to personal disciple-making, doctrinal training, missional training, and leadership development. EQUIP will incorporate occasional, specific studies led by Growth Group Leaders with pastoral oversight. The 4 areas these studies will fall under are: [Read more…]

Ministry in the Family

Teach Your Children Christ

God designed the home for ministry. This is a fact that can be easily overlooked as families set about the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The kids need to get to this event, mom has this meeting, dad is running late from work. The struggles never seem to cease. Even when the family is collected all together, it can be a temptation for mom and dad to simply let them be. A quiet, or occupied household can often be a treasured treat. And yet, the Lord tells us that the home is for more than just running errands, making it to practice, doing chores, etc. The Lord created the home for intimate, gospel-centered ministry. Read these words about parenting…

...that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 6:2-7)

From this text, we need to see three things. [Read more…]

Trump, Clinton, and the Christian Voter

The coming election dominates the headlines and the conversations of many.  I am asked daily about the election and my thoughts on the candidates.  Like you, I confess that I am often perplexed and confused.  I have prayed, read the Scripture closely, conversed with thoughtful believers, and read widely.  I would like to share with you several guiding principles, some of what I have been reading and a few conclusions that I have come to personally.

 

Guiding Principles

  1. As a follower of Christ, I must seek to think about these things biblically.  I must not simply turn on my favorite news program and draw conclusions and make my decisions solely off what I hear.  I must not be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2).
  2. As a citizen of the United States, I must seek to understand the candidates, their platform, worldview, and stance on the issues facing our Nation.  Do not make decisions from one source or based on your impressions of a candidate.  Educate yourself.  Further, I remind you there is far more going on in this election cycle than the election of a President.
  3. As a follower of Christ, I must not separate my faith from my responsibilities as a citizen of this Nation.  I do not lay down one and take up the other.  I must render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.  What is God’s?  Everything!  I must love and serve Him with all my being, mind, heart, life and vote.  Here lies the dilemma that many are facing and rightly so.  How can I love God and walk in faithfulness to Him and vote for one of the Presidential candidates that will be on the ballot in November?
  4. As a part of the Body of Christ, I must not attack my brothers and sisters personally in conversation or collectively on social media.  We should be marked with a sober humility and prayerful, thoughtful discussion as we move through these days together.  Whoever is elected President will come and go.  Life will go on good or bad until Jesus comes.  Then, He will set all things in order.  As followers of Christ, we will do all of this together.

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