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The Acts 29 Podcast: Interviewing Dr. Tony Merida

As a preaching pastor, you've got to have a plan on how you're going to go about the actual writing of your sermons. Join us as Dr. Tony Merida, a preaching professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and church planter walks us through the "musts" of sermon preparation.  2:00 — How does a man know he is called to preach the gospel? 5:45 — When is it too early to plant a church or preach? 7:40 — Can you distinguish the difference between preaching and teaching among the elders in the church? 12:05 — How can you go about preaching the gospel from all of scripture? 19:10 — How does your presupposition concerning the word of God affect your preaching? 21:20 — How important is contextualizing your sermon? And how do you do it? 25:43 ...

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Around Acts 29 - February 2015

Emerging Network Region Acts 29 is a diverse, global network of church-planting churches. We’re aspiring to see healthy churches on every continent, in every country, in every language bringing glory to God in Christ. To that end our Network Director for Emerging Regions, Kevin Peck, has been working hard in a number of countries, such as Thailand, Congo, China, Nigeria, and India. It’s encouraging to see the network expanding on in ‘new’ parts of the world.. Please pray with us that we will contribute to the gospel breaking into these regions with in a dynamic way, for the glory of Christ.  Stay tuned this week for a series of posts from Kevin on why it is that Acts 29 desires to plant churches among unreached people groups. Upcoming Conferences The Acts 29 ...

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6 Rules of Cultural Engagement

By Joe Thorn What do people mean when they say "cultural engagement?" That phrase is often spurned as if it means thoughtless syncretism between the church and culture. In my reading it rarely means that. It is certainly not what I mean. I am a fan of that three-fold approach to engaging culture: reject what is evil, receive what is good, and redeem what is broken/lost. I think this is a healthy way of thinking about how we should respond to our culture, because our culture(s) is not one thing. It is made up of hundreds of things, bad and good, that demand our attention. I recently spent some time going over this three-fold approach with the folks at Redeemer, but wanted to emphasize that agreeing that we will need to respond by rejecting, receiving, and redeeming actually requires a lot ...

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Multifaceted Missional Engagement

By Pastor Doug Logan Because I’ve been ministering in some of the most dangerous and violent cities (Kensington, Northern Philadelphia & Camden) in our nation for the past several years, it can be very easy to develop the blind spot of ethnocentrism. In other words, because I’m compelled by the Gospel of Christ to be a beacon of light in a city pervaded by the darkness of sin, there are missional endeavors, strategies, and opportunities that can elude me because they aren’t directly interrelated to my inner-city context. As a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), many of my Anglo brothers have said the same. They can, at times, become so inward facing that they, like myself, can become blinded by the ethnocentricity of their immediate ...

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The Acts 29 2015 Vision Video

  The local church is God’s primary mission strategy and the means for human flourishing. Through local communities of faith we see souls saved, relationships restored, the lost found, the poor remembered, the widow served, and the orphan embraced. Grace upon grace. This is why we exist as a diverse, global network of church-planting churches. In the words of John Piper, “World missions is not ultimately dependent on human initiative or human wisdom or human perseverance. It is ultimately dependent on the power and wisdom and faithfulness of the risen and living Christ to keep this promise: ‘I will build my church.’ Not, ‘You will build my church.’ Or, ‘Missionaries will build my church.’ Or, ‘Pastors will build my ...

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