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Five Things I Learned from Billy Hornsby

Five Things I am Learning from Billy Hornsby by Scott Thomas Note: Billy Hornsby, our good friend and a man who left a legacy of churches, passed away March 23 at 9:44 pm EDT.   I want to share five things I have learned on my trip with Billy Hornsby, the President of ARC (church planting organization co-founded by Greg Surratt of SeaCoast) headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. 1. Never Complain Billy mentioned that he hates complaining because God hates complaining. Complaining can derail a church, an organization and a family. Billy embodies a spirit of resting in the sovereignty of God in the midst of suffering. Billy’s wife, Charlene has cancer in her liver and pancreas and she has surpassed the date of her oncologist’s predicted life expectancy. You NEED to watch ...

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Characteristics of Good Preaching

8 Qualities of a Good Sermon I asked people on Twitter to share the characteristics of what they thought comprised a good sermon. I compiled their helpful thoughts and came up with 8 qualities.   1.    Gospel-centered Leads to the cross and trust/surrender in Jesus. Uses the Scriptures to unearth the heart not behavior. Bringing people to repentance Did Christ need to die for this to be true? Having the main thrust of the passage explained & applied in a way that grips and changes me Missional/Evangelistic 2.    Bible-based, exegetically-sound (Intelligent but not academically arrogant) 3.    Empowered by the Holy Spirit 4.    Preached through a passionately changed man 5.   ...

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GCA's North America Church Planting Seminar 2009

GCA North America Church Planting Seminar 2009 July 21-24, 2009 (Tuesday through Friday) Orlando, Florida   Global Church Advancement (GCA) is an Acts 29 partner in the gospel and in church-planting, and they are hosting their 2009 North America Church Planting Seminar in Orlando this July -- and for the next two weeks they are offering greatly reduced prices for this training event.   Every church planter should attend the Foundations Track before attempting to start a church. Acts 29 recently presented an overview of this material at the Seattle Boot Camp and was enthusiastically received. We strongly recommend that you attend both tracks. You can hear Hunter Beaumont teach the Foundations principles and Russ McKendry teach on the Essentials princ...

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London Church Planting Foundations - Update

London Church Planting Foundations is less than a month away. Sensing the Spirit's move and with so much new opportunity and development in the UK, this conference is sure to be a ground-breaking and exciting time. But why is the "American" Acts 29 Network headed to Europe?   We feel the call of God to participate in what Jesus is doing in the hearts of young men (our unique emphasis) in Western Europe. The first major step we have taken is partnering with Steve Timmis. We know that the only way to participate in furthering church-planting in Europe is through working with an established British church planting leader like Steve, our new regional director for Western Europe.   In the States we have a record of generously coming alongside networks, denominations and church ...

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Acts 29 Expands into the UK – Brilliant!

Acts 29 Expands into the UK – Brilliant!By Pastor Scott ThomasMay 4, 2009  Steve Timmis, co-author of Total Church, will direct a new Acts 29 Network in Western Europe beginning today. Steve is handing off The Crowded House duties, an alliance of gospel communities in Sheffield, England to focus on establishing a wider network of churches planting new churches all across Western Europe. Steve and I first interacted when he graciously sent his Total Church manuscript to me to review. Not having any reference for Steve, I set it aside for a week and then something prompted me to read his chapter on Church Planting. I was thrilled at the theological clarity combined with the gospel-oriented praxis. I then read his chapter on World Missions, which was equally intriguing, fresh ...

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