The Message Behind Our Mission

The Message Behind Our Mission

We have been sent to the world, so we go (John 17). But we do not go empty-handed, like poor nomads with little to offer but friendship. We are ambassadors and we have a message. Simply stated, the message is the gospel—the good news of the life, death, resurrection, ascension, and glory of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This gospel is not abstract truth. Jesus Christ died for sinners—all of us—that we might be forgiven by God and reconciled to God on the basis of Jesus’ substitutionary, atoning death. This indescribably profound truth is the ultimate basis for missions. 

But there is no point in “going” if we do not carry and clearly articulate the gospel.

A Conversation On Relationally-Driven International Missions

A Conversation On Relationally-Driven International Missions

We are relational people serving a relational Savior. We’re also ambitious, driven by the same desire as the apostle Paul, who said it was always his ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known (Romans 15:20). We want to be on the frontlines reaching people for Christ, which requires forming strategic partnerships. But relationships aren’t expedient. They take time and require patience. Therein lies the rub.

How do we, as pastors and church planters, move forward in faith, seeking opportunities to preach the gospel in the neediest of places, while still maintaining that essential relationally-driven component?

Aaron Gray, pastor for preaching at Sound City Bible Church sat down to discuss this very question with us.

A Reading Diet For Pastors & Planters

A Reading Diet For Pastors & Planters

What books should I be reading as a pastor and church planter? As someone who’s been in ministry almost a decade, and in my fifth year as a church planter, what kinds of books would be most helpful? In other words, is there a daily diet of book reading that would be most helpful for someone who has to wear a multitude of ministry hats and doesn’t have an abundance of leisure time to complete one of the great works of literature every two or three days? Below are some category breakdowns that have helped me put it all in order, and maybe will help provide you with a more intentional reading track for your life. 

Brats & Brotherhood in Beaumont, TX

Brats & Brotherhood in Beaumont, TX

A few weeks ago, I was able to fly down to Beaumont, Texas to catch up with Josh and Esther Jean. After spending a few years in Louisville, KY studying at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Josh and Esther moved back to Beaumont, their hometown, to plant Sojourn Church of Beaumont. Trips like this are an absolute joy and so encouraging for me personally, as I’m reminded of all that God is doing in towns like this across the country through faithful men and women like Josh and Esther. So, even though Beaumont might be considered one of the saddest cities in America, I found that God is doing a work here that should give the church reason to celebrate and continue to “be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58).

Resource Roundup 05.12.17

Resource Roundup 05.12.17

This week's roundup features a free downloadable resource from Jared Kennedy on Grace-Based Classroom Management, articles on the difference between control vs. influence in leadership, the easiest (potentially most transformative) Bible memorization technique, a step-by-step tutorial on creating digital maps for your church, and a variety of video resources from Sojourn Network leaders such as Dave Harvey, Mike Cosper, and Brad House.

Helpful Tips for Grace-Based Classroom Management

Helpful Tips for Grace-Based Classroom Management

One of the most important skills for a children’s ministry teacher to learn is how to manage behavior. I’ve found that this is particularly tricky for classroom teachers who are conscientious about the gospel. We know that we’re not saved by our performance so creating a list of classroom rules or giving too much attention to how well behaved children are can seem harsh or legalistic. On the other hand, if a teacher doesn’t think about managing behavior at all, the class can get completely out of control, kids are difficult to teach, and the joy is completely sucked out of a ministry role. So, what can we do?

More Than Just a Building

More Than Just a Building

In late 2012, our church began to pray the building we were interested in purchasing might be used mightily by God. Nearly five years later the Lord answered our prayer. This last weekend we hosted our first conference, "The Gospel-Shaped Parent Conference." In conjunction with Sound City Bible Church, our friends and neighbors to the south, Sojourn Network, and through the generosity of Four Oaks Community Church and service of Pastor Paul Gilbert and his wife Susan, more than 110 adults were trained, encouraged, and equipped in parenting their children in the gospel.

Resource Roundup 05.05.17

Resource Roundup 05.05.17

In this resource roundup we feature Joel Brooks (again) on why Lead Pastors should be preaching less. You'll also find an encouraging conversation between Ray Ortlund, Bryan Chapell, and H.B. Charles Jr. on what they wished they would have known as young pastors. Should you be wasting time? We've got an article that says you should. And a resource that challenges your church to be asking, "Is our church a good neighbor?"