J. D. Greear on Three Ways We Make It Difficult For Those Turning to God

Every Thursday afternoon at Between the Times we highlight the writing of Southeastern alum, J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durahm, North Carolina. Recently, J. D. wrote about the three ways we can often make it difficult for those who desire to turn to God. 

Here’s an excerpt of his post, which came from a recent sermon.

Following Christ changes our politics, but following Christ isn’t all about politics. I don’t want the “Gentiles turning to God” to assume that becoming a Christian entails converting to a political party. As proof of this, look no further than Jesus’ twelve disciples. In the same group, you find Simon the zealot—which means he was an anti-Rome revolutionary—and Matthew the tax collector, who worked for Rome. That’s a tea-party conservative and a big government liberal in the same group of disciples. (I’m sure they had some interesting conversations!)

You can read the full post here.

Scott Hildreth on 30 Days of Going

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday morning at Between the Times we highlight the work of Southeastern’s Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. Directed by Scott Hildreth, the CGCS exists to produce students who are grounded in the scriptures, culturally sensitive, prepared to make disciples and equipped to plant churches that are healthy and reproductive. Scott and the team at the CGCS maintain a blog, Missions at Southeastern, as one part of this effort. So, every Wednesday we point you to their writing so that you might be better equipped as you and your churches go.

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This week we’re highlighting the 30 days of going campaign going on at Southeastern. As Scott recently wrote,

The purpose of this post is to extend an invitation to you too. We are asking everyone to make a commitment for the next 30 days (30 days of September) to not let one day pass you by without you speaking to someone about Christ. We know this is a heavy commitment and we also know that it will require a radical adjustment in lifestyle for you. But think of the benefit for you and for your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc.

 Read the full post here and get more info about #30daysofgoing.

 

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J.D. Greear on 26 Ways to “Provoke the 1 Peter 3:15 Question” at Work

Every Thursday afternoon at Between the Times we highlight the writing of Southeastern alum, J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durahm, North Carolina. This week J.D. offers 26 ways to provoke the question of the hope that is within you (1 Pet 3:15). 

Here’s an excerpt:

 

I mentioned in this weekend’s sermon that the Apostle Paul lived in such a way that he provoked a question. Peter said it this way: “In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).

 

Peter is supposing that your life provokes that question—that people are asking, Why do you do what you do?”

 

Here is a list of 26 ways we’ve come up with that you can live provocatively at work. (Not, dress provocatively—that’s a different kind of provocatively I would discourage… But live provocatively.) We first introduced this list at the Gospel at Work conference in February.

 

1. Get to work early so you can spend some time praying for your co-workers and the day ahead.

 

2. Make it a daily priority to speak or write encouragement when someone does good work.

 

3. Instead of eating lunch alone, intentionally eat with other co-workers and learn their story. (“Evangelism is doing normal life with gospel intentionality.”)

 

4. Bring breakfast once a month for everyone in your department.

 

5. Organize an exercise group before or after work.

Read the full post here and check back next Thursday for the next post from J.D.mobiles online game