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What is Legalism? How You See Yourself In Relation to God

What is Legalism? How You See Yourself In Relation to God

November 25, 2020

What is legalism? This is an important followup video to the previous video on why I left legalism. It isn't just trying to be obedient. It isn't about trying to believe the right thing. Legalism is about what you believe the effect of your obedience is all about. But that is really the symptom of something far deeper - how you see yourself in relation to God.

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Why I Left Legalism

Why I Left Legalism

November 23, 2020

This is part of my story - a story from legalism to grace. It is a story of how God brought me through maturity to see the Bible, God and others through the lens of grace rather than through the pseudo-security of legalism. You may have a similar story. I would love to hear that in the comments!

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Staying Faithful to the God Who Allows You To Suffer

Staying Faithful to the God Who Allows You To Suffer

November 21, 2020

There is a lot of hurt out there. As a Christian we have hope but it can be difficult to continue to trust a God who allows you to suffer? I don't have a magical answer to this problem but there are a few things we can consider that can help us cope and deal with our pain. This video shares a few of those and I hope and pray it is beneficial to you.

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Churches of Christ Need a “Walk This Way” Breakthrough

Churches of Christ Need a “Walk This Way” Breakthrough

November 19, 2020

There are two different conversations happening that need to come together. On one side of the wall is a conversation among established churches. They know they have issues and don't always know solutions. On the other side of the wall is the church planting/discipling conversation.

If we are going to experience renewal we need each side to listen through the wall and hear each other. Then we need to realize we are better together so that we can break down the wall and help each other.

Many people in our churches sense something is amiss but don't know how to fix it. People in the church planting/discipling movements and cultures know solutions - BUT - the two rarely talk.

Let's make this conversation happen. Let's break down the wall, peak our heads through and sing a song that takes collaboration to bring about something beautiful.

New Day - https://northboulevard.com/events/new-day-conference
Renew - www.renew.org
Renew Gathering - www.renewgathering2019.com
Exponential - www.exponential.org

Stan Granberg's article "A Case Study of Growth and Decline: The Churches of Christ, 2006-2016" in The Great Commission Research Journal, Vol 10, No 1 Fall 2018, 90-113

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Church of Christ: Are We Immune to the Cure?

Church of Christ: Are We Immune to the Cure?

November 10, 2020

There are some things we can learn and do that will help us reverse our decline but I am not so sure that we are open to the options that can help the most. We have been taught against them, ensuring a difficult future.

We could look to other groups of Christians for answers - but many don't believe they are even Christians.

We could read books by godly people who have had success in growing churches - but we don't consider them brothers or experts.

We could cooperate with other congregations to pool resources to start new churches - but we don't do that well.

Many of the things that can help us reverse our decline are things we have been taught against or our culture is highly resistant to.

The future is going to be quite challenging.

Here are some resources that can help:
Mission Alive -
https://missionalive.org/
Kairos Church Planting -
https://www.kairoschurchplanting.org/
Onward Church Planting -
https://onwardchurchplanting.org/
Renew - www.renew.org
Discipleship.org - www.discipleship.org

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Where Will the Church of Christ Be in 30 Years?

Where Will the Church of Christ Be in 30 Years?

November 9, 2020

Tim Woodroof and Stan Granberg collected and analyzed data on nearly 10000 members of the Church of Christ. What they found is that we are in a decline since the early 1990s that is accelerating. They collected and ran the numbers pre-COIVD so I am concerned things are accelerating faster than they projected. What can we do about this? They have four main concerns. I walk through their findings and concerns in this week's podcast.

Jesus and the 2020 Election

Jesus and the 2020 Election

November 3, 2020

How might Jesus and the Bible put the 2020 election in perspective for those of us who are Christians? As we look to Jesus for answers we will find that no matter what happens tonight, what is most important won't change a bit.

Is Drinking A Sin? What the Bible Actually Says About Alcohol

Is Drinking A Sin? What the Bible Actually Says About Alcohol

October 29, 2020

So many people ask this question and get answered with misinformation, made up answers that have no basis in the Bible itself. Or people only look at the small corner of the Bible, out of context, that agrees with their position. This is a big look at the Bible on this issue and what we find takes maturity and nuance to understand. What you will find when you dive into the scriptures is that what is more condemned than alcohol is how people judge others over moderate alcohol consumption.

Short answer - drinking alcohol itself is not sinful. Getting drunk is.

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What is Backyard Church? Explaining Our New Church Plant!

What is Backyard Church? Explaining Our New Church Plant!

September 30, 2020

Thank you for watching this video. Please join us in prayer that God would allow this new church plant to grow and multiply. There are a few ways you can help out: Join the prayer team by emailing me (matthewdabbs@hotmail.com) or commenting that you would like to be added. You can give financially to support this work. We don't have all of our donations in and are still in need of support. You can do that securely at this link - https://www.fellowshiponegiving.com/A...

You can also mail checks made out to “Backyard Church” to: PO Box 1089 Auburn, AL 36831 I love the fact that you watched the video! Thank you so much for your love and support! I look forward to telling more of the story soon!

Big News! I am Leaving Preaching Ministry to DoThis!!!

Big News! I am Leaving Preaching Ministry to DoThis!!!

September 29, 2020

After nearly 7 years of full time preaching ministry it is time to wear a new hat. God has been calling us and leading us into something new...Watch the video to find out more and please, please pray for the success of this new effort! It is a little scary but I keep being reminded of God's faithfulness!

 

The next podcast will give more details.

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