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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.

Bible Study on the Book of James:Introduction & Chapter 1 By Matt Dabbs

Bible Study on the Book of James:Introduction & Chapter 1 By Matt Dabbs

September 19, 2020

September's theme at Wineskins.org is the book of James. We are going to walk through each chapter of James before the end of September. James is one of the most practical books in the New Testament. He talks about suffering, sin, righteousness, living out our faith, favoritism and so much more. Let's soak up the book of James together by first talking about James, Jesus' half-brother, and where he appears in the New Testament. We Will follows that up in this video with a walk through of James chapter 1.

Biblical Baptism Vs The Sinner’s Prayer

Biblical Baptism Vs The Sinner’s Prayer

September 18, 2020

What does the Bible say about baptism? Where does baptism come from and what does it mean? What is the difference between baptism and the sinner's prayer? This video explores the Old Testament roots of baptism, what the New Testament teaches on baptism and contrasts it with the ever popular but unbiblical practice of the sinner's prayer.

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Church Planting Vision and Resources with Dale Spaulding

Church Planting Vision and Resources with Dale Spaulding

August 4, 2020

We had the privilege of talking with the director of Passion for Planting, Dale Spaulding, about church planting, why it needs to be done and how to get existing churches invested and involved in the process.

 

Why is this important? Because in Churches of Christ we have planted fewer churches every decade since the 1960s. We are currently planting less than 20 churches per year. Many, many more than that are closing their doors. This must be addressed. The resources exist. Let's point people to them.

 

If Christianity is going to thrive it will require planting new churches. Several resources were mentioned that you might want to follow up on:

 

Passion for Planting

Exponential

Onward Church Planting

Mission Alive

Kairos

Stadia

Association of Related Church (ARC)

Ed Stetzer's book "Planting Missional Churches"

 

To contact Dale, you can email him at dales@church-planting.net

Deconstructing & Reconstructing Churches of Christ By Matt Dabbs

Deconstructing & Reconstructing Churches of Christ By Matt Dabbs

July 20, 2020

Let's assess how we got to where we are - the good, bad and ugly and then talk about how to put the pieces back together. This video discusses our issues in Churches of Christ, how they developed, and what we can do to move into a more vibrant future. This isn't intended to be harsh, bitter, or angry but more of a description of the state of things with an eye to help make things better, if we want to get better.

“Discipleship in Community” An Interview with Authors: Mark Powell, John Mark Hicks, and Greg McKinzie

“Discipleship in Community” An Interview with Authors: Mark Powell, John Mark Hicks, and Greg McKinzie

July 8, 2020

In their new book, "Discipleship in Community: A Theological Vision for the Future" authors Mark Powell, John Mark Hicks, and Greg McKinzie explore the discipleship dna in Churches of Christ and how discipleship offers us a framework to understand our lives as followers of Jesus. In this conversation we explore the Trinity, Creeds, and much, much more. Thanks for listening. If you prefer to watch it, you can find it on our Wineskins YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/wineskins

If you would like more information on the the theological commitments of Churches of Christ you can find that on the Harding School of Theology website's Theological Commitments page.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book you can do that on amazon.

Are Churches of Christ Denominational?

Are Churches of Christ Denominational?

July 2, 2020

We explore the definition of denomination and whether or not the Churches in their current form are denominational. How can the Bible guide us to our answer? We have to be consistent in the application of our principles. We cannot label others by one standard and not then also apply that same standard to ourselves.

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Baptism, Salvation & Re-Baptism By Matt Dabbs

Baptism, Salvation & Re-Baptism By Matt Dabbs

June 17, 2020

Is baptism necessary for salvation? What does the New Testament actually teach on baptism? And what about re-baptism...are there valid reasons for being re-baptized? We address this and more in this episode of the Wineskins podcast!

Christian Conversations on Race & Understanding With Drs. Michael Brown and John Mark Hicks

Christian Conversations on Race & Understanding With Drs. Michael Brown and John Mark Hicks

June 12, 2020

Dr. Michael Brown serves at the Westview Church of Christ in Huntsville, AL and is an electrical engineer at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. He is the author of several books through 21st Century Christian.

Dr. John Mark Hicks teaches history and theology at Lipscomb University.

They have known each other for nearly forty years and have come together for a series of discussions on how we view race and reconciliation as Christians.

Race in the New Testament: The Holy Spirit’s Role in Unity By Matt Dabbs

Race in the New Testament: The Holy Spirit’s Role in Unity By Matt Dabbs

June 8, 2020

This podcast walks through race in the New Testament: explaining how first century people saw race and how God, through the work of the Holy Spirit, brought unity to such diverse groups of people. It was always the Holy Spirit who took the lead and then the Apostles followed. We need to do the same today.

 

"Unclean" By Richard Beck

Worship Resources for Online Church with Melissa Lancaster

Worship Resources for Online Church with Melissa Lancaster

May 13, 2020

With so many churches moving to hosting church services online there is a great need to figure out how to integrate singing into those services. The Acappella Company started a new streaming service called Praise and Harmony TV to help churches navigate this without having to learn a lot about copyright and through streamlining the fee structures so that this is manageable and inexpensive for churches who are trying to meet the needs of the congregation while away from the building on Sunday.

Church Streaming/ Video Hosting information - A How To Guide
 
ReGen Harmony Website 
 
Praise and Harmony TV
 
Hero of Israel
Theological Hunger Games & Dystopian Church By Matt Dabbs

Theological Hunger Games & Dystopian Church By Matt Dabbs

May 6, 2020

We have an identity crisis that bleeds over into a purpose/mission crises and a vision crises. How did we get here and how do we get on the other side? The answer isn't to keep doing more of the same - using our own wisdom to figure out the answer. We must lean into Jesus' example in Matthew 4 of the way to and through the wilderness.

Continuing the Conversation: Ephesians 5:19, Singing & Worship in The New Testament With DJ Bulls

Continuing the Conversation: Ephesians 5:19, Singing & Worship in The New Testament With DJ Bulls

April 29, 2020

An open conversation about acappella and instrumental worship in Churches of Christ with minister, songwriter, composer, and conductor DJ Bulls. What does the New Testament say about singing and what does that mean for us today? Has our view on this, in Churches of Christ, been accurate and biblical? Or is it a matter of preference?

The three previous videos referenced can be watched here:

What Ephesians 5:19 is Really About

What Colossians 3:16 is Really About

Five Reasons in Favor of Acappella Congregational Singing

Find more from DJ here:
www.djbulls.com

https://timelesspsalter.com/

 

Re-humanizing Ourselves: Fear and Formation During Pandemic With Shane Wood

Re-humanizing Ourselves: Fear and Formation During Pandemic With Shane Wood

April 23, 2020

How do we come out of this pandemic spiritually formed? We sat down, cleared our minds, and tackled this and several related topics that you may find beneficial during this difficult and challenging time. Shane wrote a book in 2019 that I hope you will pick up a copy of and read...after hearing Shane, I believe you will be motivated to read more of his thoughts. You can buy it at amazon - "Between Two Trees".

You can also get more content from Shane at his website - www.shanejwood.com

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What Church on Mission Looks Like With Kerry Cox

What Church on Mission Looks Like With Kerry Cox

April 15, 2020

I was deeply moved by a video I watched on Facebook of hundreds of Christians singing praise outside a hospital near St. Louis. Nurses came to the windows to wave. Christians gathered (while physical distancing, of course!) to praise God and encourage the community. Knowing the people involved, I wasn't surprised that they were doing this. Kerry Cox and the churches he ministers with are serious about mission. They are serious about mission because they love people...so much so that they find themselves in an unusual position of being mostly a church of the unchurched. They are making disciples who make disciples. It is a beautiful thing and I want you to hear his heart to be inspired and, hopefully, get more of our established churches figuring out how they can support efforts like these domestically.

If you would like to reach Kerry with questions or if you would like to support his ministry, his email is kerrymcox@gmail.com and his cell is 636-497-5225.

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