This information was originally published as a response to The Peaceful Wife/April Cassidy’s Blog Post entitled, I Feel So Spiritually Alone in my Marriage, but I wanted to repost it as a standalone post here, because this is a question I get asked all the time. Why, exactly, do married men make such a focused effort to resist counseling if the marriage is in trouble? Here’s why:
It’s because counseling has at least three elements that are completely repugnant to men: Continue reading “Blog: Why Won’t My Husband Go To Counseling?”
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The seventh and final pillar of an effective church? Discipleship.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
The whole point of the Fivefold Ministry? Is to build people up. Christians are supposed to come into the unity of the faith. There is a unity in God that very few of us enjoy, because we are never taught about it. Continue reading “Blog: Seven Pillars of an Effective Church – Part 7”
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The sixth pillar of an effective church? Evangelism.
Matthew 28:16 – 20(KJV)
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
This passage is commonly referred to as “The Great Commission,” which is rather ironic. Because Jesus said to go and teach all nations, but what we heard was “convince worldly people to come to church.” But it’s in this sixth pillar that many problems are solved. Continue reading “Blog: Seven Pillars of an Effective Church – Part 6”
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The fifth pillar of an effective church? Healing & Deliverance.
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
This is absolutely one of the most neglected areas of contemporary Christian ministry. It is astounding the way healing and deliverance has been, at best, relegated to only certain denominations. Continue reading “Blog: Seven Pillars of an Effective Church – Part 5”
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The fourth pillar of an effective church? Prophetic Worship.
1 Chronicles 25:1-7(NKJV)
25 Moreover David and the captains of the army separated for the service some of the sons of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals. And the number of the skilled men performing their service was: 2 Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah; the sons of Asaph were under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied according to the order of the king. Continue reading “Blog: Seven Pillars of an Effective Church – Part 4”