Discernment and Preparation: What Hill Should We Die On? – Panel Discussion

Brothers Ken Miller, Barry Grant, Zack Johnson, and John D. Martin discuss what issues must be pursued with wholehearted conviction, with no regard to the cost. Panel discussion moderated by Brother Paul Shirk.

How do we prepare to suffer for the cause of Christ?

Peter tells us, “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind…” This would indicate that we are to have the right mindset regarding suffering for our faith. How do we prepare our minds to suffer for Christ as God would choose for each one of our lives?

In this panel discussion, we consider:

  • What do the Scriptures say about discerning and preparing for persecution?
  • What can we learn from non-biblical individuals who applied Scriptural principles in their time and circumstances?
  • What are the current and imminent issues before us where we should be preparing to engage as overcomers?

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Overcoming Evil with Good: Ministering to the Gangs in Haiti

In this presentation, Barry Grant offers a Scriptural basis for loving our enemies, combined with stories from his personal experience interacting with gangleaders in Haiti.

Theories of enemy-love are great over the coffee table, but is that the best way to prepare to rightly respond when a gun is on your forehead? What is the one tool the evil one uses to intimidate, which we can overcome by the power of God?

When God does a work in our life we would be unable to achieve on our own, humility is the result. This message is a call to walk in that humbly before God.

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Awake O Church

In this presentation, Barry Grant gives a rousing call to awake from spiritual slumber.

Sleeping is tricky: you can accidentally fall asleep, and you cannot wake yourself up. We talk the talk, we sing the songs, and we pray the prayers – but where is God? With Judgment Day honesty, are you confident Jesus will not deem you lukewarm on the last day?

The more the enemy comes into our face with things we never thought we could face, the closer we get to God. Are you in the fight against evil? Are you confident in walking in the light – not only while in church, but while you’re among your peers in the world?

The sleeping church doesn’t face persecution. When the church rises up forsaking all, the battle begins. Does Satan laugh at your spiritual commitment?

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Making Disciples in the Poorest of Countries

What kind of heart and character is necessary to be effective in spreading the Gospel in countries with high rates of property. Can people communicate the Gospel of Jesus in other places if they don’t do it at home in their own neighborhoods. And what Gospel and worldview should we make known anyway?

This message was given at the Church Growth Seminar 2022, which is a segment organized by the Church Planters’ Forum.

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