Posts by assadsaif

Lesson 1 – The Background of the Gospels

  Lesson 1 – The Background of the Gospels     What world powers controlled Palestine during the inter-testamental period?     A. The Persian Period – 536-333 B.C.   Under Cyrus King of Persia many of the Israelites were encouraged to go back to Palestine and REBUILD THEIR TEMPLE.   A significant thing that…

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Family Togetherness & Family Closeness

Just recently I spent some time with my family. The idea for the getaway was to take some time and develop our relationships amongst each other as a nuclear family. We went away for seven days and nights and stayed in an rental home. It was glorious. We played in the pool together, ate too…

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Communion | Simple Explanation

Bread and Wine

What does Communion mean? Communion happens when we share our thoughts and feelings with each other.  This happens when we eat and spend time together.  When we put our faith in Jesus we are invited to share our thought and feelings with God all of the time.  That means we can experience communion with God as…

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Greeter Training 101

I firmly believe the hospitality of God is the context for spiritual growth. We can show the heart of God to our regular attendees and first-time visitors each week, helping them to see a vision of the Kingdom of God. Below is a tool I have adapted from one of my Mentors, Hal Seed. This…

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4 Easy Ways to Set Achievable Goals

Everybody on the planet sets goals… albeit, some have loftier agendas than others. Still, people all over the world set goals. 2020 is here and I don’t know about you but for me… I have to set some goals. I have to set goals because there are some things I deeply desires to achieve. These…

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5 Steps to Leading A Church Membership Class

I have taken over 1000+ people through membership classes in my ministry career. There are amazing blessings and some interesting opportunities that are part of this process. Helping people become part of a church family is one of the most unique and rewarding aspects of pastoral work I have encountered. So much happens in these…

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New Testament History for Global Missions

There is confusion around “mission of god” or “missio dei” and the concept of being on “mission from God” or “with God” in this world. Really, until the 1900’s missions and mission meant the same thing. People simply went out seeking to reach all that would listen with regard to the gospel of Christ. In…

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Motive for Global Missions

As a new follower of I remember having a distinct conversation with God. The conversation sounded something like this “God, I will go anywhere as long as you don’t send me overseas to do any work, especially in Africa… amen.” That conversation stemmed from a place of ignorance, fear, insecurity and obligation. I don’t believe…

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Baptism Teaching

BAPTISM Water Baptism According to the New Testament Who Should Be Baptized? Notice three things the Bible Says: The people who heard Peter’s Pentecost sermon asked, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)  He answered: “Repent, and be baptized…” (verse 38)  Their response: “Those who accepted his message were baptized…” (verse 41) “But when they…

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Communion Explanation

In out culture today we have the unique privilege of celebrating a special activity in the life of the church.  The Lord’s Supper.  Our goal as a church will be to regularly practice this celebration as a way of practicing our faith.  Traditionally this is done by passing & consuming of bread or a wafer…

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