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Introduction

"This year one-third of all local church pastors will consider resigning under the weight of their responsibilities. In America, one denomination alone sees an average of four pastors resign every single day because of discouragement, personal and professional failure, and loss of purpose." If that statement applies to you, go immediately to the section titled "Powerful Concepts of Ministry" and read it. Your career as a pastor may just depend on it.

Now that we have given the pastors a little meat to chew on, let's get to the nuts and bolts of what this site provides for the ordinary Christian [and Messianic Jewish-Christian], and what the central purposes of this site are (there are two basic ones).

1. The first major purpose of this site is to help enable the flow of the Holy Spirit's life-giving power and guidance into as large a number of Christians as is possible, enlivening their walk with the Lord and thus bringing about a spiritual unity within the entire body of Christ across denominational lines. This site helps the Christian reader to accomplish that by providing him or her with a quality selection of connective expository Bible studies taken from and based on meditative studies in the Word of God. How does one grow spiritually by studying the Word of God in this manner? The Word is spiritual food for the soul. Jeremiah 15:16 states, "Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart." Jesus states in Matthew 4:4 "But He answered and said, 'It is written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.'" George Muller states in his autobiography, The Life of Trust, "...it is as plain to me as anything, that the first thing the child of God has to do morning by morning is, to obtain food for his inner man. As the outward man is not fit for work for any length of time except we take food, and as this is one of the first things we do in the morning, so it should be with the inner man. We should take food for that, as every one must allow. Now what is food for the inner man? Not prayer, but the Word of God, and here again, not simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts. We may therefore profitably meditate, with God's blessing, though we are so weak spiritually; nay, the weaker we are, the more we need meditation for the strengthening of our inner man. By the blessing of God I ascribe to this mode the help and strength which I had had from God to pass in peace through deeper trials, in various ways, than I had ever had before." Mr. Muller goes on to say, "How different, when the soul is refreshed and made happy early in the morning, from what it is when, without preparation, the service, the trials, and the temptations of the day come upon one!" This site is chock full of this kind of digestive study of God's Word that goes from the beginning to end of whatever epistle or gospel that's being presented. And the reader should try to learn how to study the Word on his or her own in like manner, spending time to meditate on what is being read, and asking God's direction and inspiration, just as the pastors who gave these expository studies did in preparing them. So now, dig in and feast on the meals prepared for your inner man or woman.

So in this first category what does this site provide? I can divide what is provided into two main resources. All genuine spiritual growth is a by-product of these two resources. Personal, and as a result, church growth occurs because these two main needs of the Christian are being met. I like to call these the two main pillars of spiritual and church growth. The first need and pillar is having an effective prayer-life. The second is being thoroughly fed in the Word of God.

2. The second major purpose of this site is to educate Christians about Jesus' primary mission which he gave to the church and all believers in Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:6-9. What is that mission? Read it for yourself. Matthew 28:18-20 states, "Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'" Acts 1:6-9 states, "So when they met together, they asked him, 'Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?' He said to them: 'It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on [upon] you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Jesus prophecied in Matthew 24:14 that we as Christians would ultimately accomplish this goal set before us by him over 1900 years ago. Matthew 24:14 states, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." [Verses 15-25 shows what "end" Jesus is talking about, the "end of the age", this evil age of man under Satan’s evil influence.] In one word, what is the mission Jesus gives all Christians, his body of believers, to accomplish?--Evangelism, personal, local church, national and international. This site provides vital educational tools that help the believer know how he or she can evangelize on a personal level, as well as how to help support local church evangelism, and evangelism at the national and international levels as well. (See the "What is Evangelism?" section.)

One thing I want understood about this site: God is no respecter of persons, nor does he hold any special favoritism for one Christian denomination over another. And I do not want any pastor or local member from any one denomination to feel that I am trying to persuade them to join another denomination. I have used the strongest resources that some of the various differing parts of the body of Christ have to offer, without respect to who they are, or any desire to promote migration to these differing Christian fellowships or denominations. The purpose of this Christian unity web site is to strengthen pastors and their congregations and individual Christians right where they are, and thus strengthen the particular part of the body of Christ they are a part of. We as Christians may never achieve doctrinal unity this side of Jesus Christ's second coming, but we certainly can strive to achieve spiritual unity by being spiritually strengthened--and then when sufficiently strengthened, we can all lend a hand in the mission Jesus gave to the church--all of us--to accomplish before his glorious return to earth with our rewards.

And for you pastors, successful application of the sound Biblical instruction of Jesus to Peter is what God respects and rewards. "...do you love Me?...Feed my sheep." I hope this site can provide some of the sheep feed that will help make the sheep in your fold spiritually healthy, strong and reproductive. May your reading experience on this Christian unity webpage enhance your understanding of God's Word and bring you onto the path of personal Christian revival.

What follows describes the contents of this site and where to find what you are looking for. This web site covers eleven basic areas of spiritual interest. The first area covers spiritual harvesting tools:

1."What Is Pre-Evangelism?" (what it is, who it is for) and "What Is Evangelism?" (what it is, who it is for).
2."What is Prayer?"
3."What Is Praise & Worship?"
4."The gospel of Christ through the letters of Paul" and the gospel of Mark (and later of John)
5."Jesus, Our Passover Lamb"
6.Christian Growth (Personal growth & marriage).
7.Some Church History--Let's get to know each other.
8.Powerful Concepts of Ministry.
9.What is Faith (saving faith)?
10.Prophecies of Jesus Christ’s 1st & 2nd Coming
11.Differing Christian Concepts of what Hell is (which shows it’s a secondary doctrinal issue in God’s Word, if so many differing Christian groups and denominations disagree on how God’s Word is to be interpreted on this subject .)

My primary focus and effort is to continue to constantly provide more quality material in the area of Paul’s epistles and the gospel and epistles of John, so as to help further the spiritual growth of the readers. When studied and applied, this primary gospel of Christ information will deepen a Christian’s understanding and walk with Jesus Christ (Yeshua to our Messianic brothers and sisters in Christ). The topical studies on prophecy (about 5% of this site) are secondary to this purpose, and only included as a side dish for Christians, and to highlight to non-believers the veracity and authenticity of God’s Word so that they might believe.

 

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