So What Happens Next?

My encouragement to you, as always, is to continue (or begin) your journey of discipleship to Christ. Read your Bible regularly. Always be on the look out for books that will edify and challenge you. Take what you read and let it shape you in times when you are alone, just you and God. And allow these times to spill over into times when you are with other students of the Word. Together, seek the Lord and study His word and world. Together, share your questions, insights, and experiences. Together, receive the grace of God through fellowship. This is what the ministry of the Institute of Christian Studies has always been about.

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Is Christ Divided?

It is difficult to break the habit of being consumers when “church” is being packaged up deliberately as a need-meeting product. We forget that church is supposed to be a Spirit-united family of the faithful growing together and serving one another. Instead, we judge whole congregations on the basis of their pastor’s celebrity and reputation. And we get a certain self-satisfaction when strangers recognize our pastor’s name.

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