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5 Ideas for Pastors on How to Resolve Church Conflict

By |2017-05-18T19:52:35+00:00May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Encouragement for Pastors, Ministry Mondays, Pastoral Life|Tags: , , , |

Ministry Monday Ideas for Pastors: How to Resolve Church Conflict - Conflict! It’s inevitable. No matter how much you don’t like it or want to avoid it...

Pastor Resources for Hardship: How to Explain 3 Values of Hardship

By |2017-05-03T17:32:23+00:00May 17th, 2017|Categories: Encouragement for Pastors, Pastoral Life|Tags: , , |

3 Values of Hardship (Pastor Resources for Hardship) - Hardship, however it comes into our life, is an instructive and corrective tool of God...

How to Reframe Hardship Sermon Illustration for Pastors

By |2017-05-03T17:18:21+00:00May 15th, 2017|Categories: Encouragement for Pastors, Pastoral Life|Tags: , , |

Hardship Sermon Illustration for Pastors: Understanding the Value of Discipline - I remember when my wife and I became true empty-nesters.

How to Talk About Faith Supplements in Pastoral Counseling

By |2017-05-01T18:40:28+00:00May 8th, 2017|Categories: Encouragement for Pastors, Pastoral Life|Tags: , , |

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Faith Supplements in Pastoral Counseling…

Faith Supplements in Pastoral Counseling...

We often need to find creative ways to offer pastoral counseling. Vital topics like maintaining faith need to be revisited frequently on our own spiritual growth journey and as we counsel our congregation. Let’s dig into the sin of disbelief and the seven supplements of faith a little today.

Picture a first century person in typical dress, they would have on a long robe (one that came to the ankles). Imagine they entered a race wearing this long, flowing robe. As they ran, the robe would get in their way and trip them up. When their feet got caught in it, they fell. Sin is like that entangling robe. It trips us up. It causes us to fall. It must be thrown off or else it will knock us out of the race.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” (Hebrews 12:1, ESV).  

It seems obvious that all sin is a hindrance to Christian living. And the reference here may be to sin in general. But notice that it says “throw off… the sin that so easily entangles.” I think a specific sin is in the author’s mind. And from what the author wrote about up until this verse, I believe he is referring to “unbelief.”

In Hebrews chapter 3 he wrote, “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.”

Hebrews 11 gives us a catalog of people who lived “by faith.” In other words, they lived believing God even though they went through some incredibly difficult life experiences.

The issue for the first century readers and for us today, is when we face hardship, difficulty, and adversity, will we remain confident in God and His promises? Or will we give up when our circumstances seem to contradict those promises? When life doesn’t look to us like we thought life would look with God, do we doubt Him?

How do we throw off the sin of disbelief? There are seven biblical supplements of faith. Just as we may need physical supplements, we also need spiritual supplements added to our faith to experience the full potential of Christian living.

The 7 Supplements of Faith:

“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love,” (2 Peter 1:5-7, ESV).

How to Attain the Seven Faith Supplements:

How do we incorporate these qualities in our lives? We need to recognize that God is the supplier and we […]

Pastor Resources on Jesus as the Sustainer of Faith

By |2017-04-28T22:49:44+00:00May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Encouragement for Pastors, Pastoral Life|Tags: , , |

Jesus is the Sustainer of Faith (Pastor Resources on Jesus) - Jesus enables us to have enduring faith. He doesn’t just model it for us...

Faith Help for Pastors: How to Explain Jesus’ Faith

By |2017-04-28T22:40:33+00:00May 1st, 2017|Categories: Encouragement for Pastors, Pastoral Life|Tags: , , , |

Faith Help for Pastors: Explaining Jesus' Faith - "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy...

How to Cut Out Distractions in Pastoral Life and Stay Afloat

By |2017-04-24T13:13:51+00:00April 26th, 2017|Categories: Encouragement for Pastors, Pastoral Life|Tags: , , |

How to Cut Out Distractions in Pastoral Life - In Jules Verne's novel, The Mysterious Island, he tells of five men who escape a Civil War prison camp...

3 Easy Pastor Time Management Steps for Life Success

By |2017-04-24T13:09:23+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Encouragement for Pastors, Pastoral Life|Tags: , , |

3 Pastor Time Management Steps for Making Leading Easier - It isn't very difficult to recognize that frivolous or negative things in life need to go.

Why Effective Pastoral Leadership & Faith Need Action

By |2017-04-24T13:17:39+00:00April 19th, 2017|Categories: Encouragement for Pastors, Pastoral Life|Tags: , , |

The Parallels Between Effective Pastoral Leadership & Faith... And Why Both Rely on Taking Action - As pastors, we know that faith is not passive, it is active.

Pastoral Resources & How to Explain Misplaced Optimism

By |2017-03-22T23:48:52+00:00April 17th, 2017|Categories: Encouragement for Pastors, Pastoral Life|Tags: , , |

Pastoral Resources & Tools, Plus How to Explain Misplaced Optimism - In recent weeks, I've been sharing several stories, illustrations and topics...