Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Graphics - Who Do You Say I Am? - English & Romanian


Here are the newest graphics I made based on Jesus' question to His disciples. They are 1920 x 1080 (HD sized). You can download them here: English Romanian. If you click directly on the photo Blogger will open it and you can right click and download it that way as well but they will be a bit smaller (1600 x 900). Here is a link to all the graphics I have made so far: William's graphics


Monday, May 27, 2013

What is the Gospel? What Must We Do?


What is the gospel? It is the greatest news that we will ever hear in our lifetime. 

It is the news that Jesus defeated Satan and has restored the reign and rule of God over all creation and will one day return to complete the restoration and rule forever.

It is the news that though we have rebelled against God and are separated from Him we can be reconciled and restored in our relationship with Him and be a part of His family forever through Jesus. 

It is the news that through the sinless life, sacrificial death and bodily resurrection of Jesus sin, death and hell have been defeated.

This is the most amazing news when you consider that we all rejected God and turned away from Him to be our own gods deciding for ourselves what is right and wrong and seeking life, happiness and purpose on our own terms in created things rather than in the Creator whom we were made by and for.

In light of this incredible news what must we do? First we need to recognize our rebellion against God not making excuses for it and confess it to Him. Second we need to turn from our rebellion back to God giving Him His rightful place in our hearts and lives. Third we need to put our trust in Jesus and all that He did to reconcile us and then follow Him the rest of our lives.

Monday, April 15, 2013

One The Stupidest Things Anyone Can Do


One of the stupidest things anyone can do in this life is try to stand in judgment of God by calling Him evil. What a fool such a person is to think they are more moral than One who lives in the unapproachable light of His holiness. Imagine what it is going to be like for them that day when they stand before Him and find out that it is He who is their judge. May they come to their senses and turn from their utter stupidity and find refuge in Jesus before it is too late.

Friday, April 05, 2013

4. What Does It Mean to be a Disciple of Jesus? Slides & Notes - English & Romanian


4. What Does It Mean to be a Disciple of Jesus? from William Anderson

Here are the slides I will use today during my teaching with the young people in the Nouă area of Brașov. In this teaching we will look at what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. To download the slides and notes just click on the links below the embeds which will take you to SlideShare.

Friday, March 29, 2013

3. The Big Picture - The Mission - Slides & Notes - Eng & Ro


3. The Big Picture - The Mission from William Anderson

Here are the slides of my teaching that I will use today with the young people in the Nouă area of Brașov. In this teaching we will look at the role of our mission in the big picture. To download the slides and notes just click on the links below the embeds which will take you to SlideShare.

Friday, March 22, 2013

2. The Big Picture - Gospel & Church - Slides & Notes - Eng & Ro

Here are the slides I will use today in my teaching with the young people in the Nouă area of Brașov. In this teaching we will look at the role of the gospel and the church in the big picture. To download the slides and notes just click on the links below the embeds which will take you to SlideShare.

Friday, March 15, 2013

1. The Big Picture - Jesus - Slides & Notes - English & Romanian


1. The Big Picture - Jesus from William Anderson


Here are the slides from the teaching I will do today with the young people in the Nouă area of Brașov. In this teaching we will begin to look at the "big picture" of what Christianity is about. When a person repents and puts their faith in Jesus it is helpful to understand the big picture in order to know what is important and what to focus on in order to grow. To download the slides and notes just click on the links below the embeds which will take you to SlideShare.





Friday, March 08, 2013

An Interview with Francis Chan (Video)



Here is an interesting interview by Moira Brown of 100 Huntley Street in Canada with Francis Chan about his life and ministry and how God worked in both to radically change him. Be sure to watch both parts.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Why Believe in God? Video, Slides and Notes

Here are the video, slides and notes from my teaching in Bucharest last Sunday. The teaching is in English with Romanian translation. The text in the video is Romanian but you can click on the slides below to see the English as you watch the teaching. The notes are below the slides in two sizes- A4 (Europe) and Letter (United States). You can also watch the video on YouTube if you prefer. Why Believe in God?



This is the 19th study in the “Growing Deep in the Gospel” series and is the third one dealing with defending the gospel. In this study we answered the question “Why Believe in God?” by looking at five arguments that show why belief in God is the most reasonable conclusion. Those arguments included the cosmological, teleological, moral law, prophecy, and heart-wired.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Review of Gospel Series - Slides & Notes - English & Romanian


13. Review of Gospel Series from William Anderson

Here are the slides I will use tonight during our weekly outreach to the young people in Nouă area of Brașov. It is a review of the gospel series I did for the past few months. Down below the slides you will find the notes from the teaching as well. To download the slides and notes just click on the links below the embeds which will take you to SlideShare.
 


Friday, February 15, 2013

What is Faith? - Slides & Notes - English & Romanian


12. What is Faith? from William Anderson

Here are the slides I will use during our weekly outreach tonight to the young people in Nouă area of Brașov. It is the twelfth and final teaching in a series I am doing on the gospel with them. (I will do a review of the series next time). Down below the slides you will find the notes from the teaching as well. To download the slides and notes just click on the links below the embeds which will take you to SlideShare.
  
The teaching each week will include the following:
  1. Review of previous weeks teachings
  2. Teaching for the current week
  3. Review, summary or conclusion of the main points 

Monday, February 11, 2013

New Graphics - Why Jesus Came - English and Romanian


Here are the newest graphics I made about why Jesus came. They are 1098 x 710. You can download them here: English  Romanian. If you click directly on the photo Blogger will open it and you can right click and download it that way as well.


Friday, February 08, 2013

What is Repentance? - Slides & Notes - English & Romanian


11. What is Repentence? from William Anderson

Here are the slides I will use tonight during our weekly outreach to the young people in Nouă area of Brașov. It is the eleventh teaching in a series I am doing on the gospel with them. Down below the slides you will find the notes from the teaching as well. To download the slides and notes just click on the links below the embeds which will take you to SlideShare.
  
The teaching each week will include the following:
  1. Review of previous weeks teachings
  2. Teaching for the current week
  3. Review or summary of the main points  



Thursday, February 07, 2013

Gospel Quotes - The Purpose of Jesus's Coming





"When we look at the whole scope of this story line, we see clearly that Christianity is not only about getting one’s individual sins forgiven so we can go to heaven. That is an important means of God’s salvation, but not the final end or purpose of it. The purpose of Jesus’s coming is to put the whole world right, to renew and restore the creation, not to escape it. It is not just to bring personal forgiveness and peace, but also justice and shalom to the world. God created both the body and soul, and the resurrection of Jesus shows that he is going to redeem both body and soul. The work of the Spirit of God is not only to save souls but also to care and cultivate the face of the earth, the material world." -- Tim Keller

Monday, February 04, 2013

Pastoring Related Posts - February 4


Here are the best ten pastoring related blog posts I came across this past week. If you are serving others or discipling someone you may find some good "food for thought" as well.
  1. Where Is Your Identity? (4:13) - Paul Tripp
  2. Every Member a Disciple Maker (54:10) - David Platt (need to register)
  3. Leader or Pastor? - Keith Giles
  4. Raising Up New Leaders - Eric Davis
  5. 3 Reasons Why Some Churches Don't Grow - Aaron Armstrong
  6. 5 Reasons Some Leaders Finish Poorly - Ed Stetzer
  7. We've Confused Leadership with Discipleship - Larry Osborne
  8. Cultivating a Passion for Evangelism in Your Church - Mike Riccardi
  9. 5 Things to Consider about Your Calling - Casey Cease
  10. 5 Things to Learn from International Church Planting - Ed Stetzer
Pastoring Quote - Barry Parker
Pastoral ministry involves three basic priorities as well: knowing God, knowing self and knowing ministry, in that order. All of ministry is about focusing on these three basics and working them out in the context of ministry.
Related Links
Pastoring Related Posts - January 8


Saturday, February 02, 2013

How Do We Receive Salvation through Jesus? - Slides & Notes - English & Romanian


10. How Do We Receive Salvation through Jesus? from William Anderson

Here are the slides I used yesterday during our weekly outreach to the young people in Nouă area of Brașov. It was the tenth teaching in a series I am doing on the gospel with them. Down below the slides you will find the notes from the teaching as well. To download the slides and notes just click on the links below the embeds which will take you to SlideShare.
  
The teaching each week will include the following:
  1. Review of previous weeks teachings
  2. Teaching for the current week
  3. Review or summary of the main points 

Love from God, Love for Neighbor (11:09)


what love looks like horizontally and how it actually happens.

Friday, February 01, 2013

How Grace Liberates Our Parenting (19:36)


Some great words of wisdom by Paul Tripp and Elyse Fitzpatrick on how grace radically changes the way we parent and relate to  our children. 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Gospel Quotes - You Cannot Scare People into Loving God


“Heaven is not a place for those who are afraid of hell; it’s a place for those who love God. You can scare people into coming to your church, you can scare people into trying to be good, you can scare people into giving money, you can even scare them into walking down an aisle and praying a certain prayer, but you cannot scare people into loving God. You just can’t do it.” -- Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel, pg. 49

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels


J. Warner Wallace, an atheist who used his homicide detective skills and knowledge to investigate the claims of the four gospel accounts shares His story of how he became a Christian.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What Happens After I Die? (2:30)


Are you ready for death? A look at the various possibilities of what happens after you die and why it matters to find the truth.

Monday, January 28, 2013

What is Christianity? Jon Oleksiuk (2:14)


If someone asked you to explain what Christianity is what would you say? Check out this video to see the basics of Christianity explained in a little over two minutes.

Pastoring Related Posts - January 28


Here are the best pastoring related blog posts I came across this past week. If you are serving others or discipling someone you may find some good "food for thought" as well.
  1. Whose Kingdom? - Paul Tripp
  2. Zack Eswine on Significance in the Ordinary (4:27)
  3. Developing Authentic Relationships - Bruce Zachary
  4. Building Unity and Friendship Among Elders - Bob Johnson
  5. Are You Addicted to Ministry? - Rick Warren
  6. 8 Obstacles to Making Disciples  - J. R. Miller
  7. One Sanctifying Trail After Another: A Wise Leader, Part 1 - Jamie Munson
  8. Why Pastors and Elders Need Your Prayers - Kevin DeYoung
Here are some wise words by Paul Tripp that all who serve Jesus should take to heart:
I am more and more convinced that what gives a ministry its motivations, perseverance, humility, joy, tenderness, passion, and grace is the devotional life of the one doing ministry. When I daily admit how needy I am, daily meditate on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and daily feed on the restorative wisdom of his Word, I am propelled to share with others the grace that I am daily receiving at the hands of my Savior. There simply is no set of exegetical, homiletical, or leadership skills that can compensate for the absence of this in the life of a pastor. It is my worship that enables me to lead others to worship. It is my sense of need that leads me to tenderly pastor those in need of grace. It is my joy in my identity in Christ that leads me to want to help others live in the middle of what it means to be “in Christ.” In fact, one of the things that makes a sermon compelling is that the preacher is worshiping his way through his own sermon. (Dangerous Calling, 35)

Related Links
Pastoring Related Posts - January 8

Saturday, January 26, 2013

If God is Good Why is There Evil and Suffering?

The fact of evil and suffering is probably the most used objection given for not believing in God. While for some this may indeed be a real concern it has been my experience in talking to people is that many are using this as an excuse for not believing in God because they don't want to believe in God. Others project evil onto God because then they don't want to deal with their own evil. Whether they realize it or not the reasons they do these things is because they are rebellion against their creator and their hearts are hard. 

But there are good answers to the question of evil and suffering if one's heart is open to God. Ultimately the reason, which may seem strange, is because God is love. Here are two excellent short videos that explain if God is good why there is evil and suffering




Related Links
The Problem of Evil - William Lane Craig

Friday, January 25, 2013

What Did Jesus Accomplish for Us? Part II - Slides & Notes - English & Romanian


09. What Did Jesus Accomplish for Us? Part II from William Anderson

Here are the slides I will use during our weekly outreach to the young people in Nouă area of Brașov tonight. It is the ninth teaching in a series I am doing on the gospel with them. Down below the slides you will find the notes from the teaching as well. 
  
The teaching each week will include the following:
  1. Review of previous weeks teachings
  2. Teaching for the current week
  3. Review of the main points

Gospel Quotes - The Two Dimensions of Gospel-Centeredness


"Being gospel-centered has two dimensions. First, it means being word-centered because the gospel is a word. The gospel is good news. It is a message. It is a message that can be summarized in simple gospel outlines or even the three-word confession, 'Jesus is Lord.' Yet is is also a message that fills the entire Bible. It is the story of salvation from creation to new creation. It is a word that has become incarnate in Jesus Christ. It is this word that brings new life to people and shapes the life of the church.

Second, being gospel-centered means being mission-centered, for the gospel is a missionary word. The gospel is good news. It is a word to be proclaimed. You cannot be committed to the gospel without being committed to proclaiming that gospel." -- Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Total Church, pg. 32.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

Gospel Quotes - Why the Gospel Doesn't Make Sense


"The gospel is unintelligible to most people today, especially in the West, because their own particular stories are remote from the story of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation that is narrated in the Bible. Our focus is introspective and narrow, confined to our own immediate knowledge, experience, and intuition. Trying to desperately to get others, including God, to make us happy, we cannot seem to catch a glimpse of the real story that gives us a meaningful role." -- Michael Horton, The Gospel-Driven Life, pg. 71.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Iran & Israel & Bible Prophecy - 100 Huntley (Parts 6-10)

Mark Hitchcock, author of the book Iran & Israel, Wars and Rumors of Wars continues sharing about  Iran and Israel in light of End Times prophecy.

Part 6


Part 7

Part 8

What Did Jesus Accomplish for Us? Part I - Slides & Notes - English & Romanian


08. What Did Jesus Accomplish for Us? Part I from William Anderson

Here are the slides I used yesterday during our weekly outreach to the young people in Nouă area of Brașov. It was the eight teaching in a series I am doing on the gospel with them. Down below the slides you will find the notes from the teaching as well. 
  
The teaching each week will include the following:
  1. Review of previous weeks teachings
  2. Teaching for the current week
  3. Review of the main points

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Graphic - Kingdom Quote | Paul Tripp - English & Romanian


Here are the newest graphics I made based on a quote by Paul Tripp. They are HD sized (1920 x 1080). You can download them here: English  Romanian. If you click directly on the photo Blogger will open it and you can right click and download it that way as well but they will be smaller.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gospel Quotes - The Story the Gospels are Telling


"What I miss, right across the Western tradition, at least the way it has come through to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, is the devastating and challenging message I find in the four gospels: God really has become king - in and through Jesus! A new state of affairs has been brought into existence. A door has been opened that nobody can shut. Jesus is now the world's rightful Lord, and all other lords are to fall at his feet. This is an eschatological message, not in the trivial sense that it heralds the 'end of the world' (whatever that might mean), but in the sense that it is about something that was suppose to happen when Israel's hopes were fulfilled and Israel's hopes were not for the demise of the space-time universe, but for the earth to be full of God's glory. It is, however, an inaugurated eschatological message, claiming that this 'something' has indeed happened in and through Jesus and does not yet look like what people might have imagined. This is the story the gospels are telling." -- N. T. Wright, When God became King, pages 37-38.

Multiply Gatherings - Francis Chan and David Platt


David Platt and Francis Chan held "Gatherings" in Birmingham, Alabama and San Francisco, California in November 2012 to encourage people to become better disciple makers. Above is the video from Birmingham Gathering and below is the link to the San Francisco Gathering. They discuss the same things in both cities so you can choose which one you would like to watch.

In addition to these videos their discipleship ministry, Multiply Movement, has released free materials to use in discipling others. Just yesterday they made available all their materials in one PDF which can be downloaded here: One Big PDF

Related LInks
Multiply Gathering San Francisco

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What is the Gospel? Skye Jethani (43:50)



This is an excellent teaching on explaining what the gospel is and I encourage you to take the time to watch it. During this teaching Skye answers five questions:
  1. What does the word gospel actually mean?
  2. How is the gospel explained in the New Testament?
  3. How was the gospel proclaimed or preached in the New Testament?
  4. What are the implications of this?
  5. How do we respond to this gospel?
So what do you think about what Skye shared about the gospel? What are the strengths and weaknesses of his explanation of the gospel?

Related Links
How to Understand the Gospel Better
What is the Gospel? D. A. Carson
What is the Gospel? Mike Mercer
What is the Gospel? Bryan McWhite
What is the Gospel? Jonathan Pennington
What is the Gospel? Mark Stevens
What is the Gospel? Scot McKnight
What is the Gospel? Trevin Wax
The Heart of the Gospel

Videos
What is the Gospel? Darrell Bock
3-2-1: The Story of God, the World and You

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Is There a Problem with the Way We Evangelize?


Michael Metzger recently wrote a post on his blog DoggieHeadTilt titled Scracth-Off Faith which talks about the role of discovery in learning in the ancient world and how the Enlightenment distorted this. He then goes on to show how this infected the church looking at what it did to evangelism. Though Mike focuses on evangelism what he says applies to other things as well, especially teaching. So I encourage you to read what he says below then if you are interested go to his blog and read the rest of the post. Good "food for thought"!
Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is “treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Mt. 13:44). This is an older sense of discovery, “of finding something that was there,” writes Iain McGilchrist. In ancient times, it was believed truth is covered and we dis-cover it. It’s similar to setting out to see one thing and stumbling upon something entirely different. It’s the combination of surprise, discovery, and joy – exactly what Augustine meant when he said the soul delights in particular in what it learns indirectly.

McGilchrist believes the Enlightenment distorted this ancient view. It instead fostered a “grandiose sense” of discovery, with truth as “something we make, rather than something we uncover.” Enlightenment experts constructed theories, principles, and concepts that were presented to inquirers as truth. The ancient sense of discovery was dulled. To assess the damage done to education, catch Sir Ken Robinson’s critique of the Enlightenment and how it crimps students’ enthusiasm for learning.

The Enlightenment infected the Western church as well. Enlightenment evangelists set out to present truth rather than assist others in discovering it. This fostered new methods of evangelism. One is the direct method – sermons, speeches, and canned presentations like The Four Spiritual Laws. Another is the erudite approach, lamented by Roger Parrott, president of Belhaven College. It relegates evangelism to the domain of gifted apologists who present “biblical worldview.” The therapeutic method presents a “safe” God. The consumerist approach presents a God dying to “meet your needs” – but allows individuals to determine those needs, turning them into consumers.

The problem with these methods is not that they don’t work. They do. But they ignore the Enlightenment paradox. Presenting truth in modern ways “simultaneously makes evangelism infinitely easier, and discipleship infinitely harder,” writes Os Guinness. In not having to dig a little and discover truth, conversion becomes infinitely easier. But discipleship becomes infinitely harder, since Christian formation is arduous, requiring discipline. The effect of the Enlightenment approach “is not that Christians have disappeared,” writes Guinness, “but that Christian faith has become so deformed.” The solution is restoring the ancient sense of discovery.
So what do you think about what Michael says? What are some of the ways we can restore the "discovery" method to evangelism? How about to other topics?


Monday, January 14, 2013

Gospel Quotes - Where Our Problems Come From


"Most of our problems in life come from a lack of proper orientation to the gospel. Pathologies in the church and sinful patterns in our individual lives ultimately stem from a failure to think through the deep implications of the gospel and to grasp and believe the gospel through and through. Put positively, the gospel transforms our hearts and our thinking and changes our approaches to absolutely everything. When the gospel is expounded and applied in its fullness in any church, that church will look unique. People will find in it an attractive, electrifying balance of moral conviction and compassion." -- Tim Keller

Pastoring Related Posts - January 14


Here are some more blog posts related to pastoring that I have come across recently. If you are serving others or discipling someone you may find some good "food for thought" as well.
  1. 16 Thing I Look For In a Preacher - Mark Driscoll
  2. The Best Way to Welcome People to Church - Steve Kryger
  3. Why Spurgeon Thought the Plain Preaching of the Gospel Was Sufficient to Grow a Church - Justin Taylor
  4. Top Leadership Coaching Videos of 2012 - Mark Driscoll
  5. My Top 12 Quotes from Tim Keller’s “Center Church” - Eric McKiddie
  6. Avoiding Mistakes in Ministry - John Johnson
  7. From the Shepherd's Nook - John Frye

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Iran & Israel & Bible Prophecy - 100 Huntley (Parts 1-5)

Mark Hitchcock, author of the book Iran & Israel, Wars and Rumors of Wars shares about how what is going on between Iran and Israel today fits into End Times prophecy.
                
Part 1

 

Part 2


Part 3



Part 4 


Part 5