Show Notes

 

Ep. 74: How is a pastor called into ministry?

Ep. 74: How is a pastor called into ministry?

In this episode of Focused on Christ, Pastors Mike Crump and Nathan Smith explore how God calls people to ministry, emphasizing a desire to serve the church and teach the Bible. They explain that elders are shepherds who must be exemplary Christians, devoting themselves to teaching, leading, and caring for the congregation. The episode also dives into qualifications outlined in the Bible, including a blameless reputation, teaching ability, and managing one’s household well. Finally, the show stresses why qualifications matter to church members, who should hold their elders accountable and ensure they are following biblical guidelines.

Ep. 73: Are there apostles in the church today?

Ep. 73: Are there apostles in the church today?

What leadership roles do we see in the Bible? How are we supposed to understand the roles of apostles, prophets, and teachers in light of God’s full revelation. In this episode of Focused on Christ, Mike and Nathan discuss some of the key roles God ordained for guiding his people. Are they all still active today and what part do they play in the local church?

Ep. 72: How do we deal with bad leadership in the church?

Ep. 72: How do we deal with bad leadership in the church?

God has established authority for our good, yet there are times that authority can be abused. This is why Jonathan Leeman described authority as God’s “good and dangerous gift.” In this episode, Mike and Nathan discuss both the benefits and the struggles of authority in the local church.

Ep. 70: What role do we play in changing the world?

Ep. 70: What role do we play in changing the world?

Stories of heros and superheros are replete with men and women who bring about justice and peace to a broken world. This desire for world change is real and while Superman may help in the comics, God has chosen His church as the means to bring about incredible change in our world – but it looks very different than the movies. In this discussion, Pastors Nathan and Mike talk about the churches role in evangelism and how that relates to transforming the brokeness of our world by way of the Gospel.