Shepherding Wandering Sheep: Reclaiming Inactive Church Members
This study came about as a result of a decline in churches of Christ and the necessity for elders to seek members who have wandered.
The objective of this study was to examine the attitudes of elders in churches of Christ concerning inactive Christians. An examination is made of the responsibilities of elders toward inactive Christians, reasons Christians become inactive, and practical steps elders can take to restore inactive Christians.
Nine elders participated in interviews that covered their previous experiences with elders and inactive Christians, their present experiences with inactive Christians, and the meaning they make of those experiences.
This seminal work on church leadership and inactive Christians provides reasons for inactivity, what church leaders can do to reclaim inactive church members, and looks at how church leaders currently help reclaim their wandering sheep.
Thinking about John: A Study Guide to the Gospel of John (Thinking about the Bible Book 1)
Because he wrote after the other Evangelists, the Apostle John presents a unique view of Jesus. The disciple whom Jesus loved presents the Lord as a worker of signs intended to create faith, a teacher of deep truths, a lover of God and a lover of his disciples, and One who understood his kingdom surpassed earthly realms. This study guide helps the student delve into the Gospel of John and build a firm faith, a firm faith John envisioned when he wrote his Gospel.
Selected Sermons: Volume 1 (Practical and Preachable Sermons)
As a preacher, you know that Sunday comes every week. As soon as you finish preaching one sermon, you need to begin preparing for the next. What if you had a resource — not to remove your own study for laziness — to help you prepare for Sunday? The sermons presented here are practical and preachable. They aim to stir your thoughts and help your study as you stand before God’s people to present divine truth. The lessons are presented in manuscript form to make them readable as well as practical.
The lessons presented here are not only perfect for the preacher preparing his heart and mind for Sunday, but they are very suitable for personal devotion.
Thinking about Timothy and Titus (Thinking about the Bible Book 2)
The epistles Paul wrote his two young protégés, Timothy and Titus, outline the life of the church. From the roles of men and women to the appointment of elders and deacons to helping widows to enduring persecution, the message of the Pastoral Epistles is timeless and directly applicable to today’s church. Thinking about Timothy and Titus provides you an opportunity for rich study of the Epistles to Timothy and Titus. No, you won’t find answers in this book. Instead, you will find a wealth of questions intended to cause you to dig deep into the truth of God’s Word. May God bless you as you study his holy Word!
Revealing Revelation’s Date
Selfless Service: A Model of Ministry
Jesus Christ, God incarnate, came to earth to minister, not to be served. No greater calling could one have than to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and minister. The Apostle Paul followed those footsteps and himself ministered in a selfless way. In Selfless Service: A Model of Ministry, Dr. Justin Imel, Sr. sets forth a practical model one may utilize in following Jesus and Paul’s example of ministry in the Kingdom of God.
On Momma’s Knee
Anna Jarvis, a West Virginia native, started Mother’s Day in 1908. She believed the nation needed a day to recognize the contribution of mothers to our lives. After all, Jarvis pointed out that your mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”
For the Christian, however, honoring mothers does not only fall on the second Sunday in May. Honoring our mothers is a way of life. God commanded his people to honor their mothers in the Old Law. Jesus honored his parents, and he taught us to do the same.
On Momma’s Knee by Dr. Justin Imel, Sr. explores the biblical view of motherhood and urges us all to honor our mothers.
Accompanied By the Instruments of David: Examining Excuses for Instrumental Music In Worship
Instrumental music is once more rearing its ugly head among churches of Christ. Congregations are adding instrumental music to worship because they “can’t see anything wrong with it.” Maybe the instrument is added to draw more people into the assembly. Perhaps some advocate instrumental music, for, like L. L. Pinkerton, the singing is abysmal. Dr. Justin Imel, Sr., comes from a family where instrumental music was considered acceptable; therefore, he has heard nearly every argument under the sun to justify its use in worship. In this work, Dr. Imel examines arguments in favor of instrumental music and finds them wanting. Accompanied by the Instruments of David lays out a forceful argument for a cappella singing in worship.