Irresistible Church has been blessed with so many amazing contributors and authors. As we have new members joining our community every day, we thought it would be fun to share with you the top five posts from 2017. Each of these posts are filled with challenging thoughts and encouraging insights. We hope you enjoy this flash-back to 2017!
#1: What If The Pain Doesn’t Feel Worth It?
I’ve suffered a lot over the last five years as I’ve battled a debilitating chronic illness. And, I’ve also seen God bring about a lot of good through my suffering—I have more gratitude and joy in the little things; I’ve matured spiritually; my husband and I have a sweeter marriage; I’ve been able to encourage many other people who suffer from chronic illness through my story. [Click here to read the rest of the post.]
#2: 10 Ways Small Churches Can Do Disability Ministry
Disability ministry is about relationship, and no church is too small to have meaningful relationships with every person who walks through its doors.
While a small church might not be able to have all the bells and whistles of a robust disability ministry, a small church can do relationships well. In a smaller church, most people know each other, and the community that can result from this environment could potentially fill a larger need among special needs families. [Click here to read the rest of the post.]
#3: How To Pray For The Sick And Disabled
When we know someone who is suffering from an illness or disability, our response is often to pray for healing. It is compassionate to desire relief for one who is suffering, and it is certainly appropriate to ask the Lord for healing. Our God is loving and compassionate, and He is grieved by the suffering of His children (Psalm 86:15, John 11:32-35). He is also a powerful God who is able to heal (Mark 1:29-34). However, healing is not always God’s plan for those who are sick and disabled. [Click here to read the rest of the post.]
#4: 4 Reasons Why You Should Not Welcome My Special Needs Child To Your Church
There are many reasons that you should welcome those with special needs to your church. But today, we will focus on why you should NOT welcome my special needs child to your church.
First, you should NOT welcome my special needs child if you believe the Holy Spirit is only able to work in the hearts of some people, but not others. [Click here to read the rest of the post.]
#5: Why You Should Resist the Status Quo
57 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. reflected on the tragedy that “11:00 on Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours, if not the most segregated hours in Christian America.” He remarked that “any church that stands against integration and that has a segregated body is standing against the Spirit and the teachings of Jesus Christ, and it fails to be a true witness.” The type of church MLK is referring to might also be called a resistible church – not just to God’s image-bearing creation, but to God Himself. [Click here to read the rest of the post.]