• Joe Filer

    Why Free Grace Churches Should Sponsor Church Plants

    In my first blog “Reproducing Grace: A Church Planting Movement” I posed a question: “Why is church planting so important to the free grace movement?” I gave this brief answer: “When a group of believers gets together because the Spirit is leading them to share the free grace message with others and gather them together, more people experience the freedom of God’s grace and they can be discipled to reproduce grace. In this way, though not the only way, the free grace message is spread.” While the spread and multiplication of Free Grace into a new region is the main reason a Free Grace church should plant or sponsor church…

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    Coaching/Mentoring/Discipleship – The Key to Reproducing Grace

    Coaching.  Mentoring.  Discipleship. These words are synonyms for the same subject which has a long history, a long Biblical history: Jethro coached Moses Moses coached Joshua Eli coached Samuel Elijah coached Elisha Mordecai coached Esther Jesus coached His disciples Barnabas coached Paul Paul coached Timothy and John Mark Timothy coached faithful Christians who then coached others Each of these people had someone more experienced, more mature in the Christian walk coaching them, mentoring them, discipling them. They came alongside of them to help them accomplish what God had called them to do. A coach that models the biblical examples of coaching will listen and ask questions that lead the person…

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    Grace Groups: Reproducing Rabbits, not Elephants

    Continuing in our series on Reproducing Grace, we’re going to look again at the book of First Thessalonians.  At the time that Paul and Silas went to Thessalonica, it was the capital of the entire providence and 200,000 people lived there.  Most of these were Greeks, many were Romans and there was also a small number of Jewish people. It was a port city with a heavily-traveled highway running through it.  Many people lived there and many people passed through. As we talked about in the last blog, one small group of believers influenced the whole region.  (1 Thessalonians 1:6-9) Small is Ideal, Not Just Okay I’ve read a lot…

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    Reproducing Grace Groups Can Influence a Culture

    This is blog three in a series on Reproducing Grace. First was “Reproducing Grace: A Church Plant Movement” where I unpacked the first century church planting movement as seen in the book of Acts. We saw that reproducing grace by planting churches in a particular region can be done with little or no money.  Second was “Gathering for a Grace Movement” where I discussed church leaders and believers gathering together to start a Grace Movement in a particular region. I covered how to begin, plan, and launch a Grace Movement in a region. Building on those ideas, I want to suggest that reproducing grace groups in a region can influence…

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    Gathering For A Grace Movement

    In this article, I will discuss church leaders and believers gathering together to start a Grace Movement in a particular region. I want to build on my previous article “Reproducing Grace: A Church Plant Movement” where I unpacked the first century church planting movement as seen in the book of Acts. We saw that reproducing grace by planting churches in a particular region can be done with little or no money.  Now that we have that overview, I would like to look at how to begin, plan, and launch a Grace Movement in a region. It All Starts With One One! That’s where it starts. With one person. God plants…

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    Reproducing Grace: A Church Plant Movement

    The money-sucking machine known as “church planting” has been unveiled and it has left a bad taste in the mouth of many among the free grace community.  I’ve spent many hours in the Word trying to strip the modern church planting movement back to its bare bones, to its roots in the first century and this is what I’ve found. Wherever the apostles went, they shared the Good News of God’s grace to all who might believe it.  Then there is a common occurence of gathering together those who believe. We see examples of this throughout the book of Acts. Nowhere in this early church plant did anyone say, “Before…