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Tim Brister

  • Where Jesus Lived on Mission

    I am convinced that every step was intentional, every story was purposeful, every aspect providential for the purpose of not only accomplishing His mission but also modeling and training His apprentices to become like Him in every way.
    Tim Brister
    January 27,2015
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  • The Disciple’s Napkin: 4 Ways to Serve

    A disciple of Jesus should have movement in four directions: upward, inward, outward, and forward. These four dynamics shape the four ways and rhythms by which a disciple is to flesh out a life of servanthood.
    Tim Brister
    January 20,2015
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  • The Disciple’s Napkin: 5 Minutes of Bible Intake

    Bible intake is intended not merely for information but for transformation. There is enough truth to transform your life in five minutes of meaningful Bible intake.
    Tim Brister
    January 13,2015
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  • The Disciple’s Napkin

    I don’t want it to be said by anyone, “I cannot make disciples because it is too complicated, too difficult, too demanding, etc.” So, I boiled down the basics to “napkin size.”
    Tim Brister
    January 6,2015
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  • Create a Disciple-Making Plan for the New Year

    I came to the sobering realization that I wasn’t doing much as a disciple-making practitioner. Things had to change.
    Tim Brister
    December 30,2014
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  • The Inverted Nature of Christ’s Invitation

    Have you ever considered the scandalous grounds of Christ’s invitation? Jesus undermined the world’s way of thinking with the first words of his first sermon.
    Tim Brister
    December 23,2014
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  • 4 Steps to Sharing the Gospel with Your Family During Christmas

    Here are four steps for sharing the gospel with your family. Check them out.
    Tim Brister
    December 16,2014
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  • The Complexities of Christmas

    Not everything is as “wonderful” this time of the year as we think. For many, it is the most stressful, demanding, and overwhelming time of the year, with challenges awaiting from all facets of life.
    Tim Brister
    December 9,2014
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  • Please Teach Disciples How to Live

    Looking back, one of the most glaring (and I would add scandalous) omissions is that my church never taught me how to live. I knew how to do a ton of religious things, but when it came to living out my faith as a disciple of Jesus, I really had no clue.
    Tim Brister
    December 2,2014
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  • A Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving

    This prayer is taken from a collection Puritan prayers and devotions in a book called The Valley of Vision (highly recommended). It is almost always at my side in my personal devotion and study.
    Tim Brister
    November 25,2014
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  • Triperspectivalism in the Psalms

    While working through the Psalms devotionally, I began to see a triperspectival pattern (to no one’s surprise) worth mentioning. A great example of this would be Psalm 71.
    Tim Brister
    November 18,2014
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  • Story-Formed Disciple-Making

    God’s people are responsible to tell others what God has done for them. At the end of the day, faithfulness to God is a matter of stewardship to tell the story.
    Tim Brister
    November 11,2014
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  • Life is Too Short to be in a Hurry

    Someone in a hurry makes an idol out of time. They allow the present to be dictated by the future.
    Tim Brister
    November 4,2014
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  • Disciple-Making and the Promises of God

    One of the great encouragements we have to live as disciple-making disciples is the powerful promises of God. Have you ever considered how the Great Commission is sandwiched with the power and promise of Jesus?
    Tim Brister
    October 28,2014
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  • Gospel Centeredness Requires a High View of the Law

    A high view of the law will expose the sinfulness and seriousness of sin. The law was never meant to make us righteous in the sight of God (legalism) but to cause us to look for an alien righteousness found in Christ’s life.
    Tim Brister
    October 21,2014
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  • To Be Gospel-Centered, You Need the Holy Spirit

    Are we talking about the gospel to the neglect of the Spirit’s working in our lives? Are we substituting the gospel for the Spirit when explaining how we operate as Christians in the world? I think those are valid questions, and I want to briefly attempt to answer the question in this post.
    Tim Brister
    October 14,2014
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  • Gospel-Centered Application of the Word

    It is not enough that the preacher’s sermon is Christ-centered. The congregation should be trained to be, too. That entails not only expectations but also application, which is what I want to address in this post.
    Tim Brister
    October 7,2014
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  • Gospel-Centered Expectations

    What is the nature of your expectations every time you hear the Word of God preached? A gospel-centered church will have a congregation full of gospel-centered expectations every time the Word of God is proclaimed.
    Tim Brister
    September 30,2014
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  • Deliver Us from Inconsequential Successes

    When it comes to the Great Commission, there are basically three responses a church can have. A church can do nothing, something, or one thing.
    Tim Brister
    September 23,2014
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  • We are Debtors to the Triune God

    If you don’t know Octavius Winslow, let me introduce him to you...
    Tim Brister
    September 16,2014
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