Ten Ways The Church Can Fight Abortion

Over the last 46 years, almost 60 million fellow citizens of our country have been silently destroyed. Recently, on the forty-sixth anniversary of Roe v. Wade in New York, Governor Cuomo celebrated the passage of the “Reproductive Health Act,” which removed restrictions on late-term abortion. Rhode Island and Vermont are considering similar measures and joining the nine states allowing third-trimester abortions up to the point of birth.

Under the disguise of “the right to choose,” a holocaust, genocide, and infanticide are quietly taking place in our midst, and the Church cannot be silent. In Watermark’s recent weekend message, Love is a Verb, we discussed that love speaks, even when it causes pain, so the defenseless can be saved, and those who are hurting can find healing and hope in Christ. Below are opportunities for you to partner with Watermark’s Life Initiative as we advocate for life, care for those facing an unplanned pregnancy, and bring the hope of the gospel to those affected by past abortions.

  1. Know the facts. Understand the hard truth of what abortion really is and see first-hand the ugly reality of abortive medical procedures here (warning: this content is difficult to watch).
  2. Prepare yourself to engage with others in a way that honors God and communicates His love for all people, in and outside the womb. Take a look at the following Real Truth. Real Quick episodes:
  3. Care for, disciple, and build relationships with those facing an unplanned pregnancy. To eradicate abortion, it must be easier for a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy to walk into our community of faith than an abortion clinic. Pray for divine appointments and ask for God to sovereignly bring individuals across your path who need help in a crisis pregnancy.
  4. Be a Parent Coach: The Watermark Life Initiative Parent Support team has piloted a group to come alongside women and men with unexpected pregnancies. Be part of our upcoming training by emailing thelifeinitiative@watermark.org.
  5. Help Women and Men Heal from Past Abortions: Our After-Abortion Care ministry serves women and men with past abortions and provides mentors to re:generation participants who have been part of an abortion. Contact us.
  6. Join Your School District’s Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC): Every school district has a council of parents, students, teachers, and community organizations that determine the sex and health education curriculum used by educators. Contact your district’s school board for more information, and read more here.
  7. Contact Your Elected Officials: Encourage your elected officials to author, sponsor, or co-sponsor pro-life legislation abolishing abortion. Find out who your elected officials are and what bills have been filed each session here.
  8. Volunteer with Watermark Urgent Care: Every week four to six women with unexpected pregnancies come to the Watermark Urgent Care Clinic and find out they’re pregnant. Connect with the Clinic and be equipped to engage women with the gospel so that they can choose life for themselves and their child. Find out more.
  9. Serve with and support Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, Thrive or other nonprofit groups providing care and support to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
  10. Get equipped: Take advantage of the following training opportunities: Adoption & Foster Care Info Meeting – Sunday, March 31, register here­­­.

Our responsibility to end abortion goes well beyond simply voting for pro-life candidates or supporting organizations that care for these new mothers and fathers. As the Life Initiative at Watermark expands, consider how you can be informed and empowered to care for these women and men while upholding the right to life for every man and woman in the womb and out. Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Start simply, and simply start.

This post came with help from Watermark’s Life Initiatives Director Bruce Kendrick.

What Is One of the Biggest Mistakes a Pastor Can Make?

What Is One of the Biggest Mistakes a Pastor Can Make? I answer that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:
1. Pastors should remember the Church is not their Church, and they are under God’s leadership.
2. The Church is a gathering of people, not a place.
3. A false pastor is more concerned with growth in numbers rather than with the spiritual growth of their people.
4. Pastors who fail to call their people to live for Christ are not faithful pastors.

Scripture:
“For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.”
Acts 20:27

“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” Acts 20:28

“…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

See Ezekiel 34

“Behold, you are to them like a sensual song by one who has a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument; for they hear your words but they do not practice them.” Ezekiel 33:32

“So when it comes to pass- as surely it will -then they will know that a prophet has been in their midst.” Ezekiel 33:33

“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account.” Hebrews 13:17

“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” Acts 20:28

“…for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ…” Ephesians 4:12

Other Resources:

Why Should Christians Serve?
What Does It Mean to Have Your Life Hidden With Christ in God?

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Why Should Christians Serve?

Why Should Christian Serve? I answer that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:
  1. Our service doesn’t save us.
  2. Christians suffer and serve others for others’ good as a way to show God’s care for the world.
  3. Christians serve to build up the body of Christ.
  4. Christians serve to further the gospel.
  5. Christians serve as they are conformed to the image of Christ.
  6. Christians serve because they love God, and it is a privilege to live for Him and His Kingdom because He died for them.
Scripture: “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;” Romans 8:29 “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10 “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:7 “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;” Ephesians 4:11-12 “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.” Colossians 1:24 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 Other Resources:
  1. How Do I Know If I Am Saved?
  2. What Is The Gospel?
  3. What Does It Mean To Have A Relationship With God?
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What Makes a Good Testimony?

What Makes a Good Testimony? I answer that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

  1. A good testimony is one that is true.
  2. The most powerful testimony you have is the testimony of your life.
  3. A good testimony glorifies Jesus, not your sin.
  4. A good testimony describes the new life you have in Christ.
  5. A good testimony doesn’t deny or celebrate past sin.
  6. A good testimony makes the Gospel clear.
  7. A good testimony makes Jesus the hero and makes it clear that He saved you from an old way of life for a new life with Him.
  8. Some of the most powerful testimonies are of people that have walked in grace their entire lives.
  9. A good testimony is true, Christ-exalting, and shared.

Helpful Resources:

  1. What Does It Mean To Have A Relationship With God?
  2. What is The Gospel?
  3. How Do I Know If I Am Saved?
  4. Read stories of life change at watermark.org/stories

 

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What Are Altar Calls, and Are They Biblical?

What Are Altar Calls, and Are They Biblical? I answer that question on this week’s episode.

Show Notes:

Principles:

  1. Altar calls are not unbiblical, nor are they a required biblical act.
  2. Don’t measure the effectiveness of your preaching by the immediate emotional response of the people.
    • Matthew 13:5-6
    • Matthew 13:7,22
    • Matthew 4:18-19
    • Matthew 16:13-17
  3. If someone can convince you of something, somebody else can convince you differently.
    • 1 Corinthians 2:1-4
  4. Good preaching is faithful to the text and tells people the truth about who they are, who Jesus is, and the necessity to respond to Him.
    • Galatians 5:19-20
    • Galatians 5:22-23
    • Acts 2:36-38
    • Romans 10:9-10
    • John 16:8
  5. Pastors are called to make disciples who then identify with Christ through baptism, and to teach disciples everything that Jesus commanded.
  6. You aren’t saved because you come to an altar call, you are saved by a deep, heartfelt belief in who Jesus is and His provision for sin.

Helpful Resources:

1. Can I Lose My Salvation?
2. Can I Believe In Jesus and Not Be Saved?
3. How Do I Know If I am Saved?
4. (SERMON) Salvation

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How Can I Find A Mentor?

How Can I Find A Mentor? I answered that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

  1. How Can the Church Reach the Next Generation?
  2. Is It Okay For A Christian To Go To A Counselor?
  3. How Do I Disciple Someone?
  4. (SERMON) Discipleship

 

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Is the Enneagram Helpful, Harmless, or Heresy?

Is the Enneagram Helpful, Harmless, or Heresy? I answer that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

 

1. Is There a Biblical “Right and Wrong” On Everything?
2. How Do I know If I Have the Holy Spirit in Me?
3. What is The Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

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What Was the First Threat to the Gospel?

What Was the First Threat to the Gospel? I answer that question on this week’s episode.

 

 

Show Notes:

1. What is The Gospel?
2. Can I Believe in Jesus and Not Be Saved?
3. What is The Reformation and Why Does It Matter?
4. (Sermon) Philippians: To Live is Christ

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How Can I Talk To My Children About LGBTQ Issues?

How Can I Talk To My Children About LGBTQ Issues? Sam Allberry and I answer that question on this week’s episode.

Show Notes:

  1. Has The Church Failed The LGBTQ Community?
  2. Is God Anti-Gay?
  3. Can You Be A Gay Christian?
  4. (Resources) 10 Resources To Help You Talk About Transgender/Homosexuality, Biblically.

 

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What Is “Join The Journey”?

What Is “Join The Journey”? I answer that question in this week’s episode.

Show Notes:

1. Is It A Sin Not To Read Your Bible?

2. What Book of The Bible Should I Read First?

3. What’s The Best Bible Translation?

4. The Bible (SERMON)

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