Author Archives: Jon Sanders

About Jon Sanders

Follower of Jesus; Husband to an amazing woman; Father of 3 great kids; Pastor of a multi-site church with a vision to reach rural America for Christ!

Like…Speak With Conviction…You Know?

 I ran across this You Tube video yesterday and I couldn’t help but think of how so many spiritual leaders across our land, in an effort to not offend anyone with God’s truth, water-down and soften the message of the … Continue reading

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Ten Things that will Cause the World to Love Your Preaching

Jesus said, “…(the world) hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.” (John 7:7) When you are obedient in delivering God’s truth to a lost and dying world the result is that the world will hate you … Continue reading

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A Guaranteed Recipe for Church Growth

Have you ever wondered why some churches grow while other churches shrivel and die?  Much has been written over the years about various “methods” and “strategies” for how to grow the Church of Jesus Christ.  Let me admit something to … Continue reading

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How does a Religious Community Respond to a Successful Church Plant? – Part 2

As promised in my last blog post (if you’ve not read it yet I encourage you to do so now), I will share a few more thoughts about the whole issue of The RESCUE Church being wrongly accused of being … Continue reading

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How does a Religious Community Respond to a Successful Church Plant? – Part 1

Do you like success stories?  I love them!  Whether it’s a story about a small business after years of sacrifice, risk, and hard work finally experiencing the big pay-off, a story of an individual who with all odds stacked against … Continue reading

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What I Believe About Baptism

  Since we planted The RESCUE Church nearly seven years ago, one issue I have been asked about often is baptism.  There seems to be much confusion surrounding this subject.  And once again, I will point to RELIGION as the culprit that has “muddied the … Continue reading

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The Sermon that Offended a RELIGIOUS Audience

In my last post I talked about how people who are under the influence of a spirit of RELIGION are often threatened and offended with biblical truth.  In this post I will give you just one example of what I’m … Continue reading

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RELIGION: One of the Greatest Challenges to Rural Ministry

A few days ago a friend asked me, “What is one of the biggest challenges you face in planting a church in a small community?” I’ve been asked this question many times over the past seven years since my family … Continue reading

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NOTICE TO ALL “PART-TIME” CHRISTIANS: “YOU’RE FIRED!!!”

I recently finished reading Steven Furtick’s new book: Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare To Ask God For The Impossible.  It was a great book and I highly recommend it!  There were many things that spoke to me … Continue reading

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What I’m Learning at C3

This week myself and 10 others from The RESCUE Church are attending the C3 (Creative Church Conference) put on by Pastor Ed Young and Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas.  So far the conference has been awesome and I have been … Continue reading

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