The church flourishing in spite of persecution is not the stuff of American church culture; it's the stuff of the New Testatment and we should not be surprised by it.
When the drive to achieve becomes the reason for existence in the life of a Christian, the ambition to which Scripture calls us is lost, but not unrecoverable.
The task before the leadership is to disciple these dear people in their understanding that in fact, “we are they.”
We need to be truthful to those in our church community, so that they can come along side of us and help. We need this because we all are redeemed, yet struggling sinners.
Pastor, what do you desire your church to be known for?
Here we come to the place that we must recognize that it is Jesus who bore the sins of all who would believe and as our substitute, He not only paid for our sins, but has also become our righteousness.
We must have strong hermeneutical standards, but those hermeneutical standards are wrecked if we do not begin with all of Scripture being God-breathed.
How does a busy pastor not only keep up with the fast pace of ministry, but also include his family in that pace, as well as make time for them when nothing concerned with ministry is going on?
Pastors, when it comes to the seasons of the church, especially Christmas or Easter, are you ever tempted to phone it in?
My heart sank. I made the call that no one, not even a pastor, likes to make.
The only thing I could do was to depend on the Biblical pattern of elder plurality
“We want you to know, we as elders are mere men. We will eventually and unintentionally let you down.”
Here’s the rub: We don’t always want to love Jesus. Living in light of truth is hard and living comfortable lives according to our flesh is easy. It’s hard to put Christ first when He calls us to love Him more than anyone or anything. And yet He promises the most joy when we seek Him alone as our greatest treasure.
Other than in temporary moments of devotional solitude, there was never a time when Jesus was not with his men. After Jesus called his disciples, he had them with him doing ministry.
I am nothing without Christ’s righteousness.