Links for your weekend reading:
Newton lays out a convicting and specific example of the kinds of Christian people who coast on their strengths but do nothing about their weaknesses and so rob themselves and others of joy and God of his glory … Over the years I’ve gone back again and again to this list in the manner he directs to use in my personal self-examination (not as a way to find fault with others).
Full time ministry is dangerous. The temptation toward spiritual pride is deadly, and it infects the body like nothing else. Pastors suffer uniquely with this temptation … With that in mind, here are 7 dangerous diseases particular to full-time ministers of the gospel…
- People Need the Gospel
- Communities Need Churches of Reconciliation
- God Needs Laborers for His Harvest
- Christ, the Head of the Church, Needs a Body
- The Local Church Needs a Reproducing Mission
- They led the church to become highly intentional about starting new groups.
- They led the church to a culture of inviting people.
- They began new member classes.
- They began a major community ministry.
- They began to pray for the lost and unchurched by name.
- The leaders began to focus less on negative people and circumstances and more on God’s possibilities.
In all honesty, there are many Sundays my sermon feels like a poorly executed bunt that I have to hustle out to first base. So what are you to do when you just hit a single?
God doesn’t need us. He’s managed to achieve quite a bit without our help, thank you very much. In his kindness he allows us to participate in his mission. Let’s strive for excellence. But more importantly, let’s place our confidence in the God who does great things through weakness.
If your family is not the epitome of harmony, take heart. God specializes in redeeming messes. See yours as an opportunity for God’s grace to become visible to your loved ones and pray hard that God will make it happen.
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