Archive for October, 2008

Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves

I am preaching through the book of Romans on Sunday mornings, and this recent message really resonated in our church family.  I thought I would post it here for your rumination as well!  May the Word dwell in all of us RICHLY!

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Organizing the Church

Scenario #1: We were all so excited to see ______________ join our church recently.  She was a breath of fresh air, full of excitement and creative ideas about the church’s _______________ ministry.  No sooner had she joined than she jumped in with both feet into active ministry.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a whole church full of people like her?

Scenario #2: I made the announcement from the pulpit for the fourth week in a row.  “Come on now people!  We need nursery workers!  It’s a really important ministry and we have to staff it well.  Some of you pew warmers need to get in gear and get doing something!”  After the service, one older saint approaches me and reluctantly agreed to work in the nursery saying “Someone’s gotta do it; might as well be me.”  Of course, we put her right in the weekly schedule with no questions asked, even though she was active in three other ministries in the church.

I don’t think either one of these scenarios are caricatures.  I have personally experienced them in various ministries in past years.  Actually, I believe them to be an all-too-common situation in our churches.  We utilize people in ministry based on their willingness to serve, however eager or reluctant they may be.  Many times, we activate them immediately without any interview or training or follow-up evaluation.  Does this please the Lord? Continue reading

Taking it all in…

If there is anyone left who still periodically checks this blog to see if the heartbeat has finally come to grinding halt, I assure you that I am alive and well.  I have purposefully not engaged the blogging medium for the last 12 weeks so that I could fully devote myself to a new venture.

First, I want to say that I am a more dedicated follower of Jesus Christ today than ever before in my life.  There were many times in my past ministry experiences when I would “say” what I believed but didn’t have the experience to back it up.  I do now. Continue reading