A few weeks ago, Dustin Neeley sat down with Mark Driscoll to talk about what encourages and concerns him about young Christian leaders. Here’s the video:
(HT: The Resurgence)
In the video, Driscoll points out a couple of things he finds encouraging:
- A renewed desire for gospel-centered, Jesus-based, Bible saturated teaching
- A renewed heart for having a good gospel witness in urban centers
- A renewed interest in church planting
He also notes the following concerns, specifically in regard to what’s been called the Young, Restless & Reformed/New Calvinism:
- Good Reformed, complementarian theology unaccompanied by a strong sense of Spirit-filled mission will lead to fundamentalism
- New Calvinists being defined less by what they are for than what they’re against
- A lack of certainty about the role of the person of the Holy Spirit
Neeley asks viewers to consider the following questions in light of these encouragements and concerns:
“Where do I fall on the spectrum he describes?” and “What changes do I need to make to become more balanced?”
I don’t know about you, but here’s where I fall:
I absolutely love Jesus, the Church and the Bible and want to consistently be a better witness to Christ in my city (although I fail constantly). However, when I look at those concerns listed above, there are a number of things that caught my attention—not necessarily because I’m guilty of them (constantly), but the propensity is there.
It’s easy to develop convictions about what you’re against, for example, in the name of discernment. It’s a lot harder to develop strongly held convictions about what you’re for.
And it’s even harder to strongly hold to your convictions with humility.
This is where I’m learning that an increasing dependence on the Holy Spirit to work in and through me—both to make me more like Christ and (where necessary) speak words of correction—is so essential.
When I’m not actively depending on the Holy Spirit to guide my words, thoughts and actions, it usually goes bad. I’ll say the right thing the wrong way or I’ll say the wrong thing altogether.
Becoming balanced means being immersed in the Word.
Becoming balanced means cultivating a consistent prayer life.
Becoming balanced means becoming dependent on the Holy Spirit.
God, help me.