As summer approaches, ministry leaders in many churches will spend time recruiting and training new leaders to serve in their church’s kids ministry, the youth ministry, and to lead groups and classes for adults. If you are approached and asked, here are six reasons you should say yes.
It is a display of God’s wisdom that he binds us together in local church communities. We know it is a mark of his wisdom, yet sometimes it can feel so much like folly. Sometimes we grow weary of being around people who are sinful, who are selfish, who still have so far to go. In other words, sometimes we grow weary of being around people who are just like us. At times like these, we can benefit from a reminder of what God is doing in and through his people.
The responsibility that we have as those who live in this resurgence of the gospel require these questions: What are we going to do with the gospel? Will we be good stewards of the gospel or will we squander it? Will our lives be marked by the life of Jesus – a life lived with a laser-focus on God’s mission and not sidetracked by lesser things? Will our lives be marked by the death of Jesus – dying to ourselves for the sake of others and to our own self-salvation projects? Will our lives be marked by the resurrection of Jesus – believing the same power that raised Jesus from the dead that now lives in us to help us resist sin? To be marked by the gospel means that we are known by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus in our living – not just in our thinking.
Every moment of every day is an opportunity to declare our abiding faith in God and his promises. Each day is filled with any number of tough choices that we have to make that demonstrate if we are believing God or not. Sin is, at its core, exchanging the truth of God for a lie (Rom. 1:25). This is another way of saying disbelieving God’s promises and believing a lie. Are you all in on God’s promises?
First of all, kudos to you for even letting me ask you that question. I assume the best of motives for pastors who desire to plant a new campus or church without hurting other local churches. There are some inevitable mistakes every church planter or planting church will make, but some missteps have further reaching implications.
I have planted a church as well as helped others plant churches, and hope to encourage well-intentioned missionaries to learn from both my touchdowns and turnovers.
My husband hates it when people tell us how fast our children will grow up. Just give him the good ole “children don’t keep” line and he’ll have a hard time trusting you ever again. While I find it comical to watch him squirm in these scenarios, I understand both parties. Scripture proclaims children are a blessing, but we must remember the context in which the Psalmist is writing.
If you’re looking for something to read this weekend, check out Christ Set Forth by Thomas Goodwin.
A favorite from the archives:
Sometimes I wonder why certain books and authors remain favorites over the course of decades or centuries. But the answer really isn’t that difficult to discern. Certain books are just as relevant today as they were when they were written because, though the trappings may change, the truth contained within hasn’t.
Truth is always timeless. It’s also timely.
This is especially true when we consider our ongoing debates about sexuality. Do conservative or traditional views of marriage, gender and sexuality hinder human flourishing and happiness? Is it repressive to believe that marriage is meant to be between one man and one woman? Is the way to be freed from this feeling of guilt and shame we feel to be more open and expressive?