My Memory Moleskine: Imitating Godliness

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Working through the final verses of Philippians chapter three couldn’t have come at a better time for me.

Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is their destruction, their god is their belly and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven and from it, we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (Phil 3:17-21)

I love this call to be imitators of godly people. And I know I’ve written on this before at least once, but it’s something that can’t be stressed too much.

Thursday, I took a few hours while I was working to listen to catch up on the messages I’ve missed from my church while I’ve been out preaching (as well as a couple from Josh Howerton). And I was reminded listening to Norm speak how much I have to learn from him. One of the things that always impresses me is how well he balances earnest, firm contention for the truth with a real pastor’s heart. He’s never afraid to say that something is wrong, to call out sin or false teaching, but you know when he does it that it’s because he cares for people.

He doesn’t want to see people continue in sin. He doesn’t want people to be deceived. He does want people to know Jesus as He is described in the Bible.

That’s the kind of guy I want to imitate.

Do you have someone in your life that you can say is worth following the example of? Who is that person?

The Way God Speaks

A couple months back, James MacDonald examined personal revelation in his Hope in the Authority of the King series. Here he explains his perspective on the way God speaks:

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MacDonald describes five methods in which God speaks:

  1. From the Word of God itself (this is most common)
  2. From the Word through a person (this is less common)
  3. From a person, not contradicting the Word (this is not common)
  4. From the Holy Spirit to my spirit (this is uncommon)
  5. In a dream to my mind (this is very uncommon)

You can find a PDF of the chart shown in the video here.

The first two, we’ve undoubtedly all experienced at some point.

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Worshipping with the Preached Word

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It’s amazing to see how worship in our church flows out of the preached Word.

At Harvest London, the leadership and the people really love the Bible. There is a real hunger, a desire to hear the Bible preached. It’s amazing to, week after week, see roughly 600 people truly engage with the text of Scripture as Pastor Norm preaches with power and conviction. There is a tangible love for the Word as he preaches that is infectious. It’s exciting to see how it affects people.

After this Sunday’s service, I was serving at our book table (a natural fit if there ever was). While there, I had some great opportunities to encourage people in their reading, and I even got to give two college-aged young ladies their first Bible, ever. It might be a small thing, but it’s a great privilege to be a part of that.

And to see how Emily has been affected has been just as exciting. There is a boldness that I see growing in her that I absolutely love, where she’s “informally” ministering to people in our congregation and outside of it, striking up potential friendships with new women, talking with them, praying with them… She’s even taking advantage of an opportunity to share the gospel—with someone she met only briefly downtown on Sunday afternoon.

Perhaps these seem like small things, but I see a deep love for Christ in our church—and a passion for others to know Him and follow Him.

And it’s all flowing out of the preached Word.

It is powerful.

It is effective.

It’s exciting.

It’s worship.

I love it.