The question of this post is spoken of in the following video featuring Justin Taylor, Colin Hansen, and Owen Strachan. I must admit that I am impressed with their analysis. I also am in disagreement with some of their positions, especially relating to how a plurality of elders will maintain a church for a long period of time. I must remind them that what they define as a plurality of elders the Bible calls deacons. However, there is one quote by Justin Taylor that brings out a huge truth it seems many are overlooking today.
“The future of the kingdom [of God] on earth is in the local church. It’s not about [the next celebrity] but rather the ordinary work—which is extraordinary work, really—of pastors, most of them in small churches.”
Watch the video, it run about 10 minutes. Let’s interact afterward.
Posted by Tim Rogers on September 18, 2008
Posted in Encouragement | 7 Comments
When storms come into your life, they come unexpedely. In Mark 8 we see that the chapter begins with these words: And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him. This is verse 1 and by the time we get to verse 23 & 24 we see the Bible gives us a situation the disciples find themselves; But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
The point I am making has to do with storms. Did the disciples think they would be crossing the sea and a storm abruptly come upon them? No! While Jesus was in the boat with them, they took his silence on the issue as not really caring for their situation. That is how it is when a storm comes upon you suddenly. As storms have come into my life one comfort that I have found is just meditating on God’s word. I do this through Scripture and prayer, but I also do this through music. The following YouTube url is bookmarked on my computer at work along with my home computer. I encourage you to just meditate on God and the words of this song. Enjoy and I pray it encourages you as it does my family.