In 30+ years of ministry I have never, never, not even once heard a pastor say something like this: “My people are so spiritually mature that we are going to work on growth, missions, and building.”Not only have I not heard this, but I do not expect to. Spiritual maturity among believers is the elusive goal that many pastors face each day as they lead churches.
God Hasn’t Finished, Have You?
Many of us use the phrase, “God is at work.” Is he? In John 5:17, Jesus says, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
In the context of that passage, God was at work, first, in healing an invalid. John 5 begins with Jesus at the Sheep Gate Pool commanding an invalid who can’t make it down to the healing waters, “Get up, take your mat, and walk.”
God was also at work warning a sinner. Jesus tells the invalid who has been healed, “You are well, sin no more” (v 14).
Moreover, God was at work confronting self-righteous, hardhearted, religious legalism. Much to the disappointment of the Jews, Jesus was working, granting healing and life, on the Sabbath.
Jesus said, “Take up (your) cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). But He also said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30).
So which is it? Is a life of discipleship a comfort or crucifixion?
C. S. Lewis points out the seeming paradox. On the one hand, Jesus proclaims the delights of discipleship; on the other, the seemingly crushing cost.
A Core Value of our partnerships is to offer each year opportunities for your leadership to receive excellent training that can greatly improve the health of your church.
We want healthy churches in CrossNet Baptist Network. This article by Dr. Rainer suggests several measuring sticks for evaluating church health.
The following post was written by Thom Rainer, President and CEO of LifeWay. It is printed with permission from www.factsandtrends.net
Stanley McChrystal wrote in his book, Team of Teams, that the world has shifted from being complicated to complex and predictable to unpredictable.
Cleveland, Tennessee is making a shift.
To reach this mission field, we must have the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances.