Yikes…did you write this to me?
Very good thoughts here, Seth. The longer I am out of church attendance, the more futile it all looks from here. I know the writer to the Hebrews urges us not “to give up meeting together” and I know you can get huge strength and help from other followers of Jesus. It’s just the huge amount of energy and preparation poured into singing a few songs, listening to someone talk for half an hour, drink coffee, shout at the kid, go home ready for a rest…….it seems so incongruous when we walk out the same as we went in. What was all the work for?
Don’t get me wrong, I know corporate worship can be godly and powerful stuff, I know teaching is hugely important. It just seems to me you’re right that the only way to walk it out is to do it in company with other people who want to learn how to follow Jesus every day too. Hard to find though sadly. Most of the “on fire” people I know spend most of their energies on church meetings and lead such busy lives that such a thing would be impossible. Love that Peter Lord quote. Speaks volumes. Hard to know how to find mutual discipleship when you want it though! Think I’d better go and ask God what He thinks…….
Hope Pittsburgh goes well. lol Cx
I remember when this pic was taken! It was a speaking engagement, but it was more than that. I loved seeing you respond to the Lord’s leading and how it touched the people you were speaking to. I pray for the same kind of prophetic insight for P’burg.
the part will be in my thoughts today “Evangelism is important, but without discipleship , it produces orphans and cynicism.”
agree with this post!
Good Morning Seth! You will be in my prayers today as you deliver words of encouragement to some of the most under-valued people in ministry…youth pastors and workers! (spoken like a true youth pastor’s wife, huh!!)I have been to a Youth Specialties conference and wish I could be there this weekend! I am always so flabbergasted when I hear the words of someone like yourself expressing their humble thoughts on themselves and their influence to the people around them. It just reminds me of each one of our “jars of clay” status in the Kingdom. I agree, totally, with your words on the need for discipleship and ongoing relationship. But please don’t underestimate the importance of being the seed planter, the vision caster, the speaker who might just deliver a word or an idea that breaks through to someone at just the right time! I trust you are right where you are meant to be this weekend! Hear these words from Exodus 4:10-11 and may they give you what you need today. “Moses said to the Lord, ‘OH Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.’ The Lord said to him, ‘ Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’ ”
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