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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Uncommon Greatness

My Experience
As a believer I have been attending churches for the last 41 years, 16 of them in 10 cities including the base chapel at Craig AFB.  I have visited more than 30 for different reasons.  That does not count the three or four that I went to growing up.  In those 41 years, in all of those churches I have never experienced what I saw happen today.

Uncommon GreatnessNever Before…
The lead pastor taught a very practical Sunday school class on how to meet with God by having a quiet time.  I have seen that taught in Sunday school before, but never by a pastor.  Usually it was me or another person that had a para-church background.

Great Application of Gifts
In Ephesians 4:11 – 16, Paul directs those with the gifts of pastor and teacher to do what?  Pastor and teach?  Uh unh?  The purpose of the gifts is to equip the saints for the work of service and to build up the body of Christ.  The pastor got it completely right this morning.  He showed 30+ people a simple, clear way to meet with Christ.  To do what Christ exhorted in John 15:1 – 16, eleven times, to abide in Him.

Grace not Legalism
Further he did not prescribe method per se rather he set guidelines that allowed the individual to approach the Lord in a manner consistent with their gifts and personality.  It was good stuff.

I am not sure why his actions are so rare.

2 comments:

  1. Mike, As you probably know, this is what Ambrose taught Augustine. They called it Lectio Divina. Good to see it's still being taught today.

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    1. Nope I did not. Thanks for letting me know. Interesting that even then it was life to life...

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