Greetings on this beautiful Wednesday morning! I hope all of you are doing well and are ready for fall.
I want to encourage everyone to remember our church in your prayers. Pray for our sick, pray for our growth, pray for our new construction, pray for our new staff (Heath Cross) and his family, pray for God to meet our financial needs, pray for effective preaching and teaching, pray for spiritual growth, pray for lost souls to be won to Christ, pray for hurricane victims, and pray for us to have an impact in our new community. I'm sure you can add other things to this list!
My wife recently came across an article (thanks to Tammi Hollis) from Christianity Today written in December 2017. While it was written for pastors and church leaders, I want to share these things with you. Many of them hit home with me! The title of the article is "8 Assumptions Pastors Can't Make in a Post-Christian Culture." I will paraphrase one each week for the next eight weeks because I think they will benefit us greatly.
Assumption #1 - Biblical Literacy
The author of the article says, "Pastors can no longer start a Bible lesson with a phrase like 'we all know the story of...'.." He adds that people no longer know the story of David and Goliath or the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. Nor can we say "turn with me in your Bibles" anymore because so many don't own a printed Bible. What are we to do about this? I suggest two things. First, be sure that we are literate! Know the Scripture; study it, read it, and even memorize it. Attend Sunday School and worship and join a small group Bible study. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge," said the Lord, and I'm pretty sure He was referring to an ignorance of His word. Second, don't get upset at people for not knowing Scripture. See it as an opportunity. The author says, "Instead of getting upset at people for not knowing my favorite Bible story, I get to see their eyes light up as they are introduced to something they never knew before. There's less unlearning to do, and more chances to start people with a fresh take on the timeless truths of Scripture."