Its been over a year since assuming the role as Lead Pastor. God is moving greatly in this place, it is easy to see His handiwork. I am unbelievable humbled to be here.
Yet I am feeling the great weight of the next phase of Leadership–living into a NEW vision. As I see it, the greatest challenge is to lead this group into a new ministry model while honoring they way they did it before.
That sounds a little too simple. So over the next few days, as my own personal therapy–I am going to blog, while praying God would give me the grace to lead His people in a way that would glorify and honor Him.
Here is my first–and most important challenge.
Understanding Scripture. My desire for them is that they are able to read and handle the text themselves. At times it would seem they have lost sight of the actual words and have replaced them with the topical, pretext sermons and lectures they have heard. I reminds me of a fine piece of furniture–say a dresser–one where the craftsman chosen the most select cherry boards, dimensioned the lumber, hand cut the mortise and tenon joints, perfectly dovetailed each drawer, rubbed multiple coats of oil on it to bring out the grain and finished it with the most beautiful antique brass hardware. And then someone takes it home, uses it for awhile, neglects it, gives it to their neighbor and they decide to paint it pink for their daughter’s bedroom. The daughter gets a little older and they paint it green. After a while, the daughter gets a new bedroom set and the piece of furniture is given to another neighbor–that neighbor decides to use it in their garage, so its painted bright red, gets covered in grease and oil and is put out in the alley for “free”.
That dresser–hand crafted and beautiful–reminds me of the Scriptures. The various coats of paint, grease and oil remind me of the topical sermons we hear. The messages and studies where the Word has been taken out of context to prove a particular point, that may or may not be there. The hours of listening to someone else tell us what the Bible says, not reading it for ourselves–and forgetting to test the spirits.
I desire that they take that dresser, strip away all of the goop and get to the beauty of the wood grain again. That they are able to read, discern and see the Scriptures fresh with the illumination of the Holy Spirit and that it would bring about a renewing of their mind.
Why do I care that they can study the Scriptures? Because I love the people here, and I want what is best for them. I love them and want them to know God fully as He has revealed Himself in the Bible.