The Gospels are more than books of theological insight.They do more than reveal doctrine, and Jesus wasn’t just motivated by an eschatological impulse to reveal God’s kingdom. While all of that is true, none of it negates his profoundly emotional, personal care for the hurting individuals he encountered. Skye Jethani
It’s okay to plant the seeds and watch God work.
“If we see the purpose of preaching as primarily instructing, then it will be confined to an individual exercise, a responsibility granted only to the most biblically educated, articulate, and proficient in the congregation. But if we believe preaching is primarily the announcing of the kingdom, an unveiling of a vision of God’s glorious reign and our life in it, then the responsibility to preach
“In the economy of God’s kingdom, there is not a single thought, feeling, or moment that is lost. Nothing is unseen or unrecorded. God is our witness. But as church leaders, we are tempted, perhaps more than others, to believe that our value is defined by the visible, quantifiable, and tweet-able aspects of our lives. How many came? How many followed? How many liked? This
“We live in a dark world. Our hearts long for goodness, beauty, justice, and peace, but they are often hidden behind the shadow cast by evil and sin. This is why preaching is so necessary. Whenever the kingdom of God is proclaimed, it is like a bright burst of light. In those brief moments, the shadows recede and we are given a glimpse of a
“WANTED: Gifted volunteers for difficult service in the local expression of the kingdom of God. Motivation to serve should be obedience to God, gratitude, gladness, forgiveness, humility, and love. Service will rarely be glorious. Temptation to quit place of service will sometimes be strong. Volunteers must be faithful in spite of long hours, little or no visible results, and possibly no recognition—except from God for