Tag Archive - God

5

Is All Scripture Equally Important?

It’s a commonly held belief among Evangelicals that all Scripture is God-breathed. After all, the Apostle Paul puts it this way in 2 Timothy 3:16…

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

But, is all Scripture equally important? Before you write me off as a heretic, really take a moment and consider that question. Is all Scripture really equally important?

I mean, you get one shot at sharing the Gospel with a thousand people…are you really going to lead with Leviticus? No? Why not? All right then, what’s the most important verse or two for them to hear in that moment? You could ask the same question about 100+ other scenarios and in each case you would be making judgment calls about what portions of scripture are more important than another.

I’m not saying that not all Scripture is not God-breathed. That would be heresy. What I am saying is that maybe it’s not equally important in preaching.

Want to grow and improve as a communicator? Check out my partner The Preaching Rocket and discover the methods, strategies and techniques that world-class preachers use to prepare, deliver and evaluate sermons.


Posted in Spiritual Formation

0

Why You Should be Worried that Your Ministry is Going Smooth

Have you ever noticed that the ministry of Jesus and the Apostles after Him was messy? I mean it was literally like one Jerry Springer episode after another. Now if you know anything about me, you know that I love helping churches implement strategic steps that help vision become reality. My first foot forward is to lead a great team to diligently execute a great plan. But have you ever stopped to think that maybe doing ministry the way Jesus modeled it means that ministry may end up being a little messier than we might like? The book of Proverbs puts it this way in chapter 14, verse 4…

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.”

The Scripture is clear that one of the by products of an abundant harvest is a mess. Yes you can have a nice, clean, explainable ministry but it means you’ll miss out on an abundant harvest.  Here are 4 indicators that you may be avoiding a messy ministry:

1. Infrequent Risk Taking

2. You have Church full of Nice Church People

3. Your Church Growth is more easily explained through strategic planning than it is a move of God

4. Messy People are looked at as an Interruption instead of an Opportunity

So which would you rather have, a nice, clean, explainable ministry or an abundant harvest? What would you add to the list?


Posted in Leadership, Spiritual Formation