Church planting is not the answer to your hurts or your frustrations; in fact, it will only exacerbate unresolved issues in your heart.
In her advice to “Clarify and confirm your calling” from the Article “How to Prepare for Church Planting” by Christine Hoover.
The truth about significant soul transformation is this – change is possible, but it is harder than we want and takes longer than we expect.
From The Relational Soul: Moving From False Self to Deep Connection by Richard Plass and James Cofield.
According to the Bible, we are to be living a supernatural life now, in this present existence, in a way we shall never be able to do again through all eternity. We are called upon to live a supernatural life now, by faith. Eternity will be wonderful, but there is one thing heaven will not contain, and that is the call, the possibility, and the privilege of living a supernatural life here and now by faith before we see Jesus face-to-face. This is the demonstration that God intends in the world until Christ returns, and it is the Christian who is to be the demonstration. Christians are called upon to be a demonstration at our point of history that the supernatural, the normally unseen world, does exist and, beyond that, that God exists. They are to do this individually and corporately, each generation of Christians to their own generation.
An excerpt from True Spirituality by Francis Shaeffer
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my role and purpose in life and within the context of the local church. Actually, I’ve been thinking about this a lot off and on since I “grew up” or at least since life told me I was supposed to start growing up. One thing that I realized in the course of my adult life is that I love to teach. And so, I’ve been thinking about this love and how I can start to make this happen again in my life. This recent quote got me thinking:
If God is calling you to teaching, you will not care if its 500 women or 5 women. You will just need to get it out.
A quote by Jen Wilkin from the Revive15 Conference.
We unsettle inconsolable things when we act as if there is something beyond them whose power could bypass them, overcome them, and could reach us in spite of them. This is the unnerving little power that God revealed through Daniel, who, when faced with death or denial of his faith, chose death. God could save him, Daniel said. But even if God chose not to, God was still God and Daniel was still his, and not even death can change that (Dan. 3:8-16).
From Sensing Jesus by Zack Eswine, pg. 114. It should also be noted that this book is rocking my world.
Magnify thy love to me according to its greatness,
and not according to my deserts or prayers,
and whatever increase thou givist,
let it draw out great love to thee.
From the Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, A Convert’s First Prayer
I recently read one of the clearest descriptions of the difference between conviction and condemnation:
We can trust that it is the Holy Spirit who is leading us when he aligns our hearts with Scripture and convicts us of its truth. This conviction does not equal condemnation because those who walk in the Spirit are free from condemnation, but his conviction does lead to godly sorrow and repentance. We can distinguish condemnation from conviction in that condemnation is general, accusatory, and leads to hopelessness. Conviction is specific, gently firm, and hopeful; conviction reminds us that the Holy Spirit will help us change.
From Christine Hoover’s book “From Good to Grace”, pg. 101
God is glorified in his people by the way we experience him, not merely by the way we think about him. Indeed the devil thinks more true thoughts about God in one day than a saint does in a lifetime, and God is not honored by it. The problem with the devil is not his theology, but his desires.
From When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight For Joy by John Piper, pg. 30-31
I often use the term the Gospel. This means through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, I am justified. But, as I was reminded through the preaching of Scotty Smith this past weekend, we must not forget that the gospel is about a person- Jesus. It’s all about Jesus. My heart will not be made whole when I separate doctrine from the person.
It is not the doctrine of justification that does my heart good, it is Christ, the justifier.
Words from C.H. Spurgeon; h/t challies.com-5/12/15