I recently charged myself to be able to answer the questions, “What is your blog about, what is the target audience, and what is the goal of the blog?” When I first started blogging in November I had already answered them for myself but I needed to be able to put them in words and I couldn’t. Ironic right? A writer who can’t put his thoughts into words! I began to pray and search for the words that described the questions at hand.
2 Timothy 4:2-4
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths.
This small piece of scripture sums up exactly what my mission for this blog is. I believe we have entire generations who have gone without biblical discipleship, I mean the real deal, down and dirty, in the trenches, Paul and Timothy style discipleship. We have an abundance of Pastors, Elders, Deacons, Teachers, and Preachers sure but how rare is it to see true discipleship? I am talking about the biblical model to follow me, follow Him discipleship, transparent, raw, and uncut.
Our congregations are filled with lukewarm Christians; it is an epidemic. Baby Christians are born again on fire for Christ, we celebrate their salvation, and we make a big deal on Sunday morning when they get baptized… then what? We allow that fire to dwindle only producing enough light to be seen when the entire congregation is gathered together. We have leaders who live their lives in seclusion in fear of their sheep realizing that the shepherds are real people with real struggles. This, in turn, leaves the flock doubting their worthiness to lead. We allow the world to dictate our beliefs because we don’t want to come across as intolerant thus our good intentions quite literally pave the road to hell. We fail to recognize that true love does not hide the truth to spare feelings but rather reveals the truth accepting the cost.
Growing up we hear the story of Goldilocks and the three bears and the porridge that was not too hot and not too cold. A few years back my wife and I were blessed with a trip to San Diego California. We stayed at the beautiful Hotel Del Coronado and even though it was early February the temperature was in the 70s and the sun was out with a perfect blue sky. Asking around we were surprised to hear that this was not only the normal weather for February but that this was the year-round norm! What a perfect climate, just like Goldilocks porridge it was not too hot and not too cold! Although this lukewarm porridge may be suitable for young Goldilocks and this tropical climate perfect for tourists and locals alike it is not a suitable way for us to live out our faith.
Revelation 3: 15-16
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth.
God calls us to be on fire for Him. He calls us to be a light unto the world. We are called to make disciples, and this includes the uncomfortable transparency that goes hand in hand with discipleship. We must once again learn how to lovingly rebuke one another, to correct each other becoming the iron that sharpens iron. We need leaders who are willing and able to step on our toes often. We must get back to the understanding that the Word of God is infallible and inerrant. As believers, we must be ready in season and out to defend our faith, and we must train up our young to do the same. We have to stop worrying so much about how full our pews are and be focused on how healthy our congregation is.
A.W. Tozer said, “It is better to have a small church that is real than to have a large church this is artificial.” What a true statement! We need to get back to being an authentic body of believers who genuinely believe in the Word of God. From Genesis to Revelation, cover to cover, each and every word. We need to get back to church discipline and recognize the fact that it is biblical to separate ourselves from those who do not believe God’s teachings. We need to get back to preaching and teaching truth even when it is uncomfortable rather than spreading sweet tasting myths that bear no fruit. The church of Acts flourished because they were authentic and they were on fire for God. They recognized the harvest was plentiful and that they did not need to spread manure over the fields because there was an abundance of the crop to gather all the while sewing seed for future harvesting. All these things we must do with the sole purpose of Glorifying God not pleasing the people.
In this blog, I have been tackling some biblical principles that culture frowns upon. My goal is to reach those who are already believers and reinforce those biblical principles, to reignite the fires of those believers who have become lukewarm, and to disciple those who feel inadequately prepared for the ministry. If there is a topic you would like me to consider, feedback on any posts, or general questions, please feel free to reach out via email: firstname.lastname@example.org