“Most of our expressions of excellence are centered around our public worship services, and thus the temptation is to allow them to absorb a higher and higher percentage of the time, energy and resources of the local church, especially of her leaders (both volunteer and paid)… No local church has unlimited resources, and no leader (however gifted) has unlimited time and energy. By focusing so strongly on making our public worship more and more excellent, very often we are simultaneously choosing to cutback on our mission to the world. ”
(Via Alex Absalom.)
“Tough conversations are an opportunity to rehearse the gospel with our children. These are practice runs. These truths aren’t dusty. Everyone will meet circumstances where only the gospel makes sense of life. Rehearsing the gospel by having tough conversation prepares our children to respond well when those times come.
Athletes practice and practice and practice more to create muscle memory. They want to repeat their route, the play, or the motion so many times that when game time comes their bodies react instinctively. That’s gospel rehearsal. It’s spiritual muscle memory. We repeat the promises of God. We point them to Jesus Christ. We sear Scripture into their hearts. We teach them how to pray. These kinds of conversations may raise more questions. That’s okay. Without being candid with them, when ‘the sea billows roll,’ our children may falter. With tough conversations rooted in gospel rehearsal, they will see the other side.”
#3: Repenting is normal and expected.
“Wouldn’t it be great if the topic of repentance came up and your children responded, ‘Repentance? Yeah, we do that all the time in my family.’ It would tell everyone that you are a family of practicing Christians, followers of Jesus who are continually trying to grow their hearts and lives in a new and better Kingdom God provides. It would also set a pattern for your kids to follow when they grow up, get married, and have kids of their own.”
(Via Yancy Arrington.)
“There was once a time in the early years of our faith when we couldn’t get enough. We had a voracious hunger for truth. We lived with the humbling realization that there was so much we didn’t know. We loved to study the Word of God. We loved listening to peers and mentors who were further along. We were students.
But something happened along the way. Perhaps we got distracted by the world and began to live more like tourists than students. Perhaps we got discouraged and felt our study wasn’t helping. Or perhaps our hunger was blunted by a feeling of arrival.”
(Via Paul Tripp.)