Monday Musings 28/01/13
MJ and I began 2013 with fifty of our fellow global workers at a retreat in South Africa. As we broke into small groups and discussed our role as missionaries on the Continent of Africa, I was gripped “more than ever” with the task that RTC has the privilege of fulfilling in the church.
The following is my “more than ever” list for 2013.
“More than ever”, I am gripped by the need for raising a generation of leaders who will model a healthy, Biblically centered approach to leadership.
“More than ever”, I am concerned with how governments in any given country can influence every fabric of society, including the church.
“More than ever”, I am convinced of the need for a generation of integrity driven leaders in the church and in society.
“More than ever”, I am convicted that the only way the church will have Kingdom impact in the future is a dependency upon Holy Spirit empowerment.
“More than ever”, RTC is committed to coming alongside church leaders across Africa and other parts of the world, encouraging them to finish what the PAOC started so many years ago.
This week, I have been re-reading the book of Acts. It never ceases to amaze me to read of how the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. We read of Peter’s shadow falling upon the sick and all of them were healed. Or how about the disciples who considered it joy to be found worthy of being imprisoned for the sake of Christ. And that is just the first five chapters!
Right now, I have more questions than answers. Why are we not seeing the book of Acts fulfilled in our day? What needs to change in the church if we are to return to the original blueprint of the Acts church? Or better yet, do we really want to see the “acts of Acts” repeated in our day? Perhaps we like church the way it is because its routine has become comfortable to us.
I come back to my first blog of 2013. This year, I desire to concentrate on my vertical relationship with God and get my eyes off of the horizontal “stuff” that tends to creep into the church. Although I have more questions than answers right now, “more than ever” I am determined to take a fresh look upward to God the Father, Jesus the Son and the counsel of Holy Spirit!!!!
Until next Monday…