Posts Tagged ‘Ministry’

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Two things from Dr Null

August 13, 2009

Today was the last the Annual Moore College Lectures for this year by Dr Ashley Null. They looked at the Anglican historical theology of repentance.

Two things got me thinking:

1. Clean up your act
When we fall into sin our temptation is to try to clean up our act and get back on the straight and narrow before we can return to relating to God.
What happens when we think we need to clean up our act before we turn to God? We enter into a downward spiral of failure and despair. If we fail to turn to God first, we lose God’s power to change us! Sooner or later we give up. When faced with our sin, let’s turn to God first and ask for forgiveness before we try to make ourselves feel worthy by trying to do good before we face up to God.

2. Who are you doing ministry for?
Dr Null challenged us to make decisions in ministry out of love for God and our congregation, and not for the benefit of our own reputation/empire.
When we make an unpopular ministry decision, if we are making it out of love for the congregation, they will give you much grace.
If we make the decision for our own view of ministry, then they will fight you.

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Friday Chapel

July 31, 2009

I love Friday chapel at College (and I’m so thankful that I’m in the Friday band so that I attend). Today, David Peterson gave a great talk on Acts 20:18-35 where Paul reflects on his ministry to the Christians in Ephesus as he is about to leave them. I was struck by two things in particular.
1) Paul taught a message of repentance and faith. Usually we see these two things as merely the result of the gospel message, but for Paul it is part of the content of the message. David reflect on the fact repentance and faith are essential for many matters including those of guidance. When we’re thinking about decisions are we lacking trust in God or need to repent of something? Coming to repentance and faith first in matters of guidance is often what is required.
2)  Secondly, Paul exhorts the Ephesians to “Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son” (20:28). In our ministry, we must look after ourselves, especially through remaining open and accountable to others. We must also look after those under our care. These people do not belong to us; they belong to God and they cost God a great price: the blood of his Son. Therefore, look after it!