A Pastor's Heart
A Resouce from the Pastor of United Baptist Church.
|Posted on August 16, 2018 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
When we look at the discipline of serving, the primary focus of this discipline is ministering to people within the local church. But what about those who are not yet part of the family of God through Jesus Christ? Do we have a discipline that collectively ministers to those who have not yet believed? I am glad you asked.
The fourth corporate discipline for us to practice is the discipline of sharing. Matthew 28:18-20 commissions all disciples for all time to take the Gospel of Jesu...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 16, 2018 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
As we make the commitment to participate in both corporate worship and to share our lives with other believers, the work and ministry of the local church should begin to come into focus. In Southern Baptist life and work, each church exists under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and his authority alone. As a result, the members and attendees of the local church are the source for the church’s ministries and for the church’s community engagement. Through the efforts of tho...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 14, 2018 at 11:20 AM||comments (0)|
As we develop our corporate disciplines the front line discipline to develop is a commitment to public corporate worship with other believers. However, simply attending the worship service alone is not the end of our corporate development. Rather it is the beginning. The second discipline that we must commit to is the discipline of relating.
"Now wait a minute preacher, how is relating a discipline?"
"I am glad you asked."
The Christian life does not simply worship in...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 14, 2018 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
If you have been working on the personal disciplines then by this time you are probably saying to yourself, “This is much harder than I thought it would be.” Well the truth is you are right. Just like buying McDonald’s every night is easier than preparing and cooking food at home, living a life that lacks discipline is easier than developing spiritual discipline in our daily living. However, the benefits of personal discipline cannot be overstated. Time and again the Pro...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 10, 2018 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
Today we conclude our week of personal spiritual discipline. As we bring this week to a close, I pray that you have created a commitment to discipling yourself for greater spiritual growth and development. As we close the week, I invite you to consider this final discipline as perhaps the most difficult of all personal discipline.
The fourth discipline that we must focus upon is Resting. The discipline of resting is not an excuse for laziness. Rather this is a discipline that is mod...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 9, 2018 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
By today you should already be working to build daily Bible reading and prayer into your daily life routine. Once again these are not legalistic practices that keep the Devil away from us, but rather are exercises that help change our understanding of who God is based on his revelation of himself and our interactions with him based on that understanding. Some days you will not accomplish all the reading you wish to do or you will not spend as much time in prayer as you would like. Do not b...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 9, 2018 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
As we begin to read the Bible consistently, we should see our understanding of who God is and what God has done develop and mature. The result of this maturity will be evident in how we interact with God. This interaction is crucial for our continual growth and brings us to today’s daily discipline.
The second daily discipline to develop is the discipline of Praying. In prayer we talk to God. As we grow in our understanding of God through the Scriptures, our prayers will refle...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 7, 2018 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
Spiritual discipline is a personal commitment that each of us has to make for ourselves. As we make this personal commitment, many of the disciplines will be monitored only by you. Much like golf, you keep your own score and you call the penalties on yourself.
The two extremes that you will face in personal spiritual discipline is legalism and libertinism. The legalist will adopt the mindset that you must fulfill these disciplines every day in order to please God and the libert...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 6, 2018 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
Discipline brings to mind any number of images when we hear the word and many of those images are not favorable. We may remember times when our parents disciplined us or times when we had to discipline our own children. However, discipline is truly a good thing. Ultimately discipline is necessary to mold and shape behavior and character in life. Discipline is what enables athletes to become their best, workers to perform at their highest levels, and relationships to grow and mature.Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 20, 2018 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
I was riding in the car this week with a friend and we were discussing the late Baptist evangelist Vance Havner. Brother Havner was a man of quick wit and timely insight. Much of his humor lives on in the illustrations of preachers. However, our discussion did not focus on his humor, but rather settle on one statement that had stuck with my friend for over 30 years. Dr. Havner was speaking at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and made the statement, “Jesus is First and He is ...Read Full Post »