Faith Blog

Leadership Matters

Tonight the current leadership of Faith Bible Church will meet together with the leadership boards of this coming year.  Each year during June the leadership of both the Board of Deacons and the Board of Elders reviews the previous 12 months and reflects on all the Lord has done. Some years this causes a celebration and other years the look back is painful.  Some years we can rejoice at the faithfulness of leadership and other years there is mourning because of poor stewardship, ineffective discipleship, moral failure or lost opportunities. 

Leadership matters.  One can certainly discern the significance of leadership from today's reading in the One Year Bible.  Today Jehu, king of Israel, beheaded Ahab's 70 sons and killed "his great men and his acquaintances and his priests, until he left him without a survivor" (2 Kings 10:11). This king of Israel, eliminated Baal worship from the land of Israel and did "well in executing what is right" in the eyes of the Lord (10:30) and even turned the house of Baal into a latrine (10:27)!  Today Queen Athaliah, upon discovering her own son was dead, "destroyed all the royal offspring" (2 Kings 11:1).  In the New Testament, Paul was saved by Gallio, proconsul of Achaia...a political leader, because Gallio refused to rule concerning Jewish theological matters (Acts 18:15) and, as a consequence, released Paul. One also finds Apollos being taken in and taught "the way of God more accurately" (18:26) by Aquilla and Priscilla. Leadership matters.  

You are an influencer...a leader.  You might not have the power to have others beheaded, turn civic buildings into bathrooms or command prisoners to be released from imprisonment by the swipe of your pen or the power of your personality.  However, your life and your influence is far greater than you might imagine.  The Lord wants to use your life, your abilities, your time, and your possessions to destroy "every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God" (2 Cor. 10:5).  You have been "created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand" (Eph. 2:10). You have been called to be an active rescuer...not necessarily from prison cells but from bondage to sin and death. You 'are Christ’s ambassador' (2 Cor. 5:18-20).  People around you are watching your life, questioning your decisions, evaluating your relationships, and listening to your words.  Leadership matters.  To whom does your leadership point?!

Posted by Curt Krohn with 2 Comments

RESURRECTION

Just this morning I received a text asking whether or not our faith is a 'blind faith' or if there are historical evidences for what we believe. I love those questions because it demonstrates to me believers who are actively thinking through their faith!  And it is especially encouraging when the Lord allows the One Year Bible reading to answer the question!  Today, Luke records for us Paul's time in Athens in Mars Hill (Acts 17).  As Paul is preaching, he shares with his listeners that he has noticed they are quite religious and has even found an altar "to an unknown god."  He then proceeds to share details with them about this 'unknown god'. 

What Paul shares with his audience is that there is coming a day when God will judge the world in righteousness through Christ. And the next sentence in Paul's sermon is the answer to the question I had received this morning. It reads, "having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."  (Acts 17:31)  While it certainly takes faith to believe what we read in the Scriptures, God has given us all the historical proof we need in raising Jesus, His Son, from the dead.  Some began to scoff at these words and some still scoff at the resurrection but all must come to some conclusion.  If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then He is not Who the Scripture says He is and we are still in our sin.  But, if Christ is resurrected, then He is God and all will one day stand before Him as their Judge or their brother.

The resurrection demonstrates that everything He has said is true. Accordingly, Psalm 144 says He is our rock, our fortress, our stronghold, our shield, and our refuge!   He can be trusted!  "O Lord, what is man that you take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that you think of him? man is a mere breath; his days are like a passing shadow.....[But] How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!"  (144:3-4....15b). Whatever you are facing in this day, run to the resurrected One and find the strength to face it! 

Posted by Curt Krohn with

12...134135136137138139140141142143 ... 162163