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483:  Where Did All Our Leaders Go?

483: Where Did All Our Leaders Go?

As we see the church beginning to bend to the whims of our culture we struggle to ask how we, as the church, have let this happen on our watch?  How did things in our society go so wrong, so fast?  If the church is the light of the world and the salt of the earth, we have gone AWOL and abandoned our posts.  And the reason is simple, we have a crisis of Godly leadership in the church, in our marriages, and in our families.  Where did all our leaders go?

Part of this crisis is found in our assumptions about the church and the expectations of the Christian life.  Consider the assumptions we, as men, constantly make regarding church and our responsibilities to lead our wives and children in the things of the Lord.

We assume:

•  There will always be a church on every street corner so I can freely church-shop without having to make a commitment to any in particular.
  There will always be paid staff to do ministry for me so I won’t have to.
  Praise and worship will always be what I enjoy.  And if not, “I’m outta here, bub!”
  There will always be a preacher/pastor/teacher, my personal hired holy man who will do the heavy lifting for me and my family so I can spend my time doing other things that I enjoy more.
•  There will always be good study materials available for free so I won’t have to spend my money on learning the Bible but can spend it on what I want.
  Church will always be about me.
•  I can come when I want, late or not, no matter.
•  I can do what I want, no matter how it affects others.
•  I can live the type of life I want, sin and all, and if someone has a problem with that I can always leave and go to another church of my choosing.

But these are all just assumptions.  And church life is quite different on the front lines.  Again, where did all our leaders go?

So, Where Did All Our Leaders Go?

Great question.  But before you ask where all our leaders went, you need to ask yourself the most important question as you look in the mirror.  How would you answer these questions:

Do you know enough about the Bible to spiritually lead your wife and children if you had to?
Are you personally growing in your faith in the Lord?
Can your wife and children see your growth?
And if not, why?
Do you judge your success as a man by your spiritual growth and knowledge of Christ?
Or are there other criteria you judge yourself by?
Does your wife feel confident with you to ask you a question she has about the Scripture?
Has she ever done that?
Could you give her the correct answer?
Or were you too busy with other stuff to be “diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, (how) rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15)?

And now, the good news.

Would you like to know how to be proficient in “rightly dividing the word of truth?”
Would you like to acquire the skills necessary to understand the Word of God on your own, without having to have someone else explain it to you?
Would you like to have confidence in teaching and explaining His Word accurately and intimately?

If so, this message (and the ones to follow), will give you the tools you need to grow into the man of God you were meant to be.

The following message is Step One on How to Be a Small-Time Pastor.

To download the slides to this message, click – HERE



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482:  How to Experience God… Personally

482: How to Experience God… Personally

One of the best ways to soar above the apostasy that seems to be raising its ugly head in the church today is to have a true, passionate, life-changing experience with the Lord.  No, we’re not talking about memorizing more Scripture or doubling your time in prayer, although those things will help you experience God personally.  And we are not talking about growing in your knowledge of the Lord if that means knowing Him as we know George Washington, all history and facts, impersonal doctrine and theology.  What changes your heart is to experience God in a personal way, where He speaks to you and you recognize His voice.

But how is that done?  How do we experience God?  And why is that even important?

Let’s answer the last question, first, by listing some troubling facts discovered about evangelicals in a recent Barna survey.  This alone should show us that knowledge has replaced experience in the church today.

According to a recent Barna study of professing evangelicals:

48% believe a person who is good enough or does enough good works can earn eternal salvation
44% claim the Bible is ambiguous in its teaching about abortion
44% do not believe that history is the unfolding narrative of God’s reality
43% maintain that when Jesus was on earth, He sinned
43% do not believe that there is a common, God-given purpose to humanity (i.e., to know, love, and serve Him)
42% seek moral guidance primarily from sources other than the Bible
42% do not identify and confess their sins on a daily basis
40% do not believe that human life is sacred
40% accept lying as morally acceptable if it advances personal interests or protects one’s reputation
39% identify the people they always respect as being only those who have the same beliefs as they possess
36% prefer socialism to capitalism
36% fail to seek and pursue God’s will for their life
34% reject the idea of legitimate marriage as one man and one woman
34% argue that abortion is morally acceptable if it spares the mother from financial or emotional discomfort or hardship
32% do not thank or worship God each day

How is this even possible in a nation that has “In God We Trust” on its currency?

Have You Ever Experienced God?

Most of the church boasts of head knowledge and little experience with the living God.  After all, it is the experience with God that made ordinary men heroes in the Old and New Testaments.  Think about it.

Adam and Eve – Genesis 3
Moses – Exodus 3
Israel – Exodus 19, 20
Elijah – 1 Kings 19
Isaiah – Isaiah
Peter – Matthew 16

And so many more.   Remember,

God, who at (what) various times and (what) in various ways (what) spoke (when) in time past to (whom) the fathers (how) by the prophets, (God) has (when) in these last days (what) spoken to us (how) by His Son, (described as) whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds. – Hebrews 1:1-2

God can speak to anyone He wants, at any time, in any place, and for whatever reason.  All we have to do is be ready to listen.  And when He does speak and we experience Him like never before, ah, hang on, for the adventure has just begun.

The following is a study on How to Experience God.

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