• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Gospel Conversation (2)

I finished up a book today that talked about establishing churches through teams.  The author referred to 2 Timothy 2:15 as the “life verse for all pioneer church planters”.  The verse reads: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”  In his comments on this verse, I saw another element arise to our ongoing discussion about Gospel conversation, namely that of a deep knowledge, familiarity and experience of the Word, the Gospel.

We can become so concerned with learning so many other good things, that we can neglect deep study of and interaction with the biblical text.  I’ve been spending a lot of time reading many of the Advance papers in preparation for the Cape Town 2010 conference, but then I realized that I was not giving an equal amount of time to the Ephesians study that all participants were asked to prepare.  It’s a question of time.

The author of the above work shares this story about a mission wide conference he attended: “To this day everyone remembers three words from his [the speaker’s] talk, even as he yelled them out to the conference hall audience of 1,000 plus: “Cut!  Cut!  Cut!”  He was speaking of the crucial need to prioritize our time and to drop lots of tertiary activities.  We must do whatever is necessary in our schedule and workload in order to major on the ministry of the Word.  The net result of this should be to lighten our load, not make it heavier.”

There are many good things that vie for our time, but we must not neglect our need to intellectually, emotionally and spiritually grasp what is and what moves the heart of our Father.  Then we will know how to “respond” to another.  And all that is certainly a question of time.

2 Responses

  1. This is an excellent word, David.

    How can we hold each other accountable for trimming items from our schedules?

    • That’s the “tough” question. I think we each need people who will walk through our schedule with us and talk about our priorities. That kind of accountability conversation would help to begin to see and consider what we should “cut”.

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