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12
Nov
10

Being an Effective Modern Messenger

A Christian media consultant named Phil Cooke came and spoke at the undergrad’s Chapel this week and gave an excellent message about the importance of presenting the good news of Christ that we have received to others in a way that they can understand.   In essence, packaging the Truth in a well-conceived PR campaign and presentation.

But this got me thinking: what are we communicating as Christians?  What depths are we drawing from?  Are we sharing a life giving message to everyone around us-through our words, actions, and lives…or are we trying to give our friends, family, and neighbors water from a dry well-seeking only to appeal to them?

Psalm 1 is one of my favorite scriptures because it describes the type of men we should aspire to be-the kind of men God delights in, and the kind of men that have something meaningful to offer to the people around them:

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither-whatever he does prospers.” –Psalm 1:1-3

When we spend time with God in prayer and in His word, his Truth, his character, his heart, and his wisdom is poured into us so that our lives can yield fruit and bring what we’ve received from God to those who are around us.

Once we have our source right, then we can examine the delivery.  For that, we can look at what Jesus said when He sent out the 12: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.  Be on your guard….  But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it.  At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you” (Matthew 10:16-20).  It was God who gave Moses the words to say before Pharaoh and his nation, it was God who gave the judges and the prophets the words to say, and it is God who will give us the words to say that are poignant and relevant to those around us…we need only ask Him and spend time with Him.

Like every worthwhile pursuit in life, the fear of the LORD is the first step we need to take-we cannot pour into others’ lives without first receiving from God.

-Jonathan

Sola scriptura, Sola fide, Sola gratia, Solo Christo, Soli Deo gloria

19
Oct
10

A thought on Mentoring

A thought on…mentoring

by dredsmyth from The Masters Men

So far my time in Poland and Czech is teaching me one thing: mentoring is something that pastors are absolutely in need of in order to minister and reach out to the men in their churches. This seems so basic doesn’t it? Yes, but the implications are profound. Think about it. How many pastors ARE mentoring men in their church? I am not sure but I suspect that there is not an overwhelming number. The Polish and Czech pastors are saying we need to be mentored because, for many of us, we are first generation Christians and do not have those spiritual fathers that could help us to know how to do what might have been done for us through our fathers, grandfathers, or other key men we might have come to know through our church family.

Makes me wonder about those of us who have spiritual fathers or who have had spiritual mentors in our lives. Why are we not mentoring others? Why don’t we think more seriously about our role in passing on to the next generation what we have come to know and experience in our Christian faith and walk? I am just feeling that we, who call ourselves men of God, need to take much more seriously our responsibility to pass our faith on to that next generation.

The Polish and Czech pastors are telling us something: In order for their churches to grow, they, themselves, need to be challenged in their own growth and spiritual formation. I think that goes for us who have a heritage of the Christian family. Talk to your dads, those of you who have Christian fathers. Find other Christian men in your life older than you so that you can hear their stories and be challenged by them. Someday, you will have the privilege of telling your life story by what you heard, what you learn in life and come to sense is the work of God in all that you are about.

Mentoring is not for the professional. Mentoring is for any man. We need to seek out our St. Paul’s and we need to find our Timothy’s and that… is generational Christianity at its best. It is how the church in the first, second and third centuries grew and expanded.

So as I continue to listen to pastors this week, I pray that I, too, will continue to know my need of being mentored by men older than me, and continue to pick up the mantel of mentoring to those younger. This is how God grows the church. Much, by the way, could be said about women mentoring women, but right now I am concerned about men because, as a man, I feel the great need to continue to learn how to be a faithful mentor of others, while others, older than me, continue to believe that I am important enough to have someone speaking into my life.

Just a thought!

-Ed

 

 




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