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Been away

Hello everyone. I am so sorry that my blogging has not been very frequent. Between having a 7 month old and planting a new church I have not had a lot of time to blog.

The problem I have with blogging is that I’m not really sure what to talk about. So I want to throw it out there. Coming from a pastor who is planting a church in Boulder what would be beneficial for you to hear me blog about?

Leave a message and let me know. Thanks everyone.

Trusting Him

“We can believe God about everything except the present pressing trial.  This is folly.  Come, my soul, shake off such sinfulness, and trust thy God with the load, the labor, the longing of this present.  This done, all is done.”  Charles H. Spurgeon

I love what Charles Spurgeon wrote above and it is a constant prayer for my life.  The problem is this; I personally slip repeatedly into this strange world where I no longer trust God.  Hear me clearly on this, my faith in Him is still there, but my actions are not showing that I trust God with the load and labor.  Let me explain what I mean.  I am the administrative pastor here at Bethany Baptist, one of my yearly duties is to assist the trustees by coming up with the new year’s budget.  This year has been tough on the church financially, there are many factors contributing to this, but that is not the point of this blog.  In putting the budget together I slipped into a bit of depression because I felt like the church was failing.  I bought the lie that Satan was feeding me and I quickly forgot about the fact that we have seen over 50 people get baptized and over 100 people step from darkness into light this year.

Another example of this slip is my envy of other ministries that are “successful”.  I work with several other churches here in town and I must confess it is a daily battle for me not to become envious when God shows up and shows off in other churches.  Satan knows full well how to bring me down.

The good news is this, Jesus.  I have found hope in the words of Jesus,

“And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.” (Mark 9:23-27)

I need to be like the father and cry out “help my unbelief!” and just like the child, take the hand of Jesus and let Him lift me up.

When I truly understand what He has done for me, things like money worries and ministry-envy look silly, and I end up “[shaking] off such sinfulness” as Spurgeon said.  Two theological terms really help me in understanding this, imputation and expiation.

Imputation means that through my belief Jesus assumes my sins and gives me righteousness. This is so beautiful and I need to be reminded of it daily.  I have undeserved righteousness because of the love the Savior has for me.  (Rom. 5:12-19)

Expiation means that because of my belief, my sins and the guilt that they bring are taken away.  How many of us are still living under the guilt of a sin that has been paid for by the blood of Jesus?  When I remember this, the lies that Satan whispers or sometimes yells at me are weak at best.

When I see Jesus in this light, it becomes so much easier to trust Him with the load and labor because He has shown me that His love for me is so deep that He is willing to die for me.  This is offered to everyone everywhere. My advice, take him up on it.

Understanding the Call

One of the more amusing things that I get to do from time to time is try and explain to my non-church going family is that yes you can be a pastor and be married, or yes you can be a pastor without going to seminary. I try and explain to them that being a pastor is not a occupation that you choose it is a calling that God puts on your life.

In trying to explain this calling to others it has forced me to dig deeper into what the calling of a pastor is.  I am not going to go into all the qualifications of a pastor if you want to study that more a good resource is Vintage Church by Mark Driscoll.  Just a disclaimer the biblical qualifications are more important than anything I can say I fully believe in the qualifications set forth in 1Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1.

Here is what I am learning about the call of a pastor that we do not hear about much in our current days.  If you can help being a pastor or working in ministry then do it, because if you can help it or choose not to do it then you are not called.  Those who are called must be in ministry or they feel like they will die.  Charles Spurgeon in his book Counsel for Christian Workers speaks about this at length.  Spurgeon in this book states that the language in the bible for being thrust into ministry in the Greek is that same term that we use for a person having a demon cast out of them.  He latter states that for men to enter ministry it is going to take a massive thrust from God for them to enter.

If you are called you are thrust into ministry and there is no other option for you.  If that is not crazy enough once you are thrust into ministry you must be willing to get over your fear of man and fear God.  To proclaim the Gospel boldly is no easy task and it should not be that is why we need more men who are willing to take off their suit jackets, cut off their sleeves and get down in the dirt and do the work that God has called us to.

I will close with this. Spurgeon said it best, and I paraphrase, the job of a pastor is to use his sickle and cut down the sin and call people to repentance.  To separate the sin from the man and put it to death.  When that is done you bundle the ones who have been cut down and put them together in a Gospel community and the job is not done until they have gone and been placed in the store house (heaven).

This job is not for those who think they might be called it is for men who have been thrust into their position by the mighty hand of God. My prayer for myself and these men is that we will boldly proclaim the name of Jesus for his fame.