Category Archives: Questions to Ponder

Is Christmas Really Over?

It has been a long time readers. We all know how winter breaks keep you busy with family and friends and of course relaxing. Then as things start to settle down, you get back into the groove of life. Our family of 6 all got sick and for the most part are still breaking the sick/healthy barrier.

Let us know if there is anything going on in your family that you would like us to pray for. I hope that Christmas went well for everyone and Jesus was worshiped, families were loved, and lives were changed.

Remember that although the day of Christmas may be over, it is the gift that was given that day that changes lives and brings hope to our world. This video is a great reminder of that promise: Christmas Really Happened. Enjoy and remember that when life starts back up, give your worship to the One who gave that Life.


Is the Church’s Marriage Failing?

McRaney in his book, The Art of Personal Evangelism states that God desires to restore community and family among the redeemed (p.16) and it is the family relationship that I want to focus on. First, the “relationship” with God the Father should resemble that of a marriage. Families are being destroyed all over the place due to weak marriages. So if the Christian population desires to reach the nation for Christ, then the earthly parallel, marriage; needs to be strong and create a godly impact for others to see. It’s not enough to attempt to create a relationship with God then evangelize to our neighbors for them to find that the one relationship that best symbolizes our relationship with God is frayed.

“God Himself was living a form of community, the Trinity, prior to forming mankind in His image” (McRaney, 17). Jesus represents the perfect form of a relationship, the perfect wedding (Revelation 19:7) and community. As stated above, if Christians are to provide a picture of these terms to the world, then it should start with the marriage and create a rippling affect to a community designed to worship and love God and others.

With that being said, it is imperative that the body of Christ equip families with the resources and Biblical insight to create godly marriages, families, and communities so the world can get a glimpse into what it is like for the church to be married to Jesus and be in perfect community within the trinity. Some of you may be thinking, that seems a bit harsh, we all make mistakes, are you saying I can’t evangelize if I have a broken marriage or family? No, I am not, but what I am saying is that in the overall scheme of things; a marriage or family that showcases the love and grace of God allows an unbelieving world to view the relationship God desires with his church/body of Christ.

Consider your relationship with your spouse today. Does it showcase the picture of our relationship with God? Can others see the love you have for one another? Can they see the sacrifice and forgiveness you give to one another? Or are you holding on to a hurt? Are you grumbling and keeping records of wrongs? God deals with us in grace, forgiveness, and love. God keeps no records of wrong (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). Jesus is the perfect bridegroom, the ultimate example that we should look to in our own marriages. Today is the day of change. I urge you listeners to get right with God and start reconciling your relationships for His glory!! As always I pray over my posts and my readers, but if you desire, please send me specific prayer requests to our e-mail: allsupministries@gmail.com and I will certainly pray for you and keep in contact to see how God is working.

References:

Will McRaney Jr., The Art of Personal Evangelism, Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing: 2003.


God chose Ezra for Spiritual Reform but why?

Question #2

Why did God choose Ezra to bring Spiritual Reform to the people of Israel?

My Answer:

Whether you are a pastor, a teacher, or lay person, God has called every one of us to devote our time to studying God’s word, observing the Law through practice in our lives, and then teaching or passing down our knowledge to others. Ezra understood that it was not enough to strictly be “spiritual” in the comfort of his own home, but he needed to start with himself and end with the teaching of his family, his neighbors, and ultimately the community he dwelled within.

In the article, The Ezra Experience, the author parallels the teaching model with that of Solomon’s teaching model described in Proverbs 2. The author says, “Solomon reminds us that students must choose to learn and be motivated to receive the transmitted message(s) (p 10)” which makes me ponder about that theory in relation to Ezra’s experience. The Israelites or students of Ezra’s teaching were motivated and ready to learn. Did Ezra know this or did he go in it hoping they would be. I am confident that Ezra did not have to hope because of the fact that he prepared. Preparation is the key to godly success and we clearly see this in the story of Rehoboam. The Bible says that he did evil in the sight of the Lord because he chose not to prepare his heart towards the Lord.

We know that God chose Ezra for the job because he knew he prepared his heart for the tasks God had for him. I think because of the man Ezra was, we can conclude that Ezra prayed over the Israelites many times before he even spoke to them and felt confident that God was going to open their eyes, ears, and hearts for change. So in wrapping this up, God chose Ezra to bring Spiritual Reform to the people of Israel because Ezra prepared, prayed and performed his God given task. Ezra was a man devoted to God and the things of God at a much deeper level than most. Can God count on you like he counted on Ezra?

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Motivating people for the Great Commission

Question #1

Discuss the role of the leader’s character for motivating his people for the Great Commission. What should be his personal evangelism practices in fulfilling this role as the leader?

My Answer

First, let us define the great commission as it is described in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Secondly, who is the verse speaking to? Jesus was speaking to the disciples at that moment encouraging them to what? Well, to make more disciples, which means that Jesus would indirectly be speaking to anyone who has chosen to “follow” Christ—you and me included.

So, when discussing the role of the leader’s character we need to understand that everyone is called to motivate people for the Great Commission. Now, this gets tricky because not everyone devotes their time and energy to God daily. Some are holiday worshipers, some are surface worshipers, and yet others dive deep into their relationship with God like Ezra did when fulfilling his call to lead a Spiritual Reform in Israel. So, the role of the leader is to first recognize if the people are prepared to GO, MAKE DISCIPLES, and then lead them to be BAPTIZED. If they aren’t prepared, then the leader must begin by feeding milk to them as they get ready for solid food.

It is a process that must be endured. Why do you think that Jesus waited to give the Great Commission to the disciples until the end, because they were not ready and Jesus was not ready either. He prepared them while he was alive so that when the time was ready, he could encourage them on their journey they were about to endure. A leader needs to be patient and prayerful to work wisely during the growth process. When the time is ready, the leader will be able to execute his disciples towards the Great Commission knowing they will in turn create more disciples to do the same.

The leader’s personal evangelism practices should be to pray for the lost people he knows and those God will bring him. He should also make a point to get his hands and feet working in the community to get to know more people. The leader needs to be prepared and always planning to fulfill the tasks of God. With all this being said, a great leader will focus on God, create teams to follow in the command of Matthew 18:19, and passionately love people. Basically, the way I see it, are leaders returning to the essentials? The Great Commission will only be successful when leaders from around the globe have a burden for the things of God. What did Jesus weep and mourn over? Who did our Lord and savior laugh with? Are our eyes focused on the things God is focused on?

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