Gospel Links for Gospel Culture (12/28)
“Gospel Links for Gospel Culture” is a weekly round-up of content to encourage you in your faith and ministry.
Every Christian has a well-established pattern of living, whether it’s an intentionally developed set of commitments or an unstated set of values and practices, like praying before meals and going to church twice a month. But many of us aren’t as deliberate with our spiritual development as we are with our time and priority management at work, and our lives and relationships suffer as a result.
My grandpa loves to talk Bible, and when I’m home from seminary I am always curious what he will want to chat about. Our conversation bounced around from the classes I am taking to redemptive history. But, the conversation took a turn in mood when he began to tell me about some depression he was experiencing.
Dr. Rainer’s list is an important reminder of what we would pray we’d never see or hear in a gospel culture.
Consider the formula: Giving up rights = Gospel advancement. Rights are those preferences and freedoms we enjoy as Christians related to what we eat, drink, and enjoy and even some things that we are owed or deserve.
To us in the West, willingly giving these up is an uncomfortable concept.
In Dubai, we have a women’s Bible study leadership problem. Dubai isn’t a place where people stay. It’s a stopover—an exciting and profitable place to be for a while. We regularly have to say goodbye to leaders. To keep our program running, we need to reload each year.
Maybe you’ve had to say goodbye to your share of Barbaras too. Whether your leaders are moving away, having babies, or taking a semester off, your church—like ours—frequently needs new women’s Bible study leaders.