Notice how Lydia was the start of a massive movement of faith in her city:
"The Lord opened [Lydia’s] heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. And after she was baptized and her household as well…" Acts16:14-15
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John Wesley writing to John Trembath (August 17, 1760), a young minister who was a poor preacher, arguing that better reading is not a sufficient condition for better preaching, but it is a necessary one.
What has exceedingly hurt you in time past, nay, and I fear, to this day, is lack of reading.
I scarce ever knew a preacher who read so little.
And perhaps, by neglecting it, you have lost the taste for it.
Hence your talent in preaching does not increase. It is just the same as it was seven years ago. It is lively, but not deep; there is little variety; there is no compass of thought.
Reading only can supply this, with meditation and daily prayer.
You wrong yourself greatly by omitting this.
You can never be a deep preacher without it, any more than a thorough Christian.
Oh begin! Fix some part of every day for private exercise. You may acquire the taste which you have not; what is tedious at first will afterward be pleasant.
Whether you like it or not, read and pray daily.
It is for your life; there is no other way; else you will be a trifler all your days, and a pretty, superficial preacher.
Do justice to your own soul; give it time and means to grow.
Do not starve yourself any longer.
Take up your cross and be a Christian altogether.
Then will all the children of God rejoice (not grieve) over you, and in particular yours.
—”Letter to a Friend,” The Works of the Rev. John Wesley (London, 1813), 49.
Erikah and I will be be at #Exponential East 2014, the world’s largest gathering of church planters, next week in Orlando, FL.
This will be my 3rd time at the conference. The first time I went, we didn’t know the Lord would call us into church planting. It was something we were considering but not something we were pursuing. Last year we went while we were still in the pre-launch season of The Brook, still in the early stages of building a launch team. This year, we’ll be there with a whole different set of eyes 7 months post launch.
Pray for me and Erikah and we seek the Lord for insight into the things He’s doing and might lead The Brook into over the next year.
Walk by the Spirit
"It’s to your advantage that I go away for if I don’t go away, the Helper (i.e.The Holy Spirit) won’t come to you. But if I go away I’ll send Him to you" John 16:7
The Spirit dwells within every child of God but not every child of God walks in the Spirit’s power. Jesus said that it’s to our “advantage” that He leaves in order for the Holy Spirit to come. When we walk in the Spirit’s power He guides us into truth, gives us the power to resist temptation, develops God-honoring character within us, gives us the words to speak & ultimately uses us as instruments that bring glory to Jesus. As we hold fast to the grace of God, let’s walk by the Spirit and not gratify our flesh, fam! Soli Deo Gloria!