Preachers have the amazing privilege of labouring for hours over scripture in order to deliver God's word with accuracy, authority and zeal. Why is this a privilege? The dedication to studying scripture, fighting to understand its meaning, and the time spent in God's presence is always rewarded. Most preachers will attest to the fact that they always learn the most when they have to teach somebody.
The responsibility they feel to their audience has an unexpected by-product. While preachers attempt to feed their congregation they, themselves, are supernaturally nourished.
Pastor Tracy has said before that the best kept secret in the church is that people don't read the Bible. Nobody talks about it but the fact remains. While hearing God's Word on Sunday mornings is a good thing, it is not enough. Our soul knows it and at times even our minds agree.
Our hope over the next few weeks is that anyone who is in that place will tire of surviving off the Sunday morning experience. That everyone, not just pastors, will fight for the chance to be transformed. This is a call to join the well-nourished and recognize the privilege found in the labour.
Let's keep pursuing God's Word together.
See you on Sunday,
The Bible Says Whut? "Not Peace, But a Sword"
In Matthew 10:34, Jesus says, "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." Wait... whut? Isn't He the Prince of Peace? Didn't He come to reconcile man with God? Didn't He say "blessed are the peacemakers"?
Bjorn is going to walk us through this challenging passage on Sunday morning and help us again to learn to read our Bibles with attentive minds and open hearts. See you then! - Pastor Tracy