What I Read Online – 05/16/2012 (p.m.)

17 May
    • God has a design for your family and ministry so that faithfulness in the family enhances faithfulness in the church, and faithfulness in the church enhances faithfulness in the family.
    • So an elder’s management of the church should resemble the care exemplified by the Good Samaritan
    • Your family serves as a living model to God’s people to display something of God’s tender care, strong leadership, and covenant fidelity. Through our work at home we learn to faithfully serve God’s church; and by God’s grace, our faithful service in his church helps to nurture and deepen our care for his “little flock” in our own homes. It’s impossible to separate faithfulness in ministry from faithfulness in the home.
    • It’s possible for someone to be so “committed” to his family that he doesn’t labor faithfully and sacrificially in ministry.
    • A “balanced” Christian life still involves tension, fatigue, and difficult decisions. If we expect anything else, we will inevitably experience frequent frustration.
    • There is a way to walk faithfully in your responsibilities to our families and still “spend and be spent in the service of our bountiful Master.”
    • You do not separate your life as a husband and father from your life as a pastor—in fact, you believe that through your ministry as a husband and father, God is using you to shepherd your church, and through your shepherding of the church God is equipping you to build up your family.
    • I’m also thankful for the many ways fathering has taught me patience and gentleness, which I’m constantly in need of cultivating in my life as a pastor.
    • First, people can become a leery of Muslim evangelism out of fear of doing so incorrectly. We should have no fear in sharing the gospel with Muslims. It is the gospel that we are sharing, after all. It is powerful to save!
    • Second, we must remember that Muslim evangelism should not be merely talked about and debated on blogs or in academic circles. It is something that should be done wherever we find Muslims.
    • We believe that a Muslim coming to faith is not intrinsically connected to our form of contextualization, but rests solely on God’s divine intervention (Dan. 4:35; Ps. 115:3; John 6:64-65) and our humble obedience to proclaim the gospel (Acts 1:8; Matt. 9:38, 28:19-20). God is not concerned with glorifying a method; he is concerned with glorifying his Son. Strategies are useful and necessary, but none of them offers the “key” to Muslim evangelism.
    • Don’t be afraid to read the Qur’an or other religious sources. These things will give you great insight into Muslims hearts and minds.
    • We learned early on that we could not get people to listen by presenting a beautiful apologetic syllogism proving Jesus is God. We had to use stories, parables, and passages from their religious books.
    • The degree to which Muslim-background believers seek to retain their previous religion correlates with how we present the gospel to them. In other words, if we use the Qur’an extensively in our evangelism, we risk encouraging a sentimental attachment to it.
    • I am not against the proper use of the Qur’an in evangelism. I am concerned with how much we use it. We should not give it center place in our gospel presentation. Jesus is the only way to the Father.
    • I would argue that both are correct. The gospel will take on a form of the culture that it is speaking to; if it doesn’t, it will not be understood. But the gospel will also speak with a prophetic voice within the culture that calls for transformation. It goes in and calls out. Our goal is to preach the gospel of Christ from the Scriptures and let the Spirit transform lives and communities.

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