Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dear Pastor: Wait on the Spirit.

Dear Pastor, 

When the Holy Spirit is moving unresisted through the body of Christ, the church will be characterized by devotion to “the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). When this is not happening, and your people don’t want to read what you write, come and listen to what you teach, or join with you for prayer, do not fall into the trap of creating laws that coerce good behavior. 

Instead, take everything to the head of the church in prayer, foster the freest experience of abiding in your head as a branch to the vine, and seek such a flow of the fullness of the Spirit through your life, and through the two or three who delight to gather with you in Jesus’ name, until the Spirit pours himself over the hearts and lives of others and draws them into the same life of the Spirit as produces the very kind of agape-koinonia (love-fellowship) your shepherd’s heart longs to see.

In the meantime: “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (II Timothy 4:2).
From a Shepherd's heart,

© 2013 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~

Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)

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