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Gospel Reproduction | Classics Series

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The following blog is the newest installment in our Classics Serieswhere we revisit posts from days gone by. This blog was originally posted in April of 2013.


One of the surest ways to keep a church healthy and make Jesus Christ famous is to train the church's people. 

The apostle Paul says to his protégé in 2 Timothy 2:2, “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 

Paul’s vision for the gospel’s spread and the exaltation of Jesus Christ was grander than the dates of his own life. If Addison Street Community Church is to be relevant in our city and grow into a healthy church, it must intentionally entrust the gospel to the younger generation of committed Jesus followers. The context of 2 Timothy is pastoral ministry. 

Paul has a perpetual four-generation view of gospel reproduction: him → Timothy → faithful men → others.

Part of my vision as a pastor is to nurture and train up aspiring pastors. To that end, you will soon see (mostly) younger guys in the pulpit with me or serving in other capacities; giving them opportunity to test their desires and develop their gifts. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see men and women trained from our congregation and deployed into the fields of gospel opportunity all over the world?

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Worship Wars | Classics Series

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[2 MIN READ]

The following blog is the newest installment in our Classics Serieswhere we revisit posts from days gone by. This blog was originally posted in April of 2013.



“I sure hope we have great worship today. Hopefully, such-and-such is playing or singing today. When they play or sing, they help me worship so much better…” And so went the conversation in my head as I rode to church in years past, and then when said person wasn’t there up front or “x” song was sung, my whole worship “experience” derailed. “MY Sunday—ruined!” Now, truly, some Christian music leaders really help us turn our hearts to the immeasurable riches of Christ through song, but they aren’t the Holy Spirit.

Many of the Sundays we come to worship we bring enough distractions within ourselves to go around. We’ve got to fight for a quiet and poised heart (there's at least one true war we need to fight in worship). It doesn’t help when we build up the success of Sunday worship on our own personal preferences and agendas. Triune praise is the agenda of Sunday worship. The people, namely Jesus, we recognize through worship on Sunday really does matter. The vehicles of that music matter albeit less. Some prefer no instruments; others prefer the louder the better, and a myriad of preferences exist along the continuum, often labeled the worship wars. How congregations worship truly does matter, and we will indeed talk about it over the months and years. 

But let’s bear in mind that a difference in opinion about worship order or style starts in the heart. Let’s take care to guard our hearts and posture our affections toward Jesus alone every Sunday and not on our preferences.

 

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