Yes, striving to be good soul doctors, we carefully look for the subtle evidence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all our friends who who profess faith. But usually it is just that, a bit more subtle. This was blatantly obvious. Mr. Talent was suddenly talented, gifted, overflowing in proclaiming the word in a way he hadn’t been just a few minutes previously.
Ryan Fullerton (Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church, Louisville, KY) preaches from Romans 16:1-16.
Matt Deaver, Immanuel Network partner serving internationally, preaches from Luke 18:15-17.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many people not gathering with their church for a variety of reasons. Some may not be gathering as they seek to honor the Lord and obey their conscience. Others may be put off by the added hardship that the pandemic has brought to Sunday mornings. In this time, if there is not a matter of conscience, all Christians should press into the hardship and gather with the saints.
Misuse and abuse of pastoral authority is tragic and real. But slanderous false claims against pastors, that are unverified and yet still accepted as true, destroy the work of the Lord. The Church must grow in its discernment and application of the biblical to not only protect themselves from abusive pastors, but from slanderous wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Here was a group of men, a group very diverse in terms of age, background, personality, and gifting. And yet they worked well together, appreciated their differences, and even celebrated them. The one gifted in preaching would praise the one gifted in systems, who would praise the one gifted in wisdom, who would praise the one gifted in the biblical languages.