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Paving the way for further dialog

Posted by on Feb 16, 2009 in blog links, discipleship | Comments Off

I loved this entry at Dave Black’s blog when I read it yesterday (Sunday, February 15 at 6:34 am):

I am ready to reaffirm before God that I am willing to allow Him to shape my thinking about His Bride. Such shaping means learning from failures and mistakes. It means asking God to uncover those unbiblical presuppositions that lie beneath the surface of my consciousness. It means releasing my agenda and giving it to Him for His resolution. I believe that God has purposes for my church — and yours — that He has not yet unfolded. Cooperation with the Divine Potter means risk and potential failure. I’m sure it will mean of lot of difficult decisions. Friends, let’s not settle for the status quo. Let’s keep on growing into maturity. Let’s sharpen and expand our thinking. Let’s learn new insights from the Old Book. Let’s ask good questions that pave the way for further dialog.

I thought this went along great with my post from this morning. I did not agree to do the “Developing a Biblical Ecclesiology” seminar because I thought I had all the answers. In fact, I’m far from having all the answers. However, some people have suggested that I know how to ask questions – questions that begin with Scripture and (as Dave Black says) “paves the way for further dialog”.

One of the reasons that I love blogging is that I’m able to ask questions from and find answers in Scripture, then dialog with my readers as we help one another “grow into maturity” and “sharpen and expand our thinking”. Blogging isn’t the only medium that allows me to do this, but it is a very profitable medium for me and my own growth.