God has surrounded me with some great brothers and sisters! I thought I would introduce you to two of them through something they’ve written recently on their blogs.
Jason at “Fight the Good Fight” wrote about “The Importance of Meeting Together.” First, he tells about a man he knows named Manesh who lives in a section of India that is hostile to Christians. Then, Jason says,
On Sunday we spent our meeting time talking about a trip to Ethiopia that two of our members will be taking this summer. Our discussion led to the topic of community and the privilege of meeting together. Ryan commented on Bonhoefferâ€™s discussion of community and meeting together and how just the very fact that we are able to meet together as a body of believers is a privilege and a blessing. And it is only by the Holy Spirit that we are able to commune together as the body of Christ. Manesh, I think, fully understands the importance of meeting together, in his case, for the sake of the Gospel, and in many ways the same is true for us. Manesh earnestly prays for the meeting to be something that influences the people around him. Are we praying for, and conducting our meetings in such a way that honors Christ, shows desire for those around us to know Christ, and cherishes the privilege of meeting together?
Very important things to think about indeed!
Modernists place a higher priority on information than on people.Â As the church has good reasons to reject post-modern sensibilities, it is also highly modern.Â I think the best illustration of this is the advent of denominationalism.Â New denominations form by a group of people leaving a denomination because that denomination has its facts about God and the Bible wrong.Â In essence, they forsake all of the relationships they had built in order to maintain their loyalty to the correct information.Â This point was made clear to me in my Baptist History class.Â 400 years of petty bickering and parting ways over who was more “right”.
hmmm…. loyalty to correct information. That’s a good way to put it.
I really appreciate both Jason and Jonathan and the many other people that God uses in my life every day!