Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What Jesus Affirmed

I was having a conversation with a friend recently who is struggling with some of the things he finds in Scripture. I reminded my friend that we do not get to pick and choose that which we will believe in God's word. You see my friend is struggling with, among other things the story of Jonah. Can't possibly be a real account of an actual event...right? I disagree!
Stay with me for a second and I will tie this all together! My Sunday School class is in a study of Proverbs and Song of Songs focusing on Solomon. Well, during my studies, I was reminded of Matthew 12:38-42 (ESV) which reads as follows:
"Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here."

While preparing for our series in Proverbs and Song of Songs, this little reminder pops up that ties Jesus, Solomon, and Jonah all together in a single passage! Here's the hook folks: you can't say you accept Jesus and then deny the things that He affirmed! It simply doesn't work and honestly, it is really bad theology. I love how God weaves everything together for our good!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

A New Season

My regular readers have noticed that my blogging activity has slowed down considerably since beginning doctoral work at The SouthernBaptist Theological Seminary.  Well, the workload is significant and requires a good bit of my time.  Still, I love blogging and can’t seem to stay away.  I wanted to take a moment to share some new developments with you.

Being a husband, father, student, working fulltime, and serving in various capacities in our church, time is a valuable commodity.  With such a full schedule professionally, academically, and personally, it was with a sad heart that I served my last shift this past Monday with The HopeQuest Ministry Group.  For nearly two years I have been privileged to serve alongside amazing people who love the Lord and have a heart for those struggling with life dominating issues related to alcohol abuse (or dependence), substance abuse (or dependence), or sexual brokenness.  The highlight of my time mentoring with HopeQuest has been watching the TREK program of this ministry successfully go through the process of becoming licensed by the State of Georgia.  I have developed friendships that will last the rest of my life and will continue to have a special place in my heart for this vital ministry.

With the closing of one door, another has been opened.  I will begin teaching a median adult Sunday School class at First Baptist Church Woodstock next week during the 8:00 a.m. Sunday School hour.  Melisa and I are humbled to be called to serve in this capacity and excited about the opportunity to play a small part in the discipleship ministry of this wonderful church.  We hope to bring an even greater focus on discipleship to the class with an eye towards missions.  We have witnessed the power of small groups firsthand and are eager to see how the Lord uses this class! 

As always, I covet your prayers and greatly appreciate your encouragement.  We are on an incredible journey and it is pure joy to be able to share it with you.