A Survey on Where God Worked in Acts  by Glenn Rogers Borrowing the title phrase from Judges 6:13 allows me to share with you something that may be surprising but is even more profound. My study this spring lead me to look at Acts and see how many of the miracles recorded in this book […]

UNSEEN PHARISEEISM AND OUTSIDE VOICES

By Glenn Rogers

The idea in the New Testament and even now when we think of the Pharisees is “legalist”.  Indeed that is correct as to their actions and ministry.

Beneath is something more deadly. They wanted a Messiah who was coming but never really came! When Jesus the Messiah showed up, they would not receive Him.      

 

Underneath that was a greater subtlety: The Pharisees  did not welcome or seek Outside Voices. This is seen not only in their rejection of Christ and His redemptive work but also in their rejection of John the Baptist and the attempts to shut out the Apostles. 

 

DO NOT FALL PREY TO THIS AS A LEADER!  Modern “apostolic” (small “a”) voices from the outside are still necessary. I speak here of people beyond your local church from the wider Kingdom of God.  Why would a pastor not want any outside voices to speak into his life and that of his church?  Reasons I have seen and heard confessed are insecurity, pride in methodology or theology, laziness, racial bias, social bias, finances, distrust of others, and more. This is not a good list for sure, nor one that sounds like humility. The danger here is that a pastoral staff, lay leaders, and the church as a whole can become very “ingrown”. That was a big, yet hidden problem with the Pharisees of old. It did not work out well for them.

 

Yes, we have the whole counsel of God, and the “we” is important as well. Learn to seek and hear the godly outside voices, the “apostles” that the Lord might enlighten us on our way. Let God use the wisdom of others to expand us to be all He called us to be.

A challenge to a deeper walk with our Lord.

by Bonnie Rogers

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, said, “The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and Heaven without Hell.”    We continue to experience Booth’s fulfilled prediction today.  Though we can’t know the exact day of the Lord’s return, Jesus did expect us to “discern the time” as the day approaches (Luke 12:56).  

Nehemiah “sat…wept…mourned…fasted…and prayed before the God of heaven.” (Neh. 1:4)    Have we no time to SIT before God?   Are there no serious situations in our homes, churches, nation, and world that cause us to WEEP?  Are solemn gatherings of MOURNING before the Lord a thing of the past?    How has FASTING become so foreign to God’s people?   Do we really PRAY???   (Notice that prayer came after humility was shown.)      Serious living in these last days is no longer an option.   Let’s prepare our hearts to seek the Lord (II Chron. 12:14) and fight the battle to which we’ve been called.

 

Student Evangelism at Stetson University

Joe White a nationally renowned speaker, author and, the current CEO of Kanakuk Ministries along with  Trip Lee an American Southern rapper, singer, poet and author were featured at the beginning of a major weekend evangelistic event on the Stetson University Campus.   Normally this event called “After Dark” is only put on at major college campuses.  This past Thursday a crowd that was estimated to be over one fourth the size of the entire Stetson student body attended this kickoff to a weekend of solid biblical teaching and outreach.  The concert was followed by the “G1”(God First) Conference, which was two days of discipleship meetings.  I am overjoyed to report that this is only part of an outpouring we are seeing at Stetson.  In the past year we have seen an explosion of solid Christian fellowship forming and growing on campus.  Fellowship of Christian Athletes is now meeting weekly with well over 70 students attending.  Another well founded group by the name of Renown is also building in size.   God has answered their prayers and their many hard hours of work with this amazing culmination of events.   Please keep these students in your prayers as well as our Missions Partner FCA that God will continue to use them to reach others for Christ.