Newsletter October 2019

 
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” – Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
 
  At a previous church where I served, the previous minister had built a strong ministry.  His leadership style and   personality were a large reason why the ministry had grown to the size it had.  The previous minister had cast a vision and they were now looking at me to lay out a vision for continued growth.  “Without vision, the people perish,” they said.  It was the mantra of a few of them.  God wants a clear vision from His leaders in order to see people come to Christ.
 
 It sounds great.  The mantra even worked to build up a strong ministry.  And it was directly from the Bible!  But there was a major flaw that I had a hard time getting the church to see.  Proverbs 29:18 doesn’t say that a leader should cast a vision to accomplish God’s purposes.  It actually says that without God’s purpose (vision), the people (including the leader) perish.  It puts the emphasis on God’s revelation, not man’s plans.  
 
There are so many individual verses that are misused, taken out of context, or just manipulated to communicate our own personal agendas.  But God’s Word is perfect by itself, without us trying to fit meaning into it.  As Paul charges Timothy, we must be careful to “rightly handle the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).  
 
Through the months of October and November, the sermons will address several verses that are commonly misused or misquoted.  Some of these misinterpretations teach correct doctrine, but miss the deeper message that God is communicating.  Other times, we completely change the meaning of what God is communicating and fall prey to false teaching.  I hope that the coming months will help us to a) correct some errors in how we read the Bible and b) draw us to a more careful study of God’s precious and perfect Word.  

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