Field Notes – 22/11/W
“Though there may be occasion to go sometimes into places of temptation, yet we must leave them as soon as possible.” (Matthew Henry)
Different gatherings of the church can be used to perform a different role in the cultivation of corporate health – holiness, love, and sound doctrine.
Adult Education Hour: “the main equipping time… an integrated system of teaching that begins to equip members in the areas of basic Christianity for starters, living the Christian life, Old and New Testament overviews, systematic theology, church history and Christian growth.”
Sunday Morning Service: “the main feeding time… [and] the main weekly worship gathering of the church… this is where we read, preach, pray, sing, and see the Word of God together every week.”
Sunday Evening Service: “the main family time” where time is spent praying for the spiritual needs of members, evangelistic opportunities and so on.
Wednesday Evening Service: “the main study time… a time for the whole church to gather for inductive Bible study.”
Member’s Meeting: “the main administrative time.”
At Banstead Community Church, our Sunday Morning Service is the main worship gathering and feeding time, our Sunday Evening Service is the main equipping time, our weekly Thursday Prayer Meeting is the main family time, and our monthly Church Bible Study is the main study time. Plus we have termly Church Meetings which is the main administrative time.
I’m interested to listen to this edition of the Pastors’ Talk podcast on how pastors should be trained, and what seminaries have to do with it.
Matt Smethurst has posted on twitter this helpful chart summarising Tim Challies process on making decisions.
And Sam Hailes has applied it brilliantly: “The Bible isn’t against fried chicken > Others seem to like it > That old colonel seems like a wise guy > I’m really hungry > OK I will buy KFC.”
Dan Steel has written a report on the recent FIEC Leaders’ Conference HERE.
“Puritans saw themselves as God’s pilgrims travelling home, God’s warriors battling against the world, the flesh, and the devil; and God’s servants under orders to do all the good they could as they went along.” (J. I. Packer)