Field Notes – 13/8/S
Struck again by this comment in the preface of ‘The Archer and the Arrow’.
“Every week, I walked away convicted of my need for Jesus and the importance of trusting him in everything.”
Is this not what you hope for each Sunday as you meet with God’s people in a local church?
Don’t you want your gathering to have this effect on you and everyone else present?
The 4 basic tools of a time management system have not changed over the years, although the format and technological capabilities have.
Here are the 4 Key Tools to a Successful Time Management System:
- To-do List – A place to capture your tasks and get them out of your head so that you can concentrate on what you are doing.
- Calendar – A tracker for all of your appointments and obligations to manage your day’s timeline.
- Address Book – A collection of the contact information of all of the people who you need to connect with whether regularly or infrequently.
- Notebook – Documentation of ideas and notes from your day’s activities and meetings.
You need each of these 4 tools in your time management toolkit, and you need just one of each.
How can we make guests feel welcome in our churches?
Philip Venables points us to four lessons we can learn from Ruth 2:
- Boaz operated his business in a spiritual manner (v4): What is the atmosphere at church which visitors will see and feel when they walk through the door?
- Boaz is aware that there is someone new around (v5): Are you aware of who is visiting? Do you make it priority to welcome visitors?
- Boaz went out of his way to make sure that Ruth was welcomed (v8-9): Are you making visitors feel at home? Are you helping them to follow the service?
- Boaz found out more about Ruth’s situation in order to be a specific help to her (v11): Is the visitor just a name on a list or someone we care about? Do we, out of love for them, find out more about the person’s background and needs in order to show practical help to them?
“Who knows what great things may happen as a result. Remember that in due course Ruth is found in the genealogy of our Lord Jesus (Matthew 1:5). It may be our welcome which leads to someone, in due course, being used mightily by God.”
“You have two enemies in Bible reading.
A supernatural enemy who will do everything he can to blind our Bible reading.
An enemy living in our own hearts that will keep us from seeing God’s glory — sin.”
Sinclair Ferguson on how to live as exiles in modern political climate: “there’s an old, British word that’s handy for us: “non-conformist.”