Welcome to the July edition of Good News, the monthly newsletter of the Fairview Park church of Christ! We hope that you find the articles below helpful, edifying, and true to the Bible. If you find the articles helpful in your Bible study, please forward this e-mail to a friend. May God bless you as you study His word!
Reaching a Higher Level of Service
by Jacob Hudgins
The Bible often uses the word “indeed” to emphasize an attribute and distinguish it from something lesser.
Jesus praised Nathanael “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit”(John 1:47). It was not that other Jews were not Israelites, but that Nathanael stuck out as grasping the true nature of being an Israelite. This was more than a name or race to him—he accepted his duty to truly be a man set apart to God—an Israelite indeed.
God expects his people to obey him. But this is not an expectation that is impossible to meet, nor is it an expectation with no reward. God delights in those who obey him, and blesses them. In Deuteronomy 30.9-14, Moses outlines how to have God delight in us, and dispels a fear of difficulty that comes with faith.
“Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?”(Luke 6:39).
Blind men make poor guides. When seeking someone to help us navigate dangerous or unfamiliar territory, we want someone who has full use of their senses. Jesus takes this image and applies it to spiritual leading and following: “Can a blind man lead a blind man?”(Luke 6:39). Before we think about Pharisees and denominational error, we need to spend some time accepting our blindness.
“I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account”(Phil 1:23-24).
How would we respond if our preacher declared “I don’t want to be here!”? If he stood before us or wrote to us, “I have something I’d rather be doing than working with you,” would our feelings be hurt? Would he be fired? Rebuked? Shunned?
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