Posted by: TLC Fellowship | January 11, 2015

Preachin’, Teachin’, and Reachin’

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Scripture: “Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the LORD, “people will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the LORD.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made. At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the LORD, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the LORD. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts. In those days the people of Judah will join the people of Israel, and together they will come from a northern land to the land I gave your ancestors as an inheritance. Jeremiah 3:15-18

This past week of the Daniel Fast has highlighted many different aspects of a church. Mission and vision, evangelism and outreach, financial stewardship, children’s ministries, leadership and ministry volunteers, praise and worship – all are vital parts to the body of Christ and to fulfilling God’s plan for His creation. Concluding the set is the preaching and teaching of the Word of God, which is effective only when the man or woman behind the pulpit is called after God’s own heart (verse 15).

God’s own heart…what’s that about? It’s about being in sync with God mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It’s about running in line with God, as opposed to running perpendicular and thus drifting apart from the calling and purpose. When a pastor is after God’s own heart, wisdom and insight from the Lord are undiluted and reach the hearts and souls of people with supernatural accuracy. When it seems like the lesson or sermon is talking to a person’s situation, when a pastor is “really on point” with the preaching, that’s God’s own heart being revealed.

That is the Lord working through the pastor to get to the individual to lead him or her to a better understanding of life and their purpose in it. That is the Lord telling them to cast all of their cares on Him. That is the Lord telling them to “stop trippin’” and walk into their season. That is the Lord reaching, through His ordained preaching and teaching. With a pastor who is in sync with Him, a church will assuredly be led in wisdom and understanding and can expect to be greatly blessed in order to bless the world.

Prayer: Lord God, thank You for sending Your shepherds, rightly dividing the word of truth. Please guide them to stay in sync with You always, so that we can see You move through them. Amen.

written by Shelby Nelms, member of TLC Fellowship


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