Words from the Heart for Thursday July 9th, 2020
[A church leader] must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.
Titus 1:9 (NLT)
A 2018 Pew Research survey found that roughly two-thirds of Canadian adults (64%) say religion has a less important role in their country than it did 20 years ago. Indeed, just 12% say religion has become more important in Canadian society. There is no consensus on whether this is good or bad: 37% of Canadians favor a more important role for religion, while 29% disagree and oppose any more influence for religion in public life. One-in-five have no preference either way.
The Christian life is one of faith from the beginning to the end. Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” So, the walk with Jesus begins with faith. But those who are called to lead the church are called to a higher level of faith. The apostle Paul put it this way in Titus 1:9: “[A church leader] must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.” This verse is filled with practical instruction for leaders. First, they must be mature, having been taught the trustworthy truth of God’s Word. Not only must they be taught, but they must also truly believe what they have been taught. They must be able to teach it to the believers, and to refute those who oppose the truth. It is vital that a church chooses leaders like this. It is a high calling and not to be taken lightly. And if you are in a position of leadership in your church, this is your high calling.
These have been words from the heart.