Weekly Wisdom [01.26.18]

Need some Weekly Wisdom?  Here are my favorite resources of the week.

Verse of the Week

For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. [Colossians 1:29].

Book of the Week

MultiChurch: Exploring the Future of Multisite

I was given this book by a great friend.  It is a great read on where this whole multisite church revolution is going and maybe where it should go.

“Is it time for your church to go multisite? It seems everybody is doing it these days, so how do you know if it is the right solution for your congregation? MultiChurch brings clarity to the multisite movement and assembles the lessons it has learned over the past fifteen years. It explores the opportunities presented by the various forms of multi-site church, identifies areas of concern, and concludes that multisite is not only a biblically sound ecclesiological model, but also a model that provides a compelling solution to contemporary reductionism in the church.”

Favorite Quotes:

  1. Another warrant focuses on the virtue that multisite nourishes: multisite fosters the biblical and theological values of unity, cooperation, and interdependence…Pastors engage regularly, often weekly or even daily, in deep relationships, prayer, mutual accountability, preparation of sermons, pastoral care, crisis management, and more (43).
  2. Leaders who have planted churches on their own, even if attached to a network or a denomination, need little convincing of the importance of collaboration.  Even most pastors of existing churches experience tremendous isolation and long for a collaborative ministry to remove the loneliness (107).
  3. …most churches fall into one of two categories: kingdoms or empires.  Empires are built for the benefit of their leader or leaders…Kingdoms in contrast are built for the benefit of their citizens.  In healthy kingdoms the monarchs see their calling as an opportunity to serve their people.  In multi church language, they exist for the local church (120-121).

Podcast of the Week

Praying and Working for Justice: Abortion by Radical with David Platt

Before abortion is a political or any other type of issue, we need to recognize it for what it is––a God issue.

Quote of the Week

Martin Atkins, former pastor of Rocky Creek, as he celebrated 60 years of gospel ministry told about when he told his father he was going into the ministry.  Martin’s father told his son that he would pray daily for one thing: “Lord, keep him in the Word. If he gets out of the Word, take him out of the pulpit. Kill him if you have to.

Post of the Week

UK Has a Minister of Loneliness: This Is How Bad Loneliness Has Gotten

On Wednesday, January 17, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the creation of this new position. May stated, “For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life.” The announcement cited the statistic that more than 9 million people always or often feel lonely in the UK.

Song of the Week

You gotta love a song with the lyric: “I will preach the gospel to myself that I am not a man condemned.”  Thankful for this worship song from Rend Collective.

Tip of the Week

Find a reading partner.

Have you tried to read the Bible consistently and keep coming up short?  Find a reading partner.  Find someone who can keep you accountable (Prov. 27:17; Heb. 10:24-25; Acts 17:11).  Partner together with a friend or your family to keep each other on track.