The Great and the Good
February 4, 2012
TODAY'S BIBLE READING:
The Simeon Trust generates similar conferences to that of The Proclamation Trust and frequently quotes Dick Lucas aphorisms.
Sharpened appreciationI suspect I always knew that being bused from my school to hear preaching of this kind of quality as a teenager was a privilege, but the years (and the distance) have sharpened that sense of appreciation. There are, of course, many great preachers here, and (again) readers of this paper could list their names as well as I can, not forgetting Tim Keller who spoke at the memorial service. And yet I wonder, sometimes, with all the size and noise and sheer scale of American evangelicalism (e.g. have you seen this new, very helpful, internet magazine, www.credomag.com?), it may be easy to let familiarity with role models closer to home become less in our eyes (or ears) than they really are.
Not just the famousAnd I don’t just mean the famous by the ‘great and the good’. The person who insisted on taking me through Two Ways To Live in one of its early renditions until I knew it by heart. The person who discipled me at university. I feel the value of that gospel DNA greatly when I compare it to the more schmaltzy infotainment versions of discipleship that some I know experienced growing up. The text that I have in mind is: ‘Respect those who work hard among you…’ (1 Thessalonians 5:12). Whether a Bible study leader, a pastor, an elder, a vicar, a rector, a camp leader, a UCCF staff worker; if you are near someone who is teaching you the Bible faithfully you are being influenced by something great and good. And if you’re doing the teaching, and working hard at it, we respect you. ************* *The above article was written for Evangelicals Now and published in their news publication for February 2012.]]>
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life and John 1-12 For You.
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