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Your weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The following excerpt is from Speeches at home and abroad, Pilgrim Publications, page 72.Image result for charles spurgeon"All our members should be at work, with no exceptions, unless it be such as extreme sickness or disability." I was taken aback the other day when I heard a minister of large experience, who has been for many years a pastor of a very useful church, say that he did not think that more than five per cent of the members of our churches were actually serving God by direct Christian effort.I began to inquire among my brethren, and although I challenge the statement as applying to the church of which I am the pastor, I have reason to believe that it is sadly near the truth as to many churches; for while a large number of workers would be reckoned up in our statistics, it would be found that the same persons are filling several posts of service, and so are counted several times over.Those who work in one direction are usually the first to occupy yet another part of the field; but a still larger proportion were doing nothing beyond paying their subscriptions, listening to the preaching of the gospel, and, I hope, behaving themselves with moral decency. It is really a very degrading state of things, if such is largely the case.My esteemed brother, who is a very apostle of Christ, Mr. Oncken of Hamburg, in forming Baptist churches in Germany, lays down as one of the first questions to be asked of a person applying for membership, “What will you do in the service of Jesus Christ?”Perhaps the candidate says, “I can do nothing,” and in that case the pastor replies, “I cannot receive you; we can have no drones in this hive.” Or perhaps the candidate will reply, “What do you think I can do?” and the pastor will say, “Something you must do; you can only become a member of this church by engaging in some Christian service.” I would almost carry it so far as to say, "Unless you are laid aside by illness, you must continue to do something, or be excommunicated ipso facto by your doing nothing.” That might be too extreme a rule; but the spirit of it is right.If it were a generally understood regulation that one of the conditions of church membership was service, we might see our churches rising to a far higher degree of zeal for God than they have ever yet attained.
Virginia continues to deal with scandals engulfing its top three leaders. Gov. Ralph Northam is facing renewed calls to resign today over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook. Attorney General Mark Herring has admitted that he wore blackface at a college party in 1980.
In many years of counseling people about their marriage, I think there is an important ingredient that is missing in many marriages, it is called friendship. When people come for marriage counseling they are generally not friends. People confuse love, communication, friendship and relationship. How is it that two people who at one time said,
Three Observations We Can Make to Measure Spiritual Growth—Part 1 Growing up on the island of Guam, I noticed palm trees with white paint around the base of the tree trunk. I remember asking my dad why those trees were painted white at their base thinking he would give me some profound answer. He simply replied, “The white is there to measure the growth of the tree.”It's interesting that in every aspect of life, we attempt to measure growth. Most of us can go to a place in our childhood home where mom lined us up against a wall or a beam and tracked our growth through the years. Growth often indicates positive health. So, if we are interested in measuring growth, how does one measure spiritual growth. Psalm 1 gives some valuable insight in observing or measuring spiritual growth. Over the next three articles, we will look at observations that we can make to measure spiritual growth.Observation #1: A person that is growing in Christ no longer takes pleasure in worldly carnality.Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, not standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.—Psalm 1:1A young Christian, or one that is not growing, struggles with the pleasures of carnality in the world. It is a constant battle. When a believer seeks pleasure in the world, his growth in Christ will be hindered. Let's consider the alternative to seeking pleasure in the world.1. Rather than taking pleasure in carnality with the world, seek godly counsel (“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly.”)Seek godly counsel for protection.Where no counsel is the people fall; but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.—Proverbs 11:14One of the ways God offers protection to believers is through the structure of authority. When we are submissive to authority, we are growing. Often, we make an excuse for our lack of submission to authority citing the lack of quality in the authority. However, God is more interested in the quality of our submission than He is the quality of the authority He allowed to be over us. It is a double blessing when the authority over us is godly authority! In either case, we should embrace God's structure and seek counsel for protection so our growth in Christ is not stunted.Seek godly counsel for purpose.Without counsellors purposes are disappointed; but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.—Proverbs 15:22Lacking purpose is a sign of immaturity. When a teenager is unsure of what to do, it is wise for him to seek counsel for the next step. The same is true with believers in general. When we aren't sure what to do, rather than halting growth, we should seek counsel to help establish purpose.2. Rather than taking pleasure in carnality with the world, seek godly company (“…nor standeth in the way of sinners.”)When a believer is stunted in his growth we often wonder “what happened?” According to Galatians 5:7: “Ye did run well; who did hinder you…,” we may be asking the wrong question. Many times when a believer is hindered in their growth for Christ it is not a “what” that is hindering, but a “who” they are standing by that hinders them. Rather than surrounding ourselves with company that will try to get us to fail, we should seek godly company. If we are going to grow in Christ, we must surround ourselves with people that also have a desire to grow in Christ.3. Rather than taking pleasure in carnality with the world, seek godly content (“…nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”)A scorner is a person that actively enlists others for their anti-God cause. For the most part, we would never “sit down” with the scorner, but we may unintentionally invite them into our lives by what we watch, listen to, or read.It's time to cast out the scorner and seek godly content for our lives. I am an advocate of Christian education for this reason. Why would we willingly seat our young people at the desk of those that would openly scorn God and His Word? If we are going to grow in Christ, we must cast out the scornful content and seek godly content in God's Word and other reliable resources.Measuring a person's growth as a believer is more about looking at their direction. A believer that is growing in Christ will move away from embracing pleasure in carnality with the world. Instead, they will be moving in the direction that seeks godly counsel, godly company, and godly content.In part 2, we will make another biblical observation from Psalm 1 that indicates positive spiritual growth.
Virginia continues to deal with scandals engulfing its top three leaders. Gov. Ralph Northam is facing renewed calls to resign today over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook. Attorney General Mark Herring has admitted that he wore blackface at a college party in 1980.
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