I do believe we need to become more knowledgeable about the Bible. I believe the present day church in the US is in need of more meaningful communal prayer. And we, in the evangelical charismatic tradition, are in great need of living the Christian life through incarnational action. It’s time to turn off the Christian TV programs and get busy working for Jesus. We have been given much and therefore much is required of us. Just my thoughts.
In several days I’m leaving for the storm ravaged coast of Mississippi to help the hurricane Katrina victims. This will be my second trip to the area. Twenty two from our fellowship are coming along to help. Why are we wading into love? Because Jesus said to do it. He didn’t specifically speak to me in an audible voice and say go but He did tell me to do it around 2000 years ago. We can become so spiritual that we take up most of God’s time praying to him for direction when he has already told us to become active.Jesus told every believer in Matthew 25 that we must be as He is. “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”It is very important that what we believe about Jesus and the Bible is correct. But spending all of our time picking apart the Bible for our own benefit is not ministering for Jesus. It was James of the Bible who said, “Faith without works is dead.”