Wednesday, March 05, 2008

We need to learn to rejoice with those who rejoice!

Trinity’s resulting growth was in qualitative areas that many Presbyterian churches value, such as ministry volunteers, mission participants and stewardship leaders, as well as small-group involvement. This 800-member church now averages 660 regular worshipers. Some 500 people are involved in small groups, 400 work as ministry volunteers and 200 do hands-on mission.”

-Presbyterians Today, January/February 2008, page 20.

When was the last time you heard a report about a Presbyterian church like the one mentioned above? When we hear about a movement of God’s Spirit like what has happened at Trinity we should stop and offer prayers of rejoicing and praise!

The pastors at Trinity never encourage churches to copy what has happened at Trinity. Over and over again I have heard them tell pastors and church leaders to pray seeking God’s guidance for their church. If God leads their church to use some of the Purpose Driven model, then use it. If God leads in a different direction, go in that direction.

We need to learn to rejoice with those who rejoice!

Pulpit envy is alive and well in the Presbyterian Church. We see a church that is growing and we immediately jump to the conclusion that they have watered down the Gospel. We see that church grown and immediately think that it is due to slick advertising and smooth talking preacher. We criticize their lack of Reformed “worship.” We criticize, Criticize and CRITICIZE!!!

Rejoice! Rejoice! God is doing a great thing through Trinity Presbyterian Church in Satellite Beach, Florida. They have a wonderful ministry going on in the worst part of town. They have a huge impact on the families at the local military base. Trinity is seeing people grow in their faith. Rejoice! Rejoice!


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