More Than John’s Baptism

MONDAY – JULY 20 THE WORD“Apollos … had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John” (Acts 18:24-25 ESV). MEDITATIONThe church has relied too long on academic credentials, ecclesiastical machinery, and the efforts and ingenuity of the flesh instead of the blessed Holy Spirit. And the results? A skilled, professional clergy that knows only John’s baptism. And since the pastor cannot lead his people where he has not traveled, our pews become populated, for the most part, with sincere people who may … Continue reading “More Than John’s Baptism”

Serving with Humility

Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5 The renowned Scottish New Testament Greek scholar, William Barclay (1907-1978), related a little story about a missionary who arrived in the Congo years ago to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus. Two missionaries had preceded this particular one and had failed miserably. The former missionaries had been members of the Baganda tribe, for which menial work was reserved for women and slaves. When the native people refused to provide food for these two missionaries, they left … Continue reading “Serving with Humility”