time for a change

i need some change. in the past few weeks, i have been doing some personal inventory on myself. i’d been feeling restless and couldn’t figure out why. something just wasn’t quite right in my spirit. this week, i finally identified three reasons for all of this…

1. i haven’t been exercising

2. threshold still isn’t fulfilling the vision God set for us when we began

3. i’m not using my best spiritual gifts nearly enough

as for number 1, done. got that remedy started monday.

number 2 – working on it bigtime, and will have some exiting new things to talk about in the coming months about opportunities for threshold to truly make a difference in our community.

today’s post is about number 3. scripture is clear about the fact that every member of the body of Christ has been given gifts. there are three primary places in the new testament where we read about this. one is in romans 12…

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.  – romans 12.6-8

if you are unaware of your gifting, i encourage you to spend time figuring it out. the body of Christ needs you. for me, it’s teaching. for years i have identified that as my primary gifting. but i get way too little opportunity to use this gift, and this has become the source of my internal discontent.

so… as a way of better using this gift – and as a way to build up our body at Threshold (as well as the rest of you who are weekly regulars), i am going to begin using the Midweek Jolt as a teaching opportunity.

i want you to love God. i want you to know that God loves you. i want you to be confident that he is always in control and that you are always in his care. i want you to listen to him, to hear from him, to learn from him. i want your relationship with God to be solid, informed and growing. the way we build a relationship is through familiarity.

i read all the time. i know many of you don’t have that luxury, or simply aren’t readers. so i want to begin taking what i read and distilling it here in manageable pieces to help us all grow in our knowledge of God and in our relationship with him.

starting next week (and maybe adding another day of posting each week – we’ll see), i will be teaching biblical theology. my aim will be to take eternal revealed truths and make them both easy to understand and applicable to our everyday lives. in order for this to be of value, i will need three things from you.

1. your questions. what don’t you understand about God, Jesus, or the bible? what would you like to know more clearly? send them to me and let me add them to the list of things to tackle.

2. your interaction. please take a minute to post a comment here anytime. and feel free to interact not only with me but with each other here. turn what you read into a conversation. maybe one of you will help another see something more clearly than i was able to convey it.

3. your prayers. pray with me that what i write is truthful and that it honors God. pray that as we all learn more about God, we will be better imitators of Christ. and may God get all the glory.

thanks to all who read here. i’m looking forward to this next chapter of the midweek jolt.

hope you are too.

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4 Responses to time for a change

  1. Becky says:

    Great idea! I’m looking forward to it!

  2. lex says:

    sounds interesting, im looking forward to it!

  3. Joe says:

    See what happens when you spend Wednesday at a seminary. Great idea.

  4. Val Berglund says:

    I am looking forward to always learning more. I feel like such a novice when it comes to the Bible.

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