Sometimes we need reminders on our path of faith. We all have a certain seed of faith.
The great commission was not given to the elitist of rabbis. He says to vocationally common people, I want you to be the impetus for Christianity to go global. We have to come to realize that this church family has been called out. It's all about first and foremost the gospel of Jesus Christ and thus we have to answer the question what does the Gospel mean to us personally?
God, what do you want your church to look like? Tim is asking us to pursue, something that we experience together, that is so God breathed, that the natural result is that we are so in love with Jesus and that His grace, mercy, and love just exude from this family so that people are coming to Jesus. We need to be a church family that focuses on Jesus Christ first and foremost.
What we learn from the story of the seven in Acts 6:
1. Their being chosen wasn't just a leadership decision, they figured it out together and it was their desire to follow Jesus Christ.
2. It was a path for these seven, it wasn't just a Sunday morning thing, it was 24/7.
3. It was a process on a personal level.
All three of these things was a personal responsibility.
We cannot expect our Christian walk to be based on what Tim does for us. These guys were seeking God and walking with Jesus and it was completely their responsibility.
We have got to be a grass roots church. What does the gospel mean to you personally? Are you allowing it to grow and take over your life? We have to be reminded that Christianity started with a grass roots effort.
"Spiritual battles should not be fought without the aid of other people who can join us in prayer, encourage us with their presence, and offer apt words of truth." - Ed Welch
"For this to work, we have to participate."