Torches

I have been home from the BSF Leaders Retreat in Cincinnati for a month and 12 days and I have not mentioned how encouraging it was. Encouraging and informative. Informative and kind of scary. Kind of scary because we live in a fallen world, and it is falling further away from God’s truth.

The title of the weekend was Eradicating Biblical Poverty. The speaker Susie Rowan, who also happens to be the boss lady of BSF, had much to say from 2 Timothy about what God requires of us in our hearts, our lives, our service, and how we can achieve it. She had all sorts of statistics about the Biblical poverty right here in our own country, even among professing believers. The professing believer part was especially scary. She had statistics that showed the pervasive influence our culture has had on believers. In case you think otherwise, there is much Biblical poverty in our churches.

Susie touched on false teachers, who strive to please their audience rather than God, not realizing that teaching truth destroys the Biblical poverty. She so accurately pointed out that you can’t teach truth if you don’t know what the Bible says. If we are not absolutely sure of the doctrines we profess, we cannot convince anyone else.

She reminded us:

To use energy not to win arguments, but to win souls.

To throw off a destructive form of Godliness called church-ianity, because it’s a lifestyle that doesn’t reflect truth.

That the deep conviction of my life must show others whom I serve.

That my confidence should not be in myself, but in the full confidence of God to work through me.

We are to use our broken lives and suffering as a platform to proclaim what Jesus Christ has done in our lives.

Remember that our suffering is actually a facet of our personal ministry.

Know that we have persevered because God has enabled us to do so.

Know what God’s word says, not your interpretation of what you think it’s trying to say to you.

And what do we do with all this knowledge and truth? We are not called to study God’s word, learn about His principles and ways, know His truth, and then keep it all to ourselves. We are not called to hide it under the proverbial bushel basket, keep it under wraps, keep it under lock and key for only ourselves and a chosen few. We are called to take it to the next generation. We have an important role in the fight against Biblical poverty. BSF is just one of the many, many ways to help people to learn God’s truth. God uses us, with our imperfect lives, to go forward and carry the torch.

Susie then asked, how bright is your torch.

Words to ponder.

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4 Comments

  1. deb said,

    April 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    and fodder for discussion.

  2. Vickie Smoker said,

    April 15, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Thanks for sharing your insight from your retreat. They are great thoughts to ponder and, hopefully, heed. I appreciate hearing it second hand.

  3. Joyce said,

    April 15, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Words to ponder, indeed!

  4. Robin said,

    April 16, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    Very good!


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