The danger of an empty head By PFlo
The case for "Open Forum", Tomorrow, December 14th @ The Riverbank, Downtown Chicago (11am CST)
Join the livetweet by following @theriverbank and use hashtag #rbvibrantfaith
"An uninformed Christian is a danger to him/herself and the society at large." #rbvibrantfaith
One of the challenges facing today’s church is the lack of study either due to fatigue, time constraints or reduced emphasis publicly. The effect of which is visible in reduced evangelism, lack of engagement, apathy, selfishness and denominational schisms.
There is however no shortcut to excellence in faith and life, excellence of thought requires the discipline of study, meditation and application. In order words, no one can’t excel without the rigors associated with engaging and utilizing our mental faculties.
This expedient, challenging and necessary exercise has been minimized by creating cultures where there is total dependency on only Sunday sermons. It is futile to expect growth from such diets as those are purely directional and pointers for the journey of faith. I recommend devotionals but only as supplements and not as the main diet, a disciple or seeker on the journey of faith must solely be taught to look to Jesus as the ultimate source of life. While there are many great ‘chefs’ we must resist the urge to only be spoon fed and commit to a life style of finding ‘food’ for ourselves.
We must inquire, ask, seek, yearn, thirst to understand the core matters of our faith especially as our societies become more secular otherwise we open up ourselves to mediocrity, laziness, hero worshipping and delusion.
It’s time we choose to be like Christ – in deed, in thought and in acts.
Consider these 3 examples:
After three days they found Jesus in the [court of the] temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished and overwhelmed with bewildered wonder at His intelligence and understanding and His replies. (Luke 2:46, 47 AMP)
Now while Paul was awaiting them at Athens, his spirit was grieved and roused to anger as he saw that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned and argued in the synagogue with the Jews and those who worshiped there, and in the marketplace [where assemblies are held] day after day with any who chanced to be there. (Acts 17:16, 17 AMP)
#3: The folks at Berea
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:11 KJV)
It’s time to show headship not only by our personal acquisitions but also by our excellence in faith, life and thought. It’s time to commit to deep pursuit, inquiry and much more.
If you are in Chicago, be my guest tomorrow at "Open Forum" – Sunday, December 14th, 2012 – 11am CST
560 W. Van Buren, Chicago.