Church Culture, God in the Mundane, and a Book for Fathers and Sons

We had a great group last night (even though a lot were out of town) that really engaged in conversation over the doctrine of glorification.  It became pretty clear that heaven is a topic that we need to talk about (and they WANT to talk about).  This should be very encouraging as a church, because when you start wanting to talk about heaven and how you will no longer be broken and sinful in the new heavens and new earth, it shows that people are thinking about the healing and transforming power of the gospel.  

-What does PHPC boldly proclaim we believe as a church?

 We exist to glorify and enjoy God by making disciples who gather together for Joyful Worship,Theological Training and Christian Fellowship before going into the world to engage in Relentless Evangelism

So how are we doing on this?  Trevin Wax gives 4 Questions to Check Your Church Culture. I would be interested in hearing how people, both members and visitors, would answer these questions for our church.  

-Here is an interesting excerpt from Gloria Furman on how God rules the mundane.  Why do I think every single person should read this?  Because we all have these big plans for what we want to do for Jesus.  We want God to use us in these powerful ways, and when we end up working a 9-5 job, going to school instead of evangelizing in the mission field, or taking care of our family, we end up discouraged.  What once a great passion now feels like a quenched flame.  Part of the philosophy of ministry at PHPC is that God is at work.  It seems like a really simple statement, and it is, but it is powerful, true, and relieving.  It means that God is at work when students are not paying attention and when they are.  He is at work when I fail at presenting Scripture clearly.  He is at work when I feel like the day was spent in waste.  For Christians, we must realize that God is at work in our lives, each and every day.  This means He is at work even in our mundane lives.  Paul Tripp says  this on God being at work in the mundane:

“If God doesn’t rule your mundane, then he doesn’t rule you. Because that’s where you live.” Dramatic, life-altering moments come only a few times during our lifetime—that’s why they’re dramatic. The rest of our lives are lived in the common, ordinary mundane.

So while it is good to have these big plans for serving the Kingdom of God, you can’t base all of your worth on how big of an impact you make.  For those who struggle in the mundane, Furman writes:

The joy of the Lord motivates and strengthens me to give my time to serve others in washing their dishes while looking forward in faith to hear my Savior say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” As I joyfully and humbly give my time and energy to do the dirty dishes my husband left behind, I lose nothing and gain everything.

I encourage you to read the article and consider how you view the mundane.  Are you content?

-Here is a book deal for Fathers out there who are looking for something to read on raising a Godly son.  It is called What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him, and it is on sale for $2.99 for the Kindle, and $9.75 in paperback.  It comes highly reviewed.



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