Are we so enthralled with theology that we neglect Christ's commands?
This post originally appeared on Ed Stetzer’s blog here.
I’m writing this post because Ed Stetzer didn’t hold up his end of a deal. I offered my parents’ vacant condo, telling Ed he had to give me two hours of coaching so I could pick his brain. We shook digital hands via email, but I didn’t get two hours of coaching. Instead, because Ed’s a generous guy, he gave me a lot more time and direction than I had expected or requested.
In our first session, Ed said, “Instead of talking about our feelings, why don’t I coach you through some practical outreach principles and a strategic outreach plan for your church.” Knowing that I am theologically Reformed/Calvinistic, he warned me the process would stretch me.
Praise God, it did.
Seeing an Exalted God.
Early in college, I saw that Scripture clearly exalts God’s sovereignty in all things, even and especially in human decision making regarding salvation. Ephesians 1:11 is true. God works all things according to the counsel of his will.
I dove into this truth. I soaked in it. I still do. I went to Southern Seminary, because the only thing that can explain a guy from California moving to Kentucky is a fully sovereign God. I learned a ton at Southern, and I am profoundly grateful for my education.
Green as a fresh Christmas tree, I came to pastor Pembroke Road Baptist Church in early 2009. I was three months out of seminary and fully committed to biblically faithful ecclesiology, expository preaching and extolling a sovereign God and a glorious Gospel. These commitments haven’t changed.
But as ready as I was to teach theology, I was a lot less prepared to reach people practically. This, by God’s grace, has changed.
On Being More Reformed Than Jesus.
I often joke with guys about being “more Reformed than Jesus.”