I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. - 2 Timothy 4:1-5
The Old Testament prophets were an unwilling bunch. They knew the challenges and persecutions that awaited them being God's mouthpiece. They faced harsh criticism and alienation because of their faithfulness. With the entrance of the New Testament, the challenges facing the disciples were no different (Matthew 5-7). In fact, the trials of preaching Gospel truth would affect even the next generation after the apostles as we see in the above text. Paul's direction to Timothy is simple: preach the word, even if it means people will turn away.
Though we have a plurality of elders at Cross Creek, my and Keith's role is particularly unique. We are called to be ministers of Word and Sacrament. As teaching elders we have a level of responsibility that ruling elders do not bear. This means we are accountable to God for sound biblical teaching, to our historic creeds and confessions, to our fellow Presbytery fathers and brothers, and finally to you - the congregation, for how Word and Sacrament is honored.
Accountability is a splendid thing. It means that because the preacher's heart is prone to wander to myths for the sake of giving people what they want to hear, there are layers of accountability to hold us firmly to the truth of the Gospel. I believe that if my primary source of accountability is the Lord in his Word, then all other accountability will be naturally satisfied. I fear the Lord more than anyone. So, please keep me and Keith in your prayers.
My dear brother and fellow PCA pastor, David Burke of Ortega Presbyterian will be hosting a bible conference. Here is the information if you are interested.
Our Mothers of Preschoolers are having their first meeting as I write this blog (and I can smell the food all the way in my office!). I love this ministry and I am so grateful to have them here.
This Sunday in worship Keith Snow will be preaching on Mark 13:1-13. See you in worship!