The God of Small Things

January 22, 2023 Preacher: Caleb Bunch Series: Acts

Topic: Christianity and Culture, Christian Living Scripture: Acts 18:18–28,

1.Five Principles for Christian Living

Maintaining frustrating ministry

Making future plans
Modeling faithful consistency
Meekly correcting false doctrine
Masterfully receiving correction

2. "So, what was the secret of survival?

"'Because I knew the Word, the incarnate Word Jesus Christ.'

That’s the bottom-line answer as to how the season of burnout was replaced with joy and a renewed zeal to press on. I cannot give you an answer as to how our church turned the corner and returned to being a place of harmony and love.
For purposes of this article, the simple answer as to how I personally survived is Jesus Christ himself! I was like Jeremiah, fully prepared to throw in the towel: “If I say, ‘I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,’ there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” (Jeremiah 20:9).

I wanted to quit, but the Lord wouldn’t allow it. If it was left up to me, I would have been long gone. So I don’t wish to present myself as an example of perseverance in the midst of pastoral struggles. Truth be told, I am the exact opposite.
In part, the Lord stood with me using a great deal of human support. My elders, my family, and a host of wonderful people in the church remained courageous and loyal. For their support, I remain very thankful.

But ultimately, my survival was a matter of Jesus himself being my portion, my guide, my comfort, and my rock while all of the world around me was crumbling. As I often sat alone in tears, physically trembling, unable to sleep and overcome with worry, it was in those dark hours that Christ upheld me and sustained me to press on." - Ed Moore

3. James 4:13-16
4. 1 Cor. 3:4-9

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