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Year to date: Wrapping up Spring and Heading into Summer

We’re halfway through Revival.  Surprisingly, I have extra free time this week.  We’re not having our Youth’s Wednesday Night service tomorrow, so other than running sound I don’t have much to do.

That seems to be the thing with ministry.  Leading up to Revival I was busy promoting, making posters, etc. (Youth Ministers in small churches are the default IT/Advertising/Promotions guys).  That’s done, so now I wait.  I finally extracted camp forms and releases from my students, and mailed it in.  VBS is coming in August.  We’ve got our materials, set the schedule yesterday, and some new members have stepped up and said they would work!

I’m running sound again with my wife for Revival, so I’m making sure that we have all the tracks, songs lyrics in our presentation software, etc.  We have the same man leading worship this year, I think he read my Tales from the Church Soundbooth post.  This year he’s been much better letting us know what songs he’s doing before worship starts.  [He also has a Corvette that was a blast to drive!]

Basically, in the boom and bust cycle of ministry, I’m about to hit a bust after Wednesday (the last night of Revival).  Yay.  About the middle of June we go to camp #1, then July is camp #2, finally VBS is in August.  Then vacation to the Grand Canyon.

Overall, Spring was better than Fall in attendance.  Many of our kids that were uninvolved have come back, and we’ve added about 4 new regulars.  Our association does what we call “Teen Evangelism Nights” (TEN) where students share there testimonies, or whatever God has led them to say.  These are refreshing events, last time 6 students accepted Christ during a student led invitation.  How awesome is that!?  I didn’t do a Disciple Now this spring, but I think I’m going to plan one next spring.  Now we’re just gearing up for VBS.

We chose to do VBS at the end of Summer this year.  This is mainly to build momentum heading into fall.  If we have the numbers last year we can incorporate this kids and their families into our Fall ministries.  My thought process is that when you do VBS at the beginning of summer you get people into church, but then they go on vacation, they visit relatives, and since they didn’t really have the habit of coming to church they don’t pick it back up in the Fall.  At least that’s my theory.

So now it’s just the calm before the storm of summer.

Thanks for Reading,
Robert

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Consecrate Yourself

I was reading through 1 Chronicles today and came across this verse “So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel” (1 Chronicles 15:14 ESV).

The question came to my mind: “Do I consecrate myself to the work that God has called me to?”  “What does consecration even mean?”  Before looking it up context points toward setting myself apart for a religious work.  The Levites would consecrate themselves before doing what God had called them to because the work of God is sacred.  I got to thinking about my primary religious work, preaching and teaching.  How often do I just get up and teach a lesson or Bible Study but fail to recognize the sacredness of being giving the privilege of doing such a task?  I feel convicted because this Sunday I didn’t even look at my Sunday School lesson until Sunday Morning.  That would be the opposite of consecration.

Now it’s time to do a word study.  If you’ve ever gone through Francis Chan’s BASIC Series (you should) he talks about how goofy Christians get with their word studies.  The example he gives is telling his daughter to go clean her room.  She get excited and goes to her friend “My dad told me to clean my room.  We should get together one night and pray about what it would look like to clean our rooms.  Let’s find examples of people cleaning their rooms.”  All the time the dad is like “GO CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM!” So I’m trying not to fall into that trap.  But I honestly have never studied up on what consecration is in the Bible.

Merriam-Webster’s: Consecrate: 1) dedicated to a sacred purpose. 2) to induct (a person) into a permanent office with a religious rite; to ordain into the office of bishop: to make or declare sacred; to devote irrevocably to the worship of God by a solemn ceremony.

I looked up the Hebrew word and the Greek Septuagint

HB: qâdash
kaw-dash’
A primitive root; to be (causatively make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): – appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied one, self), X wholly.

GK: hagnizō
hag-nid’-zo
From G53; to make clean, that is, (figuratively) sanctify (ceremonially or morally): – purity (self).

(as a side note e-sword is a free program that is very useful for studying the Bible)

My ESV Study Bible has note that says “David’s instruction to the priests and Levites to consecrate themselves denotes not only ritual actions and abstinences but also the internal attitude that should accompany the handling of holy things” (ESV Study Bible p724)

So if I am to consecrate myself before preaching, or other ministerial duties.  I need to set myself apart and devote myself to God.  So some questions I must answer.  Do I pray for God’s anointing and power before preaching and teaching?  Do I prepare sufficiently? Am I changed, convicted by the Word of God? Or do I just give a clever lecture? Do a maintain my holiness before God or do I have unrepented of sins in my life and heart?  I’ve been called by God to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus. I must therefore take this great task seriously and consecrate myself to the work of the Gospel.

Peace be with you,

Robert

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