Are you a writer? Do you want to write? Does your schooling, work place, or ministry call you to express yourself in words for the sake of others?
If so, John Piper’s counsel on how to write with others in mind is worth ten minutes of your time. Pastor John challenges writers to love the ones for whom they are writing–even if they don’t know who they are.
This is a good admonishment. When we write we should not write for the sake our name, but for the sake of Christ’s. And when we write we should always consider it an extension of loving our neighbor as ourselves. Since writing is often accomplished in a secluded office or in the interior of our mind (in a busy coffee shop), the reminder to think beyond the white screen is essential. Listen to the brief interview.
May we learn to not only to love writing, but to love others with our writing.
Soli Deo Gloria, dss
What does it mean to be a member of a local church?
John Piper gives a succinct answer that pushes against our Western individualistic impulses. Here is how he begins:
What I mean by “member” is somebody who, whether by a signature or a word of commitment or promise, says, “I’m committed to a people, a people who hear the word of God preached, a people who perform the ordinances that Jesus gave to his church (baptism and the Lord’s Supper), and a people who commit to the ‘one another’ commandments (love each other, exhort each other, admonish each other, hold each other accountable).”
Those commitments are what membership is. And I think something is wrong if you resist putting your name on the line for that.
If you want to say, “OK, I believe the New Testament says, ‘Be a part of a community, give yourself to ministering there and receiving ministry there, and advancing the cause of the gospel there, and upholding the name of Jesus there, and doing mission there,’ and I’m a part of that,” then to resist putting your name on the line for that is probably not a biblical conviction. It’s probably an American, independent, give-me-elbow-room, don’t-get-in-my-face-too-often conviction, which I don’t think is biblical.
You can read the rest of Pastor John’s answer to the question: Is it important for me to become a member of my local church?
I am thankful for the way God has been breaking down my sinful individualism since the day I joined Woodland Park Baptist Church. I am prayerful that God will continue to conform me into the image of Christ as I do life with the members of his local church.
Being saved from self-centeredness by submitting myself to my brothers and sisters in Christ’s local church, dss