If there is one statement Jesus said that people in our culture love, it’s “Judge not.” "Judge not" is like music to modern ears. It’s the trump card that ends any uncomfortable conversation and prevents you from ever declaring any position wrong. “Don’t you tell me what’s right or wrong! The Bible says, ‘Don’t judge!’” The problem is, Jesus wasn’t trying to make a statement about morality being relative.
Summit, this past weekend was a huge one in the life of our church—and, because of your faithfulness, it’s going to be a huge one for years to come in the lives of hundreds of kids around the world. You stepped up in a big way during our Compassion Weekend, with 1,100 families choosing to sponsor a child through Compassion International!
This weekend we had the bittersweet joy of commissioning another 75 Summit members, who are planting another four domestic church plants. In the past 5 years, we’ve sent out 400 people to plant new churches in North America. Praise God! I call this “bittersweet,” because we always feel a little torn as we send out our people. We’re sending out some of our most effective evangelists, key volunteers, and close friends. They’ll all be missed.
The past few years have been challenging for many Baptist churches. Across the Southern Baptist Convention as a whole, we've seen the number of baptisms steadily declining. And while there are plenty of causes for thanksgiving in the SBC, I think we, as a Convention, have to ask some tough questions our ourselves. But we do so with the confidence that Jesus has appointed us to bear "much" fruit, (John 15:8).
One of the most common objections against Christianity is violence in the Old Testament. The question of violence in the Old Testament is a troubling one for many people, Christians as well as non-Christians. Read through the book of Joshua, for instance, and it appears that God commands genocide. So what are we to make of this large-scale, divinely-ordered violence in the OT? The answer revolves around three key words—authority, judgment, race.
Charles Spurgeon has always been a preaching hero of mine. Though he loved doctrine and theological depth, he loved seeing people come to Jesus more. Spurgeon knew how important it was to bring people to Jesus, because he never got over the way that God had brought him to Jesus. Hearing him tell his conversion story should inspire all of us to tell the good news to others, whether we think we're eloquent or not.